Blues, Festivals, and Juneteenth

The streets of Henderson, Kentucky, and Haubstadt, Indiana, will be filled this weekend as the Tri-State celebrates two summer festivals. There’s also lots to do in Evansville, so get explore everything our region has to offer!

W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival

June 16-19
Audubon Mill Park, 123 N. Water St., Henderson, Kentucky

Celebrating the life and legacy of Henderson, Kentucky, resident and “Father of Blues” William Christopher Handy, the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the country, featuring some of the hottest nation and local blues talent as well as barbecue sold by local vendors. Enjoy a Mardi Gras-style Street Strut and 5K run, Handy Lunch Breaks and Happy Hours at Henderson eateries, and much more. Live music will continue each night through Saturday.

Pride in the Park Together Again

11 a.m. June 19
Garvin Park, 1600 N. Main St.

Celebrate pride month with live music, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, and more at the inaugural 2021 Pride in the Park Together Again event at Garvin Park this Saturday.

Lyles Station Juneteenth Celebration

11 a.m. June 19
Lyles Consolidated School, 953 County Road 500 W., Lyles Station, Indiana

Lyles Station Historic School and Museum, one of Indiana’s last remaining African American pioneer settlements, will host its annual Juneteenth celebration starting at 11 a.m. Rev. Gerald Arnold, president of Evansville’s NAACP, will be the guest speaker. The celebration is free of charge and will be held on the grounds of the Lyles Consolidated School.

Haubstadt Sommerfest

5 p.m. June 17-19
Haubstadt Park, W. Gibson St., Haubstadt, Indiana

Get your summer off to a hot start at the Haubstadt Sommerfest. Participate in the Laufenfest Run/Walk 5K, explore your skills at the talent show, line up for the annual parade, or get your party on at the 2021 Bierstube. Sommerfest begins at 5 p.m. June 17 and runs through midnight June 19.

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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