School is letting out for summer, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend. As you take your festivities outside, don’t forget to pause and pay homage this Memorial Day to America’s fallen heroes who have fought for our right to live free.
4-6 p.m. May 27-28
Arcademie Bar, 22 N.W. Sixth St.
In preparation for the Professional Bull Riders Challenger Series at the Ford Center, join the public party at Arcademie Bar for food, drinks, and shopping. Admission is free to the two-day party, which features live music from Tailgate Revival, a mechanical bull, Monster Truck and motorcycles on display, western-themed vendors, live long horn steers, an outdoor beer garden, and more.
PBR: Shoe Sensation presents PBR Touring Pro
7 p.m. May 28
Ford Center, 1 S.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
For the first time in 10 years, professional bull riders from the PBR Pro Touring Division will vie for a championship title in Evansville. Thirty-five riders will heat up the night in a qualifying round, then the top 10 riders will advance to a championship round for a chance at the title and $40,000. Tickets range from $23 to $33. All event proceeds will benefit local veterans.
Holiday Drive-In Movie Theater
Open daily starting May 27
646 N. State Road 161, Rockport, IN
Kick off summer with the Holiday Drive-In’s daily lineup of new and recent film releases. This weekend, “Top Gun: Maverick” premieres and shares Screens 1 and 2 with “The Lost City,” while the drive-in’s four other screens will play “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Uncharted,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “The Secrets of Dumbledore,” and more.
PITS Memorial Day Weekend Bash
8 p.m.-12:05 a.m. May 27 and 28
Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett St.
Dance and party the holiday weekend away with performances from The Pits’ Jonny Spontaneous, Ray the Bomber, King George, and White Boy Gene. The band parties hard with dance, rock, and party songs from the 1960s to the 2000s. Attendees must be 21 and older.
Evansville Wartime Museum 5th Anniversary Celebration
10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28
Evansville Wartime Museum, 7503 Petersburg Road
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Evansville Wartime Museum hosts an event with re-enactors, live music, food, and a plane ride benefit. Highlighted exhibits include John “Black” Jack Pershing’s limo from World War I, as well as a Vietnam War and WWII Living History camp. Donations of $100 or $150 will score guests a 20-minute ride over Evansville in one of a fleet of airplanes, including at Republic RC-3 post-WWII SeaBee and a 1950s Piper PA 22/20.
Franklin Street Bazaar Opening
9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28 to Aug. 27
EVPL West, 2000 W. Franklin St.
Each summer, more than 100 vendors gather for a pop-up market on the lawn of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s West branch. The 2022 season kicks off this weekend, and goes every Saturday through August 27, with wares from local farmers, producers, bakers, artists, food trucks, and more.
Historic Newburgh Strawberry Social
Noon-4 p.m. May 29
Old Locks and Dam, Newburgh riverfront
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of refreshing strawberries, handmade crafts, and family fun along the Newburgh riverfront. Vendors will offer jewelry, apparel, books, cutting boards, kettle corn, handmade soaps and toys, hanging plants, and more wares. Games, rides, and activities will be on hand. When you work up an appetite, indulge in strawberry shortcakes for $5 each from Historic Newburgh or a Derr’s Strawberry Soda for $2, or line up for tasty treats from food trucks such as Cheese Queen, The Pizza Revolution, and Kona Ice. Live entertainment at the Allen Family Amphitheater includes Evansville’s Boom Squad, Roy Carter, and the Old Dam Band. Tickets are available for half-pot raffle and basket raffles, with winning tickets drawn at 3:45 p.m.
Evansville Food Truck Festival
1-9 p.m. May 29
Bosse Field, 23 Don Mattingly Way
The season’s largest food festival is back for residents to indulge in the Tri-State’s best food trucks from seafood, barbecue, and burgers to desserts and more. Enjoy food, drinks, and live music including the Reckless X, Zion Reggae, Rick Rose Band, and Blackford Creek, and even cast your vote for your favorite food truck to crown the “People’s Choice Champion.” Tickets are available from general admission at $8.49 to VIP Last Call at $44.95. VIP ticketholders can enter the festival two hours early at 11 a.m.
Evansville Memorial Day Run
7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 30
Garvin Park, 1600 N. Main St.
Join the seventh annual Evansville Memorial Day Run at Garvin Park to remember those who gave their lives protecting Americans’ freedoms. Rolling Thunder Indiana, a POW/MIA remembrance group, will be presented a check of 10 percent of all entry fees at the start of the race. The event includes a Kids’ Dash, 5K/10K, and awards ceremony.
Memorial Day Service
10 a.m. May 30
Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1800 St. George Road
Sunset Funeral Home, Cremation Center & Cemetery of Evansville is hosting a morning Memorial Day service outside its Chapel of Peace near the Evansville Regional Airport. Conducted by Charles Denby of VFW Post 2953, the service will include a 21-gun salute and the names of every veteran served by Sunset Funeral Home since last Memorial Day. Sunset will stream the service on Facebook Live for those who cannot attend.
Memorial Day Celebration
10:30 a.m. May 30
LST-325, 610 N.W. Riverside Drive
Join regional veterans and supporters on Memorial Day for a special ceremony and celebration. The ceremony includes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, raising a new flag, a performance of “Taps,” and the firing of the LST-325’s forward deck guns. The ship will also be open for tours throughout the day.