The sun is straining to peek out of the clouds during an unusually soggy week in late July, and we’ll take whatever amount of sunshine we can get! In between rain showers this weekend, enjoy live music, animal encounters, block parties, and the closing events for the county fair. Check with organizers before heading to an outdoor event: Rain may force it to move to a different location.
6-8 p.m. July 28
Howell Park, 1101 S. Barker Ave.
Enjoy games, family-friendly activities, and live music by the Keith Farny Jazz Collective — featuring Keith Farny, Jon Hyneman, Monte Skelton, and Tom Drury — at Howell Park. Admission is free, and a half-pot raffle will take place. Free swimming is included at Howell Pool, along with free putt-putt golf on the grounds.
Through July 30
201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road
Don’t miss the second half of a week’s worth of entertainment and outdoor activities at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fair, with competitions, concerts, pageants, exhibits, carnival rides, and the headlining demolition derby Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, and children under age 9 get in free.
Through July 30
Downtown Henderson, Kentucky
Four nights of intimate, acoustic live performances are staged in Henderson, Kentucky’s historic downtown. This festival honors the legacy of the late Henderson County Judge/Executive Sandy Lee Watkins, whose favorite pastime was attending songwriters’ festivals.
5 p.m. July 29
Downtown Newburgh, Indiana
Take advantage of extended shop hours and a congregation of food trucks before capping off the night with live music and craft cocktails at Jennings Street Public House.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 30
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, 1545 Mesker Park Drive
Discover the enrichment needs of different zoo animals in a day filled with games, educational programming, and animals. This event is included in the zoo’s general admission.
10 a.m. July 30
Washington Square Mall, 5001 Washington Ave.
Start the day at Borrowed Hearts’ Back 2 School Bash, then enjoy lunch, ice cream, and farm-fresh fare from vendors and food trucks. This event doubles as a First Responders Appreciation Day.
2-6 p.m. July 30
Fifth Street by the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, 22 S.E. Fifth St.
Evansville’s month-long Where’s Waldo event culminates Saturday with a Downtown block party in front of the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville. Your Brother’s Bookstore is shutting down the street between Main and Locust Streets and filling it with vendors, food trucks, activities, snow cones, and giveaways.
5-7:30 p.m. July 30
Castle High School parking lot, 3344 IN-261, Newburgh, IN
The Castle Marching Knights will share a sneak peek of their upcoming season of performances at this free public preview. Enjoy a night of live music, food trucks, games, and more.
8 p.m. July 31
Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
The seven-time Grammy-winning “Empress of Soul” performs songs from her nearly six-decade career. Renowned for her work with the singing group The Pips, Knight is known for her R&B and soul standards like “That’s What Friends Are For.” Make sure your pipes are in good condition; we’ve never known a rendition of “Midnight Train to Georgia” that did not include a spontaneous crowd singalong.