Summer’s heat has arrived a week early, and the air is thick this weekend with humidity and activity. Break a sweat — safely; don’t skimp on sunscreen, shade, and water — with these Tri-State events today through Sunday.
Editor’s note: Please check with organizations before attending. Some events may be canceled or postponed due to the weekend’s extreme heat.
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
Audubon Mill Park, 123 N. Water St., Henderson, KY
Cap off your week with three more nights of blues and barbecue at Henderson, Kentucky’s annual homage to “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy. Hear the strains of sweet music from Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Kat Riggins, SugarRay Rayford, the Nick Moss Band, Evansville’s own The Cold Stares, the Blood Brothers, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and more. A jazz-centric Street Strut Parade will be staged at 10 a.m. June 18 at Audubon Mill Park in downtown Henderson.
Music in the Park
6-8 p.m. June 16
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library West Branch, 2000 W. Franklin St.
Enjoy games, family-friendly activities, and live music by the band Haywire at this week’s installment of Music in the Park. Admission is free throughout the summer, and a half-pot raffle will take place at each concert.
Food Trucks at Friedman Park
5-8:30 p.m. June 16
Friedman Park, 2700 Park Blvd., Newburgh, IN
Attendees at this week’s Friedman Park Thursday night shindig can revel in face painting and balloon animals by Alotta Fun 4U2, with music by The Hellcats starting at 6 p.m. Food trucks include Bruce Li, Chino Taco, Dawgs on the Ohio, Sassy Sweets, Lashbrooke’s Barbecue, Rock-A-Burger, The Cheese Queen, Sweet Dreams a la Mode, and Crazy Daisy. This week’s featured non-profit is the Salvation Army of Evansville.
Baptisttown Culture & Arts Festival
5-9 p.m. June 17
Evansville African American Museum, 579 S. Garvin St.
The River City celebrates Juneteenth at the Evansville African American Museum. The city’s Baptisttown neighborhood is throwing a culture and arts festival with local vendors, dancing, and live music by Soul N the Pocket. For more 2022 Juneteenth events, read our story here.
Wag ‘n Drag
6-8 p.m. June 17
Vanderburgh Humane Society, 400 Millner Industrial Drive
Celebrate Pride Month at the Vanderburgh Humane Society this Friday. VHS will offer extended adoption hours, raffle prizes, arts and crafts vendors, and eats from Kim’s Chuck Wagon. The night is capped off with appearances by local drag queens Paris Starz, Kidd Blink, Coco DeVille, and Tyler Knight.
Pride in the Park
Noon June 18 through midnight June 19
Garvin Park, 1600 Main St.
Enjoy a full day of Pride-centric celebrations including vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, live music and entertainment, and more at the Hudson & Reed Foundation’s second annual Pride event at Garvin Park.
WNIN Taste of Evansville
4-8 p.m. June 18
WNIN, 2 Main St.
Sample Evansville’s many cuisines and cultures while helping PBS kick off a new cooking competition series at WNIN’s annual Taste of Evansville. The theme of this year’s family-friendly event concerns using food to demonstrate cultural differences and provokes discussion on customs both individual and shared. To close out the evening, get a preview of the new competition show “The Great American Recipe.”
On the Roof Concert Series
7-10 p.m. June 18
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main St.
June’s third show in the Arts Council’s summer rooftop series features music by Soul N the Pocket and Julie Williams. Although admission is free, capacity and seating on the Rooftop Art Deck are limited. Saturday’s concert coincides with the Arts Council’s “Lift Every Voice” exhibit for Juneteenth, which begins at 5 p.m.
Pride Wiffleball Tournament
1-7 p.m. June 19
Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Washington and Adams Avenues
Cheer on River City Pride, STAGEtwo Pride Brigade, The AZ-UR, Greater Evansville Youth, Esther’s Styles and The Gayborhood as they play single-elimination wiffleball for the 2022 Pride trophy. Admission is free. Hot dogs are available for a donation, and guests can bring their own drinks.
Evansville Symphonic Band Concert
7 p.m. June 19
Central High School, 5400 N. First Ave.
This weekend’s installment of the Evansville Symphonic Band’s free June concert series honors veterans, is dedicated to the Evansville Wartime Museum, and features retired Jasper High School director of bands James Goodhue on clarinet. JB’s Barnyard (read our story about the food truck in the May/June issue of Evansville Living here) will serve ice cream from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about the Evansville Symphonic Band in the March/April issue here.