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This Weekend: May 4-7

Everything that is anything — ballet, arcade block parties, Cinco de Mayo, obstacle courses, and back-to-back Mellencamp shows — converges on Evansville this weekend.

First Friday
5:30-9 p.m. May 5
Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Second Street and Adams Avenue
Kick off the start of this recurring warm-weather event. Through October, visitors can enjoy art vendors, food trucks, and musical entertainment.

Latin Party photo provided by Bokeh Lounge

Speaker Series featuring Eunice Trotter
5:30 p.m. May 5
Evansville African American Museum, 579 S. Garvin St.
The director of Indiana Landmarks’ new Black Heritage Preservation Program will discuss “Black in Indiana,” her award-winning book recounting the landmark 1821 Indiana Supreme Court case that ruled against indentured servitude.

Cinco de Mayo Latin and International Party
8 p.m. May 5
Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett St.
Partygoers can dance the night away with a neon theme, global music, and food and drink specials.

John Mellencamp
8-11p.m. May 5; 8-11 p.m. May 6
Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
The Hoosier rock n’ roll legend visits Evansville for two nights.

SWAT Challenge fhoto provided by Evansville Police Foundation

Evansville Police Foundation SWAT Challenge
8 a.m.-noon May 6
Four Freedoms Monument, 201 S.E. Riverside Drive
Challenge yourself during a 5K that includes several obstacles. The competition’s proceeds benefit the Evansville Police Foundation.

Hopefest 2023
9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6
Friedman Park, 2700 Park Blvd., Newburgh, Indiana
This event — featuring a parade, 5K run, mile walk, cruise in, vendor village, and food trucks — benefits Chemo Buddies and raises funds for those affected by cancer.

High Score Throwback on Main: Basement Farewell
7-11 p.m. May 6
High Score Saloon, 323 Main St. Ste. F
High Score Saloon celebrates the last night at its current location with a street festival featuring a craft beer and cocktail garden, arcade games indoors and outdoors, giant board games, music, plus food trucks and more. High Score will close for a week while its inventory is moved down the street to its new location on Main Street.

Hopefest 2022 photo taken by Lynn Melms and Dawn Greenwald

Historic Preservation Month Oak Hill Cemetery Tour
2-4 p.m. May 7
Oak Hill Cemetery and Arboretum, 1400 E. Virginia St.
Enjoy a guided walk through the oldest parts of the cemetery and see the gravesites of some of Evansville’s most prominent figures.

“Carnival of the Animals” and “The Firebird” Double Feature Mother’s Day Ballet
3 p.m. May 7
Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
Two exciting ballets, “Carnival of Animals” and “The Firebird,” will be performed by the Children’s Center for Dance Education.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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