This Weekend: Sep. 21-24

Don’t let summer’s end get you down. The first weekend of fall brings a flurry of fun activities, from martini-making lessons and arts shows to live music enjoyed al fresco.

Find more weekend events in The Guide in the September/October issue of Evansville Living.

Wine Down to the Weekend
5-7 p.m. Sept. 21, Reitz Home Museum, 112 Chestnut St.
Listen to King’s Highway while sipping spirits on the Reitz Home Museum’s lawn.

Rhythm Fest
6-8 p.m. Sept. 21, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd.
Enjoy live music by Dekar Justus and the Bodyguards, OBootney Lee, JustBrandon, and Eli Youngblood.

Lecture by Cleve Jones
7 p.m. Sept. 21, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
The civil rights activist speaks about advocacy, diversity, representation, and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. 

SPEAK: An Explorative Lecture Series featuring Brad Meltzer
7-8 p.m. Sept. 21, Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
The New York Times bestselling author delivers motivational stories of history-making lives.

Cultivating Connections: The Modern Zoo’s Role in Conservation
noon Sept. 22, University of Southern Indiana Liberal Arts Center, 8600 University Blvd.
Paul Bouseman, deputy director of Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, will discuss the modern zoo’s role in conservation.

United Methodist Youth Home Block Party
4-7 p.m. Sept. 22, United Methodist Youth Home Campus, 2521 N. Burkhardt Road
View youth art for sale, take a campus tour, and enjoy food from River City Dawgs, Cheese Queen, and Sassy Sweets.

“Resplendent Refractions: A Solo Exhibition by Ken Bingemer” Opening Reception
5-8 p.m. Sept. 22, The Rumjahn Gallery and Framery, 5901 Vogel Road
Work by this stained-glass mosaic artist will displayed through Oct. 13.

Martini Magic
5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 22, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main St.
Learn how to make two martinis from Reece Everett of Entwined Wine & Cocktail Bar. Registration starts at $50 per person.

Back to the ’90s
6-9 p.m. Sept. 22, Main Street Food and Beverage Hall, 900 Main St.
Get yourself looking fly for this flashback event featuring a costume contest, photo booth, and live music from Angel Rhodes.

Civic Stuff Sale!
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 23, Evansville Civic Theatre, 717 N. Fulton Ave.
Find clothing, costumes, electronics, lighting, houseware, decor, furniture, toys, and more as the Evansville Civic Theatre sells its stock.

Serving Up Hope
8 a.m. Sept. 23, Scott Township Pickleball Courts, 600 Radio Ave.
The Salvation Army Evansville’s first pickleball tournament features round-robin doubles play and includes prizes. Proceeds benefit the Pathway of Hope program.

Fall Funk in the City
10 a.m. Sept. 23, Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Second Street and Adams Avenue.
Browse work by more than 80 regional artists and enjoy food vendors and live music.

Children’s Museum of Evansville’s 17th Birthday Party
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23, Children’s Museum of Evansville, 22 S.E. Fifth St.
Watch a performance by award-winning children’s performer Rachel Sumner and the unveiling of a new traveling exhibit, “Wallace & Gromit: Get Cracking!”

EVs for EVV
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23, Eykamp Scout Center, 3501 E. Lloyd Expressway
Check out electric vehicle demonstrations by local celebrity drivers, five food trucks, robotic demonstrations from New Tech Institute and North High School, and live music from Sassafras and Panacea.

WNIN Kids Fest
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23, WNIN Studios, Two Main Street
Enjoy hands-on activities, photo opportunities, a free book, and food from Prime Time Food Truck and Sweet Dreams À La Mode. Plus, catch a screening of the films “Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Gang” and “The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

Ivy Tech Cruise-In 2023
noon-4 p.m. Sept. 23, Ivy Tech Community College Evansville, 3501 N. First Ave.
All cars are welcome with awards for best domestic car, import car, all-around, people’s choice, and a big kahuna trophy. Plus, enjoy food from Salsaritas and music by The Hooligans.

Second Annual Newburgh Music Festival
2-9 p.m. Sept. 23, Water Street, Newburgh, Indiana
Listen to live music at porches along Water Street before the after-party in the Town Hall Parking lot featuring The Cold Stares. Wristbands cost $10, with admission to the beer garden an additional $5. Proceeds go to the Newburgh Neighbor Residential Grant Program.

The Event at Castle High School
3-8 p.m. Sept. 23, Castle High School, 3344 IN 261, Newburgh, Indiana
This lineup includes performances by the Castle Marching Knights, Castle Jazz ensembles, Castle Color Guard, and Castle North and South Middle School bands. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, and free for kids under 10.

On the Roof w/ Dekar Justus
6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 23, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main St.
The last concert of the season features music by Dekar Justus & Friends

24th Annual Jack Kohlmeyer Fall Classic
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept.23-24, Deaconess Sports Park, 4300 Heckel Road
There will be 67 drivers and 185 hydroplane racing boats in the gas, nitro, and electric divisions and an opportunity to use Hopp Racing’s Hydroplane Racing Simulator. The event is free to attend but the simulator starts at $5.

Vanderburgh County Extension Homemakers Fine Arts & Craft Show
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23-24, Vanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road
More than 400 vendors display handmade and embellished items, including woodcraft, holiday decorations, quilts, jewelry, and more. Admission costs $3 per person, but kids under 10 get in free.

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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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