The River City mixes film, pop culture, furry friends, and plenty of fun and games this weekend. Whether you’re into high-brow cinematography or shamelessly indulging in nostalgia, Evansville’s got an event for you.
6 p.m. Sept. 8
Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive
University of Evansville history professor James MacLeod will present a lecture on the River City’s staggering transformation from a wartime manufacturing powerhouse to a post-war industrial stalwart that gradually experienced a decline. In the 30 years between 1945 and 1975, iconic companies changed specialties, residential neighborhoods transitioned to commercial spaces, and Evansville changed profoundly. Guests are encouraged to reserve seating by contacting the museum at 812-425-2406
Various locations in Downtown Evansville
Celebrate film in Evansville with the third annual Victory International Festival. More than 40 short and long-form films by regional directors or pertaining to area topics — such as Willard Library’s Grey Lady and Tuskegee airmen in Indiana — will be screened across two days at locations including the Victory Theatre, Encounter Church, Innovation Pointe, WNIN’s Old National Public Theatre, and the Evansville Public Library’s Central branch. Tickets start at $15 for Saturday only or $25 for both days, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of the Victory’s efforts to maintain the historic theater.
7 p.m. Sept. 10
STAGEtwo at 321, 321 N. Congress Ave.
Local drag queens and kings will “Werk the Runway” at this weekend’s pageant. Admission is $5 at the door.
11 a.m. Sept. 10
Evansville goes to the dogs Saturday. Downtown merchants will welcome the River City’s four-legged friends to their shops, and onsite sponsors will offer pets free nail trimmings and massages, a “bone bar” and pup cup station, agility course, and photo opportunities. Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry: Human guests can enjoy a pet cuddle station and meet adoptable dogs.
10 a.m. Sept. 10
Roberts Park, 2800 Division St.
Teams of two to six people will compete in fun and interactive challenges and games stationed around Roberts Park. Once teams complete a minimum number of challenges, they can submit an entry card for a chance to win a team prize. Prizes are also awarded for best team name/theme. Cost is $30 per team.
7 a.m.-noon Sept. 10
All Breed Grooming, Boarding and Daycare, 4508 Covert Ave.
All Breed Grooming, Boarding and Daycare partners with It Takes a Village No-Kill Shelter volunteers to host yard sale items, adoptable dogs, independent vendors, and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit It Takes a Village.
7 p.m. Sept. 10
300 block of Main Street
High Score Saloon and Evansville’s Raptor Con join forces to present a totally tubular night of throwback arcade games set on Main Street in Downtown Evansville. In addition to a giant projection of Mario Kart, guests can enjoy music, food trucks, a beer garden, green screen photo opportunities, and an appearance by the Southern Indiana Ghostbusters. Raptor Con is bringing a “Jurassic Park” Jeep, so you know the evening’s going to be wild. Tickets start at $15, and guests must be over 21 years old to attend.
Lutheran Cemetery Walking Tour
1 p.m. Sept. 11
Lutheran Cemetery, 1305 St. Joseph Ave.
Historian Karin Marie Kirsch will conduct a walking tour of the Lutheran Cemetery in honor of late Mayor Benjamin Bosse, who was buried there 100 years ago.