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This Weekend: May 16-19

Spring Funk in the City, River City Rodeo, and more annual events converge this weekend.

Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
7 p.m. May 17, Victory Theatre, 600 Main St.
Conductors Lee Veazey and Chun-Ming Chen lead the EPYO I and II through works by George Frideric Handel, Reinhold Gliere, Edvard Grieg, and Johann Strauss II. Tickets cost $15 for adults and free for children and students.

River City Rodeo
5-11 p.m. May 17-18, Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville New Harmony Road
Dust off those cowboy boots and enjoy an evening of bull and bronc riding, barrel racing, cattle roping, and more. This event helps provide animal-assisted therapy for veterans and first responders. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for kids 6 and under.

Evansville Tri-State Heart Walk
8 a.m. May 18, Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, 9355 Warrick Trail, Newburgh, Indiana
Walk to support research into heart health and socialize with community members, including a team from Evansville Living.

McCutchanville Fire Department Auxiliary Spring Craft Show
10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18, McCutchanville Fire Department Station 5, 9219 Petersburg Road
Browse hardware wares from crafters and vendors including Winked Owl Creations, Wagging Tail, plus food from Uncle G’s Lemon Smashers, Big Wally’s BBQ, and Chino Taco food trucks. This event is free to attend but cash donations will be accepted.

Spring Funk in the City
10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18, Haynie’s Corner Arts District, S.E. Second St. and Adams Aves.
Peruse works from more than 80 Tri-State artists at this seasonal, rain-or-shine festival at Haynie’s Corner Arts District. Don’t miss the food truck lineup, including Bodine’s Newsstand and Lollys Pop Bar.

BBQ Cook-Off
noon-6 p.m. May 18, Young & Established, 1308 Vann Ave.
Fire up your grill and vie for the top prize — $1,000 cash — at this cook-off competition. Entry is $50 per category. Don’t feel like cooking? Sample the contestants’ best barbecue and join a cornhole tournament.

Photo of Junk Journaling provided by Memo

Junk Journaling
1-3 p.m. May 18, Memo, 209 Main St.
For $40, Kim Jones teaches how to create no-sew junk journals with found and upcycled papers and vintage ephemera. All supplies are provided, but bring your own pictures, stickers, and more to customize your new journal.

Oak Hill Cemetery Civil War Walking Tour
2-4 p.m. May 18, Oak Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, 1400 E. Virginia St.
For Historic Preservation Month, join the Vanderburgh County Historical Society for a tour of Oak Hill Cemetery, and visit the graves of Civil War soldiers Conrad Baker, William Baker, Charles Denby, James Maynard Shanklin, John Smith Gavitt, John and James Messick, Charles Butterfield, James Jones, and more. This event is free to attend.

Taste of Haiti Flag Day Celebration
3:30-8 p.m. May 18, Eykamp Scout Center, 3501 E. Lloyd Expressway
Commemorate the creation of the Haitian flag in 1803 by sampling island cuisine, listening to music, browsing vendors, and learning about Haitian culture at this free event.

On the Roof: The Chugs & Shatterhand
7-10 p.m. May 18, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main St.
Punk rockers The Chugs and post-hardcore band Shatterhand headline this week’s free On The Roof concert, named the editors’ pick for best entertainment with a view in 2023’s Best of Evansville awards. Cash bar available.

Latin Dance Night: Summer Kick-Off
9 p.m.-2 a.m. May 18, The Rooftop, 112 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Start the night off with lessons from Evansville Latin Dance, and then cut a rug to salsa, bachata, cumbia, merengue, and reggaeton played by DJ Pana. Admission is $10.

Bark in the Park
12:30-4 p.m. May 19, Bosse Field, 23 Don Mattingly Way
Otters baseball is back. The home team’s Sunday afternoon game against the Joliet, Illinois, Slammers doubles as a give-back night for It Takes a Village No-Kill Rescue. You can meet adoptable dogs at the event, or bring your own to join the fun.

New Traditions Diversity Series
2 p.m. May 19, Wesselman Woods Odonata Pond Amphitheater, 551 N. Boeke Road
Monte Skelton and his saxophone join the Eykamp String Quartet to perform music by underrepresented composers. Admission is free, but bring chairs and blankets to sit on.

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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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