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8 Can’t-Miss Events in Evansville

Year round, you’ll experience local festivals and events that celebrate our diversity and culture as well as concerts, sporting events, and live performances. Attend one of our signature events and you’ll see why Evansville is an exciting events destination.

D-Day at Normandy 75th Anniversary Celebration

Walk the decks of history right here in Evansville! The USS LST Ship Memorial will be open for free tours from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. during the June 6 - June 9 celebration. Can you believe USS LST-325 was at Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day in 1944?


Evansville's most iconic summer festival returns June 20-23 for the 16th consecutive year. ShrinersFest is full of high-flying fun, historical reenactments, live music, and beer gardens. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, Ultimate Air Dogs, and the Miss ShrinerFest pageant. New this year is the Rumble on the River boxing tournament.

First Fridays

First Fridays is a local favorite for food trucks, live music, and shopping in Haynie’s Corner Arts District. On the first Friday of May through October, make your plans to dine in one of the eclectic restaurants or grab a craft beer or cocktail in a cozy corner bar because this district will be buzzing with excitement.

Franklin St. Bazaar

The Franklin St. Bazaar is a farmers market, makers market, and live entertainment all rolled into one! Head to the West Side library lawn every Saturday from May 25 to August 31 to pick up some fresh cut flowers, locally-grown produce, and other eats and treats.

Downtown Evansville’s Night on Main

New in 2019, these Downtown Evansville block parties are sure to be a hit! Happening June 15, July 20, and August 10, Night on Main features a bierstube, live performers, outdoor games, and more! This is a 21+ event.

HOLA Latino Festival

This is one of the largest events celebrating Latino culture in our region. Don’t miss the party on August 17 at historic Bosse Field. HOLA Latino Festival features international award-winning entertainment, over 30 international food vendors, and fun for the entire family.

First Annual Evansville BBQ Festival

Bring your appetite to the first annual Evansville BBQ Festival! This masters-level barbeque competition is serving up chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket from some of the best pitmasters from around the country. Get your tickets for the all-you-can-eat event of the year on Evansville's riverfront, happening August 17.

Korn Ferry Tour Championship

Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance will be the only major, national golf tournament happening over Labor Day weekend. Victoria National Golf Club hosts the four-day event with the championship round on Sunday, September 2. The top 50 will earn the right to play on the PGA Tour in 2020.

West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Fall Festival

Fall is everyone’s favorite time of year in Evansville because that’s when the area’s most glori-fried food festival returns. The Fall Festival is a week-long event with over 130 food booths, carnival rides, and free entertainment. Don’t miss one of the largest street festivals in the US.

Want to see what’s happening during your visit? Check out other big events in Evansville all year long!