33 Things to Do in August! Calendar of Events for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

The sleepy days of summer wrap up this month and back-to-school is on everyone’s mind! But as the kids prepare to hit the books, use our calendar to squeeze in some family fun! 

This month our calendar is brought to you The Villages, a foster care agency. When you think about fostering teenagers, what comes to mind? Some families find teenagers to be the easiest age to foster, so they request only teens! Could this be you?

Many teens entering foster care have been the “caregiver” in their situation. To have a home where they can be kids and do age-appropriate activities can be life changing. Unsure? The Terre Haute office of The Villages is ready to support you and help you throughout the process. 

As you look through this month’s calendar, which events could you imagine attending with a foster teen? 

Wednesday, August 24. Nature Walks and Talks with Mike Lunsford. In World of Wonders, Aimee Nezhukumatathil provides a glimpse of the unique, exotic, and unfamiliar plants and animals which populated her childhood and her relationship with them, her family, and her own identity. Investigate the relationship between human experience and the natural world further with Mike Lunsford as he discusses Nezhukumatahil’s collection of essays. 

Wednesday, August 24.Poetry in your backyard: the wonders of Indiana. Inspire your young poet with the natural beauty of Indiana! You and your child (along with the public library leaders) will explore examples of Indiana’s native flora at individual stations where you will learn how to write poems like those found in this year’s One State/One Story selection, World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Thursday, August 25. Cinderella Meet and Greet in Greencastle, IN. Bring your little ones for a meet and greet with Cinderella. This will be the first of many special guests to be at the top shoppe. FREE! 

Saturday, August 27. The Wildflower Market. Shop over 100+ vendors and enjoy great food down “food row”! 

Saturday, August 27. Park County Bridges and Buggies Ride. Visit 5 covered bridges and cross 4 more! 

Saturday, August 27. Rock the Block 5k in 12 Points. Runners will get to enjoy the beauty of the 12 Points area and surrounding neighborhoods with a route that proceeds through some of the highlights of the 12 Points district! Start at the historic 12 Points, run through Collett Park, loop around Maple Ave Nature Park, and continue through historic neighborhoods before finishing back at 12 Points! Participants will also get to enjoy a variety of musicians along the course to keep you hyped and rocking throughout your run! 

Wednesday, August 31. Paws-itively Stress Free Teens! Do you need a break after a stressful day at school? Spend an evening with the therapy dogs from Love on a Leash! These friendly, gentle dogs are trained to create an environment where you can relieve stress—whether you want to play with them, relax and pet them, or watch others interact with them. 

Typos happen and event details change! Please confirm with event coordinators before finalizing your plans. 


The fun has ended for these great events! 

Monday, August 1. Register for kits with the Vigo County Public Library. Themes include “outdoor adventures” and calligraphy. 

Tuesday, August 2. National Night Out in Linton. Music, food, and entertainment. 

Tuesday, August 2. National Night Out in Marshall, IL. Food, ice cream, live music, petting zoo, games, and the chance to meet your local law enforcement! 

Tuesday, August 2. Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz. FREE retro night at the Moon Lite Drive-In in Terre Haute. 

Tuesday, August 2. Busy Builders at the Vigo County Public Library. Playing with blocks in an open, social setting encourages your child to problem-solve, cooperate with others, and develop coordination and motor skills. Blocks and building toys appropriate for all ages will be available—including Magna Tiles®, giant Legos®, giant and regular Lincoln Logs®, and more!

Thursdays. 12 Points Creators Market. Come and join the 12 Points Creators Market with exciting vendors, growers, and different food trucks

Thursday, August 4. Challenge your child’s construction skills, teamwork abilities, and creativity at the library’s Lego® Lab! Every month, your child can attempt the monthly challenge’s theme or build their own designs. At the end of the evening, spend a few minutes touring everyone’s designs and learn how others solved problems in their own builds. 

Friday, August 5. Downtown Terre Haute Dog Days of Summer.  Team of Mercy is teaming up with Downtown Terre Haute to present Dog Days of Summer. Leading up to the event, community members and their fur babies will help raise funds for Team of Mercy all while competing to be the Top Dog! The top 24 furry fundraisers will be featured at a dog show during Dog Days of Summer. On August 5, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the top 24 dogs (by funds raised) will be invited to participate in a dog show. At the dog show, the Top Dog will be announced but there will be a few other fun awards dogs can compete for. This event is FREE to the public and will include a dog-friendly foam party, obstacle course, and cooling area along with more fun and food for their humans.

Friday, August 5.Ready to Read Storytime at the Vigo County Public Library. Whether you’re looking to bond with your little one, meet new friends, or prepare for their first day at Kindergarten, you can capture your child’s imagination at Ready to Read Storytime. 

Friday, August 5-August 7. Wabash Valley Lemonade Day. Buy or sell lemonade to help the next generation of entrepreneurs in the Wabash Valley! 

Saturday, August 6. Comedians for a Cause at the Terre Haute Convention Center. 

Saturday, August 6. “Music Men” concert in the park with Terre Haute Community Band. 

Saturday, August 6. Parking Lot Sale at Glendy’s Uptown Mall. Parking Lot sale, furniture antiques, home goods, project pieces, smalls and alls!
For food, fun and music, come join us!

Saturday, August 6. Next level business workshop for creative entrepreneurs. Join for a day of business inspiration at the Terre Haute Community Theater. Lunch and Refreshments included.

Saturday, August 6. Highland-Church Backpack and School Supply Giveaway. Join for their 5th Annual Backpack & School Supply Giveaway! A School-aged child must be present to recipients supplies. Food, bounce houses, and family fun! 

Saturday, August 6 and 7. Summer Splash Bash with the French Lick Scenic Railroad. Activities include foam cannon, water slides, mini golf, temporary tattoos, and more! 

Saturday, August 6. Back-to-School Bash at Vivid Smiles. Free school supplies, giveaways, food, and more! The 1st 200 kids receive a free backpack. 

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Friends Book Sale at the Vigo County Public Library. 

Sunday, August 7. Ladies’ Ride at Griffin Bike Park. 

August 8-13. Clark County Fair in Marshall, IL. Rodeo, carnival, fair queen pageant, and more! 

Tuesday, August 9. First student day for Clay County Community Schools.

Thursday, August 11. First student day for Vigo County School Corporation. 

Thursday, August 11, 12, and 13. Ernie Pyle Fireman’s Festival. Bingo, free bean dinner, yard sales, cake walk, games for kids, talent contest, pet parade, parade, and more! 

Thursday, August 11. Jackbox Party Game night for teens at the library. Jackbox Games® are multi-player games where you will work with others to solve puzzles, answer trivia questions, or create and define new words. If you don’t have a smart device, you can borrow one from the Teen Space to play.

Friday, August 12 or Saturday, August 13. Auditions for Get Smart with Children’s Theatre of Terre Haute. 

Saturday, August 13. Wine on the Wabash. Enjoy food, wine, and music from your classic rock favorites!

Saturday, August 13. Back to school open house at Montessori Academy of Terre Haute. Tour the school and get a full understanding of what the Montessori Method is and what it can provide for your child ages 3-6. 

Friday, August 19. Community Block Party with The Dance Studio and Smoke ‘n Peace. Live music, food trucks, vendors, beer garden, and dancing. 

Friday, August 19. The Sweet Life: A Visit with Author Suzanne Woods Fisher at the Lifelong Learning Center of the public library. Ice cream will be served and the first ten attendees will also receive a free copy of The Sweet Life.

Friday, August 19. Car seat check up. Have your car seat inspected by a safety technician for free! 

Saturday, August 20. Summer in the Village. Join the pioneers at Fowler Park as they open their village to explore! 

Saturday, August 20. Parent’s Night Out with Atreyu Martial Arts. Pizza, movies, and ninja moves. 

Saturday, August 20. Paw-ty at the farm!  Bring your canine friends and help us collect donations for the Sullivan Animal Shelter. We will be collecting monetary donations and items the shelter needs. Indy’s Dog House Bakery will be on site with their amazing dog treats for sale, and Son’s Spice Co. will have their Lucky Dog peanut butter cold brew coffee. We will also have pup cups available.

Saturday, August 20. “Why History Matters” with the Vigo County History Center.