50 August Events for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

The 2018 event calendar for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley would not be possible without the support of Kindermusik at KinderCenter. If we want to see the Terre Haute area attract more families and offer more family fun, we need to support kid-friendly businesses like Kindermusik!

Mark your calendar! Fall classes start the week of September 10 and end the week of December 10!

This fall, Ms. Rhonda has “Zoom Buggy” and “Dream Pillow” music classes for infants and young tots, “Milk and Cookies” classes for toddlers, “Hello Weather” classes for preschoolers, and instrument playing and vocal skills for the young child.

There are a variety of times and days offered for each class!

You can find the class schedule and prices on the registration page of the KinderCenter website. 

August Event Calendar for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

August 24-26. Scheid Diesel Extravaganza 2018. 3 days filled with everything the Diesel Enthusiasts will not want to miss!

August 24-26. Teacher appreciation weekend at Kings Island. Free admission for educators (teachers, faculty, staff) to Kings Island and discounted admission of $29.99 for up to six family members or friends.

FEATURED EVENT: August 24. 6:00 p.m. The Red Gala and Auction for the YMCA. The Red Barn at Sycamore Farm.

The evening will feature live performances by Brandon and Mallory Halleck, with emcee and auctioneer 100.7 DJ Kevin Lambert. Dinner will include a delicious three-course meal prepared by Terre Haute’s premier Chef Kris Kraut of The Butler’s Pantry. Attendees will also have access to one of the best auctions in town! Drinks will be available for purchase at the Red Barn bar top. 

All the proceeds from the evening will benefit the YMCA of the Wabash Valley, including over 7,000 members, and the valuable work we do in Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. As a local non-profit, we rely on community support to help us meet community needs. Donations to the YMCA are tax deductible. 

August 25. Charleston, IL Airshow. Monster truck, T-6 Texan, Pony, Kiddie and helicopter rides too.

August 25. FREE 80s Party at the Indiana Theatre.

August 25. Modern Charm, Millie & Maude, and Charm School Anniversary Party.

August 25. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We Live at Rose Park. “We Live “hosted by Hamilton Center is back again in 2018! Join us for another fun afternoon of free food, haircuts, giveaways, and so much more!

August 25. 5:30 p.m. Replay Runway at Wabash Activity Center. Our signature Eco-fashion show and our annual fundraiser. This year we will be offering International dinner from several countries around the world. Tickets $23.16-$39.01.

Curious about Curious George? Read all about this new, temporary, kid-friendly exhibit HERE! 

August 27. 5:15 p.m. Women’s Equality Day March. Celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment (1920), giving women full voting rights. 9th and Chestnut, ISU parking lot behind Ballyhoo. 6pm program and march. Come as you are, come as a suffragist or 60s feminist. Make a poster about voting, equal rights. Sing the songs of the suffragists as you march.

August 28. 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Tot Time: Move It! at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Toss, drop, jump, roll, scoot, spin and more! Experiment with movement, space and gravity documenting their affects on the way objects move. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Please register. Included with admission.

August 28. 5:00-7:00. Cookies and Canvas for kids (ages 12 and under) at Terre Haute Chick-fil-A.

August 29-30. Terre Haute Children’s Choir auditions.

August event calendar for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

August 30. 6:00 p.m. “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” Film Screening. The film explores the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, whose creative spirits and resilient attitudes produced a monkey loved by the world. We invite guests of all ages to this free film screening. Run time: 80 minutes, Unrated.

August 31.- September 3. Little Italy Festival in Clinton. The festival is held every Labor Day weekend and has been since 1966 with annual crowds between 60,000-80,000 visitors.

As always, please double check event info before making your plans. Details can and do change! We’ll update this page as new information becomes available to us, so check the calendar often.

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The fun has ended for these great events:

August 1. Kids Cooking Class at Deming park. Open to ages 4-12. Ages 4-8: 9:30 am-11:00 am. Ages 9-12: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. Cost: $5 per class. Registration can be done over the phone at 812-232-0147, online, or at the Torner Center during business hours.

August 1. 7:00 p.m. Chick Fil A Teens & Treats- patio party for teens, card games, corn hole, & music.

August 2. 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Chick Fil A Senior Social.

August 3. 3:00 p.m. Watch This! “Ferdinand” at West Branch VCPL. Free movie. Ferdinand is a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand’s peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors.
August 3. 4:00 p.m. First Friday: Cat Take Over at Main Branch VCPL. Fight the dog days of summer with the cat takeover at the Library. Pete the Cat, Bad Kitty and the Cat in the Hat are taking over the festivities with cat crafts, games and snacks. One of the famous kitties might even make an appearance.

August 3. 5:00 p.m. First Friday: Pooch Party at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Come meet dogs from the Terre Haute Humane Society who are looking for forever homes. Enter program room on Wabash Ave. – no admission required.

August 3. 5:00 p.m. First Friday: The Journey that Saved Curious George at the Swope Museum. There will be inclusive activities for all ages, including arts and crafts, reading nooks, music, food, and fun. Be sure to wear your best 1940s attire in honor of the Reys’ epic escape. Prizes will be given to those of exceptional fashion! All are welcome to join in the free event.

August 3. 6:00 p.m. First Friday RAD RIDE.  Join us at the Griffin Bike Park tent downtown for a fun, exciting, easy paced ride through the streets of downtown. Short and medium length rides available. Wheelies will be ridden, curbs will be jumped and fun will be had! This is a free event and family friendly!

August 3. 5:00 p.m. First Friday: Dog Days of Summer. Downtown goes to the dogs during the August First Friday! Bring your furry friends and enjoy pet themed activities, art exhibits, great local restaurants, live music and family fun.

August 3. 9:00 p.m. (CDT) Marshall Street Dance. 6th Street after the Friday night Marshall Municipal Band Concert. A wide variety of music will be played.

August 4-5. Friends of the VCPL August Book Sale. Thousands of books including: Art, Travel, Sheet Music, Children’s, Fiction, Nonfiction, History and Cookbooks! Average book price just $1. Magazines, Vinyl Records, Audiobooks, DVDs, VHS Tapes, CDs, and more!

Looking for back-to-school events with school supply giveaways, haircuts, and more? Click here for our back-to-school post!

August 4. Chick Fil A 5 year Anniversary Party.

August 4. Terre Haute Masters Skills Camp at Strive 365. Our Masters Skills Camp will bring in College Coaches and instructors to teach players skills to improve their game. There will be four sections of the camp that focus on position specific instruction as well as the game overall. Starting at $98.

August 4. 9:00 a.m. 4th Annual Back to School Bang in Paris. The free event will feature interactive displays and health information from more than 10 local organizations, plus multiple departments of the hospital.

August 4. 3:00 p.m. Kid’s Opening: Curious George’s Story at the Swope Art Museum. Enjoy story time, activities, and snacks. Curious George himself will even be joining in the celebration, along with the Man in the Yellow Hat. Bring your best monkey face to get a picture with them both!

August 4. 4:30 p.m. A Taste of India. Join the India Association of Terre Haute for their annual fundraiser. This night of dining and dancing will benefit Meals on Wheels Terre Haute and Griffin Bike Park.

August 4. 6:00 p.m. Pokemon Tournament. Swiss format. $5 Entry Fee. 100% of event fees paid out in prize support!

August 6. Clay Community Schools First Day of School!

August 6. 9:30 a.m. Creek Stompin at Deming Park. Open to ages 5-12. Cost: $5 per class
Registration can be done over the phone at 812-232-0147, online, or at the Torner Center during business hours.

August 7. 5:00 p.m. National Night Out in Linton. Police and Community Event where first responders from all over the County come to visit and socialize with the community. In hope we can work together to fight crime.

August 8. VCSC First Day of School!

August 9. Family Fun Night at Honey Creek Mall sponsored by VCPL. Who is your favorite book character? Explore famous children’s book characters like Harry Potter, Curious George and the Very Hungry Caterpillar through games, art projects and puzzles.

August 9-10. The Global Leadership Summit at Maryland Community Church. Your influence matters. Join 445,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it with two days of world-class leadership training. Tickets $199.

August 10. 5:00 p.m. Marshall’s Night out on the National Road. Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Bricks 4 Kidz, Hot dogs, chips and water for the first 1000 people, The Sno Cone Shack, 8pm- Band Concert, 9pm- Coco movie will play under the stars.

August 10. 7:00 p.m. Movie in the Park at Hawthorn. Peter Rabbit. Free.

August 11-12. Back to school mini sessions by Kimberly Renee Photography. Reserve your spot today to avoid the high costs of school pictures!

August 11. 11:00-2:00. Westminister Harvest Party. Petting zoo, face painting, and games for the whole family.

August 11. Terre Haute Action Track Dirt Racing Experience. Get behind the wheel of a dirt race car at Terre Haute Action Track for only $89! Choose from a Legends Modified, Late Model, UMP Modified or Sprint Car!

August 11. 9:30 a.m. Baby Explorer: On the Move at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Wiggle, waggle, stomp and spin as we discover all the ways our bodies move! Get in the groove through music and dance, a story, and a mini-obstacle course. Baby Explorer is for ages 0-2 and their caregiver. Please register. Included with admission.

August 11. 10:30 a.m. Tot Time: Moving & Grooving at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Join us as we explore how our bodies move, create patterns, and count our way through music and dance, a story, an obstacle course, and other games. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Please register. Included with admission.

August 11. 1:00 p.m. Second Saturday Art Studio at the Swope Art Museum. Margret and H.A. Rey went through an extraordinary escape in order to be able to share the story of Curious George. Come and share in the Reys’ love for literature, and make your own book complete with illustrations, your own story, and a binding to hold it all together!

August 11. 1:00 p.m. An afternoon with the Butterflies at Dobbs Park. $1.00 craft fee. Please pre-register.
Learn ways to draw butterflies to your yard and what you can do to help monarch butterflies. Make a butterfly treasure box to keep your valuables safe. Call 812-877-1095 for questions or registration.

August 11. 8:00 p.m. Terre Haute Community Band Centennial of Leonard Bernstein Concert at Fairbanks Park.

August 12-18. Clark County Fair in Marshall, IL. 123rd annual.

August 12. 1:35 p.m. PJ Masks Appearance at Indianapolis Indians game. Indianapolis Indians vs. Pawtucket Red Sox at Victory Field. Children 14 and under receive a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with the price of admission.

August 13. 10:00 a.mNature Program for Preschoolers. Join us for an exciting program for preschool children. Children will have the chance to learn about animals and nature. Parents are required to stay with children. Open to ages 2-5 years old. Call the Torner Center at 812-232-0147 to register. Cost: $5

August 13. Kids Day- National Health Center Week-Under the Big Top. Free family community event. Free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, popcorn, snow cones, and photo booth. The first 225 kids will each receive a free t-shirt.

August 14. 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Tot Time: Moving & Grooving at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Join us as we explore how our bodies move, create patterns, and count our way through music and dance, a story, an obstacle course, and other games. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Please register. Included with admission.

August 15, 22. 10:00 a.m. Family Place Parent/Child Workshop at Main Branch VCPL. It’s play time at the Vigo County Public Library! Join us for a 75 minute play-based program that gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to spend time with their infants and toddlers in a group setting. Librarians and community resource professionals will be available for questions and consultations during the program.

August 16. 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Chick Fil A Senior Social.

FEATURED EVENT: Apple Orchard Mini Sessions. Capture a memory while picking a few delicious apples at the Apple Orchard! (Spaces are limited to 5 families per night.)

August 17th (Friday) 6:45PM-8:15PM EST
August 18th (Saturday) 6:45PM-8:15PM EST
*Rain dates August 24-25

15 minute portrait session
10 digital images
30 day online gallery
Print release

Ask questions or reserve your mini-session spot via the Chaos and Clark Photography page!

August 18-19. Terre Haute Airshow at the Terre Haute Regional Airport. This your chance to see the world famous Blue Angels right here in Indiana. Everyone loves the Military Jet Teams and the Blues are the Best of the Best. Tickets $15-$20.

August 18. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tour De Parks by Griffin Park. Join us for a tour of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Dept properties.
A 53, 35, and 11 mile ride will be available. (13 and under require adult supervision). All Ages & Skill Levels. $20 Pre-Registration, (includes t shirt)

August 18. 12:30 p.m. Community Gaming Initiative at Main Branch VCPL. All ages: Calling all gamers. Interested in tabletop, role playing or card gaming? Explore new games, play old favorites and challenge new people.

August 18. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Vigo County Baby Shower. Expecting moms, moms to children under 1 and caregivers have the opportunity to receive a free pack n play! Free lunch, cupcakes, games and lots of fun.

August 18. Kittens and Yoga. Want to be part of the most purr-fect exercise class yet? Want to help save lives? JOIN US! August 18th at Zen Cat Yoga in South Terre Haute. We are offering 3 different times for yoga and even a craft class in the evening 6-?
Come meet adoptable kittens and strreeettch it out!

August 18. 6:30 p.m. Author Talk: Louise Borden at CANDLES Holocaust Museum. In 2010, Borden worked with illustrator Allan Drummond to release the book “The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.” Open to all ages.

August 18. 2018 Half Moon Half. Nighttime 1/2 marathon trail run in beautiful and challenging Griffin Bike Park.

August 20. 5:00 p.m. Chick Fil A National Lemonade Day- Little Lemon Squeezers. Kids get to decorate a chef hat, apron, a make lemonade.

August 7, 14, 21, 28. 1:00 p.m. Art Start at the Swope Art Museum. Free art program for preschools 2-5 years old.

August 22. 6:30 p.m. “Hidden Child in France” French Survivor Rachel Goldman Miller at CANDLES Holocaust Museum. Rachel will speak on her experiences before, during, and after the war, including her time in hiding. Her lecture will be followed by a meet-and-greet.




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