40 Fun Things to Do in Terre Haute in January!

January always feels like a bit of sleepy month in the Wabash Valley. (Event coordinators, take note. January could be a good time to plan future events!) But January doesn’t have to be miserable! Use our local event calendar to find things to do in Terre Haute in January 2022!

Local Event Calendar for January


Thursday, January 26. Tai-Chi for ages 16 and up (beginner/intermediate) begins with Community School of the Arts.

Thursday, January 26. The Mavericks perform at Rose-Hulman Hatfield Hall. The Mavericks, the eclectic rock and country group known for crisscrossing musical boundaries with abandon, has gone through three distinct phases since it was founded in Miami in 1989. An initial period of heady success marked by big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. A long hiatus starting 2003 when the musicians each went their own way. And finally, a triumphant reunion in 2012 which held long enough for them to recently celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary.

Thursday, January 26. Teen board game night with the Vigo County Public Library. Challenge your friends to a favorite board game or a try new card game at Teen Board Game Night. Choose from Apples to Apples, Nertz, Phase 10, and more!

Friday, January 27. Game Night at Little Bear Coffee Co. Introducing Little Bear Coffee & Boards Night. Gather your friends to enjoy a fun evening filled with coffee and board games!

Friday, January 27. 2023 Eagles in Flight weekend with Turkey Run and Shades State Park.

Friday, January 27. Academy of Rock and Roll for ages 12-17 begins with Community School of the Arts.

Saturday, January 28. Dance Clinic with Northview Marching Nights for students in kindergarten through 8th grade!

Saturday, January 28. Lego Madness with the Vigo County Public Library. On January 28, 1958, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen submitted a patent for an improved version of his father’s interlocking toy blocks–and Lego® construction blocks soon became one of the most popular toys of the century! Celebrate 65 years of imagination and construction this International Lego® Day, design your own mini-fig, complete a scavenger hunt, and spend the day building with all sizes of Lego® blocks–even the jumbo ones!



  • Mondays. Outer Space Science and Stories with the Vigo County Public Library. Dink Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway are a long way from Green Lawn, Connecticut when they stumble into their newest mystery! The three friends join Wallis Wallace and her brother Walker on a trip to Aunt Alice’s Space Museum in Florida–only to discover a dangerous mountain lion is on the loose and someone is pressuring Aunt Alice into selling her property. Can the three of them catch the culprit and save the museum?
  • Mondays. Kids and Family Clay with Deming Park Pottery.
  • Tuesdays. Try the Y Tuesdays every week at Clay County YMCA.
  • Tuesdays. Busy Builders STEAM club at the Vigo County Public Library.
  • Tuesdays. Art Start at the Swope. Art Start will restart on Tuesdays from 1-2pm. For children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult.
  • Wednesdays. Manna from Seven Laundry Assistance. Meet at Suds on Third Laundry on Wednesdays from for assistance with laundry services.
  • Fridays. Ready to Read Storytime at the WEST branch of the Vigo County Public Library. At Ready to Read Storytime, your child will learn new words and sounds, practice good listening and social skills, and develop fine motor skills with music, dance, and songs.
  • Saturdays (in January and February). Valley Volley Tot by COA Volleyball. Ages 4-7. Are you looking for an activity to keep your little ones active this winter? Volley Tot program is sure to keep them active & smiling! $75.

As always, typos happen and event details change! Please confirm with the event coordinators before finalizing your plans.

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The fun has ended for these great events:

Sunday, January 1. Spring registration opens for Riley Recreational baseball/softball league.

Sunday, January 1. National Road Bicycle Club Polar Bear Ride leaves from The Barn at Fowler Park at 10:30 am.

Sunday, January 1. “First Day Hike” at Turkey Run State Park. We all go through some big changes, even our planet. Start your new year off learning about some of Turkey Run’s geology changes throughout time! Meet in the Nature Center at 11A.M. for a Naturalist-guided hike through Rocky Hollow. On this 2 mile very rugged trail hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Sunday, January 1. New Year’s Day Run at Deming Park. Kick off your New Year fitness resolutions with friends. We’ll meet at Torner Center in Deming Park. Run as many or few miles as you want. Join after at Java Haute for coffee, hot chocolate, or a sweet treat! This event is FREE (except Java) and open to everyone!

Monday, January 2. Kids’ Winter Break canvas classes with Maker’s Studio at 12 Points. Snowman Canvas for ages 8-12 and Penguin Canvas for ages 5-8.

Monday, January 2. Haute Create Cosplay Co-Op with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 15 & Up: Are you building your next cosplay masterpiece for an upcoming convention? Work alongside other like-minded makers and creators, access Haute Create’s array of innovative technology, and receive assistance from Vigo County Public Library’s Tech Team when you need it at the Haute Create Cosplay Co-Op. Every month, the Cosplay Co-Op will allow you to get hands-on with 3D printers, a laser cutter, sewing machines, and more! Please bring your own materials for your costume.

Tuesday, January 3. Haircuts at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church from Manna from Seven.

Tuesday, January 3. Laptime for Littles at the CLINTON public library. New Program from the Clinton Public Library for caregivers and babies/children who are not yet walking. Join us on the first Tuesday of the month for activity time. Feel free to bring a blanket to mark your floor space. Snacks are welcome.

Tuesday, January 3. 9:30 a.m. Story Time Tuesday at Chick fil a. An hour of stories and activities.

Wednesday, January 4. Wiggle Worm Storytime at the Vigo County Public Library. At Wiggle Worm Storytime, your child will build early learning skills through listening to, reading, and discussing stories; practicing the alphabet; and expanding their vocabulary. They will also develop fine motor skills by performing fingerplays and body movement-based activities while learning how to cooperate with others in a group setting. Each storytime ends with a half-hour session of free play for you and your child to socialize with others.

Thursday, January 5. Lego Lab in the Vigo County Youth Services Program Room. Ages 6–11: Challenge your child’s construction skills, teamwork abilities, and creativity at 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. Your child’s design will be part of a month-long display in Youth Services.

Through January 7. The Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department is excited to host a live Christmas tree drop-off from December 26 to January 7. These trees will be used to provide habitat for aquatic wildlife within the VCPRD System. You may drop off your tree within designated areas at Fowler Park and Hawthorne Park. Please follow signs to designated areas to drop off trees. The Parks are open from dawn until dusk. The final date to drop off trees is January 7. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 812-462-3391.

Saturday, January 7. Empathy Builders: A Fresh Start with the Vigo County Public Library. Did your family make New Year’s resolutions this year, watch fireworks at a park, or stay up to see the ball drop at midnight in Times Square on the first of January? These are common ways that the new year is celebrated in the United States, but other cultures might start the year by deep-cleaning their household, eating specific meals, or gifting red envelopes to their children! Learn the different ways the New Year is celebrated in other parts of the world with Empathy Builders.

Saturday, January 7. Indoor winter market from Terre Haute Farmers Market at The Meadows from 9 am-1pm.

Tuesday, January 10. Time Travelers Club with the Vigo County History Center. Old City Hall was built between 1873 and 1874, located at Fourth and Walnut. It served as headquarters for the police department, among other uses. The building was used until 1937. The tour is free for History Center and Indiana Landmarks members, non-members $7 adults, $6 Seniors.

January 10, 11, and 12. Volleyball clinics (for ages 7-middle school) at Clay County YMCA.

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Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12. Auditions for Terre Haute Community School of the Arts. No appointment necessary–but please register before auditions. Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12, 4:30 – 6:00 PM at the Landini Center for the Performing Arts at the corner of 7th & Chestnut on the ISU campus. Rehearsals are every Wednesday, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, January 18 through April 26 (EXCEPT March 29–VCSC Spring Break) for a total of 14 rehearsals including the dress rehearsal on April 26. Final concert will be Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 PM, location TBA. We welcome all children 7 and up who like to sing. Our groups are taught by experienced professionals in the choral field who stress good vocal technique and choral singing habits, musicianship, and music-reading skills through the use of a variety of choral pieces–all in an atmosphere of encouragement and fun.

Thursday, January 12. Intro to Soldering at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 13 & Up: Soldering is a multi-purpose technique that will allow you to build electronics, make repairs, and create crafts! In Intro to Soldering, you will pick up this valuable skill and learn how to use the Haute Create soldering stations safely by making your own DIY synthesizer.

Friday, January 13. Gamers’ Alliance at the WEST Branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 9 & Up: Knock your opponents out of the race with a blue shell or take down another fighter with your Smash Ball move at West Branch Library’s Gamers’ Alliance!

Saturday, January 14. Hygge Winter Celebration at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6-11: Spend a cozy winter afternoon with your family and learn how to practice the Danish concept of Hygge together. Hygge–pronounced hoo-ga–encourages you to take time away from your daily hustle and spend more time with people you care about, take care of yourself, and enjoy life’s quiet pleasures. At the Hygge Winter Celebration, you and your family can work on crafts, create a greeting card for a loved one, and continue exploring Hygge with a take-home bag of ideas.

Saturday, January 14. Tie the Knot–A Bridal Show in Clay County. This will be a FUN and enlightening and free event for anyone planning a wedding! Come join us and register to win a FREE wedding (venue only) from White Pine Manor! Register to win a FREE WEDDING (venue only). Live DJ, Jim Osborne, from 92,7 The Rock broadcasting live from 10-12.

Saturday, January 14. Trained in Terre Haute 2023 Spring Half Marathon Training. Trained in Terre Haute (TNT) is back! This 18-week training program prepares athletes of all levels to complete (and compete) in a spring half marathon. TNT has introduced so many to the joys of fitness, health and friendship through running and walking. Whether you’ve never run before, or need help improving, TNT is the program you want in 2023!The half marathon training includes coaches for all levels (walker, beginning, intermediate, and advanced). The program is included in your 2023 membership.

Through January 14. Craft Time Open House at the Dobbs Park Nature Center. Materials are supplied (for fee ranging from $.50-$4.00)–just bring your imagination!

Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15. Winter Carnival with Van Duyn Elementary School in Clinton. Winter Carnival at Van Duyn will be open to the public. The two day event will be January 14th from 12-4pm and January 15th from 12-4pm. There will be ice skating and a trackless train. Come hungry and enjoy a meal. Several food vendors will be set up. Skating fee is $5 per person and train rides will be $2 per ride.

Monday, January 16. Maker Hour: Explore the Maker Cart at the WEST Branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 9 & Up: Be the first to get hands-on with the West Branch Library’s new Maker Cart. Create circuits with paper, assemble a mini-hovercraft, build a robot that scribbles on its own, and explore other open-ended STEAM projects with your family.

Wednesday, January 18. Intro to Robotics with the Vigo County Public Library. Programming a robot might sound challenging–even intimidating–but it’s easier than you think! Discover CircuitPython, a beginner-friendly programming language that will allow you to turn on motors, direct movement, and even turn corners with a small robot.

Wednesday, January 18. Read to Rover at the WEST Branch of the Vigo County Public Library. All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches!

Wednesday, January 18. Wine & Yoga at WaterTower Estates Winery. New Year, New You?! Let us help you wine & unwind from the stress of the holidays and daily life. Certified yoga instructor, Ashley Martin, will walk you through a routine to relax, increase flexibility, and build strength! Not to mention you get to do it while drinking wine! The class includes 1 free glass of wine and a curated yoga routine. The cost is $15 per person and the class will last 1 hour. Please remember to bring your own mat.

Thursday, January 19. Sew Simple with Haute Create at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 13 & Up: Make your own repairs to clothing, create customized gifts, and save money with Sew Simple. Perfect for beginning or inexperienced sewers, Sew Simple will introduce you to the sewing machines available in Haute Create and teach you how to set up a machine for use. As part of the class, you will be able to create your own coin purse to attach to a backpack or lanyard.

Thursday, January 19. Try This Teens: Perler Beat Art with the Vigo County Public Library. Create pixel-style art with Perler Beads, colorful beads which fuse together when heated with an iron. Materials will be provided for you to continue the craft at home.

Friday, January 20. Nominations close for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s 12 Under 40 Award.

Friday, January 20. Free tea tasting at For You Brewing Supplies. Join to discover new teas and meet new friends.

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Friday, January 20 starting at 4:00 PM or Saturday, January 21 starting at 1:00 PM.

The classic Charles Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist is brought to life in the musical OLIVER, Jr.

Call backs will be Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PM. Calls will be made Saturday night to youth invited back to read on Sunday.

Saturday, January 21.Disney on Ice Presents: Find Your Hero in Indianapolis. Join the adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favorite Disney stories. Join fearless wayfinder Moana and demigod Maui as they bravely voyage into uncharted territories to return the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Journey alongside Anna and Elsa on their quest to protect the kingdom. Dive “Under The Sea” and test the power of true love with The Little Mermaid. Get tangled with Rapunzel as she dares to explore the world outside her own. And be there as Belle boldly tames the fearsome Beast. Discover that courage, determination and heart are all part of the hero in you!

Saturday, January 21. Read to Rover with the Vigo County Public Library. Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches!

Saturday, January 21. Sullivan Snowball. Join an evening of glamour, dancing, food, and fun as raise funds for the upkeep of the Sullivan City Pool! Mullet Over will be performing LIVE music! Get dressed up and wear your dancing shoes for a great cause!

Saturday, January 21. Pump up the JAM! FREE exercise class at The Meadows.

Saturday, January 21. Early bird pricing for spring recreational league for Vigo County Youth Soccer Association ends.

Sunday, January 22. Winter pizza and paint event at Greek’s pizza. MuseArt Terre Haute will help you pain a cute, winter-themed canvas, as well as have some trivia (where you can win a prize) and a full pizza buffet provided by Greek’s Pizzeria!

Monday, January 23. Grand opening of The Terminal Public House. 

Monday, January 23. Wild World of Animals at Tilson Auditorium. Wild World of Animals is an exploration into the fascinating world of the wildlife we share with the planet; featuring live animals including some of the most majestic, interesting, bizarre, and critically endangered species in the world.

Tuesday, January 24. Drummer Kenny Aronoff at Tilson Auditorium. Drummer Kenny Aronoff is one of the world’s most influential and in demand drummers and percussionists. Rolling Stone Magazine named him as one of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” and the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine named him the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and #1 Studio Drummer. The list of artists he’s worked with on the road and/or in the studio is a who’s who of the music industry’s top talent. This event is FREE and open to the public.