October Events in the Wabash Valley

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40 October Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Fall is a fabulous time to live in the Wabash Valley. With cooler weather, beautiful colors, and awesome fall activities, we’re lucky to live near the Haute in autumn!

As promised, this calendar of October events is packed with fun! As you may notice, there are no Halloween events in this calendar. That’s because Halloween deserves its own special calendar! Click HERE for our Halloween event guide! 

Mon Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tot Time at VCPL Main library. Ages 0 – 3: Bring your baby or toddler to the library for stories, songs, dance, and activities from 10:00 am – 10:30 am. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30 am – 11:00 am.

Tues Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 4:00 p.m. Monster Tech at VCPL Main library. It’s a Frankenstein celebration! Come to one program or come to all. Each week will have a different activity, such as 3D printing monster pieces, coding with Sphero SPRK+, or designing your own monster character with Bloxels. Registration Required.

Wed Oct. 3,10,17,24 10:00 a.m. Wiggle Worms Wednesdays at VCPL Main library. Ages 3-5: Bring your preschooler to the Library for interactive stories, songs, dancing, crafts and play from 10:00am to 10:30am. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30am to 11:00am.

 Wed Oct. 3,10,17,24 6:30 p.m. West Vigo Guitar Club at VCPL West Branch. Learn to play the guitar and better understand basic music concepts like melody, rhythm and chords with the West Vigo Guitar Club. The club will meet as a group for free instruction from October through December. No music experience is required, but space is limited.

Wed Oct. 3,10,17,24 and November 1,7 and 14 5:00-7:30 PM. Strengthening Families Program by Purdue Extension – Vigo County Youth 10-14 and their parents. Dinner Provided. No charge. Topics covered include: peer pressure resistance, reducing stress, finding our family values, better communication skills, problem solving, goal setting and understanding each other better. Space is limited.

Thurs Oct 4, 11, 18, 25. 6:00 p.m. Books Before Bedtime at VCPL Main library. Wear your pajamas for stories, songs, and crafts before bedtime! This event will vary each week from traditional story time, to art-based activities, to music-making, and everything in between!

Thurs Oct 4, 11, 18, 25. 6:00 p.m. Distraction Attraction at VCPL Main library. Ages 6-11: Hang out with your friends at Distraction Attraction, an alternative to Books Before Bedtime that lets older children explore cool technology, games and activities.

Fri Oct 5, 12, 19, 26. 10:30 a.m. Ready to Read Storytime at VCPL West Branch. Ages 0-5: Sing along to music, move your bodies with egg shakers and scarves, hear stories and participate in crafts or playtime. Parents and caregivers are invited to participate with their children during this storytime.

Fri Oct 5 & 19. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learning Lab: Weather for Home-school children at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Learning Lab is a series of workshops offered for children K-4th grade to explore a favorite STEM topic. Register for classes today: For members $10/session. For Non-members $15/session.

Tues Oct 9. 10:00 a.m. Exploration Creations at VCPL Main Branch. Have you ever created a Nebula in a jar or painted a colorful work of art? In this family-oriented program for all ages, families will explore, create and have fun learning about science, art, history and other subjects. Free-play will also be available for younger children.

Tues Oct 9 & 23. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. An interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver that includes story time, hands-on learning activities, and an opportunity to explore museum exhibits afterwards. Parent participation is mandatory, and a parent/ child ratio of 1:3 is requires. Included with admission.

Tues Oct 9. 6:30 p.m. TAB Tuesday at VCPL Main Branch. Teen Advisory Board -TAB for short- helps the library design events specifically for teens. TAB is a great way to express your opinions and make new friends all while serving the community. All teens are invited to attend the monthly TAB meeting and snacks will be available!

Tues Oct 9. 7:00 p.m. Candidate Forum: school board candidates. VCPL Main branch. Audience members can submit written questions that are directed to all candidates who are running opposed races. From 8:30 to when the library closes (9:00) audience members will be able to speak to candidates individually.

Thurs Oct 11. 6:00 p.m. Turtle Talk Hosted by Wabashiki Turtle Research and Rescue at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Amber Slaughterback, regional specialist will discuss her work rescuing turtles in the wild.

Fri Oct 12-Sun Oct 21. Covered Bridge Festival-Bridgeton, IN. This countywide festival, Indiana’s largest festival, always starts on the 2nd Friday in October is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone.

Sat Oct 13. 2:00 p.m. Sycamore Football Homecoming Game. Join us for the Indiana State University Homecoming game vs. Missouri.

Monday Oct 15. 2:00 p.m. Watch This! West Frankenweenie Movie Event at VCPL West Branch. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with refreshments, drop-in activities, and a special showing of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.

Fri Oct 19. 6:00 p.m. Once Upon a Mystery for teens at VCPL West Branch. Some of your favorite fairy tale characters have gathered for a great celebration, but one of them may be hiding a dark secret. Enjoy food and drinks while working to solve a mystery. Costumes are allowed but not required. Registration Required.

Fri Oct 19. 6:30 p.m. Dog Costume Contest. Dress your dog up in the best costume and bring them out to Deming Park. We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and People’s Choice. Pre-registration is suggested! Just call 812-232-0147.

Sat Oct 20. 9:00 a.m. 2018 Brat Trot at Terre Haute Brewing Company. 5K. You won’t want to miss the 2nd annual Brat Trot through Terre Haute’s historical brewing district hosted by the Immanuel Lutheran Church! All beer will be provided by the Terre Haute Brewing Company.

Click HERE for Iconic Fall Fun: Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, and Jumping Pillows! 

Sat Oct 20. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Build with an Engineer at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Students from Rose-Hulman will be at the museum to build with and encourage the next generation of engineers using a wide variety of materials: K’nex, LEGOs, Brackitz, Lux, Zoob, marble roller coasters, paper airplanes, Rig-a-ma-jig, and giant blue blocks.

Sat Oct 20. 1:00-3:00 p.m 50 years of NICU Miracles. Join us at Union Hospital East, lower level atrium, as we honor Doctors Scully and Conway and celebrate our caregivers and the thousands of families who have received NICU care at Union Hospital.

Sat Oct 20. 5:00 p.m. Swope Downtown Challenge. Are you up for the challenge?  The clues committee is having a blast preparing your new adventure. Get your team of 4 and register.

Sat Oct 20. 7:30 p.m. CODA’s Monte Carlo Masquerade 2018 at The Country Club of Terre Haute. Try your luck at casino-style games, bid on fabulous silent auction items, and dance the night away. Individuals tickets are $50. A table of 8 tickets may be purchased for $400.

Sat Oct 20. Postmodern Jukebox at Hatfield Hall. This amazing musical collective drips with raw talent as it takes contemporary hits by stars such as Katy Perry, The Strokes and Lady Gaga, and recasts them in vintage styles from the early 20th century, including jazz, ragtime and swing.

Sat Oct 20. 8:00 p.m. 1964 The Tribute at Indiana Theatre. “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth” Rolling Stone Magazine. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Tues Oct 23. 11:00 p.m. Mother Goose on the Loose at VCPL West Branch. Ages 0-5: Join Mother Goose for an interactive storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments. You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

Thurs Oct 25. 6:00  p.m. Watch This! Hocus Pocus at VCPL Main Branch. 25 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters bewitched the town of Salem! Join us for this classic Halloween film, in which a trio of young children joins forces with a cat to break the spell and save their town.

Thurs Oct 25. 7:30 p.m. Don’t Touch That Dial! Wabash Activity Center Your next opportunity to see the Crosley Radio Players. Tickets go on sale September 11 at the Center and are only $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Fri Oct 26. Night Vision Trek Ride at Griffin Bike Park. Bring your helmet, mountain bike, bike lights even decorate yourself and your bike for the fun festive glow in the dark night ride!
Bring food for a cookout! Disco music included!

Sat Oct 27.9:30 a.m. Baby Explorer: Five Little Pumpkins. Baby Explorer is for ages 0-2 and their caregiver. Engage with your little explorer to nurture early learning through play in a welcoming environment full of socialization opportunities. Your child will learn to interact with you while also learning about our amazing world. Included with admission.

Featured Event!

Sat Oct 27. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  36th Annual Altrusa Chili Cook off at Meadows Shopping Center. Join the fun at the Altrusa Chili Cook-off! Stop by and sample chili from over 20 different booths. $1 gets you in the door, $0.50 gets you a sample. All proceeds benefit Altrusa of Terre Haute, supporting literacy in the Wabash Valley.

Altrusa Chili Cook Off Schedule of Events:

11am-2pm: Chili sampling and live music
12pm: Showmanship Judging
1:30pm: Chili judging begins
11am-2pm: Kid’s Face Painting
2pm: Kid’s costume contest


October events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

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The fun has ended for these great events:

Wed Oct 3 & Thur. Oct 4 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me : Firetruck at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. It’s fire safety month! Learn about some very important community members, discuss fire safety procedures, build a LEGO Duplo firetruck, free play and more! Ages 2-5 Included with membership or Admission.

Fri, Sat, Sun Oct 5, 6, 7. Tarzan Zerbini Circus. This year’s show features some of the most thrilling acts in the circus today… Yes, we have elephants, horses, bears, the giant space wheel of thrills, hula hoops, aerialists, clowns and “back by popular demand” as seen on America’s Got Talent – The Guerrero Duo on the high wire.

Fri Oct 5. 5:00 p.m. First Friday: Haute Harvest at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. When the leaves start changing it can only mean one thing, autumn is approaching! First Friday includes special admission- $5 for all ages 2 and up includes these activities.

Fri Oct 5. 6:00 p.m. First Friday Downtown Terre Haute 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!

Fri Oct 5. 6:00 p.m. Water Tower Estates Presents: Dueling Pianos. Tickets start at $15. Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos is a high energy, all request sing along show for all ages. This interactive act brings together music and comedy for a night you’ll be laughing about for weeks!

Sat Oct 6 & 20. 9:00 a.m. Learning Lab: Weather at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Learning Lab is a series of workshops offered for children K-4th grade to explore a favorite STEM topic. Register for classes today: For members $10/session. For Non-members $15/session.

Sat Oct 6. 10:00 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose at VCPL Main Branch. Ages 0-5: Join Mother Goose for an interactive storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments. You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

Sat Oct 6-Sun Oct 7. Pioneer Days at Fowler Park. All Ages. $5 per vehicle. Horse drawn wagon rides, children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, authentic food, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, history scavenger hunt with prizes, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, muzzleloader camp, and much more.

Sat Oct 6-Sun Oct 7. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Indiana Renaissance Faire in Noblesville, IN. Experience over 65 unique artisans to shop, 100+ performances daily, Full-contact Jousting by Knights of Valour! There is Period Music, Delicious Eats ‘n Treats, Handcrafted Beer, Ales and Mead at the Red Lion Inn (21 and over), Feats of Daring, Period Musicians, Fools, Fire-jugglers and Magicians, Swashbuckling Pirates, Heroic Swordsman, Comedic shows, Costumed Period Performers and so much more!

Sat Oct 6. 11:00 a.m. Puppies & Pints Party and Adoption at 7th and Elm. Parking lot party and open adoption! Adoptable dogs 11-2 in the parking lot plus our games, music, and drink specials. We will have a beer truck, cornhole, giant beer pong, flip cup, and other games… and ALL proceeds are going to the Terre Haute Humane Society! There is a $5 cover to help donate to the amazing work they do! Kid friendly until 5pm.

Sun Oct 7. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Old Fashion Day. Join us for an afternoon of old fashion fun in beautiful Collett Park as we celebrate our 30th Annual Old Fashion Day. There will be live music at the gazebo, carriage rides and hayrides through the park.



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