45 October Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

One of the best parts of October in Terre Haute is the calendar filled with fall fun! But don’t expect to find Halloween events here, because Halloween gets its own special calendar! {Coming soon!}

October Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

October events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Thursday, October 20. Battle of the Brains Trivia Night. Food, drinks & tests (of useless knowledge)! Gather your friends for a friendly competition to raise funds for the 1st grade field trip to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, classroom and school wide grants & summer enrichment programs. 

Featured Event! Fall Here We Grow Again Sale.

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. Fall Consignment Sale at 1101 Girl Scout Ln, Terre Haute, IN 47807. No admission fee! Shop thousands of gently-used kids’ items in one location! New moms and community heroes (hospital staff, teachers, first responders, military, and social workers) can shop early on October 20! 

Friday, October 21, 22, 23. Rose Drama Club presents Clue. Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

Featured Event! A Night at the Museum

Saturday, October 22. Celebrate A Night at the Museum and the Vigo County Historical Society’s 100th anniversary with us on October 22, 2022.

With the popular 2006 movie starring Ben Stiller in mind, the History Center will showcase its unique exhibits and local history, with many “coming to life” over the course of the evening.

Interactive exhibits will be spread across the History Center’s three floors, along with catering by Chef Kris Kraut at Federal Coffee + Fine Foods and cash bar by The Copper Bar. A program and map will lead visitors throughout the museum to experience local history in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Saturday, October 22. The Indiana State University Blue and White Parade starts at 9 am! 

Saturday, October 22. Free admission to the Wabash Valley Railroad Museum. 

Thursday, October 27. 8th Annual Taste of Sullivan. Join the Heart of Sullivan for the chance to sample restaurants from all over Sullivan County in one location. Each year local restaurants come together for a night of fun and community. Taste a sample of a menu item from participating restaurants and see what great foods the area has to offer. 

Friday, October 28. Fowler Park Hayride. Join the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department on Friday, October 28th at Fowler Park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for family-friendly hayrides! Rides will leave from the Foltz Cabin directly across from the Fowler Park Log Barn. Tickets are $3 per person. This event is open to all ages and includes a brief ride through the Fowler Park Pioneer Village and around the park!

Friday, October 28. FREE Movie in the Park. Bring your family, friends, blankets, and chairs, and join us for Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department’s 2022 Movie in the Park. Ghostbusters: AfterLife. 

Saturday, October 29. Truckstop Terre Haute grand opening! 

Recurring October Events:

  • Sundays. Drop-in musical theater classes at Academy of Dance. 
  • Mondays in October. Ghost science and stories at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 5–11: When Andres moves to the town of Kersville, his neighbor tells him that Andres’ new home is haunted! Thankfully, his neighbor isn’t just any eight-year-old; Desmond Cole is a fearless ghost hunter who tracks down Kersville’s mischievous spirits. Start Desmond and Andres’ ghost-hunting adventures with Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso and conduct hands-on science experiments with a ghostly twist! You’ll even receive your own copy of Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door to read along. Please plan to attend all four sessions.
  • 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. Wiggle worm storytime at the Vigo County Public Library. Start your toddler or preschooler on the path to a successful year in Kindergarten with Wiggle Worms. At Wiggle Worms, 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. 
  • Saturdays. Visit the Terre Haute Outdoor Farmers Market at The Meadows.
  • Saturdays in October. Donation-based community yoga.

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

We know the Haute is here for Halloween! Our 2022 Halloween guide is coming soon! 

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As always, typos happen and event details change. While we do our best to keep this calendar updated and correct, please confirm details before solidifying your plans or making fun promises to your children. We also can’t advise you what is good, better, best for your family and our community. Be safe and make good choices!

The fun has ended for these great events: 

Saturday, October 1. Max and Honey’s Fall Market. Local vendors and crafters. 

Saturday, October 1. Pet vaccine clinic. 

Saturday, October 1. Glassblowing open house at Larkfield Glass. 

Saturday, October 1. Flashlight night corn maze at L&A Family Farms. 

Saturday, October 1. Community Baby Shower. This year’s event will be Saturday, October, 1, 2022 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in center court at Haute City Center (formerly Honey Creek Mall). Union Health is proud to offer a FREE baby shower celebrating all new mothers and mothers-to-be in the Wabash Valley. Safe sleep instruction, car seat safety simulator, infant CPR, classes, and more. 

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Fowler Park Pioneer Days. Step back in time during our 50th annual Pioneer Days in our 19th-century log cabin village. Experience the way of life lived by Pioneers of Indiana during the 1800s-1840s. There will be children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, musical performers, and much more. 

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb. The Newport Auto Antique Hill Climb is an international antique auto up hill timed event held each year in the small Indiana town of Newport, an event that attracts those crowds of one hundred thousand plus to that little town. Automobiles, trucks and motorcycles from the Steam, Brass, Vintage, Antique, and Classic Car eras, make timed runs from a standing start, up a steep hill to a finish line 1,800 feet away. 

Sunday, October 2. Fall farm day at the Woods. Join the sisters during the family day filled with alpaca visits, children’s activities, fiber demonstrations, farm and 4-H demonstrations, videos and more. There is no cost to attend, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested. 

Sunday, October 2. Indiana Exotic Pet Expo. We will have a nice selection of Exotics for you to view and purchase along with your feeder and supply needs.

Monday, October 3. CODA’s annual candlelight vigil. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one of our first activities is our annual candlelight vigil on October 3rd at 6:00pm at the Fairbanks Park Amphitheater where we remember those that have lost their lives to domestic violence and stand with their families and friends. 

Monday, October 3. Ages 15 & Up: Are you making the ultimate Halloween costume from scratch or 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 Vigo County Public Library’s Tech Team.

Tuesday, October 4. Hear from candidates for the 2022 General Election at this candidate forum at the Vigo County Public Library sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak one-to-one with the candidates following the forum.

Wednesday, October 5. Time Traveler’s Club at Rocky Edge. The mystique of Rocky Edge in the hilly Allendale neighborhood south of Terre Haute has occupied the public’s mind since the Root family first purchased the once 88-acre estate in 1925, a decade after the Root Glass Company’s winning contour Coca-Cola bottle design took the family’s wealth to another level. Join the Time Travelers Club on Wednesday, October 5, 5:30-7:30PM for a tour of the grounds and main house at Rocky Edge.

Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. Zorah Shrine Circus

Friday, October 7. Barn party at Remnant Church. Bonfire, soup beans and veggie soup, cornhole, games music, and more! You can even come dressed in your country attire, but be sure to dress warm! Kids will also have a blast riding the train around the property. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs and even blankets.

Saturday, October 8. Sugar Creek Fire Department Fire Prevention Parade at the West Vigo IGA. Parade starts at dark! 

Saturday, October 8. Experimental Aircraft Fly-in. Please join VAA Chapter 41 and EAA Chapter 83 in a joint celebration of E-AB aircraft of all shapes and sizes.

Saturday, October 8. Movie night at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center: The Lion King. Come enjoy a night under the stars and be a part of testing our first (but hopefully not last!) movie fundraiser night! Check-in starts at 7:00pm. Movie begins at 08:00pm. $5 per person (Children 2 and under FREE). Bring your own chair and blanket. Popcorn, other concessions, and merchandise available for purchase. Join us for onscreen trivia before the film starts.

Saturday, October 8. Fall festival of writers at the Vigo County Public Library. Support local authors at the Fall Festival of Writers! Sip hot chocolate or apple cider as you talk to published writers from Vigo County about their books and learn about the experiences that shaped their works. Books will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, October 8. Empathy Builders: Halloween at the Vigo County Public Library. Whether it’s because of a monster under the bed or a strange bump in the night, everyone gets scared! With this month’s Empathy Builders, your child will discover how fear is a common emotion—and can even be a little fun—as well as how to manage being afraid. After storytime, practice trick-or-treating with other attendees to prepare for the spookiest night of the year: Halloween!

Sunday, October 9. Community Rocks Vegetable Garden Unveiling. Family and Community fun, food, activities, gardening tips, guest speakers, learn how to community garden with reThink, Inc. 

Sunday, October 9. WaterTower Fall Festival. Join for aFall Festival at the winery! They’ll have specialty drinks, pumpkins, delicious snacks from The Hangry Shack, live music, and all things fall!

Sunday, October 9. Sip and Savor with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Sip & Savor is the THSO’s new fundraiser at Hulman Center on Sunday, October 9 featuring tasting booths from local breweries and restaurants, live music, and a silent auction! Dine on delectable samples from the Wabash Valley’s finest while enjoying performances by JazzHaute and Men of Note.

Monday, October 10. First rehearsal for Christmas at the Lark with Community Theatre of Clay County. No audition required. 

Tuesday, October 11. Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane at Hatfield Hall. Postmodern Jukebox has grown to become a pop culture mainstay in its own right, having played over a thousand shows on six continents worldwide. One part celebration of vintage music and culture, one part “’ Saturday Night Live’ for singers”, a Postmodern Jukebox show is an unforgettable trip back in time that makes Pop Music History — in your own hometown.

Friday, October 14. The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival showcases the county’s 31 historic covered bridges and features authentic arts and crafts, fantastic food, and beautiful fall foliage. Headquartered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville, Indiana, since 1957, you will find food, crafters, vendors and more open daily from 9 am to 6pm. The festival continues throughout the county and there are 10 locations all with their own specialty.

Friday, October 14. Movie at Collett Park with the Vigo County Public Library: The Bad Guys. After a failed heist, Wolf convinces authorities that he and his gang want to reform and are placed under the tutelage of philanthropist Professor Marmalade—but it’s a ploy to steal Marmalade’s valuable Golden Dolphin award. 

Friday, October 14. Lego Stop Motion Animation with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 8–12: Encourage your child to turn their ideas into reality, experiment with creative problem-solving, and work cooperatively with others. Teams of two will build models, create background scenery, move the Lego® mini-figs between scenes, and add voiceovers to produce their own short film using a Lego® Stop Motion Animation kit. 

Saturday, October 15. Brat Trot 5k. The main event is the Beer Challenge where participants will run our 1 mile loop course through the brewing district. At each lap you must consume a 4 ounce shot glass of beer and have the volunteer place a check mark on your bib# before continuing on to your next lap. After 3 laps you will then cross the finish line and should have consumed a total of 12 ounces (aka 1 beer) All beer will be provided by the Terre Haute Brewing Company!

Saturday, October 15. 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, October 15. (6-week course.) Children’s yoga at Illumination Wellness. Social-emotional learning shapes your child’s brain and lays the foundation for future learning, emotional regulation, and social outcomes and can be applied to school, work, and home throughout life. It is based on understanding that optimal learning comes from supportive relationships and experiences that make learning engaging, challenging, and meaningful.

Saturday, October 15. Stained glass class with ISU Community School of the Arts.