45 October Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

With cooler weather, beautiful colors, and awesome fall activities, we’re lucky to live in the Wabash Valley 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 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

October Feature:

Our partners at Valley Martial Arts are hosting a “SAFE” class! (Self-Defense and Awareness for Female Empowerment) taught by women for women!

  • Classes will be held at the VMA every Saturday morning from 9a-10a.
  • Women 16+ are invited.
  • Wear workout clothing Price: $20/person per class
  • Class will begin with a light warm up and a 10 minute yoga session, followed by 2-3 concepts for defense/awareness and self defense training drills.

Recurring October Events:

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

Daily October Events for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Saturday, October 23. 11 am. Craft and Story Time at Little Bear Coffee. Enjoy a story, craft and purchase some of the story themed goodies! Costumes encouraged! 

Saturday, October 23. The Indiana State University Blue and White Parade starts at 9 am! 

Saturday, October 23. Dance and Drum clinic with the Northview Marching Knights. Food and entertainment. Dance and drum with Northview Marching Knights.

Saturday, October 23. Community Baby Shower. Giveaways, games, snacks, and more. First 100 RSVPs receive a free diaper bag. First 50 people will receive a baby blanket.

Saturday, October 23. ISU homecoming game and festivities.

Tuesday, October 26. “Back on Track.” Get your kids up to date on shots at the Vigo County Health Department.

Thursday, October 28. Taste of Sullivan. Join the Heart of Sullivan for the 7th Annual Taste of Sullivan. Restaurants from all over Sullivan County are bringing a taste of their menu so you can explore the delicious food local restaurants have to offer. This year they will provide the option to dine-in or carry-out.

Friday, October 29. Rose Drama Club presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Friday, October 29. Fowler Park Hayride. Join the VCPRD on Friday, October 29th at Fowler Park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for family-friendly hayrides! Rides will leave from the beach parking lot and 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!

We know the Haute is here for Halloween! Peek at our Halloween guide! 

2021 Halloween Events for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

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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 in the age of Covid. Be safe and make good choices!

The fun has ended for these great events:

Friday, October 1. Cotton Chaos’s 1st Birthday. They will have cupcakes, raffles, games, prizes, photo wall, and free brownie bites with any purchase of $50! Bring any NEW unwrapped gift to donate to CASA Kids for Christmas gifts for Region 8 foster children and receive a free regular sized fresh cone of cotton candy!

Friday, October 1. Federal Coffee + Fine Foods Expansion Grand Opening! Join Federal Coffee + Fine Foods for the GRAND OPENING of the expansion next door! Experience fine breakfast, brunch, and lunch items on the Fine Foods side. Kitchen Hours: 10am-3pm everyday. This event appears to be postponed. 

Friday, October 1. Terre Haute Dancing with the Stars. This event will help the community continue to improve children’s lives through parent education, quality child care resources and leadership on children’s issues throughout the community. For those unable to attend in person, watch LIVE at 7pm – 8pm on WAWV-ABC.

Friday, October 1. History Mystery Scavenger Hunt with the Vigo County Historical Society. Join the celebration of historic Hautean and poet, Max Ehrmann. Cost is price of admission or free for members.

Saturday, October 2. Dodeca Fest in 12 points. A fall festival in 12 Points celebrating the arts with local musicians, poets, and artists, including live acts of all kinds on two different stages, tons of vendors, demonstrations, and displays. Fun for all ages as Maryland Community Church will be hosting an interactive family area with fall activities, kids art projects, games, food, and even a few surprises. The 12 Points Revitalization would love to invite you to see all that has happened in restoring the neighborhood, including checking out all the offerings at another grand opening for Makers Studio.

Saturday, October 2. Max + Honey’s Fall Market Day. Shopping, eating, Max + Honey’s fall activities, and flower picking will make for a FUN FALL day on our beautiful farm!

Saturday, October 2. Historic Downtown Walking Tour. This 1.5 Miles of Terre Haute History will begin and end at 929 Wabash Ave Vigo Co Historical Society and History Center.

Saturday, October 2. Pyramids on the Wabash. You expect to see obelisks, pyramids, and lotus-topped columns while touring the architectural displays in a museum or when visiting Egypt, but what about while visiting a local graveyard? Take a guided walking tour through Highland Lawn Cemetery with the Vigo County Public Library to discover why Egyptian symbols have been incorporated into gravestones and mausoleums and what these symbols mean.

Saturday, October 2. Terre Haute Bird Festival. Expert birders will lead hikes throughout Dobbs Park. Also, Mark Booth of Take Flight Wildlife Education and his magnificent birds of prey will be there. Hawks, owls, falcons, and other raptors have long held our imagination. See what it’s like to be hawk-eyed or falcon-fast by meeting these magnificent predators up close and hearing the stories of our shared history as told by Booth. There will also be free kids’ crafts and merchandise for sale. This free family-friendly event will take place rain or shine,

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. 9am-5pm. Pioneer Days at Fowler Park Pioneer Village. Step back in time during our 49th annual Pioneer Days in our 19th century log cabin village. Experience the way of the life lived by pioneers of Indiana during the 1830s-1840s. There will be children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, authentic food, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, and much more. Come on out to Fowler Park for Pioneer Days…Making History Fun! $5 per vehicle.

Sunday, October 3. 33rd Annual Old Fashion Day in Collett Park. Car show, pottery and wood carving demonstration, Fundazzlers, puppets, hayrides.

Thursday, October 7. Eat Healthy with Maple Center for Integrative Health. Quick Healthy Meals Dinner on a Budget. Featuring: Stir Fry with Rice and Fruit Crisp.

October 8-17. Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. Welcome to INDIANA’S LARGEST FESTIVAL! This countywide festival will take place from October 8-17, 2021. 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 each location offers something different.

Friday, October 15.Board Game Night at Union Christian Church. Bring friends, family, maybe a game. Games, snacks, and drinks provided!

Saturday, October 16. S’mores party at Griffin Bike Park.

Saturday, October 16. Intro to Blacksmithing. Work with experienced blacksmiths to learn how to operate a blacksmith forge, understand the parts of an anvil, and the uses for various hand tools in the blacksmith shop. Each participant will shape metal using learned techniques include forging a curve, twist, point, square – octagon – round taper, cutting stock, heating techniques, and fire management.

Saturday, October 16. Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra Presents: Chamber Concert. Enjoy several of the most passionate, riveting, and moving musical works ever written for small ensembles. Audiences will experience firsthand the collaborative spontaneity that makes chamber ensembles some of the most exciting to watch. Programs will feature brass quintets, woodwind quintets, string quartets, and more!

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