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 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! Click HERE for our Halloween event guide!
Our 2019 October calendar is proudly brought to you by Hog Wallow Farm. At Hog Wallow Farms, general admission includes access to corn mazes, petting zoo, super slides, tricycle track, bounce house, corn box and tire play area, and they’re open every day in October!
- Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
- Saturdays 10am-10pm
- Sunday 11am-6pm
General Admission is $9. Ages 2 and under are FREE! Ages 60 and over also received FREE general admission, so bring the grandparents!
Find out more about our sponsors, Hog Wallow Farms, on their website or the Hog Wallow Farms facebook page!
60 October Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley
Weekly Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley
Mondays and Wednesdays. 5:30 p.m. Couch to 5K at Vigo County YMCA. 9 week training program, race registration and race t-shirt. Meeting at Fairbanks Park. $35 members, $45 nonmembers.
Mondays 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tot Time at Vigo County Main Library. Ages 0 – 24 months: Bring your baby to the library for stories, songs, dance, and activities.
Tuesdays. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Story Time Tuesday at Chick-fil-A. An hour of stories and activities. All kids 12 and under who participate can enjoy Chick-n-Minis on us!
Tuesdays. 10:00 a.m. Ladies October Walking / Running Group at Deming Park. Ladies, come out and enjoy the fall weather with us as we walk and/or run our way to better health! Geared for beginner / intermediate fitness levels. Walk / run will last approximately 30 min.
Tuesdays. 1:00 p.m. Art Start at the Swope. Young artists are invited to experience this free art program. We will be reading a book and doing a related art project. For children ages three to five accompanied by an adult. Located at the Swope Education Center, enter from Ohio Street.
Tuesdays (starting Oct 15.) 7:00 p.m. Changing the World: A How-To Guide Hosted by Terre Haute Peaceful Activism and Social Causes. This six-part series of workshops is a Citizen Action Training for anyone who wants to effect positive change in the world — no matter your party or your cause.
Oct. 15— The Legislative Process: Influencing Policy Debates. Speaker: Julian Winborn, Legislative Assistant, Indiana House of Representatives
Oct. 22— Rally Your People: Making Your Voice Heard. Speakers: Activists Alex Cantrell and Rocky Roberts
Oct. 29— Solving Community Problems: Experiences in Organizing. Panelists include local entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups
Tuesdays. 4:00 p.m. Talk it Out at VCPL Main Library. Ages 11-15: Become a role model for your friends, your school, and your community. Together with Tante Robinson, founder and director of Girls of Excellence Mentoring, girls will discuss important topics that will improve their self-esteem, prevent bullying, and help them make better choices throughout their lives.
Tuesdays and Thursdays. 5:30 p.m. Couch to 5K at Clay County YMCA. 9 week training program, race registration and race t-shirt. Meeting at Forest Park walking track. $35 members, $45 nonmembers.
Tuesdays. 6:00 p.m. Free Game Night at Pizza King. Try out some modern board games – Fun for all ages! A host from Robinwood Games will be on hand to help teach the games and answer questions. If you go, we’d love for you to tell us all about it in this thread on the Haute Happenings facebook page!
Wednesdays. 10:00-11:00 a.m. Wiggle Worm Wednesdays at Vigo County Main Library. Ages 2-5: Bring your preschooler to the Library for interactive stories, songs, dancing, crafts and play!
Wednesdays. (9, 16, 23) 6:30 p.m. West Vigo Guitar Club at Vigo County West Branch Library. 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 September through November. No music experience is required, but space is limited. Registration Required.
Thursdays. 12:30-2:00 p.m. Bingo Bunch at Vigo County West Branch Library. Enjoy refreshments as you play traditional and non-traditional Bingo every week. Prizes will be offered to the first to call out, “Bingo!” All levels of experience welcome. Cards and number markers will be provided.
Thursdays. 3:00-6:00 p.m. After School Program at The Salvation Army. This program is designed to teach children life skills and character building virtues. Workshop include: pet care, nature/gardening, first aid, home safety, tool time and food prep. Cost $1/child/session. Open to kindergarten thru 6th grade. Reservations must be made in advance
Thursdays. 6:00 p.m. (except Oct. 31) Books Before Bedtime at Vigo County Main Library. Bring your children ages 0-5 for this evening storytime. Wear your pajamas to the library 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!
Fridays. 10:30 a.m. Ready to Read Storytime at Vigo County Library 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 story time.
Saturdays. (except Oct 26) 10:00 a.m. Family Yoga at The Maple Center for Integrative Health. Parents and their children are invited to join our family yoga series designed for yogis of all ages. Instructor Ellie Templeton will be leading parents and kids through basic yoga poses, breathing techniques, simple meditation and relaxation. $5/participant or $20/family.
Saturdays. 5:00 p.m. Sins and Spirits: Haunted History Walking Tour of Terre Haute. A one hour walk around the city of Terre Haute. Along the way, we will stop at 5 locations with ties to Terre Haute’s brewing history and its days as Sin City. We will discuss the spirits that inhabit each location as well as their interactions with the living. Ages 16+, $15.
Sundays. 5:30 p.m. Free Community Dinner. Hosted by Supper at the Center. Sponsored by Highland-Church at the West Vigo Community Center. Everyone is welcome!
Daily October Events for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley
Tues Oct 1. Registration starts for adult volley ball at Clay County YMCA and Vigo County YMCA. $275/team, minimum of 6 people per team. Ages 14+.
Wed Oct 2. 6:00 p.m. Terre Haute Mayoral Forum at Indiana Theater. Open to the public. Submit questions for the candidates via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed Oct 2. 6:30 p.m. Books & Brews at Terre Haute Brewing Company. Meet new friends and have a great time discussing your favorite books with some THBC brews! Ages 21 & Up: Society is flipped upside down when women world-wide discover that they can inflict pain – even death – in Naomi Alderman’s The Power.
Thurs Oct 3. 12:00 p.m. Free Lunch & Learn at Wabash Activity Center. here will be a speaker on a health education topic as well as blood pressure & sugar screenings.There will be a $25.00 card give away!
Fri Oct 4. First Friday: Harvest In the Haute. Celebrate the final First Friday of the year with Harvest in the Haute! Enjoy fall weather, a pumpkin truck, vendors from the Terre Haute Farmers Market and more! Grab your pumpkin spice latte, wrap up in a scarf and come downtown! 4:00 p.m. First Friday: Bee-Friendly at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. All Ages: Buzz over and bee-friendly! Create your very own Mason bee habitat. Observe bees at work and learn about their leading roles in our environment from Purdue Extension. 5:00 p.m. Let’s Get Corny! at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Come see how many ways we can experiment with corn…and maybe eat some. $5 ages 2 and up.
Fri Oct 4. 6:00 p.m. Shewey’s Paint a Bowl. The bowl is a great size and you have several design possibilities. You will enjoy a sweet treat and punch at the event.The cost for the event is $35 for the bowl and all supplies.
Fri Oct 4. 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 90’s dance party at Terre Haute Brewing Co. Nonstop sing alongs, party throwbacks and choreographed dance moves is what this show is all about! Come prepared to sing your heart out and dance all night long! Ages 21+. $10 advance / $12 day of show.
Sat Oct 5. Free classes at Ultimate Fitness and Bariatric Center. Zumba, ultimate power, power walk, primal fitness.
Sat Oct 5 and Sun Oct 6. Wabash Valley Wine & Arts Festival in Palestine, IL. Good food, live music, fine art, and great entertainment including a Cruise in. Tasting Tickets/Glasses: $13 per person, per day in advance, $18 at the door.
Sat Oct 5 and Sun Oct 6. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pioneer Days at Fowler Park. Step back in time during our 47th 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. $5/vehicle.
Sat Oct 5 and Sun Oct 6. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (CST) CowtoberFest at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, IN. One of Northwest Indiana’s Best Fall Festivals. With the purchase of a wristband, kids can enjoy many fun activities such as rock climbing, our inflatable bounce pillow, a train ride and so much more.
Sat Oct 5. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Final Outdoor Market of 2019 by Terre Haute Farmers Market at Meadows. You’ll be able to shop for fresh, local produce, farm fresh meats and eggs, local honey and maple syrup, dried herbs and seasoning blends, homemade jams and jellies, handmade soaps and bath products and more!
Sat Oct 5. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. City Wide Fall Clean Up hosted by Keep Terre Haute Beautiful. Refreshments, t-shirts, bags, and gloves will be provided.
Sat Oct 5. 9:30 a.m. Preschool Clay at Deming Park Pottery. Ages: 2-5. Cost: $7
Sat Oct 5. 10:30 a.m. Kids’ Clay at Deming Park Pottery. Ages: 5-12. Cost: $15.
Sat Oct 5. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 125th Birthday Celebration Kickoff Event at Baesler’s Market. We will have food with Boar’s Head & Pepsi Cola Refreshment Services, games with the Vigo County Public Library & Pepsi Cola Refreshment Services, alpacas from the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, giveaways, raffles, samples + more!
Sat Oct 5. 1:00-10:00 p.m. WaterTower Fall Festival. We will have Music, Craft vendors selling a variety of goods, and food trucks! The Fire pits will be on, and several Fall themed drinks!
Sat Oct 5. 1:00-3:30 p.m. Beginner’s Wheel Throwing at Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $35 plus glaze day.
Sat Oct 5. 2:00-6:00 p.m. Sugar Creek Fire Prevention Celebration. Free popcorn and hotdogs, bounce houses, fire truck tours and more! Parade starts at dark.
Sun Oct 6. 12:00-5:00 p.m. Old Fashion Day at Collett Park. Food, crafts, live music, car show, hayrides, and free ham and beans.
Tues. Oct 8. Knit with Jen. Just in time for the holidays, come learn how to knit while making a hat. In this 2 session class, students will learn how to knit, k2tog, cast off and finish a project, and cast on to start a project. In these classes, we will use circular needles, but we will also discuss how circular needles can be used for flat knitting. Youth ages 10+ are welcome to attend with an adult. This class is intended for those new to knitting or those that need a refresher. Fee includes all supplies.
Tues Oct 8. 10:00 a.m.Exploration Creations at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. All Ages: Explore, create, and learn about science, art, history, and other subjects in this family-oriented program. Free-play will also be available for younger children.
Fri Oct 11. 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Safe Sitter® class at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 11-18: A one-day, nationally certified course designed to teach participants safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills, and appropriate responses to medical emergencies in a fun and interactive format. Registration required.
Fri Oct 11-Sun Oct 20. 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, IN. Welcome to Indiana’s Largest Festival! The festival continues throughout the county and each location offers something different. Food, crafters, vendors.
Fri Oct 11 and Mon Oct 14. 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. School is out Y is in Day Care. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade in need of day care while school is out are welcome to come to the Y for the day! $25/youth members, $35/youth non-members. Small breakfast and small snack included, please bring your own lunch. Financial assistance is available.
Fri Oct 11. 5:30 p.m. Fall Harvest Party at The Sycamore Winery. Live music from The Whiskey Drifters, fall inspired drinks, bonfires, free hayrides and food from ShewDogs BBQ. This event is free and open for all ages.
Sat Oct 12. 9:00 a.m. ISU Homecoming Parade.
Sat Oct 12. 12:00-4:00 p.m. Garden inauguration/cookout Hosted by Rethink, Inc. Come celebrate with us transformation of this empty lot in the Ryves Neighborhood into a beautiful habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. We have been hard at work creating artworks, maze, ordering seeds, and filling up those beds and want to show it off to you!
Mon Oct 14-18. 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Fall Break Care at Clay County YMCA. Children grades K-6 are welcome to the YMCA for festive fall fun, STEM learning, crafts and more during Fall Break Care!
Mon Oct 14. 2:00 p.m. Painting with Nicole at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 5-15: Paint a masterpiece with Nicole. Follow along step-by-step as she shows you painting techniques. Each child will take home their own painting. Registration Required.
Tues Oct 15. 9:30 a.m. Tot Time: Apple Trees & Autumn Leaves at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Discover why everyone is falling for apples and leaves this time of year. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Registration required. Included in admission.
Wed Oct 16. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Vivid Smiles Chili Cook-off! Calling all chili lovers! We’re going to be hosting a chili cook-off at 2512 Wabash Avenue and we want you to join in! Enjoy samples, vote for your favorite chili, and get a FREE bowl!
Wed Oct 16. 6:00 p.m. Creative Writing Workshop with Leah Singer at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 9-14: Let freelance writer and editor Leah Singer teach you how to conquer the blank page with writing exercises in both fiction and non-fiction and with creative techniques that will get your wildest ideas out of your head.
Thurs Oct 17. 4:30 p.m. Rose-Hulman Fall Art Exhibit Reception. Reception takes place in the main location of Moench Hall, 1st and 2nd floors, and it continues into the second location of Myers 2nd floor for a special exhibit to honor our Artist-in-Residence, Rajesh Naidu. Refreshments will be served.
Thurs Oct 17. 7:30 p.m. Champions of Magic at Hatfield Hall. Britain’s top magicians includes award winning tricksters presenting daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading. ‘Blink and you miss it’ disappearances, impossible teleportation across the theatre, and the mind blowing levitation of an audience member. Tickets $37-$92.
Fri Oct 18. 6:00 p.m. WaterTower Estates Presents: Dueling Pianos. 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! Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Fri Oct 18. 7:00 p.m. Date Night “Create together with Clay” at Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $40/couple.
Sat Oct 19. 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Build with an Engineer at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Museum visitors will partner with Rose Hulman students to accomplish challenges using a wide variety of materials. Talk with them about how they chose engineering and what kind of jobs they will do while discovering your own problem solving abilities. Included with admission.
FEATURED EVENT: Altrusa Chili Cook-Off
Sat Oct 26. 11:00 a.m. 37th Annual Altrusa Chili Cook-Off.
Stop by and sample chili from over 20 different booths. Bring your entire family! $1 gets you in the door, $0.50 gets you a sample. Enjoy good food,music,beer garden, children’s costume contest, and face painting!
Sat Oct 26. 12:00-3:00 p.m. Zoofari Family Fall Fest at First Christian Church in Brazil, IN. Kids and families are on the prowl, spotting wild animals and finding fun games and gadgets along the way. At each station, they’ll charge into valuable experiences and discover that God is WILD about them!
Sat Oct 26. 7:30 p.m. Pilobolus Shadowland: The New Adventure at Hatfield Hall. Part dance, part acrobatics, part Cirque du Soleil, the internationally renowned dance company Pilobolus clearly stands out from other dance companies. Tickets $10-$35.
Sun Oct 27. 1:00 p.m. Terre Haute Songwriters’ Circle at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. An opportunity to meet other songwriters, share original songs, and get feedback from the group. Bring a song on CD, phone, or play it live. Bring 10 lyric sheets if possible. See you soon!
Mon Oct 28. 5:30 p.m. JAM for the KIDS! Hosted by JAM Fitness with Carlee. Join us for a fun workout to benefit both your health and the health of thousands of children at Riley Children’s Hospital! Cost: $5.
Find out more about our sponsors, Hog Wallow Farm, on their website, the Hog Wallow Farms facebook page, or this video of our family’s visit.
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