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!

October Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

October events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 22. 2023 Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. 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.

Wednesday, October 18. Jr. Book Club at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 7-11: Catrina never wanted to leave her friends behind and move to Bahía de la Luna on the coast of Northern California—even though her father has a new job, and the cool, salty air is supposed to be good for her little sister Maya’s cystic fibrosis. Then, a neighbor lets the two girls in on a secret: Bahía de la Luna is home to ghosts. Maya wants to meet one, but Cat thinks it’s a bad idea and wants nothing to do with them. Can she put aside her own fears for her sister’s sake? Attending all sessions of Jr. Book Club is not required, but is recommended.

Thursday, October 19. Comedy Night (“Scriptless in Seattle”) at the Ritz Theater in Rockville.

Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22. Rose Drama Club presents Godspell. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, the messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

Saturday, October 21. ISU Blue and White Homecoming Parade. 9 am.

Saturday, October 21. Scavenger Hunt and Free Class with Playpen Sports Academy. We are a local organization that hosts toddler sports classes in Terre Haute, IN. We are always looking for ways to get more involved in this community and would love to offer you a FREE class and Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, October 21. Truckstop Pop Up Market. Shop from a variety of local vendors from around Indiana for a weekend full of fall fun!

Saturday, October 21. Grand opening of Groovy Baby Vintage in 12 Points.

Sunday, October 22. Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet at The LAB. The THSO Brass Quintet will present a FREE recital in the Ryves Neighborhood on Sunday October 22 at 5pm at The LAB located on 19th and Locust Street. Join us for an afternoon of classical, jazz, and movie music performed by the Principal Brass players of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra! Hear music from Disney Movies and more! FREE food will also be provided by Butta’s Better BBQ while supplies last!

Tuesday, October 24. Capturing Fall: Cell Phone Photography with the Vigo County Public Library. Capture the breathtaking beauty of fall, discover how to set up your cell phone’s camera, and uncover the secrets of becoming an expert photographer with basic tips and tricks to help you produce stunning shots! As the sun sets, venture into the golden hour to practice framing, exposure, and more while walking around Downtown Terre Haute.

Thursday, October 26-28. Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest. Hot air balloons, giant kites, wood carvers, pyrotechnic skydivers, fireworks, and more in BLOOMINGTON, IN.

Friday, October 27. The Moon Dancers at Terre Haute Brewing Company. The Terre Haute Symphony League is excited to welcome The Moon Dancers to Terre Haute Brewing Company (THBC) on October 27, 2023 for an evening of good food from Honey’s Bar & Grill, good drinks from THBC, and GREAT live music! Travis Dillon (guitar) and Lucia Gior-Dillon (cello) promise a fun-filled night for all ages! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale at Meadows Shopping Center. Come shop from a hundred local families in ONE location. Shop EVERYTHING KID related! No ticket or admission cost to enter the building! All are welcome.

Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. Holy One Harvest Festival. Holy One Harvest Festival is a fall extravaganza hosted by Faith Wesleyan Church. It aims to bring families and the Terre Haute community together to celebrate the joys of autumn. With an array of free food, game booths, candy, prizes, and hayrides, Holy One Harvest Festival provides an unforgettable experience for attendees of all ages.

Saturday, October 28.Prom Super Sale at One Bridal Co in Haute City Center. We want to make room for all of our 2024 Prom inventory so we’re having a HUGE SALE on all of last season’s prom dresses!

Saturday, October 28. Song and a Slice-Disney version! Music and pie, who could ask for more? Please come join us at Unity Preabyterian Church for an evening of Disney music and a slice of delicious pie. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. your ticket includes the music performance and 1 slice of the pie of your choice. additional slices will be for sale for $1.

Tuesday, October 31. Harvest Party at Terre Haute Foursquare Gospel Church. Games, cake walk, food–all for free!

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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: 

Sunday, October 1. Harvest Market with WaterTower Estates Winery.Join for a Harvest Market! Vendors, live music from David Goodier 2-5 pm, food truck- StrEat Bistro, specialty drinks, and fun fall activities!! This is a free event, open to all ages.

Tuesday, October 3. Terre Haute City Council candidate forum with the League of Women Voters.

Wednesday, October 4.Decks, Dice, and Dominoes at the WEST branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Challenge friends and fellow enthusiasts to card, board, and tile games at Decks, Dice & Dominoes! Whether you’re a cunning tactician, a master bluffer, or a secret grandmaster, you can indulge in timeless traditional games like Euchre, chess, or dominoes, or discover new classics, including Settlers of CatanCarcassonne, or Kingdomino!

Thursday, October 5. Lego Lab at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6–11: Challenge your child’s construction skills, teamwork abilities, and creativity at Lego® Lab! Your child can attempt the monthly challenge 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.

Friday, October 6. FIRST Terre Haute Social Ride! This ride will be around 5-6 miles total. We will tour the area and end at the The Truckstop downtown 12 Points. This ride is open to the public. Please wear a helmet and all minors must be with an adult.

Friday, October 6. Lafterburner: Stand-Up Comedy Show. Grab a friend and get ready to laugh, Afterburner Brewing Company is hosting their very first comedy show and it’s for a great cause! Join us for a fun night of laughter and raising funds to support the Terre Haute Veterans Village. The cost to get in is up to you! We are doing a donation based entry whether that be $1, $10, or $50.

Friday, October 6. Date night and shopping at Jolly Pines Tree Farm.

Friday, October 6. First Friday in 12 Points. Join us for another First Friday at 12 Points! We have live music booked and set to play on our stage between 7 -9.

Friday, October 6. Remnant Barn Party. There’s nothing like a good ole fashioned barn party! Soup beans, vegetable soup, cornbread, hot cocoa, and sweets, what more could you ask for? We will also be having a bonfire, corn hole, games for all, dancing in the barn, and you may even get a hayride! You’ll have to just come to find out! Invite your family and friends, bring a lawn chair, blanket for later, and don’t forget to dress appropriately for the cooler weather. We cannot wait because Remnant knows how to throw down on the hoedown!!!

Friday, October 6. Small business training event at Scott College of Business. If you are an entrepreneur/small business owner in West Central Indiana, you can’t afford to miss the small business training event of the year! Join us for a day of marketing training that spans branding, messaging, AI, SEO, advertising, social media, local media, and Google Business Profiles. If you are interested obtaining the tools and resources to grow your business, there is no better place to be on Friday, October 6! In addition to amazing tools and resources, attendees receive a complimentary profile picture for their social media account or website. This conference is at no cost to attendees!

Friday, October 7. Hybrid Championship Wrestling at West Vigo Community Center.

Saturday, October 7. Fall Festival of Writers at the Vigo County Public Library. Savor steaming hot chocolate or warm apple cider as you mingle with Vigo County’s talented local authors at the Fall Festival of Writers! Meet more than a dozen published writers whose works span genres from slice-of-life to historical non-fiction. Aspiring writers can join the Writer’s Roundtable to delve into the details of the writing craft and publishing industry. Books will be available for purchase.

Saturday, October 7.Pet Vaccine Clinic at Pet Supplies Plus.

Saturday, October 7. Pumpkin decorating at Anderson’s Plants and Produce (Located just North of Mill Dam in Terre Haute). Join us for a free family fun event! Kids will be able to decorate a pumpkin to take home. (While supplies last) There will be food trucks, children’s activities, fall photo backdrops and so much more!

Saturday, October 7. Sugar Creek Fire Prevention Parade. Approximately 7:45 PM.

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Pioneer Days at Fowler Park. Step back in time during our 51st annual Pioneer Days in our 19th-century log cabin village to 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 bridges, pioneer skills demonstrations, food trucks, and much more.

Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10. Auditions for the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Community Theatre of Terre Haute.

Tuesday, October 10. Intro to Podcasting at Haute Create at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 9 & Up: Start your own podcast at Haute Studio, a sound booth with the equipment and software you need to create professional-level recordings. In this introductory course, you’ll discuss how to develop ideas for podcasts—from determining a show structure to writing a script—and learn how to use Haute Studio to give your listeners a premiere experience. Everyone will have a chance to practice on the mic and record an on-the-fly podcast with suggested topics. Wrap up your session using PreSonus Studio One 4 to edit clips, add intro and outro music, and include an ad spot.

Tuesday, October 10. Indiana State University Performing Arts Series Presents: Haunted Illusions. Come treat your family to an evening of mind-blowing magic and comedy that gets the whole audience into the act! “Haunted Illusions” will be coming to ISU as part of the Performing Arts Series on October 10th, 2023, at 7:30 in Tilson Auditorium and a Pre-Show event at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 11. Design with Dots at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12-18: Use brightly colored tiles to make unique wearables and home decor with Lego® Dots. Choose from three projects—a bracelet, a patch, or a message board—to accessorize your wardrobe or hang in your locker.

Thursday, October 12. Crafts with Cricut at the Vigo County Public Library: Spooky Lanterns. Spook up your home decor with a hauntingly beautiful lantern! Learn how to use CRICUT Design Spaces to create custom artwork, then let the CRICUT cutting machine’s fine-point blade precisely cut out the shapes or images you desire. Assemble your final design in a clean glass jar and light up your home with a unique and bewitching new decoration this Halloween! Materials will be provided.

Friday, October 13 and Monday, October 16. PAW Patrol character appearances and photo opps at the Wigwam Skate and Event Center.

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Saturday, October 14. Join Rose-Hulman Volleyball for a National Girls and Women in Sports game on October 14, 2023 at 5pm at Hulbert Arena on Rose-Hulman’s Campus! National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is an annual day of observance to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. Event includes admission, standing with the team during the National Anthem, autographs, and the chance to play in a scrimmage!

Saturday, October 14. Hawthorn Park Hayride. Join the VCPRD on Saturday, October 14th at Hawthorn Park from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for fall hayrides! Rides will leave from the Dogwood Shelter parking lot. Tickets are $3 per person. This event is open to all ages and includes a brief ride through Hawthorn Park!

Saturday, October 14. Explore Taekwondo at the Vigo County Public Library. With over three decades of Taekwondo expertise, Tom McKinney will not only teach your child essential self-defense techniques but also encourage them to embrace values central to the practice of Taekwondo, like respect, self-confidence, teamwork, and discipline.

Saturday, October 14. Happy Hair Workshop at the Vigo County Public Library. All Ages: Wave goodbye to hair tangles with expert guidance from local salon owner and stylist Cheryl Salyers! From mastering the art of tangle-free brushing to creating playdate-friendly styles, Salyers will unlock the art of perfect hair care for your child. Each attendee will receive a fabulous take-home hair care kit, including a brush, comb, hair ties, and pins.

Saturday, October 14. Terre Haute Children’s Museum Eclipse Extravaganza Part 1. Join for a day of play as we celebrate the annular solar eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Learn about the science of the eclipse, visit the “A Total Eclipse of the Haute” Exhibit, prepare for the total eclipse in April 2024!

Saturday, October 14. 7th Annual Brat Trot 5K. You won’t want to miss the 7th annual Brat Trot through Terre Haute’s historical brewing district hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church!

Saturday, October 14. ReThink Rummage sale. Fun, food, and music!

Sunday, October 15. No need to travel to London to enjoy afternoon tea! Join at the O’Shaughnessy Dining Hall at SMWC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, October 15 for a delightful tea. You’ll enjoy delicate pastries and a variety of teas from around the world.

Sunday, October 15. Wine and Cheese Experience at WaterTower Estates Winery. This event will take place in our barn and is closed to the public. You’ll enjoy delicious wine & cheese pairings along with a charcuterie spread that is sure to please the taste buds. Your host for the evening will walk you through how to pair several WaterTower wines with different cheeses. This event is perfect for couples, friends, or individuals looking to make new friends! Get ready to laugh, eat, drink, & win prizes! Tickets are $20 per person.

Monday, October 16. Home School Hangout at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6-12: Meet with other homeschool families and complete educational STEAM projects and crafts at Home School Hangout! Every month is a new project for you and your family to enjoy as you explore science together. In October, experiment with the captivating process of chromatography, a method used to separate dyes and inks into vivid components, and craft a colorful collage from the mesmerizing outcomes of your exploration.