Find September Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley!

Remember the tired, old complaint that there’s “nothing to do in Terre Haute”? It’s been ages since someone has said that to us! However, *if* someone *did*, we’d point them to our monthly calendars. We curate our calendars to help you find local fun!

70 September Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Friday, September 29. Cheer Clinic with Northview High School. Barbie-themed glinic with motions, chants, and stunts! Cheer with the cheerleaders at the game.

Featured Event! Saturday, September 30. Explore the Wabashiki with a kid-friendly event hosted by Wabash Riverscape!

-Bicycle Rides
-Kids Fun Runs
-FREE Hot Dogs
-Rock Painting
-Learn how to cast a fishing rod
-Corn Hole

Saturday, September 30. Linda Luebke Strings Festival. This year’s festival will transport you to Bluegrass Country with bluegrass fiddling!

Saturday, September 30. Amosami Cheesecake Company Grand Opening. Please join us for our Grand Opening Celebration! Stop by and enjoy a delightful slice of cake, an iced coffee, or another one of our special offerings! Live music and more! 1283 Lafayette Ave.

Saturday, September 30. Free Sandbox Social Community Day! Join for free perks at all our experiences in the Haute City Center. Earn free gameplay at eBash Video Game Centers Bank of Pinball Highlanders and much more at no cost. Get the Sandbox Social app for even more perks.

eBash Game Center – Get free PC/Console/VR gameplay!
Bank of Pinball – Get up to $10 in free pinball games!
Highlanders – Try axe throwing, nerf guns & darts free!
Weathertop – Get a free game card and discounts!

Saturday, September 30. Messy Munchkins with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 0-7: Develop your child’s observational and fine motor skills and encourage their creativity at the Messy Munchkins sensory playtime! Let your child dig through the sensory bins to discover new sensations, allow your infant or toddler to play in the exploratory area, and help them create their own DIY sensory bag.

Saturday, September 30. Fall Frenzy Car Show. Join us for a car show in collaboration with the Breakfast Optimist Club Chili Cookoff!

Saturday, September 30. Indiana 2023 Bat Festival. Live bat presentations, live wildlife programs, children’s activities, conservation exhibits, and more!

Saturday, September 30. The Stork Stop’s 5th Birthday! Come join to celebrate FIVE years of being in business! They will have face painting, a coloring contest, mommy & me permanent bracelets, vendors, treats, discounts, giveaways, and more! (Check the Haute Happenings facebook page for your chance to win a $50 gift card for the event!)

Recurring September Events 

  • Tuesdays. Art Start at the Swope. Art Start is a free art program that uses books and corresponding art projects to encourage creativity. For children ages 3 – 5 accompanied by an adult. 
  • Wednesdays. Because of Winn-Dixie Jr. Book Club with the Vigo County Public Library. Each session will include a discussion of Kate DiCamillo’s book, refreshments, and crafts. Attending all sessions of Jr. Book Club is not required, but is recommended. For ages 7-11.
  • Wednesdays. Art Therapy Workshop with Makers Studio at Twelve Points.
  • Wednesdays. Wiggle Worm Storytime with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 2–5: Start your toddler or preschooler on the path to a successful year in Kindergarten with Wiggle Worm Storytime. At Wiggle Worm Storytime, 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. Each storytime ends with a half-hour session of free play for you and your child to socialize with others.
  • Thursdays. 12 Points Creators Market.
  • Fridays. Music Makers Storytime at the WEST branch of the Vigo County Public Library.
  • Saturdays. Visit the Terre Haute Outdoor Farmers Market at The Meadows.
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Typos happen and event details change! Please confirm your plans with the event hosts before heading out for your day of fun! 

The fun has ended for these great events:

Friday, September 1. Open Studio Night at Upstairs at the Gosnell. See studios, check out art, and support the community!

Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4. Little Italy Festival in Clinton, IN. Clinton hosts the annual Little Italy Festival, a four-day Labor Day Weekend celebration of the area’s Italian and coal mining heritage. Begun in 1966, the event draws over 275,000 visitors annually, featuring Italian and carnival-style food, grapevine-roofed wine garden, and grape stomping. The festival provides free stage entertainment, flea market and the largest Italian-theme parade in the Midwest. The festival hosts the Indiana Bocce Ball championship, boasts one of the few coal mining museums in the nation, and owns one of fewer than 400 genuine gondolas in the United States.

Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4. Casey Popcorn Festival in Casey, IL. Look for magic shows, live music, balloon rides, tractor pull, and a parade!

Featured event!

Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. Hobnob Harvest Market. Our fall celebration! Shop mouthwatering displays overflowing with harvest vintage, handmade, & boutique goodness + food trucks and a cash bar. Wabash Valley Fairgrounds (aka Vigo County Fairgrounds – on US 41) in Terre Haute, IN. This is an indoor/outdoor market & will go on rain or shine!

Saturday, September 2. Pet Day at the Terre Haute Farmer’ Market. Talent show (starring your pets!), giveaways, meet and greet with adoptable pets.

Saturday, September 2. Yoga on the lawn at the Vigo County Public Library. Whether you’re just beginning yoga or are a regular practitioner, instructors from across the Wabash Valley will lead you and other participants through the importance of breath work, the common movements and poses, and the methods that reduce stress and cultivate the mind-body connection.

Saturday, September 2. Labor Day Celebration with The Sycamore Winery. FREE event with fireworks over the lake, live music, food trucks ($), and drinks ($).

Saturday, September 2. Max and Honey’s Flower and Pumpkin Farm’s Sunflower Festival. Live demonstrations, live music, a sunflower maze and great food are all in store for this fun weekend.  Below is the link to apply to be part of this fun event. Hours for the festival are 11AM-7PM Saturday, September 2nd. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Sunday, September 3. Fireworks Celebration at New Life Fellowship.

Monday, September 4. Labor Day Parade in Downtown Terre Haute.

Tuesday, September 5. Candidate forum hosted by League of Women Voters of Vigo County. First up is the mayoral forum on Tuesday, September 5 at Woodrow Wilson (6:30-8:30pm). Live stream available.

Wednesday, September 6. Job fair at Westminster Village. Hiring event for LPNs, RNs, and CNAs on Wednesday, September 6th. 

Thursday, September 7. A Kids’ Day at 12 Points Creators Market. On September 7th between the times of 4-8 PM you will be able to attend the 12 Points Creators Market and purchase a piece of chalk $1 to decorate the grounds! The donations go towards Our Underground Railroad!

Thursday, September 7. Try This Teens: Intro to Crochet at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12-18: Are you ready to get hooked on a new hobby? Learn how to make a beginner-friendly fidget toy using yarn and basic crochet stitches. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, September 7 and 21. 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, September 8. FREE Movie in the Park with the Vigo County Parks Department. Top Gun: Maverick at Fowler Park. Bring your family, friends, blankets, and chairs, and join us for our 2023 Movie in the Park series with DeeJay Danny Wayne!

Friday, September 8. Music at the Crossroads. Live music: The Big Fun Band, Marc Rogers Band, and Jed Harrelson (Nashville, TN)! Kids zone area that includes bounce house, slides, spider jumps, and arts/crafts!. Local food vendors. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music!

Friday, September 8. Blackout Addiction Glow Run. Join us for our FOURTH annual Blackout Addiction Glow Run at Fairbanks Park. Recovery speakers, concert in the park by the amazing group TwoEight Ministries, and of course our 5k Glow Run.

Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. Children’s Theater of Terre Haute will host auditions for their performance of Annie.

Friday, September 8 through September 10. Bikeapalooza at Griffin Bike Park. Race series, movie in the park, music, guided rides, bonfires, and more!

Saturday, September 9. FREE healthcare with the Mollie Wheat Memorial Clinic. We are a free, student-run clinic providing primary care, laboratory services, and immunizations to Terre Haute and the surrounding communities. When you step in our doors, you will be greeted and seen by a team of medical students and other health professionals as well as an attending physician.

Saturday, September 9. 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, September 9. Goat Yoga at Old 40 Farm. You will be on the farm while enjoying a yoga flow with the antics of goats happening all around you. The goats like to jump on backs and they really like to be petted and cuddled. If you aren’t sure about yoga that’s fine, some people come just to play with the goats!

Saturday, September 9. WaterTower Estates is turning 6! To celebrate we’ve combined two of our favorite events- Our birthday party & 90’s night!! DJ Ellipsis makes his return to the WTE stage to throw it back old school! Dust off your “Macarena” dance moves and that old Starter Jacket because we will be partying like it is 1999! This event is open to all ages. There is a $5 cover charge per person at the door (kids under 5 are free). We’ll have specialty drinks, all the glow sticks, and more! The Chum Chariot will be here serving up delicious food! Throw on your best 90’s gear, grab your friends and a glass of your favorite wine or slushee! The party starts at 6 pm!

Saturday, September 9. Night Out at Max and Honey’s Flower Farm. Honeysuckle Hill Bee-stro will be here to prepare a delicious dinner for you. Ticket also includes your own bouquet of You Pick Flowers, Live Music and a wine tasting.

Saturday, September 9. RoseBox Art and Music Festival hosted by The Local Vinyl.

Saturday, September 9. Rock the Park with Kindness in Vermillion County. This is a FREE event. There will be rock painting for the kiddos, face painting, bounce house. Live music, vendors and a silent auction. There will be cotton candy, popcorn, pizza lemon shake ups fun for all! We will be closing the night with a candlelight vigil for those of us that have lost loved ones to suicide.

Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. We Love Teachers! We Love TAs! We Love Janitors, Bus Drivers and Counselors! We Love All School Staff. Hobson Adventure Farm wants to show all school staff love by offering free admission this weekend, September 9th and 10th!

Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. Bridgeton Milling Days in Parke County, Indiana. See live stone grinding demonstrations, learn about the history of milling and try the Bridgeton Mill’s fresh organic grains and mixes. Enjoy lunch and fresh baked goodies. Meet craftspeople and artisans at work in the Artisan Barn, visit the 1878 House and 1822 Case Log Cabin, Liberty Tree Shop and Old Barn New. Plenty of food, no admission, free parking. Come on out to Bridgeton for a day of fun in the country

Sunday, September 10. Newsboys LIVE at the The Mill. The Newsboys, an iconic and internationally acclaimed band, continue to captivate audiences with their groundbreaking music and remarkable achievements. With a rich legacy spanning several decades, the Newsboys have become a pioneering force in contemporary Christian music. Known for their infectious energy and unwavering faith, the Newsboys have consistently delivered chart-topping hits that resonate with listeners of all ages. Their distinct blend of rock, pop, and worship elements has garnered a devoted fanbase worldwide, making them one of the most influential Christian bands of all time.

Sunday, September 10. Friends of the Library Book Sale. Shop for books, DVDs, CDs, and more at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Thousands of items will be available at low prices, from current bestsellers to your favorite classics. Proceeds from your purchases will be used to fund Library programs and services you enjoy!

Monday, September 11. Mario Kart Tournament with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 7-12: Be the first past the finish line at the Mario Kart Tournament! Sixteen registered racers will compete against each other; earn the Winner’s Cup for your track and advance to the next bracket until four champions are left to race for the grand prize. Will you stand in the winner’s circle or be knocked out by a blue shell? Family spectators are welcome to attend and cheer on their favorite racer. 

Monday, September 11. Tea for Teens. Ages 12 & Up: Can you tell your oolong from your rooibos? Do you want to know the correct temperature for brewing the perfect cup of Earl Grey? Whether you prefer loose-leaf teas or teabags—or are looking to discover a refreshing new drink—learn about the origins of your favorite tea, the history of tea drinking, and the process of creating the various types of tea. Taste test several types of tea and go home with a sample of your favorite blend.

Wednesday, September 13. Moonlight on the Wabash at Fairbanks Park. Join RiverSCAPE for an evening in celebration of our Wabash River. Attendees will be delighted with an evening full of excitement.

Wednesday, September 13. Haute Create: Intro to Podcasting. 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.

Thursday, September 14. Intro to Robotics: Junior League. Ages 9–14: Encourage your child’s creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking skills with Intro to Robotics: Junior League. At this kid-friendly session of Intro to Robotics, your child will learn how to program simple movements into a robot using block programming—a system that allows your child to drag and assemble pre-created, colorful blocks of code into their program without having to learn the syntax of a programming language.

Friday, September 15. Community Hour: DIY Tie Blankets with the Vigo County Public Library. All Ages: Long-range forecasts call for below-average temperatures this winter and shelters often do not have enough blankets to go around, leaving Vigo County’s homeless population vulnerable to exposure. Help the homeless community by creating easy tie blankets to be distributed to individuals in need while you meet others who share your passion for community service.

Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. Terre Haute German Oberlandler’s 50th annual Oktoberfest. German food, German beer, live bands.

September 15, 16, and 17. Marshall Autumn Festival. Music, sidewalk stompers, vendors, prince and princess coronation, beer patio, live mural painting, cakewalk, motorcycle/car/truck show, and more!

Saturday, September 16. 7th Annual Route 40 Fest in Brazil, Indiana. For one day, members of the public can plant their feet on historic US Route 40 in Brazil, Indiana! This downtown festival always provides families tons of enjoyment, with live entertainment, a cruise-in, food trucks, craft vendors, kids activities, and more.

Saturday, September 16. Escape the Museum for Chances and Services for Youth! Participants have the choice between escape rooms at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8pm all inside the Vigo County History Center. Follow the link to secure your ticket, just $25 with all proceeds benefitting CASY!

Saturday, September 16. Terre Haute Touch-a-Truck at the Mill. Join us at The Mill in Terre Haute for the second annual Touch-a-Truck event on September 16th from 3pm to 6pm. There will be trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes, ready for you and your kids to explore. This year’s event supports Susie’s Place, a nonprofit children’s advocacy center with a location in downtown Terre Haute.

Saturday, September 16. Terre Haute Pride Festival. Join us on Saturday, September 16 from 3:00-8:00 PM at Indiana State University!

Saturday, September 16. Read to Rover at the Vigo County Public Library. All Ages: 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, September 16. Lego Stop Motion Animation for Teens with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12–19: Build your own Lego® movie, from character casting to creating movement, with Lego® Stop Motion Animation for Teens! Team up to design your set, direct the action, and add voiceovers to your own short film using Lego® mini-figs and the Lego® Stop Motion Animation kit.

Saturday, September 16. Clothing and Toy Swap at Maryland Community Church. Maryland Community Church is bringing back the Clothing & Toy Swap, and we’re making it even better than before! Local nonprofits that offer services and resources for families in the Wabash Valley will be partnering with MCC to host a gathering in the parking lot full of food, music, and give away items for all to enjoy while donated items are being sorted for the swap. [Shoppers will be let in by ticket number order so that the line won’t need to form until just moments before the doors open at noon.] Anything in new or gently-used condition for newborns – kids size 14/16 is welcome! Please bring all clothing in bags sorted by size and gender (Example: Girls Size 4T). Toys, books, cribs, toddler beds, and twin beds & bedding are also welcome donations. Donations can be dropped off early – Friday, September 15th 5:30-7:30 PM while we are getting set up.

Saturday, September 16. “Kickoff to Fall” vendor event at The Meadows Shopping Center.

Saturday, September 16. Pumpkin Harvest Market with Jolly Pines Tree Farm. We will line our property with local makers and we will have all of our specialty pumpkin and gourds ready for you to decorate your home! Our farm will transition to our fall season with specialty pumpkins of all kinds, jacks for those of you who want to find the perfect pumpkin to carve/decorate, and our flowers will still be available for U-pick! We will have Mums, Fall flavored ice cream such as Apple Pie and Pumpkin!! It is the most delicious stuff you’ll eat all year.

Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17. Open barn at Aris Farm. Come out and explore the farm Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 10 to 5 each day (Indiana time ET). Interact with and learn about all the resident animals. You will have the opportunity to walk an alpaca! Shop the Aris Farm Mercantile stocked with alpaca yarn, gloves, hats and much more. Inspired & Rewired will have items made from recycled baling wire. Joyful Things will have handcrafted upcycled and repurposed home decor and jewelry. Walk our self guided nature trail. We will have spinning and felting demos and more. Free admission for the public!

Sunday, September 17. Whose Live Anyway? The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach.

Monday, September 18. Home School Hang Out at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6-12: Meet with other home-schooled 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 September, your child will discover the complex system that ensures trees and plants can collect nutrients and produce food—starting with a simple, green leaf—before turning those leaves into colorful prints.

Wednesday, September 20. Children’s book launch, reading, and signing. Join us for this unique event featuring Terre Haute native Rumu Sarkar as she launches her children’s book, “BUNDHARAM KUNDHARAM”… a book of Short Stories Introducing a New Voice in Children’s Literature.

September 20-22. Sullivan County Corn Festival.

Thursday, September 21. After School Story Break at the WEST branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6 –10: Listen as stories come alive with After School Story Break! Your child can enjoy an after-school snack while listening to unique characterizations from their favorite books while you socialize with other parents. After storytime, explore the contents of the book through games and crafts.

Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. Terre Haute Balloon Festival. The weekend events include an evening “glow” of balloons on Friday and Saturday. Come enjoy live music, food trucks, view of balloons/baskets and watch the balloon ascension at dusk! Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk when conditions permit.

Friday, September 22 through September 24. Cory Apple Festival in Cory, Indiana. Parade, live music, flea market, food booths, and more!

Featured event! Saturday, September 23. Mark your calendar! Vigo County Public Library’s Family Learning Day will be held Saturday, September 23 at the Main Library! Enjoy an afternoon of free activities, meet local organizations, take home new books for your children, dance to the tunes of DJ Danny Wayne & Associates and top it off with a Foam Homies-Indiana’s Foam Party Pros Bubble Party! Every child will have the chance to enter and win one of two grand prizes! 🎊 We can’t wait to see you this year!

Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. Terre Haute Balloon Festival in Fairbanks Park. The weekend events include an evening “glow” of balloons on Friday and Saturday night. Come out to enjoy live music, food trucks, view the balloons and baskets, and watch the balloon ascension at dusk! Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk when conditions permit. Your evening ticket provides access to: Live music, Kids Zone Area (inflatables, rock climbing wall, “Spyder Jump”, and more!), vendors, food trucks, tethered balloon rides ($20), evening balloon glow.

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Saturday, September 23. Petersen Plays Grieg with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Exciting young charismatic pianist, Drew Petersen, returns to perform Edvard Grieg’s gorgeous piano concerto. Petersen performed with the THSO on short notice in May 2021 and wowed audiences with his impeccable charm and phenomenal musicality. The evening opens with Florence Price’s bluesy, toe-tapping Juba Dance and concludes with the beautiful and lush melodies of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.

Saturday, September 23. FREE healthcare with the Mollie Wheat Memorial Clinic. We are a free, student-run clinic providing primary care, laboratory services, and immunizations to Terre Haute and the surrounding communities. When you step in our doors, you will be greeted and seen by a team of medical students and other health professionals as well as an attending physician.

Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. Clayshire Castle Medieval Faire. Travel back in time to the Wars of the Roses! Live entertainment, including jousting, armored combat, theater, music and dance, and fairy glade activities for kids of all ages. Artisan marketplace featuring handmade crafts and unique finds by local and specialty artisans. Tasty food and drink with savory specialties, sweet treats, local craft beer, and Indiana wine. Fun for the entire family!

September 22, 23, and 24. No Strings Attached: A Musical Adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s Classic Pinocchio. This spin on Pinocchio puts a fresh and contemporary spin on the scenes and characters from the original classic. This production includes lots of slapstick humor, clever wordplay, and a wide range of musical styles!

Sunday, September 24. 35th Annual Old Fashion Day at Collett Park. Live music, hayrides, snacks, crafts, and a car show!

Sunday, September 24. Sycamore Food Forest Fall Festival. Free event with fun for the whole family. Come and learn about our food forest program and enjoy games, prizes, activities, and crafts.

Tuesday, September 26. Building Buddies at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 2-5: Help your little one build more than towers at Building Buddies! Listen to a story together then build with blocks to improve your child’s motor skills, teach them to solve problems, and develop their social skills by playing with others. Lego® Duplos, Giant Lincoln Logs®, and Giant Legos® will be available.

Wednesday, September 27. Wabash Valley Dinner and a Show with the Terre Haute Police Department and 1st Responders. Events will consist of K9 Demos, Touch-a-Truck, Sheriff’s Posse Demos, ISU Baseball Team w/ Inflatable Pitching Tent, Ol’ 40 Goat Farm, free hot dogs and drinks, food vendors and a movie starting at 6:30pm at the amphitheater on a 30ft inflatable screen. Movie is to be determined at this time.

Thursday, September 28. Kiki’s Crafting Service with the Vigo County Public Library. All Ages: Spend the evening celebrating Studio Ghibli’s quirky, colorful films! Create a no-sew version of your favorite character, make your own soot sprites, and fold origami while watching Studio Ghibli’s classic coming-of-age story Kiki’s Delivery Service. Rated PG.