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No matter what season, there’s tons of fun happening in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley! Use the monthly calendars on Haute Happenings to help your family to love where you live!  

Recurring September Events 

September Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Friday, September 17. Sullivan County Corn Festival.

Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18. 48th Annual Oktoberfest! Homemade German food! German beer, desserts, and merchandise for sale! $15- adult meal ticket (13 and older). $7- children’s meal (2-12 years old). $1 admission for everyone over 13 years of age!

Saturday, September 18. Family Learning Day. 

In 2021, the library’s goal is to use Family Learning Day (an outdoor community event) to introduce hundreds of children and their families to new forms of art, music, and creative activities on one morning in September. Each child will leave with free books and memories of an exciting day! Everything is free! 

Saturday, September 18. National Dance Day at the Terre Haute Farmer’s Market. On September 18th, the market will have local dance teams showcasing their talents. Come join the fun!

Saturday, September 18. Summer in the Village. Join “Summer in the Village” as cabin caretakers open up their cabins for all to explore and demonstrate early 19th century skills and crafts.

Saturday, September 18. Vaccinate the Valley Pop-up Clinic. The Vigo County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 12 and up. Choose either the Pfizer vaccine (two doses three weeks apart, for ages 12 and up) or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (one dose, for ages 18 and up). Those under the age of 18 require parent consent to receive a vaccine.

Saturday, September 18. FREE clothing swap at World Gospel Church. Bring what you can; take what you need. Everything is FREE! 

This event has been canceled. Sunday, September 19. Fall Farm Day at the Woods. Bring the family for a fun family day filled with alpacas, children’s activities, hayrides, fiber and 4-H demonstrations, facts about the farm and more. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Enjoy a hayride around the grounds. Visit alpacas and see the 4-H Alpaca Club demonstrations. Learn about the history of farming at the Woods from 1840. Watch as they demonstrate how alpaca fiber is spun into yarn, felted and woven. Take a guided walking tour. Visit the Farm Store at White Violet Center and Linden Leaf Gifts. Admission is free.

Saturday, September 18. Brazil Main Street’s Route 40 Fest. For one day, members of the public can plant their feet on the historic US Route 40 in Brazil, Indiana! The fun will be endless as there will be a live stage packed with talent, dozens of food options, 130+ spaces for craft and informational vendors, kid zones, a cruise-in where vehicles will be parked along the national road, and even MORE!

Sunday, September 19. Free foam party! Terre Haute First Baptist Church is hosting a free foam party to the public! 4-6 pm.

Friday, September 24. Vaccinate the Valley Pop-Up Clinic. The Vigo County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 12 and up. Choose either the Pfizer vaccine (two doses three weeks apart, for ages 12 and up) or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (one dose, for ages 18 and up). Those under the age of 18 require parent consent to receive a vaccine.

Friday, September 24. Bring your blankets, chairs, and family to enjoy this outdoor screening of UP at Collett Park. Presented by the Collett Park Neighborhood Association, the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department, and Vigo County Public Library. 

September 24 and 25. Paris Honeybee Festival. Pancakes, car show, music, and parade. 

September 24, 25, and 26. Cory Apple Festival. Meals, live music, crafts, markets, and yard sales. 

Saturday, September 25. Featured event! 2nd Annual “Explore Wabashiki Day.”RiverSCAPE has planned a fun filled day in Wabashiki from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! RiverSCAPE will partner will several different community groups and organizations to put on a day full of fun (including a trail run) and excitement in Bicentennial Park and the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Management Area. “This day is planned to be packed full of entertaining and fun activities revolving around the Wabashiki. We want to spotlight the amazing resources available in our local parks and recreation areas,” riverSCAPE Trails Committee Chair Dan Bradley said. The event will take place on the western banks of the Wabash River near 65 S Schley Pl, West Terre Haute, IN 47885.

Saturday, September 25. Featured event!

On September 25, NAMI Family and Friends wants to invite those who have loved ones with mental health struggles to join them for a FREE support event! Send an email to to register. Or call 812-237-8223 with questions.

Saturday, September 25. Heroes’ Day at the Terre Haute Farmer’s Market. On September 25th, we’ll have an opportunity to thank our local police, fire, and first responders. Bring your kids to meet the heroes and learn more about what they do and how to stay safe!

Saturday, September 25. Free shred day at The Meadows Banking Center. 

Saturday, September 25. 15th Annual Indiana Bat Festival. Live bat and raptor program, children’s activities, nature hikes, and more. All events are free! Masks required in buildings. 

Saturday, September 25. Wingy Dingy Thingy. Come sample the best chicken wings from around the Wabash Valley and vote for your favorite at Reach Services’ 5th annual Wingy Dingy Thingy! This event has been cancelled.

Saturday, September 25. Scheherazade Tells Stories. The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra’s 96th season kicks off on September 25, 2021 with Scheherazade Tells Stories which includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s brilliantly colorful Scheherazade, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Wagner’s famous Flight of the Valkyries, and the recognizable Raiders March from the movie Indiana Jones by John Williams. Rimsky-Korsakov brilliantly represents Scheherazade and the tales she told in his piece filled with orchestral color and virtuosity, forging it as one of the most compelling and exciting works ever written

Saturday, September 25. Replay Runway. Eco-fashion show! Local celebrities create outfits from waste/recycled materials.

Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26. 2021. Clayshire Castle Medieval Faire. Fun for the whole family in Bowling Green, IN! Come see full-armor jousting, theater and comedy shows, and live music and dancing. Meet the White Queen and the Red Queen from the Wars of the Roses! Shop for handicrafts, unique clothing, and historical weapons in our artisan marketplace. Learn about goats and sheep and even how to spin wool. Enjoy hearty food and tasty treats (as well as local craft beer and wine for the grownups.) Get a peek inside the castle on a tour of the beautiful Clayshire Castle Bed & Breakfast!

Saturday, September 25. Tox Away All-in-One Event. Our annual Tox Away Event allows Vigo County residents to dispose of household hazardous waste as well as problem waste such as electronics, and tires.

Sunday, September 26. Historical Marker Dedication. Unveil and dedicate a historical marker near the site where George Ward was brutally lynched in February, 1901. As a community we gather to face this injustice and stand together for a more just future. The event will include music, guest speakers, opportunities to learn and engage. These activities will begin about 30 minutes before the ceremony starts at 3pm.

Wednesday, September 29. Manhattan Short Film Festival at the Moonlight Drive In. Vigo County Public Library is partnering with the Moon Lite Drive-In to screen the top ten short films submitted by filmmakers from around the globe. After the viewing, vote for your favorite film and actor. Your vote will be tallied with others from around the world to determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners for Best Film and Best Actor. Each car receives free admission and complimentary popcorn. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. 

We want to help you find things to do in Terre Haute with kids, but typos happen and event details change. Please confirm information with hosting organizations before making your plans. Haute Happenings does not approve or evaluate the safety measures organizations do or do not take in the time of Covid-19. Please make wise and safe decisions for your family and our community!

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The fun has ended for these great events: 

Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4. Hobnob Harvest Market. Enter to win tickets on the Haute Happenings facebook page!

Featured event! Pile up the pumpkins, pull out the plaid, and enjoy a harvest celebration filled with fabulous shopping, delicious food, a cash bar, and the happy atmosphere of a small town village fair.

Friday, September 3. 4-8 pm Eastern.
Admission: $10 per person
For touchless admission you can buy in advance online (until 12 pm Eastern on Sept 3) here… Your tickets with scannable barcodes will be emailed. You can also purchase at the gate Friday

Saturday, September 4. 9 am – 4 pm Eastern.
Admission: $5 per person at the gate

If you shop on Friday you can come back free free on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free on both Friday and Saturday!

Friday, September 3. First Friday in Downtown Terre Haute. First Friday is BACK, and this month’s feature is a bubble garden from Foam Homies. They’ll have an industrial bubble machine with a super juicy bubble solution that creates larger than life bubbles! If we’re lucky, they may also have a bubble wand station where kids can make their own wands out of pipe cleaners. While you’re there, Friday is a good time to take advantage of the Health Department’s mobile vaccine clinic, which will be on location downtown! Eat in the Streets will be available beginning at 11am!

Sunday, September 5. Kayak Rec Event with Vigo County Parks and Recreation. Join the VCPRD Sunday, September 5th at Hawthorn Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where our Rec Coordinator and Natural Resource Programmer will be giving hour-long informational kayak tours of Burns Lake! 

Thursday, September 9 though Sunday, September 12. Cirque Italia water circus at the Vigo County Fair. 

Friday, September 10-Sunday, September 12th. Blues at the Crossroads is back for its 20th anniversary September 10th and 11th! This outdoor event is a Terre Haute tradition two day Music Festival. Come enjoy your favorite Midwestern Blues and Rock Bands while exploring concessions, merchandise, yoga classes and much more!

Friday, September 10. Live art presentations and Q&A with local artists at Blues at the Crossroads. Local artist will demonstrate their skills during both nights of the Blues at The Crossroads Music Festival on September 10th and 11th. Stop by the Swope tent downtown at the corner of 7th and Wabash to check out local potters, painters, jewelry makers and fiber artists! 10% of all artwork sold or commissioned will go directly to Youth Art Programming at the Swope.

Friday, September 10. Movie in the Park: Rad. Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs and join Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department’s Movie in the Park summer series with DeeJay Danny Wayne! The final movie of the 2021 summer Movie in the Park series is the classic BMX film “Rad” (1986) rated PG and will be showing at Fowler Park in conjunction with the Griffin Bike Park Festival! Concessions for purchase begin at 7:00 p.m. Movie starts at SUNDOWN (approx. 8:06 p.m.).

Friday, September 10-Sunday, September 12. Join the 9th Annual Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest Sept 10-12 in nearby Bloomington, Indiana! Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest will host an amazing in-person event as well as a drive-thru component! There is also the opportunity to take untethered balloon rides. Limited space is available for morning balloon flights on Saturday and Sunday. Bookings require pre-payment. This event is the annual Kiwanis FUNdraiser which raises funds for our youth initiatives, and they appreciate your support!

Friday, September 10-Sept 12. Griffin Bike Park Bike-A-Palooza. Griffin Bike Park Bike-A-Palooza is a celebration of all things BIKE! From a Bike show, to a screening RAD the Movie to Races of all kinds for riders of all ages. They will have guided tours, Jump shows, and anything else the park has to offer. Only entry into races have a fee. Otherwise Bike-A-Palooza is a free event!

Friday, September 10. Griffin Bike Park Lake Jump. Join the VCPRD on Firday, September 10th for their Griffin Bike Park Lake Jump Event! The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the Griffin Bike Park Festival.

Saturday, September 11. The monsters are coming to the Vigo County Fair! Pit party included in ticket purchase starts at 5pm. Food vendors on site. Monster trucks rides available for $10 per person!

Saturday, September 11. Cruisin for Kids Car Show. This is an all day event of cars, fun, food and music! All ages welcome!

Saturday, September 11. Mollie Wheat Memorial Clinic. Free healthcare clinic for patients of all ages! 

Saturday, September 11. 9/11 Patriot Day Races. Races start at 8 a.m. and a moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m. The races will start at Meadows Shopping Center and run east on Ohio Boulevard to Deming Park. Runners and walkers will make their way through Deming Park and return to the Meadows Shopping Center.

Saturday, September 11. WaterTower’s 4th Birthday Celebration. WaterTower Estates is turning 4! Come celebrate! Live Music from Kenny Kipp & The Steel Drum Band! Delicious Eats from Front Porch Foodies! Specialty Drinks & so much more!

Saturday, September 11-Sunday, September 12. Humble opening of Eric’s Humble Pies at Studio 12 in 12 Points. 

Saturday, September 11-Sunday, September 12. Bridgeton Milling Days. Visit the Bridgeton Mill for live grain grinding demonstrations, learn about the history of milling and their purchase organic stone ground grains and mixes. Craftspeople and artisan demonstrations, shops open and food available. No admission and plenty of FREE parking!

Sunday, September 12. Sundaes on Sunday. Ice cream social at Terre Foods Cooperative Market. 

Wednesday, September 15. Vaccinate the Valley Q&A with the Vigo County Health Department. Do you even need to be vaccinated if you’ve already had COVID-19? Do mRNA vaccines affect your DNA? Professionals from the Vigo County Health Department will provide information about the virus, listen to your concerns, and answer your questions. Refreshments will be available.