September Event Calendar for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

The 2018 event calendar for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley would not be possible without the support of Kindermusik at KinderCenter. If we want to see the Terre Haute area attract more families and offer more family fun, we need to support kid-friendly businesses like Kindermusik!

Mark your calendar! Fall classes start the week of September 10 and end the week of December 10!

This fall, Ms. Rhonda has “Zoom Buggy” and “Dream Pillow” music classes for infants and young tots, “Milk and Cookies” classes for toddlers, “Hello Weather” classes for preschoolers, and instrument playing and vocal skills for the young child.

There are a variety of times and days offered for each class!

You can find the class schedule and prices on the registration page of the KinderCenter website. 

September Event Calendar for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

21-23 Fri-Sun. Marshall Autumn Fest.  Food booths, Craft booths, Free Music, Free children’s activities, Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show, Parade.

22 Sat. 8:30 a.m. 2018 Children’s Classic Run! at Memorial Stadium. An annual one mile fun run that benefits the Union Health Foundation Pediatric Therapy Fund, which services children and families all across the Wabash Valley. Just $10 per registration (includes event t-shirt). All proceeds from this great event will benefit the Union Health Foundation Pediatric Therapy Fund.

22. Sat. Museum Day Live. Visit participating Smithsonian museums (including CANDLES Holocaust Museum) for FREE with printed ticket! One of our favorite options is Conner Prairie. Read about the top three things we recommend during a visit to Conner Prairie HERE. 

22. Sat. Dueling Pianos for CASY at the Terre Haute Brewing Company.

22 Sat. 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Fall Festival at Chick Fil A. Pumkins, fun, games, and activities. Wear your fall colors.

22 Sat. 12:30 p.m. Happiness Bag, Guinness World Record Attempt Wear your favorite mismatched socks to Terre Haute’s first ever “Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle Festival” and help us knock the socks off of the current record! We are asking for a $2.00 dollar/per person donation to be put toward the Happiness Bag Capital Campaign. This event will hopefully be a quick, fun-filled hour with friends and family that will not only help local’s with disabilities but also bring some positive attention to downtown Terre Haute.

22 and 23 Sat and Sun. Grand opening of Terre Haute’s Moonlite Drive-In with FREE showings of Grease and American Graffiti!


Join us for the inaugural, “The Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle Festival” in Downtown Terre Haute.

The Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle Festival event (on Saturday, September 22) will celebrate Terre Haute as the “birthplace” of the original contour Coca-Cola bottle, which was created in 1915 by The Root Glass Company.

The festival will feature Coca-Cola collectible dealers and vintage memorabilia (10am to 8pm), a kids area (10am to 6pm), community stage, live bands (till midnight), beer garden and additional activities downtown.

23 Sun. Block party at Terre Haute Church of God. You are invited to come meet some awesome super heroes: Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Super Girl will be at our block party!! Come spend the afternoon eating elephant ears, popcorn, tacos -in-a -bag, cotton candy, snow-cones and playing fun games. We have awesome bouncy houses too!! We will be featuring a Dunk Tank fundraiser to help raise money for a local charity!

24 Mon. 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dunk for a dessert at Chick Fil A. Stop by for a chance to Dunk one for a Dessert. Take a shot, make the basket, and win the FREE Chick-fil-A dessert of the day.

25 Tues. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Apple Trees and Autumn Leaves at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Apples, Apples everywhere! Enjoy apple tasting, baking, painting, rubbing & conducting science experiments. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver that includes story time, hands-on learning activities, and an opportunity to explore museum exhibits afterwards. Parent participation is mandatory, and a parent/ child ratio of 1:3 is requires. Included with admission.

25 Tues. 11:00 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose at VCPL WEST Branch. Ages 0-5: Join Mother Goose for an interactive storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments.  You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

26 Tues. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pizza and politics for teenagers. First time voting can seem overwhelming, but your voice has the power to change the world! Indivisible and THTA are here to help you register to vote and learn more about the candidates and issues that matter most to you. You’ll even get to meet some candidates in person!
Space is limited, so don’t wait to R.S.V.P. and share this event with your friends. Join the Pizza Party and make a difference at the polls!

27 Thurs. 3:30 p.m. Watch This! West Early Man at VCPL West Branch. In this stop-motion animated comedy set in prehistoric times, a tribe of primitive hunters are displaced from their homes by emissaries from a distant empire that has mastered bronze-making. However, a tribesman named Dug tries to win his home back by challenging the invaders to a game of soccer. From the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Rated PG. Refreshments will be served.

27-29, Thurs-Sun. Honeybee Festival in Paris, Il. Live music, pancakes, and vendors.

28-30 Fri-Mon. Cory Apple Fest Silly Safaris, parade, and fireworks.

29-30 Sat-Sunday. Linda Luebke Strings Festival.The festival brings students grades 5-12 from the greater Terre Haute area together and allows students the opportunity to develop their skills as a whole musician and to be a participating member of a chamber ensemble. The festival combines music theory, dance, and performance. Additionally, the festival provides a full day workshop for music educators.

29 Sat. Fall Harvest Party at Kids’ Night Out at the Vigo County YMCA. Kids Night Out is available to ages 18 months – 12 years. We will feature a variety of fall crafts and activities to bring in the season!

29 Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Family Learning Day at VCPL Main Branch. Try something new as a family. Enjoy hands-on activities hosted by nearly 40 community organizations and businesses. Guests will enjoy free books, giveaways, crafts, popcorn,and much more. Family Learning Day is a free event that is open to all families. Read more in our Family Learning Day post! 


29 Sat. 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Sugar Creek Fire Department Fire Prevention Celebration. Bounce house, fire truck tour, photo booth with Sparky, free popcorn/hotdogs, balloons and gift bags, smoke house, and so much more.

29 Saturday. Kiwanis Pancake Day.All-you-care-to-eat pancakes to benefit local students. You will also receive a $6 coupon that can be used at our local Terre Haute IHOP.

29 and 30 Sat and Sun. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 5th Annual Clayshire Castle Medieval Faire in Bowling Green, IN. Fun for the whole family! 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, and look out for fairies, goblins, and trolls! Shop for handcrafts, unique clothing, and historical weapons in our artisan marketplace.

30 Saturday. Fall Farm Day at the Woods. Spend the afternoon at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Join us for a fun family day filled with alpacas, hayrides, children’s activities, fiber demos (felting, spinning, weaving and knitting), farm and 4H demonstrations, videos and more. Learn about the history of farming at the Woods from 1840 to today, which has included dairy cows, a bakery and cannery, chickens, gardens and alpacas. Learn also why it’s important for all of us to care for creation. Snacks and refreshments available. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

Thank you so much to our calendar sponsor, Kindermusik presented by KinderCenter, and our featured event listings for their continued sponsorship and support of Their partnership helps to keep our site FREE to readers like you! 

As always event details can and do change. Although we continually update our calendar, we strongly recommend verifying event details with the event coordinators before you make your plans!

The fun has ended for these great events:

31-3 Fri-Mon. Casey Popcorn Festival. Three full days of family fun, food, and entertainment. Live bands featuring oldies, classic rock, country, and Southern Gospel. Kids entertainers including magicians and animal shows. A huge carnival, more than 60 craft booths, a car show, kids tractor pulls, Bessie Bingo, and so much more. Good old-fashioned family fun with no beer tent in sight!

August 31.- September 3 Fri-Mon. Little Italy Festival in Clinton. The festival is held every Labor Day weekend and has been since 1966 with annual crowds between 60,000-80,000 visitors.

August 31.- September 3 Fri-Mon ISU Con 2018.  Games of all natures will be had, from card games to tabletop adventures! Test your mettle with Foam Fighting at Wolfe Field, dress your best for the Cosplay Contest, and battle out your skill in the Yu-Gi-Oh Tourney! All for free! For those with a little money to spare, there will be a few vendors at the convention, along with a silent auction for charity! Donations are accepted for the raffle. At this time we can only take cash!

1 Sat. 6:00 p.m. Pokemon Tournament Hosted by Gam3. Swiss format. $5 Entry Fee. 100% of event fees paid out in prize support!

1 Sat. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Open House The Little Lemon & Co. in Brazil.  Come join us for a sneak peek at The Little Lemon & Co.! Stop by, see our shop and meet the owner.

1 Sat. 10:00 a.m. Wabash Valley Coder Dojo at VCPL Main branch. Ages 7-17: Learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game and explore technology in an informal, creative and social environment. Registration Required.

1 Sat. 10:00 a.m Mother Goose on the Loose at VCPL Main branch. Ages 0-5: Join Mother Goose for an interactive storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments.  You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

1 Sat. 1:00 p.m. VCPL Fantasy Football Fanatics Teen at VCPL Main branch. Attendees will square off to draft their fantasy football team while sharing food and camaraderie with the other league members. This two hour kick-off event will also host the live draft for the 2018-19 fantasy football season. Registration Required.

2 Sun. 5:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Labor Day Festival at The Sycamore Winery/Big Leaf Brewing. There will be wine, craft beer, food trucks, live music, and fireworks over the lake at dark. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, plus don’t forget the entire family. This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome.

3 Mon. Terre Haute Labor Day Parade.

3 Mon. 2:00 p.m. 2018 Rally to Improve Birth Join us as we rally to improve birth! One in every three Americans is born through major surgery, and we have the highest rates of maternal death and injury, the lowest birth weights, and the widest disparities in the entire developed world. We believe that birth can be better and that it matters for the lifelong mental health and well-being of the entire family.

4 Tues. 3:30 p.m. Creative Builders at VCPL WEST Branch. A different activity every week.

4 Tues. 7:00 p.m. Teen Tuesday at Chick Fil A. Calling all teens! Grab your friends and join us on the patio for a night of fun, games, and a special treat on us.

4, 11, 18, 25 Tues. 9:30 a.m. Story Time at Chick Fil A. Bring your children for a story and a morning of fun kids activities.

5 Wed. North Store Grand Opening of the Red Room Cakery. Come join us at our new location and enjoy the bigger space plus larger selection of products to be offered….including a coffee/organic tea bar!! We will be proudly brewing Black Rifle Coffee Company coffees, and have Bigelow’s new organic tea line, Steep, on-hand as well!

5, 12, 19, 26 Wed. 10:00 a.m. Wiggle Worms Wednesdays at VCPL Main branch. Ages 3-5: Bring your preschooler to the Library for interactive stories, songs, dancing, crafts and play from 10:00am to 10:30am.  There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30am to 11:00am.

5, 12, 19, 26 Wed. 4:00 p.m. Create Your Own Video Game with Bloxels at VCPL Main branch. Each week learn a new design aspect for your game, including how to create a character, levels, backgrounds, and enemies.  Registration Required.

5 and 6 Wed and Thurs. 9:30 a.m. Bricks 4 Kidz Mommy/Daddy & Me- A is for Apple at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Chicka Chicka 123, I’ll race you to the top of the apple tree! Toddlers and their caregivers will build a LEGO Duplo Apple, enjoy crafts and games. Included with admission.

6 and 20 Thurs. 8:30 a.m. Senior Social at Chick fil A.  Senior Citizens are invited to a morning of fun and fellowship. Small free refillable beverage for seniors over 55.

6, 13 Thurs. 3:30 p.m. West Gamers’ Alliance at VCPL WEST Branch. Test your gaming skills on West’s game systems. Challenge your friends to Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and more. Or, play cooperatively towards a common goal.

6, 13, 20, 27 Thurs. 6:00 p.m. Books Before Bedtime at VCPL Main Branch. Wear your pajamas 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!

6, 13, 20, 27 Thurs. 6:00 p.m. Distraction Attraction at VCPL Main Branch. Ages 6-11: Hang out with your friends at Distraction Attraction, an alternative to Books Before Bedtime that lets older children explore cool technology, games and activities.

7-8 Fri and Saturday. Auditions for Children’s Theater of Terre Haute: High School Musical Jr.

7 Fri. 5:00 p.m. First Friday: Flashback Friday at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and in Downtown Terre Haute. Happy 75th birthday to the game Chutes & Ladders! Rejoice in climbing up and endure sliding down as we play a life-size version of this game all while practicing math skills. The ancient version of the game is called Snakes and Ladders, however, when Milton Bradley introduced their version in 1943 they called it by the name we know.

7 Fri. 4:00 p.m. First Friday: Flashback to the Fifties at VCPL Main Branch. All ages: Step back in time to the 1950’s. Wear your poodle skirt or leather jacket, dine on root beer floats and popcorn and boogie at the sock hop. You can even design a cardboard box car and pull up to the drive-in for a movie.

7 Fri. North/South Pre-Game PEP RALLY at Chick Fil A. Pre-game festivities before the Braves take on the Patriots. Stop by and grab dinner and show your support for your favorite team!

7-9 Fri-Sun. Griffin Bike Park Festival. Come Celebrate Friendship Family Freedom and Community at the Griffin Bike Park. Free Rides throughout the weekend, Races on Saturday and Sunday, Cool off with the Lake Jump, open 2 evenings after the races. Live bands on the stage. Kids racing and fun events. Fun for the whole family.

7-9. Fri-Sun. FREE Living History event in Vermillion County. Immerse yourself in the interpretive accounts of the past.


7-9 Fri-Sun. Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon Fest in Bloomington, IN. Hot air balloons, helicopter rides, pyrotechnic skydivers, kaboom bumper cars, Segway rides, fireworks, car and bike show, giant kites, 5K run/walk, robotics team demo and more! $20/carload for a day pass or $30/carload for a weekend pass.

8 Sat. 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Community Sale at Deming Park. Register for a spot to sell your items or come shop on September 8. For registration you can call 812-232-0147, register online or stop by the Torner Center during business hours.

8 Sat. 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. 10th Annual Clay County Nature Day in Brazil. Free admission.

Don’t miss the fall fun! Find Apple Orchards in the Wabash Valley



10, 17, 24 Mon. 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tot Time at VCPL Main Branch. Ages 0 – 3: Bring your baby or toddler to the library for stories, songs, dance, and activities from 10:00 am – 10:30 am. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30 am – 11:00 am.

10 Mon. 10:00 a.m. Nature Program for Preschoolers at Deming Park. Join us for an exciting program for preschool children. Children will have the chance to learn about animals and nature. Parents are required to stay with children. Open to ages 2-5 years old. Children need to be registered before the day of class. Call the Torner Center at 812-232-0147 to register. Cost: $5

10 Mon. 7:00 p.m. Candlelight Vigil. September 10th is Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, on that evening at City Hall, Team of Mercy, Inc will hold our 2nd annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of those lives lost to Suicide. We will have a small ceremony and speakers. As the sunsets we will read a list of names while lighting candles and lanterns off into the sky in our loved ones memory.

11 Tues. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Walking on the Moon at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. What would it be like on the moon? Join us as we explore lunar craters, moon dust, moon phases and more! Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver that includes story time, hands-on learning activities, and an opportunity to explore museum exhibits afterwards. Parent participation is mandatory, and a parent/ child ratio of 1:3 is requires. Included with admission.

11 Tues. 10:00 a.m. Exploration Creations at VCPL Main Branch. Have you ever created a Nebula in a jar or painted a colorful work of art? In this family-oriented program for all ages, families will explore, create and have fun learning about science, art, history and other subjects. Free-play will also be available for younger children.

11 Tues. 5:00 p.m. Adult Cookies & Canvas (13 and over only) at Chick Fil A.

11 Tues. 6:30 p.m. Join the Time Travelers Club for a walking tour of Terre Haute history! FREE!

11 Tues. 6:30 p.m. Teen Advisory Board at VCPL Main Branch -TAB for short- helps the library design events specifically for teens.  TAB is a great way to express your opinions and make new friends all while serving the community.  All teens are invited to attend the monthly TAB meeting and snacks will be available!

12-23 Wed-Sun. Disney Presents The Lion King (Touring) in Indianapolis. Tickets start at $69.

13 Thurs. 8:00 p.m. Dustin Diamond (Screech) in Terre Haute at Terre Haute Brewing Company. Dustin Diamond is an American actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian widely known for his role as Samual “Screech” Powers in the television show Saved by the Bell. Catch Dustin’s comedy routine.

14 Fri. 7:00 p.m. Movie in the Park – Sherlock Gnomes. Hawthorne Park. Free.

14-15. Fri and Sat. Blues at the Crossroads. Blues at the Crossroads started as an outdoor party for the Verve 19 years ago, and now has evolved into a Terre Haute tradition of a two day music Festival. Come enjoy your favorite Midwestern Blues and Rock Bands. There are food concessions, beer gardens, Silent Disco and much more! This is fun for the whole family.

14-15. Fri and Sat. Oktoberfest at its new location at Meadows Shopping Center. Free admission!


14 and 15 Fri and Sat. Here We Grow Again Terre Haute Fall 2018 Sale. Don’t miss the fall sale at the Ohio Building (Ohio Building-672 Ohio Street)! Thousands of new and gently used items will be for sale.We will have: Clothes for newborn to junior size 16, accessories, winter coats, shoes and boots, toys, baby gear, and much more! Parking in the ramp is free with a $30 purchase and kids are welcome. We accept cash and credit cards!

15 Sat. 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Borrowed Hearts Foundation All you can eat Pancake Breakfast. Borrowed Hearts, The Life Center, and FiFi’s Lunchbox are teaming up. Kids Fun Zone and Entertainment

15 Sat. Season Opens Pumpkin Works in Paris. Pumpkin Works has grown to provide the public with 10 mazes, 3 hayrides through the 200 acre woods located at Pumpkin Works, a nature preserve with a hiking trail, bonfires, silhouettes, a straw fort, the Discovery Barn, and much more.

15 Sat. 9:30 a.m. Baby Explorer: Exploring My Sky at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Come fly high in the sky with us and explore outer space. Your little astronaut will love singing, playing and discovering with space themed activities. Baby Explorer is for ages 0-2 and their caregiver. Each class we will explore a different topic through books, play, and movement, inviting your little ones to use their minds, bodies and senses. Included with admission.

15 Sat. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Summer in the Village at Fowler Park. Join us for “Summer in the Village” as our Pioneers open up their cabins for all to explore and demonstrate early 19th century skills and crafts for the public to experience.

15 Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Brazil’s Main Street Route 40 Fest. LOTS of vendors and things to see while part of US 40 is shut down for the one-day event. The fun will be endless as there will be two LIVE STAGES packed with local and out of town talent, dozens of FOOD options, TONS of craft and informational vendors, two KID ZONES filled with inflatables, a CRUISE-IN where vehicles will be parked along the national road, and even MORE!

15 Sat. 1:00 p.m. Mom Swap at World Gospel Church. Drop off donations of clean, gently used children’s clothing, equipment or toys.Items must be sorted prior to drop off. Each adult (one per family) will receive a ticket for entrance to shop at 2 p.m. This is a kid-free event.

15 Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. 12th Annual Indiana Bat Festival at ISU Science Center and Dobbs Park. Join us at the Indiana Bat Festival, hosted by the Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation! This annual festival celebrates the unique role of bats in the ecosystem, and works to dispel the myths surrounding these amazing creatures. Free.

16 Sun. 3:30 p.m. Apple Butter Festival in Spencer, INThis event is free to the public.

17-21 Mon-Fri. Terre Haute Children’s Museum annual shutdown.

17 Mon. 7:30 p.m. Drew Lynch comedy show at ISU.  Tickets start at $13.

18 Tues. 5:30 p.m. Wabash Valley Night Out Hosted by Terre Haute Police Department at Fairbanks Park.

20 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. The Ripple Effect – Save a Life! at AMC theater. Join the members of Lost & Found: Wabash Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition for a private screening of Kevin Hines’ Suicide: The Ripple Effect at AMC Showplace 12 on September 20th – Suicide Awareness Month! This isn’t just a documentary film, it is a MOVEMENT! A movement to help end suicides and to always remember to #beheretomorrow.

20 Thurs. 5:00 p.m. BINGO Family Night at Chick Fil A. Join us for a family fun night filled with food, fun, and prizes.

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