Listed below are 6 issues to do in Evansville this weekend

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Various events are planned for Evansville this weekend – some to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home in your pajamas, others with the intent of taking them outside and into your yard. Or let the Philharmonic take you to a fantasy land.

Check out some of the things planned for the upcoming weekend in the region:

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Keep the ark afloat

7 p.m., online at

Visit the Ark Crisis Children’s Center for their 20th annual auction. The money raised will be used to support Ark’s work. Programs include silent and live auctions, a message from Arks Executive Director Angie Richards Cheek, a virtual tour of the Ark Crisis Children’s Center, and stories about the children who support the fund by providing a safe haven when they are in crisis are.

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New lighting revealed for the alleys in downtown Evansville

5:30 p.m., 500 block alleys on Main Street

The DID Evansville Economic Improvement District (EID) is holding a celebration for the newest year-round lighting and decor installation on Alley between 512 Main and 518 Main.

The first decoration scheme celebrates Cinco de Mayo and will include dozens of brightly colored Papel Picado photos as well as two giant Papel Picado photo props, according to an EID publication.

“Papel Picado is a traditional Mexican folk art,” said Abraham Brown, director of the Evansville Latino Center. “Usually made from stacks of tissue paper, they hang across alleys and streets across Mexico to celebrate holidays, quinceaneras, weddings and other events like Cinco de Mayo.”

The celebration includes performances coordinated by the Evansville Latino Center, including mariachi singer Georgina Lopez Álvarez, the Latino Folkloric Dance Group, and Sophie Radionova and Olga Radionova from the Signature School.

“We’re excited to showcase these Latinx performers as a way to showcase our new lighting installation that draws people into the room and adds extra security in the alley,” said Josh Armstrong, EID President.

The Papel Picado installation will be in operation until June 14th and will be replaced with an exhibition of American flags and patriotic bunting. Armstrong said the decor is turned out with other seasonal and holiday backgrounds.


Run to the nose race

8:00 a.m. Registration, 9:00 a.m. Start, Evansville State Hospital Grounds, Lincoln Avenue

$ 25,

Run for the Noses, held May 1st at State Hospital Park, is a fundraiser for Woodmere Dog Park.

Woodmere Dog Park is hosting its first Run For The Noses, a 1-mile or 2-mile walk / run event that is both pet and family friendly. If you don’t have a dog but want to walk or run with one, you can “hire” one from the Vanderburgh Humane Society for a $ 25 donation.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Woodmere Dog Park building, located on the grounds of the State Hospital and opening later this summer.

There are prizes for the best / funniest costume for the participants and their dogs.

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Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association plant sales

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vanderburgh 4-H Center Auditorium, 201 East Boonville-New Harmony Road

Free entry and parking

Debbie Jacobs, a member of the Master Gardeners Plant Sale committee, is watering a lavender apartment in one of the three major greenhouses in the entire area.  The greenhouses are manned by master gardeners.  Jacobs helped prepare an earlier plant sale.  This year's sale will take place on Saturday at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center.

The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association hosts their annual Plant Sale, the largest plant sale in Tri-State, of more than 10,000 plants. Master gardeners will be there to assist customers with purchasing perennial and annual flowers for sun and shade, native plants, vegetables and herbs, aquatic plants, garden treasures and much more.

Copies of their harvest cookbook and tickets for the Garden Walk of the Tour de Fleur in June are available.

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Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet

6 p.m., Lincoln Amphitheater, Lincoln City, Indiana

Tickets are limited to less than 25 percent of the Lincoln Amphitheater’s seating capacity to ensure social distance. Tickets to the event, valued at $ 16.95, can be purchased at

Bon Jovi Tribute Band,

Two members of the internationally touring Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet present an evening of Bon Jovi’s greatest acoustic hits. Bon Jovi has been nominated for multiple Grammys and is a member of the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class in Cleveland.

As a full band, Slippery When Wet is one of the most decorated tribute bands and even deserves the honor of being officially authorized by Bon Jovi to play their entertaining show in 2007.

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EPA Fantasy Night at the Phil

7 p.m., the victory

Purchase in-person or live-stream tickets at or call the EPO ticket office at 812-425-5050 ext 300. For questions and purchases, the box office is available on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. until Friday.

Austin Wintory

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra closes its season with “Fantasy Night at the Phil” with guest conductor and video game composer Austin Wintory. Audiences are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fantasy character for a night of music directed by Roger Kalia from fantasy films, TV shows and video games.

The songs include “Quidditch” and “Hedwig’s Flight” from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” as well as music from the “Game of Thrones” with “Main Theme” and “Main Title.” “. from “The Mandalorian”. Also on the program are video game music, Super Mario Bros. Medley and The Legend of Zelda Medley.

Wintory will conduct his award-winning “Suite from Journey” soundtrack from the PlayStation 3 video game “Journey”. Wintory has worked in the concert world, film music, and video games, among others. The soundtrack album “Journey” debuted higher on the Billboard charts than any other score in gaming history, and more history was made when “Journey” was revealed to be the first Grammy-nominated video game score.

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