There is so much to do and see this April in Knox County! Whether your looking for family-fun, a chance to step-back in time, or an opportunity to explore the outdoors; there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Read on to learn more about all of Knox County’s can’t-miss events happening this April.
From Pencils to Pixels
Now until April 15th
From the antics of fat-cat Garfield to the cracker-barrel philosophy of Brown County savant Abe Martin, the many creations of Hoosier cartoonists are highlighted in this colorful exhibit designed to amuse and intrigue your audience. The exhibit explores the amusing goings-on of characters from comic strips like “Chic” Jackson’s “Roger Bean,” which featured the lives of a typical Hoosier family, to the editorial musings of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist John T. McCutcheon, who was a fierce opponent of America’s entry into World War II.
Drawn from the collections of the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Library, and other institutions throughout the state, the exhibition also examines the life and work of such Indiana cartoonists as “the dean of America’s editorial cartoonists,” Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht; artists from the Crawfordsville area known as the Sugar Crick School of Art; “the first black political cartoonist,” Henry Jackson Lewis, who worked for the Indianapolis Freeman; Abe Martin creator Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard; Richmond’s Gaar Williams, who earned a designation as the “James Whitcomb Riley of the pencil”; and Muncie’s Jim Davis, responsible for bringing Garfield to life.
For more information about this event, click HERE.
First Friday Art Walk – Spring Forward
Join friends at three downtown galleries and Vincennes University’s Shircliff Gallery for the First Friday Art Walk, April 1. Downtown galleries and a new venue, the Democratic Headquarters on Main Street, will be open 5 – 8 pm. Shircliff Gallery will be open until 8.
At Art Space Vincennes LLC, you will find “Lumiére Horizon,” photographs by Erick Rowe. The Northwest Territory Art Guild will show works by the Green Door Watercolor Painters group; a group of area artists that meet weekly to paint together at the Nancy Ford Green Door studio in Bruceville. At The Open Gallery, a retrospective exhibition of poster design work by Vincennes University Professor Pravin Sevak titled “Open for Common Good” will be exhibited. The new Knox County Indiana Democratic Headquarters will be open Friday presenting the first installment of a four-part series titled “Our Rights, Our Freedom, Our Vote,” in which artist Fernando Lozano addresses the historic difficulties many groups have faced in striving for the right to vote. On the Vincennes University campus, the Shircliff Gallery is presently hosting the Knox County High Schools Student Art Exhibition.
The Great War
April 2nd – 3rd
“The Great War” a WWI Living History Event will be held at the Indiana Military Museum on Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 3 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET). Hundreds of World War One artifacts will be on exhibit with examples including artillery, vehicles, and living history displays. Battles will be re-enacted on both days with representatives of Allied and German troops. WWI aircraft flyovers are expected in the afternoon.
Youth Leadership Knox County Drive-Up Movie
Join the members of Youth Leadership Knox County for a showing of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The sound for the movie will be played through a radio station provided by The Original Company. Food trucks will also be on site.
Showings will begin at 6:30 pm & 9 pm.
Half of the proceeds from this event will go to Helping His Hands, the other half will go toward the Youth Leadership Knox County Scholarship Fund.
Breakfast with the Bunny
Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny! At this special VIP event, you will have early access to the Big Balloon Build before everyone else, as well as the opportunity to have your picture professionally taken with the Easter bunny and to eat breakfast with them.
There are only 200 spots available for this event; those who wish to attend must contact Lacey Lane to reserve their tickets. She can be reached by calling 812-899-1109. Tickets are $25/person.
Photographs will be taken by Chelsea Polston of In a Blink Photography.
The Big Balloon Build
Come see the Big Balloon Build at the Highland Woods Community Center! After a week of hard work from balloon artists around the world, their creations will be open to the public. This will be the only time the balloon build will be available for the public to see.
In lieu of an admission fee, the builders are requiring those who wish to attend to bring a bag full of canned goods. These donations will help the United Way’s canned food drive for local food pantries.
Second Sunday Nature Walk
Join Master Naturalist Terri Talarek King on Sunday, March 13 for a casual early spring woods walk at Ouabache Trails Park (just north of Vincennes, Indiana, at the end of Lower Fort Knox Road). The walk will proceed from outside the park office at 2:00 pm Eastern and start on Trail 2, rain or shine. Participants should be prepared for wet or muddy conditions and some steep slopes. This is a time for the very earliest spring blooms and buds, frogs and salamanders, and increased bird activity as the air gradually warms and water flows and puddles.
This walk is part of the Second Sunday Nature Exploration series for 2022, all at Ouabache Trails Park. Walks are free and no registration is required. All are welcome, and families are encouraged.
“All Shook Up” – The Musical
April 22nd– 24th & 29th – May 1st
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, the Old Town Players Theatre Group presents, “All Shook Up.”
It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Adventure Days: Early Explorers
Bring history to life through a combination of short presentations, games, and hands-on activities. Learn all about European explorers and the early frontier through hands-on activities including map-making, a scavenger hunt, and nature journals. Registration is required.
Historical Half Marathon
The Rotary Young Leaders Club of Vincennes is hosting what they hope to be the first of many half marathons in Indiana’s first city. With the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle within Knox County and surrounding cities whilst also raising funds for local charities and organizations within the community, the Historical Half Marathon will highlight many of the first city’s historic landmarks not only by having participants move past them but also through auditory listening devices.
There will also be a 5K and a Kids Fun Run for people to participate in.