Reasons to Stay in Southern Indiana – June Edition
The days are getting longer and the weather is hitting that point when it’s no longer just “warm” outside, it’s “hot.” The swimsuits have returned and the kids are out of school. As always, we are here to help you make the most of your month and to help this summer vacation be a memorable one!
On June 2, the Coca-Cola Summer Concert Series kicks off with The Louisville Crashers and special guest: Color Me Badd. These concerts will be held at the Jeffersonville Riverstage (100 W. Riverside Drive), in Downtown Jeffersonville. All concerts are free and open to the public. All concerts will also begin at 7 pm. For the entire list of Riverstage Concerts, visit www.jeffparks.org and click on the Riverstage tab at the top of the page. The summers, here, in Southern Indiana are filled with music. You can also find music in Warder Park (located at the corner or Spring Street and Court Avenue in Jeffersonville) and in Bicentennial Park (118 E Spring Street, New Albany). For the entire line-up for Warder Park, visit www.jeffparks.org and for the entire line-up for Bicentennial Park in New Albany, visit www.developna.org.
Jeff Fest is back on June 3 this year! From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., kids can enjoy games, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, make and take crafts and much more! Don’t worry, parents will be able to enjoy a historic community photo display, non-profit booths, an art show, a plant sale and even live music. There will also be hot dogs and ice cream available! Jeff Fest will be held in Big Four Station (227 Pearl Street, Jeffersonville) and admission will be free. Kick off the summer in style – you don’t want to miss this!
The Fest of Ales and Wines is also making its way back on June 3! From 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., you can enjoy tasting more than 100 craft beers. Tickets are $50, but well worth it. This festival benefits the WHAS Crusade for Children. Last year, they raised $16,000! What a great way to support such a great organization! The Fest of Ales and Wines will take place at the New Albany Riverfront Ampitheater (201 E. Water Street).
Spend a weekend with the kids at O’Bannon State Woods Park (7234 Old Forest Road) in Corydon during their FREE Fishing Weekend for Kids! On June 3 and June 4 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on both days, kids can enjoy fishing and spending time outdoors instead of in front of a TV. Although the event is free, a gate fee will apply. The gate fee will be $7 for Indiana residents and $9 for out-of-state residents. Come enjoy a day fishing and making memories!
On June 10, Kinley’s Helping Hands is hosting a Luau Carnival at Lincoln Hills Christian Church (1150 Dale Avenue, Corydon). Admission for this event is a NEW $20 toy per family of four and any additional member will be $5 a person. Children will receive wrist bands which entitles them to unlimited games, crafts and inflatables! Kinley’s Helping Hands is a non-profit organization. The proceeds from their Luau Carnival will go to a Patient Assistance Fund that was set up by Norton Children’s Hospital. This fund helps families whose child/children are hospitalized at Norton Children’s Hospital. Come out and enjoy a day of fun for a good cause!
Looking for places to spend time with your family and your dog this summer? Visit the Georgetown Drive-In (8200 IN-64, Georgetown) for their Dog Day on June 17! From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., there will be booths, demonstrations, contests, silent auctions, raffles, concessions for both dogs and people, photo opportunities, adoptable pets and much more! Admission will be $2 for each dog. This is a CASH ONLY event.
Is there such a thing as too many beer and wine festivals? Definitely not! On June 17thfrom 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Madison, Indiana will be hosting their Riverfront Wine, Stein and Barrel festival! Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. There will be live music, art, food and even select wine, beer and bourbon! The Riverfront Wine, Stein and Barrel will be held at Bicentennial Park (106 W. Vaughn Drive) in Madison!
Summertime means pool-time, but pool-time can be dangerous if the kiddos don’t know how to swim. On June 22nd, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., River Run Family Park (224 W. Daisy Lane) in New Albany will be hosting the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! The nation’s top water safety and training organizations have come together to make this event happen. This event will help build awareness about the vital importance of teaching kids how to swim. If your child hasn’t learned to swim yet, be sure to attend this event – it could possibly save their life and give you peace of mind. This event is included with the price of admission.
Classic cars, live music and beautiful scenery. Need I say more? On June 23rd, starting at 6 p.m., Clarksville will be having a Cruise-In and Concert at Gateway Park (500 Little League Boulevard). Clarksville Parks Department are inviting owners of classic cars and/or hot rods to join in this event. It is free to participate and the first 150 participants will receive a plaque for their ride! After you have finished looking at all the cars, you will get to enjoy a concert by The Decades! You can enjoy music from the 50s, the 60s and other decades!
On June 24th, the Floyd County Animal Rescue League is holding their Annual Yard Sale! You never know what you might find at a yard sale – surprises around every corner! Enjoy searching for the perfect yard sale find at Tunnel Mill Church (5105 Old Georgetown Road) in Georgetown. The yard sale will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and you don’t want to miss it.
I hope you have your boots and jeans ready for this next event. On June 24th, Jeffersonville is going country! Papa John’s Jeffersonville Goes Country is presenting special guest Joe Nichols this year! The concert will take place at the Jeffersonville Riverstage (100 W. Riverside Drive) and the gates will open at 5 p.m. The concert will start at 7 p.m., but you will want to get there early – this event has proven to be a hit each year! Come out and enjoy a night of live country music!
This month offers many events to keep you busy and make many memories! Summers in Southern Indiana also offer summer movie series. You can find movies at the Jeffersonville Riverstage, in Gateway Park in Clarksville, in Greenway Park in Charlestown and at the Corydon Cinemas. For an entire list of movies in Jeffersonville, visit www.jeffparks.org. For Clarksville, visit www.clarksvilleparks.com. For more information on the movies in Charlestown, visit their Facebook group: City of Charlestown, Indiana. For the Corydon Cinemas movies, visit www.thisisindiana.org. These movie series are FREE and open to the public!
Summertime also means that the local farmers markets will be changing their hours! For information on the Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market, visit www.jeffmainstreet.org. For information on the New Albany Farmers’ Market, visit www.developna.org. For the farmers’ markets in Harrison County, visit www.thisisindiana.org.
Don’t let the summer pass you by. You could blink and it could be gone just like that. These events are sure to help you make the most of your summer, here, in Southern Indiana. Don’t break the bank – make memories in your own backyard!