Destinations - Southern Indiana 2019 - Page 30

Abbey Road on the River will be held May 23-27 this year. More than 50 bands will perform in the 2019 event, which will be headlined by The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, and The Cowsills with special guests Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde. Thousands attend Abbey Road each year. The five-day annual event, which began in 2002, is held over Memorial Day weekend and draws a crowd of about 20,000 attendees. STARLIGHT STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL The one-day festival, on May 25 at St. John’s Catholic Church, starts with a road race and ends with music and dancing. For 40 years, the Starlight community, and members of St. John’s, have hosted a festival for the entire family. Festival highlights include the popular build-your-own- strawberry-shortcake booth as well as other food options such as the homemade chicken dinner. Attendees also can enjoy shopping a variety of craft booths and play festival games. There is a soap box derby for kids who also have numerous bouncies to keep them busy. ART ON THE PARISH GREEN The 13th annual Art on the Parish Green, hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Albany, will be June 8-9 on the St. Paul’s grounds. This year, more than 90 artists will be selling their goods. There will also be food, a beer garden and music both days. SOUTHERN INDIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL One of the newer festivals in the area is the Southern Indiana Pride Festival held in Jeffersonville. This will mark the fourth anniversary of the one-day festival, on June 22. It is estimated that 1,000 people attend the event, which includes music, food, motivational speeches and educational booths. The festival’s highlight is a parade. FOUNDERS DAY Charlestown’s annual festival has also enjoyed growth. Founders Day will be June 21-22 this year. Last year’s successful event has organizers fired up for the 2019 version. Founders Day includes food booths, tractor pull, music and other features like train rides. SELLERSBURG CELEBRATES! Like other festivals Sellersburg Celebrates! features plenty of food, a midway and craft booths. There is also music, a luncheon and parade to kick off the festivities. This year the festival will be Aug. 22-24. The festival continues to grow since it began 30 years ago. Last year, more than 125 craft PHOTO: TYLER ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER booths were open to festival- goers. “It is a place where people reunite with old friends from high school and meet their neighbors. It’s all about the community. It’s just about coming home and fellowship,” Candi Graves, marketing chair of Sellersburg Celebrates!, said prior to last year’s festival. STEAMBOAT NIGHTS On the heels of Sellersburg Celebrates! is Jeffersonville’s Steamboat Nights. This will be the second year for the festival, which is held at Big Four Station Aug. 30-31. Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate this year. Last year, remnants of Tropical Storm Emily washed out the festival. The event is designed to highlight Jeffersonville’s arts and cultural district. LANESVILLE HERITAGE WEEKEND For the 44th consecutive year, the Lanesville Heritage Weekend will be held Sept. 12-15. People from all over the region look forward to the weekend, which features a truck and tractor pull, parade, vendor and craft booths, midway, the popular toy farm show, demonstrations and glass blowing by Zimmerman’s of Corydon. And, yes, there is always the vintage farm machinery display and demonstrations. HARVEST HOMECOMING The largest and oldest of area festivals, Harvest Homecoming, will be held Oct. 5-13, with booth days in downtown New Albany on Oct. 10-13. This will mark the 52nd year for the festival, one of the largest in the state. The parade will officially kick things off on Saturday, Oct. 5, and for an entire week, everything from pumpkin chucking to the popular booth days will entertain the thousands who converge on New Albany for the annual festivities. CLARKFEST From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19, you can enjoy food and entertainment at ClarkFEST, held at Gateway Park in Clarksville. There are, of course, booths, but also a 5K run/walk, Family Fun Zone, entertainment and Clarksville Police meet-and- greet vehicles area. Kids will enjoy the Clarksville Fire Department obstacle course, while adults can walk among the many vehicles displayed in the car show. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a parade down Eastern Boulevard. AUTUMN ON THE RIVER Autumn on the River will be held Oct. 19-20 in Bethlehem on the old schoolhouse grounds. The event is free. There will be music, food, vendors, an auction, parade and car show.