Dubois County has music festivals for everyone

Jazz, Polka, Country, Latin, Folk, Blues… Experience it all in Dubois County

The rolling hills of southern Indiana in Dubois County offer a variety of music festivals.

JAZZ

The kickoff of Dubois County’s many music festivals is the annual get-together Garden Gate Jazz, Wine and Craft Beer Festival which takes place on April 30, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event Highlights: The Garden Gate Festival features popular Southern Indiana wineries and breweries offering samples with the option to purchase wine and beer by the bottle, growler or glass. Admission including sample wristbands is $25 at the door or you can save $5 when you purchase a few weeks in advance online at GardenGateFestival.com. General admission is $10.

Talented jazz ensembles will take to the stage, creating a cool and relaxed environment while sipping on your favorite drink. This year in 2022, a jazz band from Cincinnati, Ohio called Bumpin’ will perform on the main stage followed by a local high school jazz band on the back porch of Old City Hall. Popular Latin jazz band Hermanos, from Louisville, Kentucky, will headline the day.

MIXED GENDER

Stay at Market Street Park for the next series of music events,”Fourth Fridays,” is aptly named as it sits just off historic Fourth Street in Huntingburg and takes place on the fourth Fridays of May, June, July and August; therefore, May 27, June 24, July 22 and August 26 for 2022.

POLKA

On the first weekend of August, accordion notes can be heard as the polka band is in full swing for the county’s biggest crowded festival – the Strassenfest Jasper – with the four-day street festival taking place August 4-7, 2022.

Brats, lederhosen, polka music and parades– just part of what you’ll experience at the annual Jasper Strassenfest. Recognized as one of Indiana’s top festivals and recently featured on the cover of the Indiana Festival Guide, Jasper Strassenfest is a family-friendly street festival celebrating the area’s rich German heritage.

Features include parades, outdoor Biergarten (beer garden), polka masses, arts festival, carnival rides, hot air balloon race, bed race, Autolauf scavenger hunt, variety of entertainment and musical performances and dozens of unique events for young people and those young at heart.

Bring your appetite for the variety of food vendors! This well-known annual German festival celebrates Jasper’s German heritage and is known for its great food and lively atmosphere. For more information, visit www.jasperstrassenfest.org.

COUNTRY

Lace up your boots because the BIGGEST music festival taking place in Dubois County in 2022 is the Red, White and Brauen (RWB) Music Festivalwith The Roots and Boots Tour featuring award-winning country music artists on August 27, 2022.

Event Highlights: This tour offers the rare opportunity to see three of country music’s most adored artists with a band sharing stories and songs. Aaron Tippin (“You Gotta Defend Something”, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”), Samy Kershaw (“She Doesn’t Know She’s Beautiful”, “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer”), and Collin Raye (“Love, Me”, “My Kind of Girl”) headlined this year’s event. Together, they amassed over 50 of Billboard’s top twenty hits. Three-time CMA Award winner and member of the Grand Ole Opry Pam Tillis (“Maybe It Was Memphis”), Fan Favorite Richochet (“Daddy’s Money”), and high end Wade Hayes (“Old Enough To Know Better”) also appear in this year’s lineup. Buy your tickets today at RWBMusicFest.com for the event that takes place behind Uebelhor & Sons Toyota, located in Jasper, IN. Doors open at 3 p.m. (EDT).

LATIN

Changing genres once again, from salsa to Latin Culture Festival at Huntingburg City Park and League Stadium (one of the filming locations for “A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis). This festival takes place on Labor Day weekend, September 2-3, 2022.

Event Highlights: The event is not just about coming together to celebrate Central American culture, but about sharing it with the entire community, said ALASI President Eber Menjivar. Festival goers can enjoy a wide variety of options – papusas, tamales, tacos, etc. – while listening to traditional Latin music played by notable bands.

“The bands we bring are renowned all over the world, and especially in parts of Central America,” Menjivar said.

Although the festival is a celebration of Latino culture, it’s truly open to everyone, Menjivar says. “This event is for everyone – we get asked a lot, ‘Is this event just for Latinos?'” Menjivar said. “It’s a Latino-based festival, but it’s for everyone to come out and enjoy it, and have a really good time.”

Kiosks will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on ALASI and the Latino Culture Fest, visit: www.facebook.com/alasi.in

POPULAR

Before the leaves change color, join the popular Ferdinand Folk Festivalthe county’s longest-running music festival, taking place on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

Event Highlights: Bring the kids to enjoy this family-friendly, eco-friendly (and FREE) festival while relaxing on Ferdinand’s Lawn, Indiana’s 18and Street park. Throughout the park, children can enjoy activities, interactive shows, inflatable structures and a playground. Usually hosting nationally acclaimed artists, the lineup for the 2022 event has yet to be announced, so check back to see who will be performing at this year’s event!

BLUES

Following – With the slogan “Join us if you dare”, the Huntingburg Haunted Blues Festival is a freakishly good time with a VIP lounge, four talented blues ensembles, plenty of kids’ activities and inflatables, food trucks, and booze in the form of wine and craft beer tasting.

Event Highlights: The musical lineup for the 2022 haunted event includes the Carl Rodenberg Trio, Phonque Blue, Warrior Kingsand Stillwell Marsh Quintet. The backdrop for the festivities is a Market Street park decorated for Halloween. Full event details are not currently available; however, mark it in your calendar and check www.hauntedhuntingburg.com for their event updates.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

In early November, the Christmas season is in full swing with the many events in Dubois County, including Huntingburg Christmas Walk, Jasper O’Tannenbaum Seasonand – the most popular – Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt which features high levels of entertainment, including the Evansville Philharmonic Ensemble”Sounds of the season” Concert.

Event Highlights: The Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt is spread over six market locations in the charming “Bavarian” village. Held on the third full weekend of November each year, the market includes over 200 richly decorated stands overflowing with quality handcrafted items, antiques, art, Christmas items, delicious regional food and wine, live entertainment, a free concert, free tours and much more.

Talented members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will perform beautiful music, seasonal selections and traditional Christmas carols on Saturdays from 7:00-8:00 PM EST at St. Ferdinand’s Church. As there is no admission, a voluntary offering is encouraged.

For more information on the Christmas event, visit www.ferdinandchristkindlmarkt.com.

MUSIC ROOMS

In addition to these music festivals, Dubois County is home to many entertainment venues, hosting concerts throughout the year, including the following:

Jasper Art Center – 675-seat theater that offers the highest quality professional performing arts events and programs currently on tour, attracting talent and experience from around the world in an intimate setting.

Astra Theater – located in the heart of Jasper, the historic Astra Theater presents concerts, comedians, special films and other performances to the public in this 357-seat theatre.

Calumet Lake Events Square – multi-purpose hall suitable for concerts, weddings, fundraisers and other live entertainment with a capacity of over 800 people.

(Just outside the county – nearby) Lincoln Amphitheater – one of the largest indoor amphitheaters in the country, the Lincoln Amphitheater is a majestic 1,500-seat outdoor venue set in the very woods where Abraham Lincoln walked as a child. From age 7 until age 21, Lincoln lived and learned in what is now Lincoln City, Indiana.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

With all of these great musical options, Dubois County may be your next destination to please your ears and feed your soul. While planning to take advantage of these offers, be sure to check out the many relaxation sites accommodation options available to guests, including amazing bed and breakfasts and award-winning hotels. Also be sure to shop in the historic city centers, book a tour of some of the top attractions, or bring the family to enjoy Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.

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