School has started across the Tri-State once again but that doesn't mean families aren't looking for fun things to do on weekends. September has plenty of arts activities with a family- friendly focus.
Sesame Street Live's all-new show - "Make a New Friend" - is this weekend at the Ford Center.
Music on the Hill at Wesselman Woods Preserve is well-known as a fun, family festival. This year's acoustic music festival Saturday features Tim Grimm, Jason Wilber, Tom Roznowski, The Indiana Boys, Randy Pease, Opal Fly, Kennedy Rose and Not Entirely Unlike Bluegrass. Beer and wine is provided by Turonis and food by River City Coop. The festival will feature local crafters and artisans.
Evansville Museum is celebrating diverse generations in families with their annual Kids and Grandparents Day on Sunday. Admission is free. There will be special events including a performance by the Children's
Center for Dance Education and information booths from various organizations.
Evansville Museum's Chemistry Day on Sept. 15 is full of educational hands-on children's activities and experiments to teach about the wonders of chemistry from how chemicals react to how those reactions play an important role in our daily lives.
This month also sees a few openings in the art world. The University of Evansville's theater season opens with Clybourne Park on Sept. 28 and Evansville Philharmonic's opens the same evening, featuring Larry Alan Smith's "Quick Silver" Fanfare, commissioned for Alfred Savia's 25th season as EPO music director.
A cool fall should make for some nice outdoor activities this month.
The Ferdinand Folk Festival is an Earth-friendly and family- friendly event promoting music, the arts and the environment. The free festival is Sept. 21 in Ferdinand's 18th Street Park and will feature nationally-acclaimed musicians, as well as local and regional acts. Local artists and artisans will display and sell their work, area gardeners and farmers will sell fresh produce, and there will be education on a variety of topics.
Native American Days is Sept. 28 and 29 at Angel Mounds and features demonstrations, live music, dancing, an Indian market and activities.
Lincoln Amphitheater is hosting the National Players for the first time with their presentation of Shakespeare's Macbeth Sept. 13 and 14.
The Victory has a full schedule this month. The final concert in the Summer Country Nights series features No Justice and special guest Lindsay Brandt Sept. 13. Philip Lawrence, best known for his collaborations with Bruno Mars and Ari Levine, will be performing his solo album "Letters I Never Sent" Sept. 14 at the Victory. Legendary Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will play his unique style - coined "finger style" during his concert at the Victory Sept. 20. Creed Bratton, who was a part of the Grass Roots but is more famous for his portrayal of of quirky former' 60s rock-star Creed on NBC's "The Of-fice" will be playing at the Victory Sept. 21.
The Victory hosts a unique concert experience, the Water for People Benefit Concert: American Pop on Sept. 26. "American Pop" icons The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams - two groups who helped define the heart of American music during the 1960s and 1970s - will headline the evening of rock and roll. A cash bar and silent auction will be available during the event.
The Evansville Museum has three upcoming exhibits - Evansville sculpture artist Julie Byczynski from Sept. 8 to Dec. 29; Enfolded: Dialogues of Vision and Voice from Sept. 22 to Nov. 24, featuring works of weaver/photographer Dobree Adams and poet/publisher/book designer Jonathan Greene; and Samara: Frank Lloyd Wright in Indiana Sept. 29 to Dec. 8, telling the story of a young couple from Lafayette, Ind., working together with the world-famous architect to build what was a dream home.
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