If you are a drum corps fan looking to take a few vacation days off at the end of June, you might want to consider taking a trip to Evansville. There are a TON of activities going on in and around our city that weekend that could make for a great, mini vacation. AND if you live in and around Evansville, here are some things you can check out too!

Our show is on a new night this year — being on a Monday. Any drum corps fan from around the region could grab a hotel room for a couple of nights, bring the family or a significant other, and really enjoy what Evansville has to offer. Stay over the weekend, then check out our early season review of seven of the world’s best drum corps on Monday Night.

Our show will host an outstanding line-up of seven world class corps including:

  • Carolina Crown
  • Boston Crusaders
  • Blue Stars
  • Phantom Regiment
  • Crossmen
  • Spirit of Atlanta
  • Music City

First, grab your tickets to our show and put it on your calendar:

Monday, June 24
At the Historic Reitz Bowl


Now that you have your tickets, here are 6 things to do in Evansville the weekend of June 21-23.

ShrinersFest 2019


ShrinersFest is a four-day patriotic and community festival held annually by the Hadi Shriners. Located in downtown Evansville along the banks of the Ohio River, the event spans more than nine city blocks.

The 2019 festival runs June 20-23 and is headlined by the ShrinersFest Air Show on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.

ShrinersFest features a wide variety of food and attractions the entire family will enjoy! With entertainment in the air, on the ground, and on the water, this year’s festival features something for everyone.

The festival lineup varies each day, so be sure to check their schedule page for showtimes & locations.

Air Show acts on Saturday and Sunday include:

  • S. Army Black Daggers Parachute Team
  • Douglas C-47 Dakota
  • Ghostwriter Nathan Hammond
  • North American AT-6 Texan
  • Trainer Heritage Flight
  • Shorts Tucano Mk.1 Demo
  • Goodyear FG-1D Corsair
  • S. Air Force T-38 Talons (4)
  • Rocky Mountain Renegades (7)
  • Bob Richards Bumblebee Pitts
  • Air Versus Water Showdown
  • S. Army Special Operations HALO Jump
  • S. Navy P-8 Poseidon
  • Randy Ball MiG-17 Jet Demo

Advance tickets are $10.00 per person and $15.00 per person at the gate. Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE! TICKETS GOOD FOR ALL 4 DAYS!

Buy tickets at ShrinersFest.com/buy-now

Advance ticket sales end Saturday, June 15.

Drums on the Ohio Rehearsals


If you are a drum corps enthusiast, then rehearsals are where it’s at. Get an up-close and personal look at your favorite drum corps. Rehearsals are open to the public and are free to attend.

Rehearsal times will be announced by the corps the day of their rehearsal. Most corps will post their daily schedule to their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram).

You can find rehearsal locations for each of our visiting corps along with links to their social media at DRUMSontheOHIO.com/Rehersal.

Evansville Symphonic Band


Free, family-friendly summer concert experience. Enjoy a range of musical stylings, courtesy of the Evansville Symphonic Band! Also the Boston Crusaders will be staying at the venue where the concert will be held. Come early and watch BAC rehearse.

On June 23, it will be BIG BAND NIGHT as the Evansville Symphonic Big Band performs.

The concerts are FREE and open to the public!

Sunday, June 23

Central High School
5400 N. First Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710

The Evansville Symphonic Band has been providing the community with quality entertainment since 1947. Comprised of local professional musicians, we perform traditional band literature, musical highlights, marches, contemporary band literature and popular music along with a strong emphasis on patriotic music. The Evansville Symphonic Band features soloists and honors youth performers who are recognized by their instructors for their talent and hard work.

Learn more about the Evansville Symphonic Band at EvansvilleSymphonicBand.com

Evansville Museum Laser Light Show


From June 7-23, 2019, Laser Lights Shows will be at the Koch Immersive Theater & Planetarium at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science.

For a complete list of all shows and showtimes, see EvansvilleMuseum.org/LaserLightShows

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Seven of their most popular laser light shows will be offered, each featuring multi-color, laser light effects and animations projected onto a dome full of stars. Family shows include Laser Magic and the just-for-children laser light shows are Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda and Legends of the Night Sky: Orion. Evening laser light shows for teens and adults include: Laser Mania and Electropop; shows featuring hits from various artists, single artists such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Metallica, plus the classic album Pink Floyd: Darkside of the Moon.

Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science
411 SE Riverside Drive 
Evansville, IN 47713 


Evansville is home to an amazing car museum that features some of the coolest cars in the world. Open Wednesday-Sunday and only $5 to see classic cars, movie cars, memorabilia and more at The Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana! While you’re here if you see something you like, take the experience home with you! Many items, including the cars, are available for purchase!

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday

$5 for guests 13 and older
Free for guests 12 and under

2400 N Heidelbach Ave,
Evansville, IN 47711

Learn more about the Evansville Dream Car Museum at DreamCarMuseum.com

Also check out the American Dream Car Show on YOUTUBE.

Tropicana Evansville


Evansville also has the newly renovated Tropicana Casino in the heart of downtown. Tropicana Evansville is a multi-million dollar entertainment complex located on the scenic banks of the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana.  The single-level 24-hour casino encompasses 45,000 square feet of gaming space featuring 1,175 slot games, over 30 table games, a Poker Room and a High Limit Room. Accommodations include a 243-room hotel tower and a 95-room boutique hotel. The property showcases an ultramodern entertainment lounge, four dining options, four bars, conference center, Riverfront Event Center and a 1,660-vehicle attached parking garage.

Tropicana is also home to our two preferred hotels for out-of-town drum corps guests. The Tropicana Hotel and the Le Marigot.

Learn more about Tropicana and their hotel options at TropEvansville.com

Evansville Hotels


If you are traveling from a neighboring area to attend DRUMS on the OHIO, there are several great options for lodging near our stadium. Evansville has excellent hotels downtown that are connected to our casino and near the heart of our city. Evansville’s West Side hosts nice options near food and shopping that are very close to our stadium. And Evansville’s East Side options are also close to food and shopping while being near Interstate 69.

Learn more about our recommended hotels at DRUMSontheOHIO.com/Hotels

Event Calendars

There are also some excellent resources for finding events around Evansville.

When people around the area are looking for something to do, the first place they go is River City Weekend. Here you can find all kinds of area events around Evansville. Visit them at RiverCityWeekend.com

If you are looking for Family-Centered events, check out Macaroni Kid Evansville’s Family Event Calendar at Evansville.MacaroniKid.com/Events

The Evansville Visitor Bureau lists Events on their website. While there you can find information on area attractions and restaurants. Visit them at VisitEvansville.com

Evansville Living Magazine is on the pulse of everything Evansville. Check out their website and events calendar at EvansvilleLiving.com/Event

You can also check out the events calendar at one of the most popular radio stations in Evansville – 104FM WIKY. Check out their events calendar at WIKY.com/Events

Grab your tickets to DRUMS on the OHIO and come for the weekend! With so much to do, you’ll want to make Evansville a destination every year for our show!

Now what are you waiting for?! Go get those tickets! We hope to see you here for DRUMS on the OHIO presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Monday, June 24. 7PM. At the Historic Reitz Bowl.

Get tickets NOW at DRUMSontheOHIO.com/TICKETS

Join us for the weekend and stay for an evening of music and pageantry.