Mardi Gras Season 2015

“Laissez les bons temps rouler”


Let the good times roll, and there will be many this Carnivale Season, as the Franklin Street Events Association brings the city more great events leading up to Mardi Gras! Two years ago, the Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl, saw 5,000 people on the street celebrating Evansville’s first large scale Mardi gras party. Last year, after this initial success, we have decided to not only do the event again, but to add more to the entire celebration!

Feb. 7th 2pm – 4pm, Franklin Street is hosting their 2nd annual GUMBO COOK OFF! Many of the street’s businesses are partnering with local non-for profits to host a Gumbo Cook Off like the city has never seen! $10 for an individual tasting spoon, let’s you sample not only all the non-for profits gumbo, but the businesses as well. There will be official judges, people’s choice awards, and the coveted “Best Franklin Street Business Gumbo”, which of course comes with bragging rights for the entire years. All proceeds will benefit the participating non-for profits. A “tasting spoon” (an armband that will allow you to enjoy gumbo at each location) will be available at all participating locations the day of the event.

Feb. 13th 6pm – 2am the Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl is back for year three! Use the shuttles provided by Pink Elephant Celebration and Feller Limosuine to travel from Leroy’s Tavern to Lamasco Bar and Grill and all the restaurants, bars, and participating locations in between for a night of FUN, BEADS, AND THE BEST MARDI GRAS PARTY IN THE CITY! Join thousand of other revelers as they take to the bars and the street for a night of pure Carnivale fun!

Feb. 14th, 4pm the GRAND PARADE. The parade will be using the same route as the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival parade, with parade goers lining the street from Wabash Ave of Flags to St. Joe. This family friendly event will offer unique and different floats, tens of thousands of beads, and a chance to be part of history with this very first Evansville Mardi Gras parade!

Through the entire celebration, all of the bars and restaurants are offering Cajun fare, from gumbo and jambalaya, to fresh oysters and crawfish boils!

Of course, Feb. 17th, Fat Tuesday, all the bars and restaurants will be open for the final night of the Carnivale celebration.

The Inaugural Franklin Street Bazaar!!

Franklin Street Events would like to give sincere a thank you to all of the farmers, vendors, volunteers, the West Branch Library, The Healthy Communities Partnership, and our sponsor First Federal Savings Bank for getting together with us for the Franklin Street Bazaar! It was such an amazing pleasure to see so much of our local area meet and trade. And I mean, not to use strong language for such a happy thing, but psffhhtfffft… that was awesome.

So, here is a short list of thank yous, Oxford commas, and smooches to everyone our hollywooding boy-attendant could meet that morning. We love all of the following but this is not an inclusive list by any means:

Genesis Health & Wellness 812.858.1008

Simply Bare All natural balms, 812.457.3150

Sir Dax Longfellow Barbque Company

Jarboe Creations,  812.661.6725

John Haddad, , facebook HaddadArt 812.480.2827

Soap Solutions, LLC, 812.431.3835

Sweet ‘n Sassy Cookies & more 812.499.2865

A La’ Jar Art 812.7746315

Drizzle Oils, Vinegars, and Salts 812.568.5927

Mayse Farm Market 812.963.3175

Timberview Flower Farm 812.963.3241

Stonewall Farm 812.985.0349

Seton harvest and the Daughters of Charity 812.963.7692

Masquerade Soaps 812.470.1507

Pizza Revolution Evansville

Hoops of a Feather 812.499.4210

Blu Jay Furniture 812.454.8260

The Antler Shed 618.384.1108

For the Love of Cupcakes 812.589.3626

Rosie Posie Creative Design 812.204.0528

The Pacetre, llc 812.402.6005

BooMooRoo’s Creative Creations

Ginger Cat Knits 812.457.0632

The Granola Jar Café & Bakery 812.437.1899

Luke Kelly, who is on twitter #authorlukekelly 812.613.0014

Sandy Eickhoff of Sandra Lee Designs

Clinton Hoffman

Joshua Academy Training Center 812.401.6300

Peckenpaugh’s Greenhouses 812.425.9927

Bee Sharp Knife Sharpening

Stoll’s Greenhouse 812.486.3583

How about those area codes?


Annnnd a special thank you to Calabash for playing our First Ever Bazaar!

To EVERYONE who isn’t listed above, we wish we had the words and business contact information to make you understand the fuzzies you gave us for coming out on Saturday! Also, big ups to WNIN for filming our bazaar, and THANK YOU EVERYONE who came out and took a look at all of the amazing reasons you can fall in love with Franklin!

Remember: If you want to get involved, we’re doing this all summer long. If you want to get involved, contact this approachable lady:

Karen Sue Conaway 812/677-0267

Franklin Street Bazaar-Market Master

Franklin Street Bazaar 6/21-9/20

Join us every Saturday at the beautiful West Library Lawn, 2000 W. Franklin St. for our version of the Farmer’s Market….Franklin Street style!


Local grown produce, art, music, crafts, food, and more!



June 21- September 20th 9am-1pm Local produce, art, music, crafts, food, and more!

June 21- September 20th
Local produce, art, music, crafts, food, and more!


Franklin Street Community Garden

Have you seen this? I mean, have you seen it? We have a lot of love and thanks to give for all of the help we’ve received in putting this garden together. Much more of this to come, and really this is long belated. Sarah, Amy, and Karen have been hard at work with support from so many volunteers, local businesses, and even our garden’s next door neighbors whom are letting us fill our rain barrels with their sweet rain. We’ve got a long list of sponsors, businesses, not for profits, and Purdue faculty to thank as the garden takes root. That’s not even a pun. Come by and see what we’re up to! Fall in love with Franklin. We are so happy to be a part of the good growing up around Evansville.

That one sort of was a pun.

Franklin Street Community Gardenizens 

Franklin Street Community Gardenizens

Race Day Thank Yous

We at the Franklin Street Events Association blog would like to take a moment to again acknowledge and thank our generous sponsors whom have helped make all of our Color Me Fun Run possible! We love our community and are so thankful to these local business for their contributions. It’s truly amazing what gets done when you’re having a good time for the right reasons. Thank you for coming together, and let’s have a spectacular race and Earth Day celebration!



Berry Plastics

Moore Music

Tin Man Brewing Co.

Back Porch Cinemas

Lamasco Bar and Grill

SnickerDoodle Kids Art

Pistons Bar

Thyme in the Kitchen

West Side Honda

H & R Block

Leroys Tavern

Townsquare Media

ProRehab, PC

Paul’s Menswear

Freeman, Will & Niemeier, Inc.


Gerst Haus

Sportsman’s Grille and Billiards

Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse

Pizza King

Evansville Print Specialists

Earth Day on Frankin/Color Me Fun Run 5K – 04/19/2014

Feel that sun? It’s been getting out more and more lately, and so should you. Come check out Earth Day on Franklin on April 19th!

The 2nd Annual Color Me Fun Run is happening right on Franklin. Registration starts at 7:30 at the West Side Library Branch. Adult entry is $35 in advance and $40 on race day, students middle school through college are $20 with student ID, and kids 12 and under race FREE! Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Four color stations are set up in a closed circuit, and don’t worry about the color. You could leave a stain with it if you tried. Believe us. We’ve tried..

Don’t want to run? All right. We’ve got an art crawl from 10:30 to 4:00 presented by the Arts Council of Doom (mwa-ha-ha-ha). Seventy artists will present work for the occasion. Seventy.. 7-0 artists. Explosion. Need more? The Arts Council is putting on an art event for kids. Then at 11:00, Earth Day activities in the library park begin with the Potts School of Science is presenting a range of scientific displays designed to pique interests and inspire the imagination. We’ll be arting and sciencing all day until 6:00.

“But, Franklin Street Events blog post, is there even more?” you ask.

“Yes,” we reply, “there is.” Because from 6 until 10, we’ve got the Old Salt Union AND The Giving Tree Band playing that sweet bluegrass for you live in concert. And all of this, the Art Crawl, the kids events, the scientific attractions, the music – all of this is free.

So there it is. We love putting this on. We are so excited about it, and we would really love for you and yours to come out! Of all the Earth Days on Earth, this is going to be among the earthier. Will it be the Earthiest? We can’t say with scientific certainty yet. Yet.

Ready to race? Here is a link to get you moving in the right direction.

Check out our Facebook Event Page for links to the bands!

And we were going to add a link to a puppy colored to look like a tiger but won’t risk the consequences. Still, it’s out there waiting for you.