Holiday Shopping Markets & Promotions Planned for November

Southeast Indiana is kicking off the holiday shopping season this month with a variety of special holiday markets and events. Throughout November, the region will host several shopping events featuring arts and crafts, unique gift items, handmade goods and more.    

Discover a huge selection of gift items by local artisans and shop the silent auction at the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council’s Arts Alive Art Fair & Gift Bazaar (now through December 16 at the Arts Council Gallery, 331 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg), then get stocked up for the season at the Holiday Shopping Expo (November 17-19 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center).


Next up: two holiday shopping events at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The Over the Moon Vintage Holiday Market (November 17-18) features a huge assortment of vintage, urban and salvaged goods, while the International Fair Trade Sale (November 30-December 2) offers a large selection of handcrafted goods made by people from around the world.

The communities of Lawrenceburg and Aurora will also be hosting their annual Small Business Saturday events.  Both are planned for Saturday, November 25 and will offer merchant promotions and fun activities throughout the day.

Finally, the Dearborn County Tourism Bureau’s “Shop Southeast Indiana: Vintage, Handmade, DIY & Crafts” promotion is still going strong.  The free publication and website offers shoppers a guide to great vintage and handmade goods found throughout the region, plus special discounts and deals redeemable at Shop Southeast Indiana merchants.

To learn more about things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this holiday season, log on to our Visit Southeast Indiana website or follow us on Facebook

Whiskey City Festival Scheduled for This Week

The City of Lawrenceburg – traditionally known as “Whiskey City” – will host the fourth-annual Whiskey City Festival this week at the Lawrenceburg Event Center.  Planned for Saturday, November 4, the event will showcase the city’s ties to the distilling industry and offer a full evening of whiskey-related activities, including special tastings by select distillers, master distillers, craft brewers and local wineries, plus educational displays, live music by DV8, food and more.   


This year’s Whiskey City Festival offers two levels of admission.  VIP tickets (valid from 6-10pm and including a swag bag, tasting glass, food, and special VIP tastings) are on sale for $50, while general admission tickets (valid from 7-10pm and including ten tastings) retail for $30 ($40 at the door).  Designated Driver ticket options will also be available at the door for $10.

In conjunction with the Whiskey City Festival, a Whiskey City Spirit Run 5K Run/Walk has also been planned.  The race will start at the Lawrenceburg Event Center at 11am and wind through the historic Whiskey City before ending at the Lawrenceburg Clock Tower on the Ohio River Levee.

A center for whiskey production since the mid-1800s, Lawrenceburg’s history is deeply intertwined with the distilling industry.  The city was originally home to a Seagram’s distillery, which still produces spirits and is now owned and operated by MGP.  

To purchase advance tickets for the Whiskey City Festival, click here.  To learn more about things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this fall, log on to our Visit Southeast Indiana website or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Beer, Bands & BABA-Q Event to Take Place This Weekend

The community of Bright, Indiana is rolling out the welcome mat this weekend for Beer, Bands & BABA-Q, a special event planned for this Saturday at the Bright Firehouse.

Co-sponsored by the Bright Area Business Association, or BABA, and Eagle Country 99.3 radio, the first-annual music and barbecue fest will benefit multiple non-profit organizations in and around the Bright area.

Beer, Bands & BABA-Q will run on Saturday, October 14 from 11am-7pm and will offer free admission, with food, beverages and KidZone armbands available for purchase.

The family-friendly event will include a BBQ competition and live local music throughout the day, plus handcrafted Indiana beer and wine from vendors such as At the Barn Winery and Great Crescent Brewery.  Participating food vendors include The Food Truck, Stout’s Brick House, Urban Vistro, C-Cubed, Market Street Grille, and Freddys Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Kids can enjoy the KidZone while parents enjoy the cuisine, with $5 all-day armbands allowing access to a variety of bounce houses.  Attendees can also enjoy free live music from Southbound Sound, My Brother’s Keeper, and Michael T. and Friends.

Enjoy Discounts and Special Offers on New "Shop Southeast Indiana" Shopping Trail

Fall is here, and along with it the launch of our newest promotion: a shopping trail designed to showcase the best of Dearborn County’s distinctive shops, boutiques, and seasonal markets.  Known as Shop Southeast Indiana, it’s your guide – complete with special discounts – to great vintage and handmade goods found throughout our region, or the supplies to make your own.

Discover the rolling hills and river towns that have shaped our area for generations as you browse your way through shops big and small.  In addition to unique and handcrafted merchandise such as home décor, clothing, jewelry and accessories, shoppers will also find arts and craft supplies, yarn, textiles, fabric and more.

Featuring shop listings and categories organized by location, the four-color Shop Southeast Indiana brochure offers a coupon page of special discounts valid at participating stores and markets (you’ll find the click-and-print version here).  Shop hours, locations and an area map likewise help shoppers find their way along the route.

Southeast Indiana’s popular market events are also included.  These range from the seasonal Tri-State Antique Market, which is held May through October at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, to the Over the Moon Vintage Market (spring and fall), to the Junkin’ Trail Extravaganza (October and March).

To pick up your Shop Southeast Indiana brochure, stop by the Dearborn County Visitors Center in downtown Lawrenceburg or click here to learn more