Downtown Owensboro Will Be Bustling With Entertainment This Weekend | Characteristics
With an increased vaccination rollout and pleasant weather on the horizon, Owensboro’s entertainment scene is waking up after a year of being closed due to the pandemic, and several events are taking place this weekend for families can benefit from it.
Most venues are returning for the first time since 2019, such as Kentucky Fried Pickin ‘, which started Thursday and will run through Saturday, with some musicians playing almost non-stop, according to Kings Highway organizer and mandolin player Mark. Hargis.
The weekend festivities are free, although many musicians check in at the hotel. They open their doors and invite others to join them in jam sessions that sometimes last until 4:30 a.m., he said.
There will also be a stage set up outside in the courtyard behind the hotel to allow safe play and physical distance. Groups will perform throughout the weekend and all are welcome to stroll from the riverside to witness the festivities.
“We hope that loosens things up and that COVID is behind us,” Hargis said.
Kristy Whiteside, another organizer of the event, said there will also be a hat contest on Saturday and everyone who attends should bring their finest headgear.
For more information on this event, visit his @Kentucky-Fried-Pickin ‘Facebook page.
The RiverPark Center is a venue that has been successful in hosting events throughout the pandemic, with mandatory closings and cancellations due to the high number of COVID-19. One thing the venue had to deal with, along with many others around the world, was the cancellation and postponement of big shows that tour the country, like those in its Broadway series, and musical acts. With productions like this not coming, center officials have thought about it and come up with safe alternatives, like its series of interactive shows.
Interactive broadcasts allow the public to participate while viewing. Those that have been and will be played at RiverPark are based on movies. As the film is shown on the big screen on the Cannon Hall stage, a “drop shadow” plays iconic moments from the film.
Grae Greer, RPC’s director of marketing and education, said the shows that have taken place so far have been a success, and she expects the same for the one on Friday April 30, “Mamma Mia! “
Customers will receive a goodie bag full of items to use during the show, along with a drinking game sheet if they wish to participate.
“This will be the 11th interactive film of 2021,” said Greer. “We had a lot of fun creating them and I hope the audience liked them as much as we did. I think we’ve created a new audience base for the RiverPark Center. These experiences add something new to CPP; something completely different from what has been presented in the past.
“Mamma Mia! starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $ 12 each and can be purchased at the RiverPark box office or at riverparkcenter.org.
Lip sync battle
Puzzle Pieces will have its annual lip-syncing battle on Saturday, but this year it will be presented differently for safe viewing.
The event is not open to the public this year and virtual tickets are available for people to see it from their homes, according to Ashley Wedding, public relations manager for Puzzle Pieces.
Virtual tickets can be purchased on the Owensboro Lip Sync Battle Facebook page, where an Eventbrite link is available.
The Owensboro Classic Car Downtown Cruise takes place on Saturday, featuring all makes and models of MOPAR.
Cruise spokesperson Steve McNatton said last year has been very difficult, but Sunset Cruisers are hoping to hold their seven events this year, from April through October.
Vintage vehicles, and some newer, line Second Street and the side streets between Daviess and Frederica Streets during the event, which begins at 4 p.m. It is open to the public and downtown restaurants will be open to customers.
Cork & Kitchen
Owensboro Convention Center to host a Cinco de Mayo-themed Cork & Kitchen on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chad Benefield will be the guest emcee, while patrons savor a five-course meal of Mexican-inspired dishes, accompanied by wines and spirits.
Tickets for this event at $ 62.25 per person, or two for $ 115. All tickets include wine and spirits, and they are available at owensborocenter.com.