The heart and epicenter of Evansville’s rich history, Downtown Evansville offers the perfect combination of big-city business and small town charm. Enjoy a peaceful stroll down the Ohio Riverside or a swanky night out with the District After Dark. Dig for gold with your little ones at the Koch Family Children’s Museum followed by an Italian dinner on nearby Main Street.
Whether in town for business or pleasure, there is something for everyone in beautiful Downtown Evansville.
Our friends at the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) would love to tell you all about Evansville's attractions. It's their job!
Evansville (CVB) Calendar of Events
Evansville (CVB) Visitors Guide
Downtown Evansville Medical School
Construction of the Evansville Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science Education and Research campus in downtown Evansville is underway!To be completed by early 2018 the 149,000 square foot building will house classrooms, an amphitheater, and a state of the art simulation center.
Indiana University, the University of Evansville, and the University of Southern Indiana are proud partners of the med school. Along with the three universities, four regional hospitals have also partnered, including: St. Mary's Health System and Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.
According to Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke “Training resident physicians at home is important because we know 70 percent of doctors stay in communities where they do their training.”
Construction of the $61 million campus will be complete by early 2018. Economically, the med school is projected to produce $340 million in annual impact by 2020. Already since the spring of 2014, 25 new businesses have started and 4 have expanded in Evansville.
Start a Business Downtown
If you have an interest in starting a business Downtown, we suggest contacting Downtown guru, Josh Armstrong to locate the perfect site or building.
In addition, our Economic Development team is eager to assist you with: creating new partnerships, exploring the availability of local and/or State incentives, developing relationships with local universities, connecting you with valuable community resources, workforce programs and more!
Host an Event Downtown
Please review the outlined Rules for Special Event Applications(pdf) to understand the appropriate steps for hosting an event in Downtown Evansville.
Downtown Evansville Farmers' Market
Market Dates: May 19 - September 29, 2017
[Every Friday, 8:00 a.m -1:00 p.m.]
If you have interest in participating as a vendor in the Downtown Evansville Farmers' Market, please contact the Market Manager, Pattie Davis. Phone: 812-421-8032. The Market takes place on Fridays (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM) from mid May through September each year.
Downtown Evansville Municipal Riverfront Development District Liquor License
3-way liquor licenses are available to eligible dining, entertainment, and cultural establishments for $1,000 as a way to spur development along and near the riverfront. This district was made possible via state legislation and an Ordinance passed by the City of Evansville Common Council that designated the district and adopted eligibility requirements.
- To find out if you are eligible to apply, please contact the Department of Metropolitan Development at (812) 436-7823.
Downtown Design Review Process
The Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville provides assistance to those who wish to make exterior renovations and/or changes to property in the Downtown Redevelopment Area (refer to map). Examples of exterior changes include, but are not limited to: new construction, demolition, building additions, façade renovations, changes in parking lots, landscaping, curb cuts, drainage and new signage or changes to signage.
- Full instructions on the Process, found here.
Downtown Walking App
No matter what the season, Downtown Evansville has a lot to offer! You can stroll along the Riverfront Greenway, choose from a number of restaurants to eat, browse the antique shops, socialize in the coffee houses, or grab a drink at the bars and nightclubs. If you are looking for entertainment, check to see what’s happening at the Ford Center, The Centre, Tropicana Casino, or the Victory Theatre. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe), the Evansville Museum, the LST-325 Museum and the Historic Reitz Home.
If you are new to the area or rediscovering downtown, our friends at Lieberman Technologies have developed an app to assist in finding your way. The Downtown Evansville Walking App is available for free on both Android and Apple operating systems.
The Downtown Evansville Interactive Walking Map can be found both in the Google Play store and the iPhone App Store. To find it, just search for Downtown Evansville on Google Play or the App Store, or click the links below.
Download the Apple app here:
Download the Android app here: