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10 Annual Events Worth the Travel to French Lick - West Baden, Indiana


Posted on 12/11/2018 by Visit French Lick West Baden

From an elegant, black tie celebration to a festival with live chainsaw artists, you’re sure to find a reason to visit this beautiful area of Indiana. Here are 10 annual events worth the travel to French Lick – West Baden, Indiana:

1. Chocolate Fest – Saturday before Valentine's Day

 Chocolate Fest

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you cannot miss the chocolate creations made in-house at French Lick Resort for Chocolate Fest! Along with live entertainment, there are new, tasty creations every year, and you can even learn how to do them at home with cooking shows and demonstrations.

      2. Orleans Dogwood Festival – Last full week in April

Orleans Dogwood Festival

 Orleans Dogwood Festival celebrates Cornus, or the beautifully-blossomed Dogwood plant, in Indiana’s Dogwood Capital, and is a perfect spring event. At the festival, enjoy plenty of events, food, carnival rides & games, music, viewing of gorgeous dogwoods, and more! The whole family will enjoy the parade on Saturday – and did we mention it’s free to attend?

Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market - Saturdays in May - October

Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market

Taking a place in the Nation's 10 Most Loved Farmer's Markets, Orange County HomeGrown creates a sense of community for locals and visitors alike. It has unique crafts and locally grown produce as well as more specialized offerings such as Amish goods and yoga classes. Additionally, there are music jam sessions and creative works of art at this Farmer’s Market that takes place on Saturdays in late Spring to late Autumn.

       4. Thunder Over Patoka Lake Saturday closest to 4th of July

Thunder Over Patoka Lake

Thunder Over Patoka Lake is an Annual Independence Day fireworks celebration that takes place on the beach of Patoka Lake, the second largest lake in Indiana. Enjoy the fireworks by land, from the beach, your campsite, or by boat. Check out Patoka Lake Marina for details or to rent a boat!

  5.  PaoliFest – 2nd Weekend of August


A free event celebrating town and community, PaoliFest features local and nationally touring musicians, visual art, films made by local youth, food and craft vendors, workshops, jam sessions and children's entertainment. The Festival grounds are a renovated 1910 factory, and with such a lengthy list of experiences, you’re sure to have fun.

 6. Block Bash – 3rd Weekend of September

Block Bash


You won’t experience something like Block Bash anywhere besides French Lick – West Baden in late September. You’ll get to watch some of the top chainsaw carvers as they sculpt wood before your eyes. There’s also live entertainment, wine & beer gardens, car show, artisan marketplace, and more. Check out some photos here!

 7. Art on the Green – Second Full Weekend in October

Art on the Green

Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind art by regional artists and craftsmen at Art on the Green. There will be ceramic art, garden art, jewelry, lapidary art, metal art, photography, primitive dolls, textiles, and much more. Chat with the wonderful artists, sip on wine from local wineries, and enjoy live entertainment every day. There’s food & fun for whole family!

The Polar Express Train Ride – Weekends November - December

The Polar Express

Visit French Lick – West Baden in November and December and explore the wonder of the holiday season aboard the Polar Express. You can read along with Chris Van Allsburg's book as it comes to life, while enjoying cookies, hot cocoa, and live entertainment! You’ll love the pictures you’ll get of your kids with Santa and they’ll love the complimentary holiday gift. Sells out quick, can reserve a year in advance!

 9. 50 Days of Lights – Mid-November - January

50 Days of Lights

50 Days of Lights in French Lick – West Baden features all things jolly during the holiday season. It begins with two grand tree lighting ceremonies with Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas cheer spread throughout - spread by carolers and choirs.

There are tons of family-friendly activities, such as the 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Hunt and KidsFest Premium Crafts. The wonder is further increased by a half-million lights brightening the outside of the French Lick Resort as well as a holiday projection show. Check out all the details here!

 10. New Year’s Eve – December 31st

New Year

Have you been looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve party ? (Sold out for 2018) Look no further than French Lick – West Baden. French Lick Springs Hotel hosts a black-tie affair, featuring a gala dinner with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, then a sit-down dinner for two, and a party with live music. It includes desserts, two drink tickets per person and a Champagne toast at midnight! There are other, more casual themes available in addition to kids’ NYE celebrations. Spend the first night of the new year in style, as overnight hotel accommodations are included!


As you can see, French Lick – West Baden has so many great events you’ll definitely want to make the trip for. To make sure you don’t miss one, and to learn about even more, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!