Happy Faces, Hidden Places

Your Guide to Extraordinary Meetings and Conventions in Evansville

What happens outside the walls of a convention hall is equally important as what takes place inside. Evansville, Indiana has nearly 45 venues perfect for your event of 40 or 4,000. But it’s also the third largest city in Indiana and a hub of entertainment and culture for over 350,000 people. Evansville offers big city amenities with the hidden gems you only find in a small town. This is where business as usual is more fun than usual.


Where the Midwest meets

All roads lead to Evansville - literally! Indiana has earned the endearing nickname “The Crossroads of America” because of the many major interstates that connect the rest of the country to the Hoosier state. It’s perfectly positioned between Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville, and St. Louis - all under a three and a half hour drive.

It’s also home to Evansville Regional Airport, which services frequent daily flights to five major cities - Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Charlotte, and Chicago, as well as non-stop flights to Destin and Orlando. Served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta and United, EVV is a welcoming gateway to southwest Indiana. In 2018, the airport completed a $20 million renovation project that led to improved passenger amenities and swifter airport services.

Once you arrive, there are five distinguished neighborhoods waiting to be explored. From the eclectic environment in Haynie’s Corner to the entertaining nightlife on West Franklin Street, they each offer unique accommodations, attractions, shopping, dining and drinks.

Experience Hoosier hospitality

Why choose between convenience and comfort? Here, you get the perfect mix of big city amenities and small town delights. Evansville has over 4,000 hotel rooms citywide, many situated just steps from the vibrant Downtown or near Evansville Regional Airport. Two new hotels will open in 2019. The Hyatt Place hotel will bring 139 rooms to the area and boutique hotel, The Mediterranean, will add 70 more.

For sweeping views of the Ohio River, stay at the Tropicana. This multi-million dollar entertainment complex has a 243-room hotel tower and a 95-room boutique hotel. Its perks include five dining options, five bars, and free parking in the 1,660-vehicle attached garage.

New in 2017, Downtown Evansville’s DoubleTree by Hilton is a 241-room full service hotel with bar and grill, private parking, 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and skywalk access to two of the city’s largest event venues, Old National Events Plaza and Ford Center. 

If your commute is by plane, the Holiday Inn Evansville Airport is a great choice for meeting and hotel accommodations less than a mile from the airport. It was recently renovated to offer 199 guestrooms, and 10,000 sq. ft. of space for business meetings and social occasions.

A venue for everyone

Evansville is home to state-of-the-art venues to quaint and cozy historic meeting places and everything in between. Find the perfect place for conventions, concerts, sporting events, and company retreats.

One of the most versatile spaces in southwestern Indiana, the Old National Events Plaza hosts everything from large conferences and banquets to intimate performing arts events at Aiken Theatre. It’s a full service convention center located downtown and 10 minutes from the airport. Old National Events Plaza offers 280,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including a 38,000 sq. ft. column-free exhibition hall, 14,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 2,500 seat auditorium, 12 multi-function meeting rooms.

 

The Ford Center is home to everything from high-profile concerts to NCAA Division I & II basketball tournaments. It’s frequently packed with cheering fans, but the flexible floor space is perfect for any indoor event. The 290,000 sq. ft. arena can seat 11,000 people and has top-tier accommodations.

More than a meeting

Evansville is an extraordinary place where you’ll find some of the most unexpected venues.

Play like a kid again at Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville. cMoe’s innovative exhibits and hands-on play places are perfect for team building exercises or after hours fun. Other options for kids-at-heart are Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden or Wesselman Woods, where you can benefit from the inspiration and creativity that comes from being surrounded by nature.

If it’s the great outdoors you want, kick back at the end of a long day at historic Bosse Field. The country’s 3rd oldest ballpark and site of the 1992 film "A League Of Their Own" has full catering options for groups.

Perfectly preserved

Evansville’s rich history is prevalent in both local attractions and residences. There are 13 neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places. Riverside Historic District is closest to downtown, which is one of the most amazing displays of 20th century architecture in the Midwest.

In that area, the Reitz Home Museum is described as one of the country's finest examples of French Second Empire architecture. On the other side of downtown is Indiana’s oldest operating library. Willard Library opened in 1885 and is famous for its resident ghost, the Grey Lady.

Perhaps the most perfectly preserved piece of history is found on the Ohio River. The LST 325 was on site in Normandy on D-Day, but these ships were built in Evansville during WWII. It’s the last fully operational LST and you can visit it seasonally for tours.

That’s not all. Evansville is home to eight unique museums that highlight the area’s colorful culture and history.

One stop shops

Evansville’s comprehensive shopping districts are an attraction all their own. Downtown Evansville’s Main Street is lined with carefully curated boutiques, specialty shops, and galleries. To the west, Franklin Street is home to many long standing small businesses and local favorites.

The East Side is where you’ll find thriving shopping centers. Eastland Mall is a shopper’s paradise with a vast array of retailers and dining options. Lloyd Commons is conveniently located right off the Lloyd Expressway and has all the essentials you need.

A favorite for foodies

Foodies rejoice! One of Evansville’s most booming startup scenes is dining and drinks. While many restaurants cater events, there’s nothing like getting out and sampling the local flavor. Many of our popular eateries are steps from the Ford Center or Old National Events Plaza.

Travel back in time with lunch at Bru Burger Bar, built in an Art Deco style Greyhound Bus terminal. When the clock strikes 5:00pm, you can stay in the 1920’s at Fidel’s Bourbon Bar, which specializes in prohibition-era cocktails. It’s easy to transition from happy hour to nightlife with one of our five local breweries or many craft cocktail houses.

Why not have dinner delivered? Evansville’s food truck scene is unmatched in the Midwest. Try wood-fired pizzas from a retro double-decker bus or artisan popsicles inspired by local farmers markets.

If you need space for group dining, treat the team to dinner in the ballroom at Sauced!, Arazu on Main, or Pangea Kitchen. All offer private dining spaces for large and small groups and customizable menus.

 


All that’s missing is you

With high-caliber venues situated in a rich cultural atmosphere, Evansville is primed to be an events destination where you can get down to business or get out and explore. Get your free meeting planners guide now or contact Visit Evansville to begin planning your event.