The first full week of October, each year, there is a wonderful street festival on Evansville's west side called the Fall Festival.  About 5-6 blocks of Franklin street are blocked off from St. Joseph Avenue to Wabash Avenue.  Food booths line both sides of the street for most of the route, manned by local churches, civic groups, etc, and the food selection is excellent.  The Wabash end has games and rides, a carnival type atmosphere.  Stages are set up at several intersections for live music and contests.  Fall Festival is one of the largest street festivals in the country, second only to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  The crowds in the evening are worse than during the day.  Food booths, rides and games open at noon each day, Monday through Saturday.  The only thing that slows this festival down is rain, which comes every year at some point during the week.  If you don't mind crowds and enjoy local cuture, don't miss this if you're in town then.  Go earlier in the day if you want to avoid crushing crowds and long lines.  Parking is always a problem, but several local businesses allow scout troops, local bands, etc, to charge fees for closer parking in their lots.  If you don't want to pay to park, you may have to walk several blocks or park on the south side of the Lloyd Expressway and take a shuttle bus.