LFW Top Picks for Fort Wayne Summer Festivals
Jun20

LFW Top Picks for Fort Wayne Summer Festivals

Happy first day of Summer! With Summer being here, festival season is now in full swing. Summer in Fort Wayne is the best time of year to visit these festivals and get your fill of food and fun! After a successful couple weeks with Germanfest and Ribfest, here are some other festivals to look forward to this season! Greekfest Come enjoy a large selection of Greek food, dancing, and other fun activities. If there is one thing that Greekfest does best is provide excellent hospitality. Come for the food, stay because you won’t be able to move after your meal. Opa! When: Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26, 2016 Where: Headwaters Park Cost: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all day Sunday is FREE, Thursday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. is $4. Attendees over 65 can get in for $3 and under 16 are admitted FREE.   Riverpalooza 2016   Home to the Dragon Boat Races! This festival will include boat rides, entertainment, and other activities to enjoy right before you hit Buskerfest! When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 Time: 8 a.m. Where: Headwaters Park West Cost: FREE   Buskerfest Enjoy a large selection of musicians, fire dancers, stilt walkers, and so much more! I love this festival for the unexpected talent it attracts to the Fort Wayne area. More information and schedule of performances  are posted here. When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 Time: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Corner of Calhoun St. and Wayne St. Cost: FREE   Three Rivers Festival Everyone’s favorite festival is back for their 48th year! Big rides, live performances, arts and crafts, and, not to mention, Junk Food Alley! Don’t forget Fort Wayne’s biggest parade on Saturday, July 16th! Other events and information is located on their website. When: Friday, July 8 to Saturday, July 16, 2016 Where: Headwaters Park Cost: FREE Fort Wayne Pride This year’s Pride will include a beer tent, talent from local performers, multiple vendors, KidSpace, and so much more. This is your opportunity to celebrate with over 15,000 LGBT and allies! DEV will also be highlighting the main stage on that Friday. Don’t forget the Pride March on Saturday, July 23rd at 11:15 a.m.! When: Friday, July 22 to Saturday, July 23, 2016 Time: Friday 7:15 p.m. to 12 am. Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Where: Headwaters Park Cost: $5 (under 12 is FREE)   BAALS Music Festival It’s back to the block! BAALS Music Festival is known for throwing the biggest party of the year with live EDM. It has grown since starting only a few years ago and has become a staple EDM event in the Midwest! More...

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A Better Fort presents BAALS Music Festival
Jul21

A Better Fort presents BAALS Music Festival

Do you have a love for electronic dance music (EDM) and other great genres of music? Head down to the BAALS Music Festival for a full day of music and activities at Headwaters Park, 330 S. Clinton St., in downtown Fort Wayne on Saturday, August 1 from 8 am to 1 am. Founded in 2012 by Alex Smith and Shane Araujo as #House4aHouse, the event originally started as a downtown block party hosted by the downtown advocacy group A Better Fort with proceeds going to the Mad Anthony Children’s Hope House. Playing off the national notoriety of a recent campaign to name Fort Wayne’s new government center after Fort Wayne’s longest serving mayor (Harry W. Baals), the event has changed its name to the BAALS Music Festival to take “recently publicized stereotypes and rhetoric, [poke] fun at them and [embrace] them as something of the past.” If you stop by and take a look this year, you will be amazed by just how large the festival has gotten. With continued support from A Better Fort and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as a title sponsor, BAALS is continuing to expand into one of largest EDM festivals in the Midwest. “We are transitioning to a multi-genre sort of festival,” said executive director Daniel Butler. “We have rock bands. We have jam bands. We have hip hop. We have EDM, obviously – that’s our main focus.” BAALS is getting the word out with close to one hundred volunteers on its street team from across the region promoting the festival on social media, with fliers, and by word of mouth. Last year’s event had attendees from around the Midwest. “Our goal is to hit 10,000 [attendees] in one day,” said Butler. “This year is an all day festival [with] multiple stages and a lot more space.” Just how crazy will the event be? Don’t worry! At the event you will find a full slate of opportunities for people of all ages. There will be a zip line, multiple food vendors, a food truck alley, a beer garden, an oxygen bar, opportunities to participate in a lip syncing video, and more family-oriented music earlier in the day. Children are welcome all day. And best of all, $5,000 in proceeds will be donated again to charity this year. With plans for future expansion of the event, it will be exciting to see what BAALS can do for economic growth in Fort Wayne. For more information on the BAALS Music Festival, please visit itsbaals.com and follow BAALS on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $50 for Baalin’...

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