Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year
Jul12

Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

The Three River’s Festival is always a great summer destination, but THIS year marks a special milestone that will make the occasion a bit sweeter and definitely more emotional for those working behind the scenes. The theme for the 2018 Three River’s Festival is a “Golden Celebration- 50 years of Fun!” This includes cheering on a pair of honorary Grand Marshalls in the annual parade who have watched the festivities expand every year. Dave Auman has been a volunteer and  board member since the first festival, and Tommi Manny was on the first ever Three Rivers Festival committee, dating back to 1969. Our 2018 Grand Marshalls are The Voice’s own Addison Agen and Christiana Danielle. The festival begins July 13th and runs through July 21st. There is SO much to do, see, enjoy and eat every year, it can be a challenge to keep track of every happening during the 9 day celebration. I want to mention a few can’t-miss events, some may sound familiar while others may be lesser known. Be sure to check out the official website, Facebook page or pick up an event guide to check out dates and times of the following events! Annual Parade: Wheather you are grabbing a seat on the parade route or plan to watch from home, don’t miss the 2018 Lutheran Health Network parade- this is the official kickoff to the festivities! July 14thstart time 9:45 a.m. Junk Food Alley: Elephant ears, buckets of fries, spiral spuds, lemon shake-ups…need I say more?  Don’t forget about Two Dollar Tuesdays, where select food vendors have $2 deals! July 13th-21st, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Art in the Park/Chalk Walk: The Chalk Walk is one of the best photo-ops of the festival! Enjoy artwork beautifully created  in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. You can also walk Main Street and purchase handmade items and artwork from various local artists. July 14th and 15th starting at 11 a.m. Downtown Midway: Nestled in Headwaters Park, bring the family out for carnival food, rides and games! July 12th-21st. Concerts: Three Rivers Festival is full of  diverse entertainment and their concerts sure don’t disappoint! Brother, Gin Blossoms, Morris Day and the Time, Here Come the Mummies, Candlebox, Orange Opera, The Funk Thang and Duke Tomatoe are a few of the many musical appearances you can see throughout the festival. Bed Race: Another popular event is the bed races. Watch contestants race beds downtown to receive awards for the fastest and most creative. July 18th, 6 p.m. Lawton Park Car Show: Multiple classic vehicles will be on display for your viewing pleasure. July 21st, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fireworks Finale: To end the festival, be...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jun30

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Fourth! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. TinCaps Thirsty Thursday Pub Run Thursday, June 30 Walk or run a 5k through downtown, ending at the Tincaps Stadium for Thirsty Thursday! (Or, if you can’t join the pub run, just go to the Tincaps game for Thirsty Thursday.) 2. Freedom on Main: An All American Celebration Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Freedom-inspired fun! There will be face painting, activities, and a performance by Heartland Sings (also Joseph Decuis barbecue … yum!). 3. HAIR In Concert Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. It’s a free performance of numbers from the upcoming production of “Hair,” you don’t want to miss it! 4. Leo-Cedarville Freedom Festival Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Food, activities, music from Mason-Dixon Line, and fireworks! 5. Broadway Street Stroll Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. Broadway is the place to be! The street stroll will showcase art, shops, venues, and eats that have made a home on Broadway. 6. Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Patriotic Pops Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. The Phil is holding their annual “Patriotic Pops” on Parkview Field this Sunday. Stop by for some great music and fireworks! 7. 4 on the 4th Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m. Before you spend the rest of your day  cooking out and snacking during fireworks, start out with a run! 8. Fourth of July Fireworks Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. The fireworks are downtown again this year! There’s a Tincaps game with a great view of the fireworks after, or you can head downtown and find a spot to watch the show! 9. YLNI Living Fort Wayne Concert Series Wednesday, July 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our free concert series is happening again this coming Wednesday! We had so much fun last time, don’t miss it! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life
Dec11

Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life

At first I wasn’t sure what to say about downtown living that you wouldn’t already know. After all, unlike some parts of the city, you probably drive through my ‘hood on a daily or weekly basis. And yes, living in the heart of the city has its perks. Lots of them. But like any neighborhood, life as an urban dweller also comes with unexpected – and sometimes unwanted – realities. After more than four years of calling the 46802 home, I think I’ve gotten a taste of it all – good, bad, awesome and otherwise. In some cases, the biggest benefits also come with unexpected bummers. If you’re considering moving to the middle of it all, here’s what I love (and don’t) about downtown living. 1. You can walk or bike to your favorite watering holes. (And to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga classes, juice bars, a movie theater and everywhere else.) Feeling like a late nightcap? Walk a few minutes to your favorite pub. Want to catch the latest indie film? Cinema Center is right around the corner. Out of coffee? Run down the way for a double latté. As for dinner, the options are endless. When you don’t feel like cooking, you can grab carryout and sip an apéritif while you wait. If you live downtown, you’ll be on a first-name basis with your favorite bartenders and bar rail “regulars.” And if you end up a wee bit over served, no worries. You’ll have to pay the tab, but you won’t have to pay for an Uber (or a lawyer). 2. You’ll never need to search or pay for parking. There’s long list of events that beckon people downtown. Baseball games. Wedding receptions. Concerts. Comedy shows. Races. Festivals. As the poor suburbanites feed the meter and circle the block 12 times to find a spot, you will be blissfully strolling by on the sidewalk. Even on foot, you’re almost guaranteed to get there faster – and you’ll get a little fresh air and exercise in the process. 3. You can get (almost) anywhere in 15 minutes or less. Since I moved downtown, I’ve worked in five different Allen County zip codes. But no matter what, I’ve always been able to get to work in 10-20 minutes. Sure, the 6 p.m. rush hour sometimes slows down the commute home. But in my mind, creeping down a city street is better than braving the suburban insanity of I-69. 4. You’re likely to be perennially renting. But you’ll enjoy the benefits of low-maintenance living. Downtown real estate options are growing, but so are the price tags. You’ll see an occasional “For Sale” sign, but...

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!
Jul02

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!! Looking for some fun this Saturday!? We have 10 events for all ages and hobbies! 1. Ft. Wayne Farmer’s July 4th Market 9:00 am – 1:00pm Barr Street/Wayne Street This market offers a variety of producer-only vendors – Farm and Garden, Home-based Food, Natural Products and Crafters. The FWFM is proud to offer fresh produce and foods that are grown or made in our region. Including selections for those with special dietary needs or restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, paleo, sugar-free and gluten-free. “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” for all the parties happening later in the afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/ftwaynesfm 2. YLNI Barr Street Market 9:00 am – 1:00pm 302 East Berry Street This market we’ve talked about before but just in case you forgot, every vendor is local, coming from Allen or surrounding counties! The YLNI Barr Street Market is run entirely by volunteers. FREE parking is available in the History Center lot along Berry Street and on the streets in the surrounding blocks, with ample opportunities to lock up a bicycle as well. Admission to the History Center is FREE during market hours. (YES, this market is different than the one mentioned above.) 3. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo 9:00 am – 6:00pm 3411 Sherman Blvd. See how the wild bunch live on the 4th of July. Our Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is ranked one of the highest in the country! 4. 4th of July All Levels Yoga 10:00am – 11:30am Please join the downtown Prana Yoga location for the celebration of Independence Day. All regular classes at both locations will be cancelled. If you want to give back this Saturday, donations will go to The Pranayoga Foundation dedicated to providing wellness and healing for people on the cancer journey and living with chronic pain. Visit http://www.pranayogafoundation.org/ for more information. See you there! 5. Earphorik Live at Rock Plaza 6:00 pm 900 Library Plaza Earphorik joins Fort Wayne’s Grateful Groove and more to celebrate July 4 with a Dead night! At the the Allen County Library Downtown. 6. Above The Rest LLC Fourth Of July Holiday Spectacular 7:00 pm Baer Field Speedway There will be a Fireworks as well as the band, Marshal Law performing Live and there will also be 25 cent Beer & FREE Food during the Party After the Races. (NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change at the Discretion of Baer Field Speedway Officials) Baer Field Speedway is located at 4331 Winters Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information about the rest of the 2015 racing season at the historic Summit City speed plant, the track website is available and located at: www.baerfieldspeedwayin.com The track’s Facebook page...

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Independence Day in the Fort
Jun26

Independence Day in the Fort

On July 4th in 1843, Fort Wayne held the largest Independence Day celebration ever with the Grand Opening Celebration of the Wabash Erie Canal.  It took place on ‘The Summit’ (Fort Wayne’s nickname for the highest point along the canal).  All were invited, including leaders of our nation.  Boats lined the canal.  The parade was a mile long and took place on the Public Square where soldiers from the war of 1812 displayed our nations colors and marched to the Thomas Swinney Farm.  Crowds gathered at the Swinney Farm while bands played and a potential presidential candidate gave a speech followed by the firing of a cannon. Today in Fort Wayne, locals and visitors alike will be having fun celebrating the 4th of July by getting out the picnic table, the checkered table cloths, the red, white and blue center pieces, and firing up the grill!  We will enjoy the traditional 4th of July fare consisting of hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and cool lemonade – all while anxiously awaiting the magnificent fireworks display. This year, the fireworks display, as many of you already know, will be downtown at One Summit Square at 10pm or when the Tincaps game is over.  Before the fireworks show and after the picnic, take a tour of downtown and see all the changes taking place.  Take a trolly ride, go on the Pedal City tour or enjoy the summer weather by taking a walk or biking and exploring all the new Sculptures with a Purpose. Whatever you end up doing, have fun and stay safe!  Happy 4th of July! EVENTS OUTSIDE OF FORT WAYNE AUBURNJuly 3-5, 2014:  Garrett Heritage Days July 5, 2014:  Auburn Kiwanis Fireworks | Auburn Auction Park | 10 PM BLUFFTONJuly 4, 2014:  Fourth of July Celebration and Concert | Bluffton High School | 8-9:50 PM July 4, 2014:  Bluffton Fireworks Show | Bluffton-Harrison Middle School | 10 PM COLUMBIA CITYJuly 3, 2014:  Columbia City Fireworks and Entertainment | Morsches Park | 10 PM KENDALLVILLEJuly 4, 2014:  Kendallville Fireworks | Bixler Lake off of Park Ave. | At Dusk HUNTINGTONJuly 4-6, 2014:  Salamonie Summer Fest + Fireworks | Warren, Indiana July 4, 2014:  Huntington Fireworks Show | Huntington North High School | 10 PM...

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