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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12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss
Jul07

12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

The Three Rivers Festival is back for their 49th year! You may have received your booklet and are probably overwhelmed by just how many events are taking place in just one week of the festival. Fort Wayne is so spoiled by the amount of fun we get to have during this festival that we’ve decided to make a list of events that are worth visiting. There’s something for everyone this year, including new events. Check out Living Fort Wayne’s picks for the Three Rivers Festival events you won’t want to miss!   Downtown Midway (July 7–15 at 11 a.m.–11 p.m.) The Three Rivers Festival provides multiple rides for the Fort Wayne community to enjoy every year! There will also be classic carnival games, face painting, kids’ rides and so much more. You can get your wristbands for the rides in advance here.   The Emporium (July 7 at 4 p.m.–10 p.m., July 8–9 at 11 p.m.–1o p.m., July 10–12 at 5 p.m.–9 p.m., July 13–15 at 11 a.m.–10 p.m.) Located in Headwaters Park West, this area will be home to local artists to sell their merchandise and services. unique gifts, handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and clothes will be available to buy. The Emporium is featuring local food favorites this year including Tucanos, Audrey’s Cake Rolls and the Cupbearer Cafe. If you love shopping and supporting local, this is the place to be!   Junk Food Alley (July 7–15) Forget your diet plans this week and gorge yourself on the loads of food options to choose from at Junk Food Alley! Elephant ears, chicken-on-a-stick, fried watermelon, and fresh lemon shake-ups are just among the hundreds of things to try here. Don’t forget about $2 Tuesdays at Junk Food Alley! Also, be sure to get your lunch time junk food fix by hopping aboard the FREE Lunch Time Trolley Monday to Friday. Schedule and stops listed here.   Three Rivers Parade (July 8 at 10 a.m.) Marching bands, floats, free stuff, oh my! The annual Three Rivers Parade is a staple, and this year’s theme is “Superheroes!” Parade route can be found here. You can also catch it live on Channel 21 if crowds just aren’t your thing.   Chalk Walk (July 8 and 9) Located on Main Street in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, this event features area artists turning a square of concrete into a piece of art. Watch the artistic process at work as people create masterpieces Downtown.   Art in the Park (July 8 at 11 a.m.–7 p.m., July 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.) This juried event will host over 100 different artists from across the country and Indiana! Art...

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Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival
Jul06

Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival

The local art scene is alive, and it has a pulse. Fort Wayne HeART of the City is an artist-run initiative that collectively supports artists of all types, mediums, and skill levels in the greater Northeast Indiana area. The group hosts its first event at the Three Rivers Festival on July 8th and 9th in the Freimann Square parking lot, where festival-goers can check out an assortment local art, music, and food. To learn more about Fort Wayne HeART of the City and their upcoming event, I spoke with Daniel Church and Tricia Cavender, two of the founding artists who are involved with coordinating events and operations.     It all started when group of artist friends wanted to bring attention to other local artists. However, they noticed a divide in the community. “From what I’ve experienced in the local art scene here in Fort Wayne, there is a great disconnect. The established artists and galleries are on one end of the spectrum and the newer unestablished artists are on the other. I would love to see those two worlds come together and learn from each other,” said Tricia. To bridge that gap, Fort Wayne HeART of the City was born. Local artists are supporting other local artists through new events and an online database.     Emerging into the art scene can be daunting. Often, newer artists don’t know where to start, and there aren’t many opportunities to showcase their work. To resolve this issue, HeART of the City is connecting established artists with new artists. “We want to help them learn how to better promote their work and give them events that will provide opportunities for them to show their work,” Tricia said. “We want to make some super fun events without the pressure of meeting juried requirements and booth approval. We want artists to be able to be themselves and show the art the way they choose to in a creative and free way. I think that is what makes HeART of the City special.” The group also offers ways for artists to promote themselves online. Their website hosts a calendar of art events and maintains a local artist directory, where anyone can submit examples of their work and links to their social media and websites. “It’s a hub for local artists to support local artists and a way to connect with each other and our community,” said Daniel. “Due to information overload, things can get lost in the mix, and you don’t even know what’s in your own backyard.”     Though this weekend is their first event, HeART of the City is already seeing their efforts pay off. Tricia...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jul06

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening 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 submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc.   Tincaps Thirsty Thursday Pub Run Thursday, July 6 at 6 p.m. This 5k through downtown (ending at the Tincaps game) is so fun! Three Rivers Festival July 7 – July 15 It’s that time again! Get out and explore the festival this week. There’s plenty to do, including the first event by Fort Wayne HeART of the City. Chalk Walk 2017 Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 Stop by the chalk walk and appreciate the talent Fort Wayne has to offer. This is always one of my favorite parts of the festival. FWCS Car & Bike Show Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m. There will be food, drinks, music, and prizes! All proceeds go to Blessings in a Backpack. Check out some cool cars and support a great cause. Rock the Plaza – July 8 Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. This week’s lineup: Gregg Bender Band, elle/The Remnant, Sunny Taylor Band, and My Apollo Day in Allen County 2017 Saturday, July 8 Take a picture of anything in Allen County and use the hashtag #DayInAllenCo2017 to be entered to win an exclusive tour of the Main Library. Don’t miss your chance for a behind-the-scenes look! Singer Songwriter Showcase Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. Great food and new acts! Be a Good Neighbor Week July 10 through July 14 Join NeighborLink for some organized projects and give back to our community. YLNI Living Fort Wayne Committee Meeting Tuesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. Interested in volunteering with us? Stop by the committee meeting this week! We’re bunches of fun, I promise. Family Fun Day Wednesday, July 12 It’s a free, carnival-like event for the whole family in Festival Plaza. Check it out. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jul14

LFW Weekly Fun File

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. Dirt in Our Hands Opening Reception Thursday, July 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This exhibit sounds really cool. It “explores the spiritual connections between humans and the natural world.” 2. Your Life Matters Thursday, July 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Respect360 in collaboration with RemedyLive are hosting an empowerment session to bring awareness about Indiana’s epidemic of teen suicide attempts. This is an important thing to talk about, and if you have, work with, or care about any teenagers, be sure to attend this free event! 3. Nerdlesque: A Tribute to Cult Classics Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. (21+ event)   From Grindhouse to Elvira, the Fort Wayne Bombshells pay tribute to favorite cult classic movies in this burlesque show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Make sure you get there early enough to grab a seat and a drink before the show! 4. Three Rivers Festival Time Varies Yep, it’s on here again. There’s still a TON to do this weekend, including the finale fireworks! 5. Ted’s Market Local Fest Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 Celebrate all things local! Support your local vendors! 6. Daniel Tiger’s Reading Adventure Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We love Daniel Tiger at our house. He’ll be there Saturday! They’ll be reading Daniel Tiger books, and prizes, popcorn, and snow cones will be available for the kiddos! 7. Jazzworks Saturday, July 16, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Local jazz artists will be playing at the Botanical Conservatory prior to the fireworks on Saturday. Enjoy the music, the beautiful atmosphere, and a great view of the fireworks show! 8. Pedal for Pet Promises Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. There’s a fundraiser for the ASPCA this Saturday! Listen to some great music, enjoy some good drinks, and support a wonderful cause! 9. Pokemon GO Bar Crawl Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. C’mon. It had to happen! Start at The Deck at 2 p.m. and hop around the city, drinking and catching pokemon!   Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and...

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