Sweetwater Rock Camp jams out

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Each “camper” attending rock camp is matched up with bandmates and a first-class instructor.

The gritty sounds of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” pour out of one of the conference room and into the hallway. I’m surprised when we enter the room and it isn’t seasoned musicians playing, but young kids, ages 12-18. They are working on one of their cover songs, part of Sweetwater Sound’s Summer Rock Camp.

This week-long camp affords children the opportunity to nurture and enhance their musical talents. The students,who come from all over Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas, are put into bands the first day, giving them the opportunity to meet other budding musicians. The bands work with professional musicians all week to developing a set for Friday’s concert.

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Each band will come up with a unique name, as well as work on cover art for their very own album – year’s past are displayed in the hall of the Academy of Music.

Not only will the bands perform three covers, but they will also debut an original song, design a CD cover, and record their song at the on-site recording studio. The students form real bonds with their band-mates that even sometimes turn out lasting past the camp, says director of the academy Kevin Christenson.

The camp offers students a chance to focus on their music and develop their skills further. For a week, they are allowed to be real rock stars and take on the responsibilities associated with that title. And, with access to all the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that Sweetwater offers, the musicians really come away with the experience of a lifetime.

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The big weekending concert takes place in Sweetwater’s state of the art Performance Theater.

Rock Camp will be held three more weeks this summer: July 7-11, July 21-25, and August 4-8. There are openings for all weeks still, so come to this Friday’s concert, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sweetwater Performance Theater, and see if it is something your budding musician would love.

Or, if you are just visiting Fort Wayne, stop by for a unique night out. The performance will run like a ticketed rock concert complete with lighting, fog, and great tunes played by talented musicians. Make sure to get there early to get a seat, and stick around after and take a walk around the facility. Take a look at the Rock Camp band CD cover designs, see how the warehouse runs and check out the microphone vault.

Sweetwater also offers Open Acoustic Jam every second and fourth Tuesday starting at 5:00 p.m. Bring your guitar and play a song, or just come to watch and enjoy the music.

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Fort Wayne!

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The Fireworks at One summit Square will begin tentatively at 10pm on July 4th.

America’s birthday is almost here, and what better way to spend the day than with food, friends and family, and of course, fireworks! A great fireworks show on the 4th of July has become a great tradition in Fort Wayne, and this year promises to not disappoint!

One Summit Square in downtown Fort Wayne will put on a full display of light and colors sure to thrill the whole family! The fireworks begin at 10pm and are free to the public. Parking is free throughout downtown. Bring the family, or a group of friends, grab some food at one of downtown’s eateries, and watch the fireworks light up the night sky!

While enjoying the public fireworks, you are asked to leave your personal fireworks at home so everyone in attendance feels safe and comfortable. Worried about trying to beat the crowds? These fireworks can be seen for miles. Pick a spot at Headwaters park just inside downtown Fort Wayne and enjoy the show!

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Attend the TinCaps game and enjoy the fireworks from your seat!

You can also celebrate July 4th with the Fort Wayne TinCaps when they take on the West Michigan Whitecaps. The TinCaps will be celebrating America’s birthday with a special theme night: “Salute to Heroes”. Give a big “thank you” to our military, police, firefighters, EMS, and all those who serve our country and community.Come out, not just for the baseball game and to celebrate our nation’s independence, but for a community night of saluting those who work tirelessly to keep us safe, healthy, and out of harm’s way both here in Indiana and across the world. As a special bonus, those attending the TinCaps game will have a prime view of the downtown fireworks from their seats! (UPDATE: this game is SOLD OUT)

If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat either before the TinCaps game, or before you settle into your fireworks viewing spot, downtown Fort Wayne will have a number of restaurants open with special hours for the holiday!

Special note: While the fireworks are planned for 10pm, the exact timing will be determined on the ending of the TinCaps game.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Let us know in the comments below, along with any other special July 4th events we may have missed! Find out more about the downtown 4th of July fireworks here.



Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

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4 Responses to "Celebrate the 4th of July in Fort Wayne!"

Violet OMalley
July 2nd, 2014
Tx Wendy! I just asked when that event was being held..
Wendy Sack
Wendy Sack
June 27th, 2014
There's also a great event happening the evening of July 3rd. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is performing its annual Patriotic Pops concert- this year at Parkview Field- and it's free to the public! Starts at 8pm, but I'd get there pretty early to get a great seat. http://www.parkviewfield.com/news/articles/712/patriotic-pops-concert/
July 2nd, 2013
Sorry Peter, I'm taken. But I am very flattered! Enjoy the fireworks anyway :)
July 2nd, 2013
I would love to go on a date with Katie on July 4! :) Is she single?

Weeklong Three Rivers Festival Concert Series Features National Acts

Outdoor concerts simply embody summer, don’t they? At the annual Three Rivers Festival in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana they are a staple. Three Rivers Festival is Fort Wayne’s favorite summer party since 1969! Concerts this year take place July 12 through 19 so save the date now!

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The concerts all take place at Headwaters Park, conveniently located downtown, and around the city. For details on specific shows and locations visit Three Rivers Festival online today. Tickets for each show can be purchased online or at the door. They can also be purchased at the Three Rivers Office, at 102 Three Rivers North, or the Embassy Box Office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., during regular business hours.

2014 Three Rivers Festival Concert Series Lineup

  • July 11: Cheap Trick
  • July 12: Under the Sun Tour featuring Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth & Uncle Kracker
  • July 13: For King & Country, Love & The Outcome
  • July 14: The Rescue Plan
  • July 15: Brother (featuring $2 food and beer specials!)
  • July 16: The Tim Harrington Band, The Jug Huffers & The Atomic Sharks
  • July 17: American Young
  • July 18: Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
  • July 19: Urban Legend

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Insider Tip: For only $45 you can gain access to all nine shows this summer! Coined the Mega Pass, this pass is the ultimate Three Rivers Festival concert experience. Learn more by visiting the festival online.


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street Performer

balloon artist1 300x300 BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street PerformerIn case you didn’t already know, Last Saturdays are one of the best ways to enjoy free entertainment in the Fort.  However, June’s Last Saturday will feature one of my favorite free events that Fort Wayne has to offer.   Get ready, because BuskerFest is almost here!

This marks the 5th year that BuskerFest has made it’s way downtown and it promises to be a “festival of the unexpected.”  If this year’s event is anything like BuskerFest 2013, it will most definitely live up to those claims!

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Though the festival is in celebration of street performers, there are other things that are sure to catch your attention.  At the center of all the fun, there will be an art market featuring unique art, crafts, and other creations available for purchase.  Your favorite food trucks will also be near by to serve food at BuskerFest while JK O’Donnell’s will be hosting a beer tent for your enjoyment.

Make sure not to miss this one-night-a-year festival of action-packed fun!  Bring your friends, family, kids, neighbors, and co-workers because men and women of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy a night they won’t soon forget! greenman 225x300 BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street Performer

For a full schedule of events during Fort Wayne’s 5th  Annual BuskerFest, visit the Downtown Improvement District’s website


Mallory Carter


Mallory Carter is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, she and her husband made the move to Fort Wayne all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Mallory is a newlywed, advocate for chronically ill patients, member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, volunteer, Mad Ants fan, and lover of all things Fort Wayne. By day, she can be found working as an administrator turned marketing professional at Three Rivers Dermatology. In her spare time Mallory enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants with her husband, setting and achieving new fitness goals, writing, and cuddling with her sweet Chihuahua, Ellie. You can read more of her musings at www.chronically-inspired.com.

34th Annual Greek Festival – Greekfest 2014 – Hits Headwaters Park June 26-29

Yiasou and Kalos Orisate! (Hello and Welcome!) to Fort Wayne’s 34th annual Greek Festival!

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Greek Fest 2014 is June 25-29

Festival season is upon us in the Fort, and one of the best, Greekfest, will open at Headwaters Park on Thursday, June 26. Running through Sunday, June 29, this year’s Greekfest is the city’s  34th annual, and it just gets better with age.

Special events include:


Live music throughout the festival by LAZAROS. The crowd favorite Triada Dancers are back and will present OMEGA. Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

In addition, Kala Paidia, Doxa, Asteria and Merakliddes will perform daily at 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. There will be a special performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Also available throughout the festival are the Plaka West Boutique and Kids Korner, featuring amusement rides and games for younger attendees.

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The OMEGA Dancers


Drawing on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are only $1, and you don’t have to be present to win!

  • 1st Prize – $1,000 Cash
  • 2nd Prize – $500 Cash
  • 3rd Prize – $250 Cash


5K Run / Walk

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 am begining in Headwaters Park.

See the Route Map for more information and click here to register.  On-site registration will be at Headwaters Park from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. The entry fee for the 5K includes a race t-shirt and a voucher for a Gyro sandwich for the first 150 to register.

Award Categories:  0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. To be given for each age range at 11:00 a.m. at Headwaters:  Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Masters Male/Female and Overall Male/Female.


And the best part: the food! Click here to see a list of pastries and here for a full menu of traditional Greek foods that will be available for purchase.

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Kataifi filo with butter, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and cloves, topped with honey syrup

Festival Hours

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Thursday, Friday and Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – FREE

All Day Sunday – FREE

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $3
(Under 16 years old FREE)

Wendy Sack


Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.