Maker Faire Celebrates All Things Creative and Handmade September 13-14

Are you a creative at heart? Did you enjoy crafts as a child? Or maybe your own children are at the age where they are doing crafts themselves. If so, this year’s Maker Faire is the place to be!

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The Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is the celebration of creativity and all things handmade. This year’s event takes place September 13 and 14, so there’s plenty of time to save the date and plan a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana for this special event.

This family-friendly festival will include crafting projects, learning, recycling and building projects and more. All activities are inspired by celebrating the arts and crafts. There will also be food available and live music. In short, here visits will find DIY science and technology projects, bicycles, electronics, alternative energy vehicles, art cars, electronics and much more!

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For more information on the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire (including ticket information) visit the event website. The faire takes place at Headwaters Park East, conveniently located downtown.

Insider Tip: Before or after this year’s Maker Faire, take the family to enjoy other child-friendly attractions in Fort Wayne such as the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Science Central!

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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.

Save the Date: Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival Takes Place September 20-21

Mark your calendars now for the Johnny Appleseed Festival, one of the most popular and attended events of the year in Fort Wayne, Indiana. And this year it celebrates 40 years in the Summit City!

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This weekend festival takes place this year on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. When I first moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 this was one of the festivals I was told to attend as a newcomer. And you should know about it too! The Johnny Appleseed Festival celebrates the life and times of famed John Chapman, also know as Johnny Appleseed, the man who was said to plan thousands of apple trees across the Midwest!

The festival includes time period food, crafts, demonstrations such as candle making and weaving, crafts, antiques for sale and more! There will be a roving entertainment show and military reenactment displays are mixed throughout the festival weekend. Stay alert because the militia may be right behind you!

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There is also a farmer’s market, homemade root beer and more apple pie than your tummy can handle. This festival is family friendly, and best of all FREE. A special children’s area is sure to entertain young people with hands-on activities. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the Johnny Appleseed Festival online. The festival takes place at Johnny Appleseed Park, at 5800 Harry Baals Drive, on the city’s near north side.

Insider Tip: Park at Concordia High School (Just off N. Anthony Blvd.) and take a FREE shuttle bus to the festival. Or if you are feeling active, wear walking shoes and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the festival!

About

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.

Oktobeerfest Supports Regional Brews and Takes Place September 12-13

Attention all beer lovers! Here’s an event you don’t want to miss. It may not be October, but Mad Anthony Brewing Company (a local brewery and restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana) will be hosting Mad Anthony Oktobeerfest this year on September 12 and 13.

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In the past this event has brought together more than a dozen Indiana brewers and regional beer enthusiasts to enjoy beer tastings, live entertainment and barbecue. A portion of all profits from Oktobeerfest help fund the Brewers of Indiana Guild, further supporting local and regional business. As many as 1,000 people have attended this festival in the past.

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The 16th annual event takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. each day at Headwaters Park West, located at 333 S. Clinton St., in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased online. Tickets are $35 the day of the event at the gate. For more information call 260-426-ALES or visit the event online.

Past Participating Breweries Included:

  • Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Shoreline Brewery
  • Barley Island Brewing Company
  • Bulldog Brewing
  • Lafayette Brewing Company
  • Chapman’s Brewing Company
  • Cutters Brewing Company
  • Evil Czech Brewery
  • Figure Eight Brewing
  • Flat 12 Bierwerks
  • Half Moon Brewery
  • New Albanian Brewing Co.
  • Triton Brewing
  • Broad Ripple Brewing Company

Insider Tip: Looking for more fun after the event? Take a short drive south of downtown to Mad Anthony Brewing Company. Enjoy another drink at the headquarters of the sponsor brewery. Food is also available to order from the dining side called Munchie Emporium Restaurant.

About

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.

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Kristen
Kristen
August 18th, 2014
We aren't sure, but will let you know if we hear more. If you are referring to Le Tour de Fort, you can learn more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/letourdefort
Laura
August 18th, 2014
Will there be another bike pub crawl this year?

Experience the best of Fort Wayne’s arts scene at Taste of the Arts

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A belly dancing troupe has performed in years past.

It’s not everyday you get to experience some of the tastes, sights and sounds of Fort Wayne’s restaurant and arts scene.  This is what you can expect August 23 at the 6th annual 2014 Taste of the Arts at the Arts United Center. This free festival downtown is suited for all ages, and provides an opportunity for the community to sample the different kinds of fine art, dance, theatre, music and more that Northeast Indiana has to offer. Come hungry for food and entertainment. Here’s what you can look forward to, in a nutshell:

Fare from 30+ restaurants: Craving pizza? How about hot dogs? Or cupcakes? Chances are at least one vendor will have something to suit your taste. Insider’s Note: We recommend not eating lunch before so you have room to sample and not feel stuffed.

Art Fair: This is my favorite part. Fort Wayne has a wealth of talented artists, and this event underlines that. You can find everything from handmade jewelry, to pottery, to oil paintings.  Insider’s Note: A lot of vendors accept card payments, but it’s never a bad idea to have plenty of cash on hand. I also appreciate the fact that most of the art is affordable. You’re sure to find a souvenir to take home, without spending a small fortune.

Arts activities: Local arts organizations will be present, to educate and entertain the public. For example, the Fort Wayne History Center will offer a portable jail for “selfies.”

Live entertainment: Think bands, dancers and actors. Most acts perform on the hour, so be sure to check out the schedule.

And now for the best part? Proceeds from this event go directly toward Arts United’s Art Education Grants to advance the local arts scene. Admission is free, however food and beverage tickets are required to purchase food. For more information, visit the Taste of the Arts website  or Visit Fort Wayne.

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Try These Summer Fun Ideas

Summer fun in the Fort is easy to find. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Science Central, and Fort Wayne TinCaps are well known. Here are some other great places that you may not be quite as familiar with, but are sure to provide good times.

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Give the grandkiddos a view of the city like no other. Have breakfast or lunch Monday through Friday at the Window Garden Cafe on the 13th floor of the One Summit Square building downtown. As the song goes, “On a clear day you can see forever.”

 Try These Summer Fun Ideas

Tanglewood’s official greeter welcomes kids to the berry farm.

You and the little grands (beginning with age 2) can have a blast via Tanglewood Berry Farm’s Little Sprouts program. Saturday morning activities include scavenger hunts, hikes, fresh produce picking, and visiting with the animals.

Share some delicious beverages and food at Java Mama, and check out their variety of classes (art, gymnastics, crafts) for kids up to age 15. There’s even an indoor play area.

Of course you can always walk and bike Fort Wayne’s fantastic trail system too. Take a look at the maps to see how the paved paths cross the entire county. There’s bound to be a trailhead near you.

The Fort’s abundance of parks include activities like playgrounds, splash pads, and athletic fields and courts. There’s something for everyone. Visit Kreager Park for Indiana’s first boundless playground, accessible for children of all abilities.

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Freshly made caramel apples are among the many treats at the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

And summer fun in the Fort can be topped off by enjoying the delicious food and interesting activities offered at the Johnny Appleseed Festival!

Have a grand time!

Deborah

About

Deborah is a lifelong northeast Indiana resident and has lived and worked in Fort Wayne since 1979. She is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. She and her husband enjoy spending as much time as possible making memories with their sweet granddaughter.