I am a new mom, which means I am constantly on the prowl for fun, family-friendly events—extra points if they are free. I am also a music lover and often attended local shows in downtown bars pre-baby. On any given night, a visitor to Fort Wayne may have over a dozen choices to check out local talent in bars. Of course, going to bars is out of the question now, but luckily I can still enjoy plenty of live music. Fort Wayne has a plethora of all-ages music events, especially during the summer. Here are a few of my favorites.
Living Fort Wayne Concert Series
Where: Headwaters Park Amphitheater
When: July 6 and August 3, 6-10 p.m.
What: Concert series organized by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana to attract people to the river and highlight local musical talent. Events feature two bands, food trucks, riverboat rides, and activities for kids. Seats are not provided, so bring a blanket or lawn chair.
More information: http://www.livingfortwayne.com/concert-series/
Friday Nites Live
Where: Jefferson Pointe, Courtyard Fountain
When: Every Friday through August, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
What: Now in its thirteenth years, this event features live, local music in the beautiful Courtyard Fountain at Jefferson Pointe. Seats are not provided, so bring a blanket or lawn chair.
More information: http://www.jeffersonshopping.com/go/mallevents.cfm
Rock the Plaza
Where: Downtown Library Plaza
When: Every Saturday through August, 6-10 p.m.
What: Each event features four bands. Drinks and snacks are available on site for purchase from 816 Pint and Slice. Seats are not provided, so bring a blanket or lawn chair.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/ROCK-the-Plaza-152763481460399/
Where: Two EE’s
When: Fridays through October, food beginning at 4 pm., music from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
What: Kicking off the weekends all summer long, this event features live music, food from local vendors, and wine slushies. Guests may sit on the covered patio, find a relaxing spot on the hillside, or check out the vineyard.
More information: http://twoees.com/uncorked-events/
Where: Barr Street Market, corner of Wayne and Barr Streets
When: Saturdays through September 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
What: A local farmers market featuring produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts. Each market features lives music and children’s activities.
More information: http://ylni.org/Farmers-Market
Lunch on the Plaza
Where: Freimann Square
When: Thursdays through August, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
What: Throughout the summer, the Downtown Improvement District hosts this event that features local food trucks, live music and community-related information booths.
More information: http://downtownfortwayne.com/lunch-on-the-plaza/