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THURSDAY

FUN AT THE FAIR: The fun continues today through Sunday at the Allen County Fair at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road. Today is Kids Day, with crafts 10 a.m.-noon; an animal contact area 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; cow, donkey and pony rides noon-7 p.m.; cookie stacking contest at 3 p.m.; midway rides; and more.

The fair continues 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. Ages 5 and younger enter free every day, and everyone gets in free Sunday at the main entrance. For more information, go to www.allencountyfairgroundsin.com/fair.

OUTDOOR CONCERT: Relive your favorite songs by The Eagles at a concert by Hotel California at the Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. Starting at 8 p.m., guests will enjoy songs such as “Take it Easy,” “Love will Keep Us Alive,” “Heartache Tonight,” “Hotel California” and many more. Admission for the concert is $12. For more information, call 427-6000 or visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

COME 2 GO: Come for an evening of music featuring artists Josh Damigo and Matt Ryd at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. The show starts at 8 p.m., and the doors open an hour earlier. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. For more information, call 426-6434 or visit www.c2gmusichall.com.

FRIDAY

MUSICAL ROOTS: Surrounded by the historic downtown area and a variety of plants and flowers, the Botanical Roots Concert Series opens at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., with blues music by Kenny Neal with the Todd Harrold Band. The series, which runs through Aug. 31, each week will showcase music from blues and Americana to zydeco, reggae and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. The concerts will be held out on the conservatory's terrace, rain or shine, and food and drink are available to purchase. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs. Tickets are $6 for ages 13 and older and free for children under 12. For more information, call 427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.

PARTY TIME: Come celebrate a milestone at Foster Park's 100th Year Celebration. Postponed once due to storm damage, this event will offer activities 5-9:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Activities include a fun walk, picnic, kids' carnival, volleyball, tennis and pickleball on Friday and city park tours and an ice cream social (the latter is 1-3 p.m.) on Saturday. Some activities require a small fee.

Due to the limited parking in Foster Park, people are asked to park at the former Taylor University-Fort Wayne campus in the parking lots off Rudisill Boulevard and Lexington Avenue. They then can walk the short distance down Rudisill or Lexington to Foster Park. Only golfers and those needing handicapped parking spaces will be allowed to drive in Foster Park's entrance 4–9:30 p.m. Friday.

For more information, visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

FUN AT THE RUN: The Fort Wayne Street Rod Association hosts the 38th annual Muddy River Run on Saturday, but the fun starts Friday with registration noon-7 p.m. and a kick-off cruise-in 7-10 p.m. at the IPFW campus, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Events 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday include a car show, exhibits, kid and adult games, awards and more. Drivers will go on a cruise 1-2 p.m. through Fort Wayne. Proceeds benefit the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities and the IPFW Scholarship Endowment for the Disabled. Admission is free. For more information, call 637-8370 or visit www.muddyriverrun.com.

DOWNTOWN FEST: The Fort Wayne Pride festival will bring music, food, games and more to Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets. Organized by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, the event is open to all people.

The event includes vendors, live entertainment, a beer tent, food, a kids' area, a cornhole tournament and more. A first-ever Pride March will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Headwaters Park and move through downtown.

Hours are 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and noon-midnight Saturday. Admission for adults is $3 Friday and $5 Saturday; ages 14 and younger enter free both days.

For more information and a schedule of the live entertainment, go to www.fwpride.org.

SATURDAY

HERE COMES THE TROLLEY: Ride the trolley and spend the day shopping in downtown Fort Wayne during Summer Trolley Shopping 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Guests can ride the trolley for free and shop in more than 30 gift shops in the downtown area. The trolley will stop at various locations and can also be flagged down. Some shops will offer special deals and merchandise. Children are welcome. This is part of the Last Saturdays downtown event series. For more information, call 424-3700 or go to www.downtownfortwayne.com.

DREAM ON: The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's performance of “Dreamgirls” opens at 8 p.m. and runs through Aug. 12 at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. The story shares the trials and triumphs of a trio getting into the music business during the 1960s. The play includes music from rock 'n' roll to disco, and has also won five Tony Awards. The show includes mild adult language and sexual situations.

Additional show times are 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 and 12; and 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11.

Tickets are $26, adults; $18, ages 23 and younger; and $22, Sunday senior matinees. They are available by calling 424-5220; at www.fwcivic.org; or at the Arts United Center box office noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 4 and 11.

SUNDAY

IT'S OUTTA HERE: Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the whole family as the Fort Wayne TinCaps play the Great Lake Loons at 3:05 Sunday at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. Admission ranges from $5-$12.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.milb.com.

rvachon@news-sentinel.com


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