SMALL-TOWN FUN: Enjoy midway rides, festival food, a mobile reptile zoo, dodge ball tournament and live music as the Monroeville Harvest Festival opens at 5 p.m. in Monroeville Community Park.
The fun continues Friday and Saturday with events including:
•Friday, 5-10 p.m.: Midway, mobile reptile zoo, bingo, demolition derby at 7 p.m. and gospel music concert 6-10 p.m. with performers Tom Kennerk, Trinity, Glen Flint, Master's Own and Chris Baldwin.
•Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: Parade at 11 a.m. downtown, midway, magician and illusionist Jim Barron at noon on the Dewey Stage, Adorable Baby Contest at 6 p.m. on the Dewey Stage, demolition derby at 7 p.m., Muddy River Band at 8 p.m. on the Dewey Stage, and crowning at 10 p.m. of Miss Harvest Festival 2013.
Festival admission is free, but rides and other events may have a fee. For a complete schedule, go to www.monroevillein.com/ harvest.htm.
TRAIN TIME: Explore the world of steam locomotives during the open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, 15808 Edgerton Road east of New Haven.
See the society's historic steam locomotive, Nickel Plate Road Engine No. 765, fired up. You also can view other train engines and cars in the society's collection and take a 30-minute caboose ride.
The fun continues Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free; train rides are $4 per person.
SHOP TO THE MUSIC: Acclaimed local vocalist and musician Ty Causey performs 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the Friday Nites Live concert near the courtyard fountain at Jefferson Pointe mall, Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road. Free admission.
DINNER LAUGHS: A neurotic waitress tries to quit smoking, and family try to prevent their own problems from distracting her, during the comedy “See Jane Quit” at 8 p.m. at Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St. Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m.
The dinner theater production also will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 23-24.
Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner. To order, call 424-5622, go to www.arenadinnertheatre.org, or buy tickets at the box office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and beginning at 6:15 p.m. on show nights.
EARTHY ROCK: The rock band SOiL will be one of three groups playing beginning at 8 p.m. at Piere's, 5629 St. Joe Road. The show also includes the bands Dope and Beyond Threshold. Doors open at 7 p.m.
SOiL is scheduled to release a new album, “Whole,” on Tuesday. The album also features the return of original singer Ryan McCombs, who left following the 2004 release “Redefine.”
Tickets are $12 advance and $15 day of the show at Piere's, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.
This day's music choices offer something for everyone:
•Casket Sharp, Dan Dickerson's Harp Condition and Freak Brothers play during the Rock the Plaza concert at 6 p.m. in the greenspace in front of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Free admission. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
•Longtime local favorites Spike & The Bulldogs play oldies rock at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Admission is $5.
•Vaudeville singer-songwriter Adjoa Skinner performs an all-ages concert at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. Skinner trained in classical and jazz music before going her own way. She has opened for performers such as The Civil Wars and Amy Grant and currently is touring in support of her latest album, “Songs For Tall Women & The Short Men Who Love Them.”
Tickets are $8 advance, $15 Gold Circle and $10 day of show. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com; Wooden Nickel Music stores, 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.