For more information, including an entertainment schedule, go to www.TasteoftheArtsFortWayne.org.
Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne has set the stage for Taste of the Arts 2013, the fifth year for the downtown arts festival where you can enjoy free entertainment and buy food from more than 20 restaurants.
About 60 performing groups will entertain Saturday on seven stages on and around the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. Buskers, or street performers, will roam the area, including Freimann Square. Activities begin at 11 a.m. and go all day and evening.
Proceeds from food and beverage sales raise funds for Arts United's mission to support the arts in northeast Indiana.
The festival, which has attracted more than 25,000 people in the past, features live music, dance, theater, film and artists demonstrating a variety of media. Artists will sell their pieces in two areas, and arts organizations will offer hands-on activities as well as information on their programs.
New this year, at 10 p.m. a free movie will be shown outdoors on the Arts United Center plaza. Cinema Center will present the classic “King Kong” (yes, the one with Fay Wray) on an outdoor screen with Fort Wayne's cityscape providing the backdrop for the Empire State Building scene.
Other highlights of the day:
•Children will be able to try on costumes in the Arts United Center, courtesy of Fort Wayne Youtheatre.
•A Festival Fan Fare Warehouse inside the Arts United Center will offer merchandise for sale from festival performers as well as Arts United memorabilia.
•Michael Rhoades' computer-generated music and image installation “The Sights and Sounds of Numbers” will be presented at Artlink.
•Free admission to Artlink, the History Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Cinema Center.
•The Barr Street Market will extend its hours until at least 4 p.m.
•Fort Wayne Trails will provide a bike valet service.
•Dessert — a party after Taste of the Arts — will expand this year. From 6 to 10 p.m., three stages will feature the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Hope Arthur Orchestra on the outdoor plaza; several bands inside the Auer Center; and public radio station WBOI, 89.1-FM's “Meet the Music,” with host Julia Meek, at the corner of Berry and Barr streets.
•A wine-tasting activity is planned 7-9 p.m. inside the Arts United Center. You can choose to take a salsa lesson and dance with Salsa Loca or create your own painting with Artlink's Bring Your Own Brush class. Or you can do both for an hour each. WineTime will offer tastings and information. There is an admission price for this event, which includes all the materials and instructions for participants. Tickets are $50 each or $90 for a pair and can be purchased in advance at the ArtsTix box office, 422-4226.
It wouldn't be Taste of the Arts without food, would it? Here's a partial list of participating restaurants: Acme Bar & Grill; B. Antonio's Pizza; Baker Street Steakhouse; Banh Mi Barista; J.K. O'Donnell's Irish Ale House; Mad Anthony Brewing Co.; Purple Mountain Cheesecake; Shigs in Pit; Friendly Fox; and Vanilla Bean.