MORE THAN CARS: An artisan marketplace and appearances by Fort Wayne Food Truck Association members are among the new events this year at the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival today through Sunday in Auburn.
The ACD Chassis Pearl artisan marketplace will feature vintage, upcycled and artist-created jewelry; paintings; wearable art; vintage-inspired clothing; furnishings; and more at the grassy lot on Main Street between 13th and 15th streets in downtown Auburn.
Hours are 2-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost for the Grand Opening today is $15 at the gate. Admission is $5 per person Friday and Saturday; two-day passes also are available.
Fort Wayne food trucks will set up and serve Thursday-Saturday at the festival. Vendors scheduled to be there include JumBy's JoiNt, Bravas, Whip & Chill, Ragin' Cajun, Affine, Spicer Food Truck, Jimmy Ray's BBQ and Wise Guys Ice.
They'll be at the ACD Chassis Pearl marketplace 4-8 p.m. Thursday near Main and 13th streets. They will set up around the DeKalb County Courthouse Square in downtown Auburn beginning at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, staying into the evening. There will be a food truck cook-off at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Your favorite ACD Festival events also will return, such as the Downtown Cruise-In, which begins at 1 p.m. Friday, and the Parade of Classics car parade at 1 p.m. Saturday. The cruise-in features an ice cream social, live music, children's activities, and 500 to 700 classic cars, hot rods and other collector vehicles on or near the courthouse square. Cost to display your vehicle is $10; spectators are free.
The festival also offers antique and art shows.
Most events are free, but some have an admission or participation fee. For a complete schedule of events, go to http://acdfestival.org.
MUSIC FEST: Enjoy the music on stage and jam sessions on the grounds at the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association Festival 7-10 p.m. at the Noble County Fairgrounds, 580 N. Fair St. in Kendallville.
Bands scheduled to perform include Echo Valley, Grass Street, Art Stevenson & Highwater, Jett's Creek, Berachah Valley, Stockdale Family, Goldmine Pickers, and more.
The 4-H program will serve dinner 4:30-7:30 p.m. today for a donation.
Festival hours are 6:30-9:50 p.m. today, 6:15-10:25 p.m. Friday, 11:10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring low-back lawn chairs for seating.
Admission is free tonight; $8, Friday; $15, Saturday; $12, Sunday; and $25 for a weekend ticket, which includes camping Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
For more information, go to www.bluegrassusa.net.
ROCK OUT: Popular local band Rosemary Gates performs for the Friday Nites Live concert 6:30-8:30 p.m. near the courtyard fountain at Jefferson Pointe mall, Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road. Free admission.
GOOD DEAL: Chicago band Deals Gone Bad, which plays a blend of ska, reggae and soul, and local group Unlikely Alibi perform for the Botanical Roots Concert Series at 8:30 p.m. at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Admission is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger.
UNIQUE VIEWS: Local and regional artists share their visions of the world in three new exhibits at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.
•“Robert Vickrey: The Magic of Realism,” now through Oct. 6, showcases the work of an artist considered a master of egg tempura painting. Vickrey, who died in 2011 at age 84, was known for blending attention to precise detail with a passion for expressionism and film noir to create realistic scenes clouded with an air of mystery and tension, a museum news release said.
•“Clay Prints: Image, Surface and Narrative in Contemporary Ceramics,” which runs Saturday through Oct. 27, offers a survey of artists' use of printmaking techniques in contemporary ceramics, including decals, intaglio, laser etching, monoprinting and screening, the news release said.
•“Hedgehog Press: Prints and Processes,” from Saturday through Oct. 13, features the work of Fort Wayne artist and Hedgehog Press owner Julie Wall Toles and pieces by artists who have produced work at Hedgehog Press. The exhibition showcases the steps involved in the print-making process and explores the business aspects of running a print shop, the news release said.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, except open until 8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and closed Mondays and major holidays.
Admission is $7, adults; $5, students in kindergarten-college; $5, ages 65 and older; and $20, families. Admission is free to members and to military personnel, veterans and their families. General admission also is free to the public 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Special exhibition tickets are $7 per person all days.
FREE FUN: Local band Cougar Hunter plays at 6 p.m. for the Rock The Plaza concert in the green space in front of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Free admission. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
HOMECOMING: Fort Wayne native Tasha DeNae and her band will perform her sultry brand of rhythm and blues at 8:15 p.m. at The Philmore on Broadway, 2441 Broadway in Fort Wayne. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Food and beverages will be provided by Club Soda. You must be age 21 or older to attend.
Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available in advance at Wooden Nickel Music stores at 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; TGF Mobile at 3706 S. Calhoun St.; and at www.philmoreonbroadway.com.
LOTS OF LAUGHS: Comedian Eddie Griffin will entertain at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd. Also performing will be Bruh Man and G-Thang.
Tickets are $28, $38, $48 and $68. They are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.