SMALL-TOWN FUN: Enjoy everything from food, live music and a parade to a baby crawl, watermelon-eating contest and nail-driving contest at the Grabill Country Fair today through Saturday in Grabill, which is east of Indiana 1 in northeast Allen County.
The fair is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. each day.
The parade takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday. Nightly music acts include Cumberland Gap, 7-9 p.m. today; Bekah Bradley, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday; and Dave, Lee and Friends, 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday.
For more information and a full schedule of events, go to www.grabillcountryfair.com.
SWINGING FOR LAUGHS: Mistaken identities, romantic shenanigans and man's love affair with golf fill the fast-paced farce “The Fox on the Fairway,” which opens with a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.
The madcap action takes place on the day of the annual golf tournament between two private country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel.
Regular performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sept. 13-14 and 20-21; and at 2 p.m. Sept. 15.
Tickets are $10 each for tonight's preview. Regular performances are adults, $20 in advance and $24 at the door; ages 61 and older, $18 in advance and $22 at the door; and full-time students, free to the first 30 who make reservations and $10 each afterward or at the door.
For tickets, call 422-6329 noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays or go to www.firstpresbyteriantheater.com.
GOOD EVENING: Popular local band Goodnight Gracie performs 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Friday Nites Live concert by the courtyard fountain at Jefferson Pointe mall, West Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road. Free admission.
FLUTTER BY: Celebrate the migration of monarch butterflies at the Monarch Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road. Admission is free.
Thousands of monarch butterflies typically stop by Eagle Marsh to rest on their way to wintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico. The event host, the Little River Wetlands Project, will offer displays about monarchs' life cycle; a monarch trail with educational stations about monarchs' journey; and special crafts and activities for kids. Visitors also can help plant starts of milkweed, the monarch's main source of food.
For more information, go to www.lrwp.org, email info@ lrwp.org, or call 478-2515.
DAY OF MUSIC: Enjoy the music of Left Lane Cruiser, James & the Drivers, The B.E.A.T. and Blue Satellite during the Pinestock Music Festival beginning at 2 p.m. at 6725 N. Road 550E near Churubusco. Gates open at 10 a.m.
Punk-blues duo Left Lane Cruiser is preparing to release its sixth studio album, “Rock Them Back To Hell!” on Sept. 17. The album was recorded in Fort Wayne.
Tickets are $20 for those age 21 and older who plan to drink beer at the event, and $25 each for those age 20 and younger or those age 21 and older who don't plan to drink beer. The tickets include camping and a bonfire. Buy tickets at http://pinestock2013.brownpapertickets.com.
For information, call 450-8296 or go to http://pinestockfestival.com.
GREAT GOSPEL: Brian Free & Assurance have had the nation's No. 1 Southern gospel song recently with “Calvary's Cry,” and you can hear them in person at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Life Center, 4001 Terry Lake Road in Hamilton.
Free has been voted Southern Gospel Music's favorite tenor a record eight times, and Singing News magazine has voted the group Quartet of the Year, a news release said.
The pre-show concert at 6:30 p.m. will feature rising Southern gospel singer Jerry Garcia. Doors and concessions open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $6 at the door and $5 in advance by calling 1-260-488-4129 or emailing hamiltonlife firstname.lastname@example.org. A free-will offering will also be taken. For more information, go to www.thehamiltonlifecenter.org.
THEATRICAL PURSUIT: A man leading a boring life meets a female spy. He takes her home, and she is killed. Then he has to stay one step ahead of a mysterious group called “The 39 Steps,” which pursues him all over Great Britain.
The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents the fast-paced whodunit “The 39 Steps,” which features four actors playing more than 100 characters, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.
Additional performances are at 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 15, and at 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14.
Tickets are $24, adults; $20, seniors at Sunday matinees only; and $15, ages 23 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 424-5220 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays; and at http://fwcivic.org.
SEE THE SITES: Enjoy visiting 12 local tourist attractions for free noon-5 p.m. during the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown event.
Participating sites are African/African-American Historical Museum, 436 E. Douglas St.; Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun St.; Artlink gallery, Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.; Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St. ($7 special exhibit fee still applies for Summer of Glass exhibits); the Old Fort, Spy Run north of Superior Street; the History Center, 302 E. Berry St.; the Lincoln Tower, 116 E. Berry St.; Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.; Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.; and Visit Fort Wayne, 927 S. Harrison St.
Admission is free with an event passport. Passports are available at Kroger, Scott's Food & Pharmacy and Tower Bank locations in Fort Wayne; at Visit Fort Wayne, 927 S. Harrison St.; and at the attractions. Download a passport at www.visitfortwayne.com; click on the link for Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown.
JAZZY RETURN: Fort Wayne native Kevin Hayden brings his Kevin Hayden Band to town for a jazz show at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.
Hayden, who now lives in Milwaukee, has achieved renown in the region as a jazz drummer and band leader. The band is touring to promote its latest album, “Illegal Playlist,” which was released in March.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 gold circle and $18 day of show. They are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com; Wooden Nickel Music locations, 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.