The popular Lunch on the Square concert series returns to One Summit Square starting June 5, thanks to the Downtown Improvement District. Free weekly concerts will take place every Thursday in June, July and August noon-1:30 p.m. (Note the time change from previous years.)
The outdoor events featuring live music are held in the One Summit Square courtyard at the corner of Wayne and Calhoun streets. People can either grab to-go food from a downtown restaurant or purchase lunch from a food truck.
New this year, vendors from the Fort Wayne Farmers Market will be at One Summit Square on Thursdays selling goods and gifts. Here's the performance schedule:
•June 5: Shade & Shannon
•June 12: Fernando Tarrango & Ken Jehle
•June 19: The Jay Taylors
•June 26: The Todd Harold Band
•July 3: Honey Badger
•July 10: Joe Justice
•July 17: Jug Huffers
•July 24: Night to Remember
•July 31: Pop 'n' Fresh
•Aug. 7: Fringe Fest Preview
•Aug. 14: Scratch 'n' Sniff
•Aug. 21: Mike Connelly
•Aug. 28: Grand Finale
Mockingbird Kitchens has opened at 236 E. Wayne St., inside Cottage Flowers. The hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The eatery serves sandwiches, soups and salads using fresh, locally sourced products when possible. Check out Mockingbird's website at www.mockingbirdkitchens.com. Both the menu and the pictures look enticing. Phone: 387-5732.
Local farmers markets are starting to open for the season, including:
•The Historic West Main Street Farmers Market, 1936 W. Main St., is now open 3-8 p.m. Fridays. The market offers local produce, Indiana-produced foods, and local arts and crafts. It is the only farmers market in northeast Indiana that gives customers the opportunity to shop using their EBT SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps).
•The Barr Street Farmers Market will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning this Saturday. It's at the corner of Wayne and Barr streets downtown. Each week more than two dozen vendors offer local produce and wares. The market also has live, local entertainment. Admission to the nearby History Center at 302 E. Berry St. is free during market hours.
•Salomon Farmers Market, 817 W. Dupont Road, will be open 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays June 11-Sept. 24.
Friends of the Parks of Allen County invites adults 21 and older to Summit City Baconfest 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 20 at Headwaters Park Lincoln Pavilion, 333 S. Clinton St.
Tickets are $45. Each ticket includes two drinks and samples of bacon creations from over a dozen local restaurants. As a parting gift, all guests will receive a sapling to plant at home to encourage the growth of our tree canopy.
Guests may purchase additional alcoholic beverage tickets. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $100 per person. VIP ticket holders will have reserved seating and reserved parking in the lot adjacent to the pavilion.
G-Money and the Fabulous Rhythm will provide musical entertainment.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 427-6000; by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 705 E. State Blvd.; or online from www.summitcitybaconfest.com.
Proceeds will support Fort Wayne and Allen County parks.
The Fresh Market will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its annual “Hope Floats” Sidewalk Sale 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, which benefits JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
Fresh Market stores, including the one at 6306 W Jefferson Blvd., will offer hot dogs, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes (regular and sugar-free), each for a $2 donation.
The Fresh Market will donate 100 percent of the money raised over the sale directly to JDRF to support its research efforts.
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