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Posted on Thu. Jul. 24, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Going out guide: The best things to do in the coming week

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TODAY

FAIR TIME: Hot air balloons highlight the activities tonight at the Allen County Fair at the fairgrounds at 2726 Carroll Road.

The balloon fly-out takes place at 7:30 p.m. Balloonists return to the fairgrounds to light up the night sky during the Balloon Glow at 9:30 p.m.

The fair opens at 8 a.m. today, 9 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. It ends at 5 p.m. Sunday. Activities include the four-wheel-drive truck pull at 7 p.m. Friday and Farmer Olympics at 7:30 p.m. Friday; car Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and the Showman of Showmen judging at noon Sunday.

You also can enjoy all of the animals, 4-H projects, live entertainment, fun activities and festival food. For a complete schedule of daily events, go to http://allencountyfairgroundsin​.com/allen-county-fair-2.

General admission is $5 daily, with ages 5 and younger free. Some events have an additional charge. Receive a $2 discount on admission Sunday by bringing a nonperishable food; carnival rides also are $1 that day.

FRIDAY

SEASONAL SHAKESPEARE: Local theater group Shakespeare from the Heart presents The Bard's great comedy “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at 6 p.m. at The Summit, the former Taylor University-Fort Wayne campus at 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd.

The plot revolves around woodland fairies who interfere in the love lives of two couples. The performance begins indoors and moves to a wooded area outdoors for the final three acts, so bring your own chair or blanket for seating.

Additional performances are at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Admission is free, but a donations will be appreciated. Proceeds will be given to the Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic.

ROOTS RENDITIONS: Swamp rock group J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers will wring music out of their instruments during a show opening at 8:30 p.m. outside in the Terrace Garden behind Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Local rock group Old and Dirty will open the show, which will go on rain or shine. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

This is the first concert in the conservatory's outdoor Botanical Roots Series for this summer. Seating is limited, so bring a chair. Food and beverages are available for purchase, but you can't bring either with you.

Admission is $6 at the gate for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. For more information, call 427-6440 or go to www.botanicalconserva​tory​.org/events-exhibits/botanical​-roots.

SATURDAY

CON COMPETITION: Two con men find themselves in competition in a small town on the French Riviera in the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of the stage comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at 8 p.m. in the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

Based on the book of the same name, the play revolves around the con men. One specializes in talking rich ladies out of their money, while the other plays on women's compassion with made-up tales of woe, a Civic news release said. The town isn't big enough for two of them, however, so they decide the first man to get a young heiress to give him $50,000 gets to stay and the other has to leave. The competition sparks a battle that keeps the audience laughing.

Additional shows are at 8 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 8-9, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 3 and 10.

Tickets are $29, adults; $24, seniors Sunday matinees only; and $17, ages 23 and younger. To buy tickets in advance, call 424-5220, go to www.fwcivic.org or go to the ArtsTix Community Box Office noon-6 p.m. weekdays in the Arts United Center lobby.

CHILL OUT: Relax to the cool sounds of the Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra, which will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

The nonprofit group consists of some of the area's best jazz musicians, who share a love of playing big band music and want to keep it alive by performing it.

SUNDAY

IT'S A HIT: Catch all of the action as the Fort Wayne TinCaps take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at 1:05 p.m. at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. Seat prices range from $5 to $12.50.

WEDNESDAY

“EVERYTHING IS AWESOME”: Ordinary Lego builder Emmet and a variety of Lego superheroes try to stop an evil Lego figure from gluing their universe together in the clever, animated “Lego Movie” at 9 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. The movie lasts about 1 hour, 40 minutes. Admission is free.


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