With the arrival of the summer event season, there are plenty of things planned to get you outside. Check Weekender each week for festivals, concerts and more of what's going on in the area.
To get you started, here are some free outdoor music series happening in the area. Grab your chairs or blankets and head out for the fun. Dates and times are subject to change, especially due to weather.
Lunch on the Square
The Downtown Improvement District organizes the weekly lunchtime concerts that run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays (except July 4) at Freimann Square at Clinton and Main streets. Food trucks will be on site.
June 6: John Durnell
June 13: Alicia Pyle Quartet
June 20: Shade Jonze
June 27: Mike Conley
July 11: Joe Justice
July 18: Todd Harrold Duo
July 25: Blue Pluto
Aug. 1: Sunny Taylor
Aug. 8: Will Certain
Aug. 15: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band
Aug. 22: Shelly Dixon and Jeff McRae
Aug. 29: Damon Mitchell
Friday Nites Live on the Lawn
The concert series takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. Previously held at the fountain, the concerts move this summer to the lawn next to AMC.
June 7: Junk Yard Band
June 14: Hubie Ashcraft
June 21: Heady Times
June 28: Urban Legend
July 5: The APQ Harmonic
July 12: Brother
July 19: Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra
July 26: reGeneration X
Aug. 2: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band
Aug. 9: Unlikely Alibi
Aug. 16: Todd Harrold Band
Aug. 23: Ty Causey
Aug. 30: Good Night Gracie
Rock the Plaza
The Allen County Public Library hosts this concert series from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays on its downtown plaza, 900 Library Plaza. Pets are not allowed. Concerts will also be streamed on the library's Access Fort Wayne channel (Comcast 55 and Verizon 25) and radio station WELT 95.7.
June 8: Zen BBQ, Gregg Bender, El Camino Hot Tub, Grateful Groove
June 15: Gaucho, Marnee, Monarch, Dave Todoran & the Mobile Home Wreckers
June 22: Frog Hollow, Todd Staszak, the Kickbacks, Unlikely Alibi
June 29: Uncle Muscle, Adam Strack, Morning After, Brother
July 6: PlumDingo, Basketcase, Three Cities, Exterminate All Rational Thought
July 13: Big Jaw, Chilly Addams, Daily Driver, Country Heart
July 20: APQ Harmonic, Phil's Family Lizard, Sunny Taylor Band, Moser Woods
July 27: Bending Mercury, Craig Guy, The Humanity, Walkin Papers
Aug. 3: 906 Band, Susan Mae & the New Yesterday, Kerosec, Jon Durnell Band
Aug. 10: Mojo Rising, Insta Gators, Bonsai, Joey O Band
Aug. 17: Bad Hombres, Brian Lemert, Damon Mitchell, URB
Aug. 24: OLC, Paul Stephens, Secret Mezzanine, Pop N Fresh
Lunch on the Plaza
Allen County Public Library will also host a lunchtime concert each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on its downtown plaza. Food trucks will be on site during the concerts.
June 12: New Millennium Jazz Orchestra
July 10: Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra
Aug. 14: The Bergamot
DeKalb Outdoor Theater Summer Performance Series
The following events at the theater, 301 Center St., Auburn, are free with donations accepted. Times are 7:30 p.m.
June 7: Soul'd Out Quartet
June 14: Auburn Actors Theater
June 21: Black Kat Moan
June 28: Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Patriotic Pops
July 19: The Bulldogs
July 26: The Joey O Band
Aug. 2: Audie Blaylock and Redline
Aug. 9: Choice Band
Foellinger Theatre Community Concerts
Events are at the outdoor theater in Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd. The theater will not have its movie series this summer.
June 11: “Side by Side,” Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.
July 9: “The Best of the Best,” Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.
July 25: New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
July 26: Fort Wayne Children's Choir, 7 p.m.
Aug. 13: “Pop Rock Legends 2.0,” Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.
Kehoe Park Summer Concert Series
Bluffton Parks and Recreation hosts concerts in Kehoe Park, behind Dutch Mill Plaza on Indiana 1 in Bluffton. The rain site for concerts is Bluffton High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Bluffton.
June 14: Creedence Revived
July 12: Parrots of the Caribbean
July 21: 45 RPM
July 28: Old Crown Brass Band
Aug. 2: Heartache Tonight
Aug. 4: Cornfield Mafia
Aug. 11: Little Big Band
Aug. 18: Woodsmen Quartet
Sweets So Geek's free movie series will move to the shop's new location, 6722 E. State Blvd.
June 2: “Men in Black”
July 20: “The Karate Kid”
Aug. 17: “Big Trouble in Little China”
Sept. 7: “Batman”
Oct. 5: “The Addams Family”
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