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Plan your summer with our festivals guide

From bluegrass music to pioneer life, this summer is full of festivals around the area

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12:01 am

This year's summer festivals celebrate the arts, cultures, music, community and food.

These festivals and fairs take place in Fort Wayne and the area through September. We've listed phone numbers or websites, when available, for more information:

SPRING TRI-STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 6:30-9:50 p.m. today; 6:15-10:25 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-10:15 p.m. Sunday, Noble County Fairgrounds, 580 N. Fair St., 2 miles east of Indiana 3 on Indiana 6, Kendallville. Dinner served 4:30-7:30 p.m. today; donations accepted. Free today; $10 Friday; $20 Saturday; $15 Sunday; $30 weekend pass, free ages 15 and under with an adult.

MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD CHURCH FUN FEST: 5-10 p.m. May 30 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 31, Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold St. Fish dinner, beer tent and karaoke May 30; games, silent auction, pizza dinner and beer tent with live music May 31.

DUDEFEST: 5 p.m. May 30, Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd. $10 advance, $12 day of event; includes Bravas Food truck, Crazy Pinz bowling alley, costume and trivia contests, and screening of “The Big Lebowski” at 7:30 p.m. Benefits Embassy Theatre and Cinema Center. Tickets available at the Embassy box office, ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.

NORTHEAST INDIANA PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL: “Whispers to the Moon,” Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, 8 p.m. May 30, Auer Center ArtsLab theater, 300 E. Main St. Dessert reception afterward. “Tinfoil Memories,” 10 a.m. May 31, Auer Center ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St. Discussion with director Thom Hofrichter afterward. “Whispers to the Moon,” Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, 2 and 8 p.m., Auer Center ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St. Discussion with playwright Donald Margulies afterward. “The Teapot Collector,” Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, 10 a.m., Auer Center ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St. Discussion with director Steve Sarratore afterward. “Whispers to the Moon,” Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, 2 p.m., Auer Center ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St. Discussion with Phillip Colglazier afterward. 424-5220.

CANAL DAYS: June 3-7, downtown New Haven. Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday; Rhett Walker band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For a complete schedule, go to www.newhavencanaldays.org.

GEAR FEST: June 6-7, Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30W.

ART FAIR: June 7-8, Village at Winona, Winona Lake.

GERMANFEST: June 8-15, Headwaters Park. $2 2-5 p.m., $5 after 5 p.m., free military personnel with ID.

TURTLE DAYS: June 11-14, Churubusco.

CHAINSAW WOOD CARVING FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 14-15 and July 12-13, Moose Lake 1800s Christian Craft Village, 11330 E. 500S, LaOtto. $5.

NORTHERN INDIANA LAKES FESTIVAL: June 14 at Warsaw, and June 15 at Village at Winona, Winona Lake.

HUNTINGTON HERITAGE DAYS: June 18-22, downtown Huntington.

HOAGLAND DAYS: June 19-21, Hoagland.

BBQ RIBFEST: June 19-22, Headwaters Park. $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, military, fire and police with ID after 5:30 p.m.

SILVER LAKE DAYS: June 20-21, Silver Lake.

APPLESEED CHILDREN'S CHOIR FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG VOICES: June 20-22, IPFW, Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Concluding free concert at 4 p.m. June 22 in Rhinehart Music Center.

STRAWBERRY DAZE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21, downtown Ligonier.

PUGFEST: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21, Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

COVINGTON ART FAIR: June 21-22, Covington Plaza.

JEFFFEST: 6-8:30 p.m. June 22, downtown Huntington.

MERMAID FESTIVAL: June 25-28, North Webster.

QUILT FESTIVAL: June 25-28, Shipshewana.

GREEKFEST: June 26-29, Headwaters Park.

CHARLEY CREEK ARTSFEST: June 26-29, Charley Creek Inn, Wabash. Artist workshops, independent films, live music, downtown gallery walk and fine arts sale. Some events require tickets or admission fees; contact Honeywell Center box office at 1-260-563-1102. www.charleycreekartsfest.com.

BUSKERFEST: 4-11 p.m. June 28, Wayne and Calhoun streets.

SALAMONIE SUMMER FESTIVAL: July 3-6, downtown Warren.

LAGRANGE COUNTY 4-H FAIR: July 5-12, LaGrange County Fairgrounds, LaGrange.

WABASH COUNTY 4-H FAIR: July 6-12, Wabash County Fairgrounds, Wabash.

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY COMMUNITY FAIR: July 7-12, Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, Warsaw.

WHITLEY COUNTY FAIR: July 11-17, Whitley County Fairgrounds, Columbia City.

THREE RIVERS FESTIVAL: July 11-19, various locations.

HUNTINGTON COUNTY 4-H FAIR: July 11-25, Huntington.

NOBLE COUNTY 4-H FAIR: July 12-19, Noble County Fairgrounds, Kendallville.

WELLS COUNTY 4-H FAIR: July 19-24, Wells County 4-H Fairgrounds, Bluffton.

ADAMS COUNTY 4-H FAIR: July 20-24, Adams County 4-H Fairgrounds, 220 W. Washington, Monroe.

ALLEN COUNTY FAIR: July 22-27, Allen County Fairground, 2726 Carroll Road. $5 daily, $10 weekly pass.

BERNE SWISS DAYS: July 24-26, downtown Berne.

ST. JOE PICKLE FESTIVAL: July 24-26, downtown St. Joe.

FORT WAYNE PRIDE: 7 p.m.-midnight July 25 and noon-midnight July 26, Headwaters Park. Pride March at 11:30 a.m. July 26. $3 July 25, $5 July 26, free ages 12 and under both days.

AMISH ACRES ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: July 31-Aug. 3, Amish Acres Historic Farm grounds, U.S. 6, Nappanee. www.amishacres.com.

INDIANA STATE FAIR: Aug. 1-17, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis.

FUN FEST BY THE RIVER: Aug. 7-9, Main and Market streets, North Manchester.

MIHSIHKINAAHKWA POW WOW: Aug. 8-10; Morsches Park, Columbia City. www.miamipowwow.org.

MAUMEE VALLEY ANTIQUE STEAM AND GAS ASSOCIATION SUMMER SHOW: Aug. 14-17, Jefferson Township Park, four 4 miles east of New Haven. $5 daily admission, free ages 12 and under.

SUMMER SIXTIES MUSIC FESTIVAL: Aug. 16, Feick Park, Garrett.

TASTE OF ROANOKE: 5-8 p.m. Aug. 16, downtown Roanoke.

ANDREWS SUMMER FESTIVAL: Aug. 21-23, Andrews.

MARKLE WILDCAT FESTIVAL: Aug. 22-24, downtown Markle.

TASTE OF THE ARTS: Aug. 23, downtown.

LATINA FEST: Aug. 24, Headwaters Park.

AUBURN-CORD-DUESENBERG FESTIVAL: Aug. 24-31, various locations, Auburn. www.acdfestival.org.

FALL TRI-STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 6:30-9:50 p.m. Aug. 28; 6:15-10:25 p.m. Aug. 29; 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Aug. 30; noon-10:15 p.m. Aug. 31, Noble County Fairgrounds, 580 N. Fair St., two miles east of Indiana 3 on Indiana 6, Kendallville. Dinner served 4:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 28; donations accepted. Free Aug. 28; $10 Aug. 29; $20 Aug. 30; $15 Aug. 31; $30 weekend pass, free ages 15 and under with an adult.

ZANESVILLE HOMESPUN DAY: Aug. 30, Zanesville. Lion's Club car show at Zanesville United Methodist Church, pancake and sausage breakfast, pet contest, arts, and hobby show.

ROANOKE FALL FESTIVAL: Sept. 4-6, Community Park, Roanoke.

GRABILL COUNTRY FAIR: Sept. 4-6, downtown Grabill. www.grabillcountryfair.com.

COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL: Sept. 4-7, downtown Roann.

WHITLEY COUNTY AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 6, Whitley County Courthouse, downtown Columbia City.

STONE'S TRACE PIONEER FESTIVAL: Sept. 6-7, Stone's Trace Historic Site, Ligonier. www.stonestrace.com.

RENFAIRE: Medieval customs and sports, Sept. 13-14, Flint Creek Facility, Huntington.

BLUFFTON FREE STREET FAIR: Sept. 16-20, downtown Bluffton.

NAPPANEE APPLE FESTIVAL: Sept. 18-21, downtown Nappanee. www.nappaneeapplefestival.org.

JOHNNY APPLESEED FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 20 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21, Johnny Appleseed Park.

INDIANA DULCIMER FESTIVAL: Sept. 20-21, Folkcraft Instruments, Woodburn.

DEKALB COUNTY FREE FALL FAIR: Sept. 22-27, downtown Auburn and DeKalb County Fairgrounds, Auburn. www.dekalbcountyfair.org.

FORKS OF THE WABASH PIONEER FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, Hier's Park, 847 S. Briant St., Huntington.