Summer 2018: Free outdoor music, movie series

June 1st, 2018

By Corey McMaken | The Journal Gazette

It's time to have fun in the sun (and shade!), whether that means hanging out in a park, getting wet along the rivers or heading out to hear a band. And a lot of that fun is available at no cost.

Here are some free summer music and movie series in the area. All dates and times are subject to change, especially when weather doesn't cooperate with these outdoor events.

Lunch on the Plaza

The Downtown Improvement District organizes the weekly lunchtime concerts that run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at Freimann Square at Clinton and Main streets. Food trucks and other vendors will be on site.

Thursday: Alicia Pyle Quartet

June 14: Mike Conley

June 21: Jon Durnell

June 28: Blue Pluto

July 5: Basketcase

July 12: Chaquis Maliq

July 19: Todd Harrold and Nick Bobay

July 26: Smooth Edge 2

Aug. 2: Sunny Taylor

Aug. 9: Will Certain

Aug. 16: Joe Justice

Aug. 23: The Jug Huffers

Aug. 30: Kitchen Table Players

Friday Nites Live

The concert series takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the fountain at Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. The fountain is also the site for Busker Nights on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 28.

Tonight: Junk Yard Band

June 8: Urban Legend

June 15: Todd Harrold Band

June 22: Hubie Ashcraft

June 29: Unlikely Alibi

July 6: Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

July 13: Brother

July 20: Ty Causey

July 27: Big Caddy Daddy

Aug. 3: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band

Aug. 10: reGeneration X

Aug. 17: Heady Times

Aug. 00: New Millennium Jazz Orchestra

Aug. 31: Good Night Gracie

Rock the Plaza

This concert series takes place at 6 p.m. Saturdays downtown outside the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

June 9: Morning After, Grace Minnick, the Mighty McGuiggans, Phil's Family Lizard

June 16: The Kickbacks, Mike Conley, KelsieCote, Tone Junkies

June 23: Full Speed Reverse, Dan Dickerson's Harp Condition, Los Lemons, Orange Opera

June 30: Rain Kings, Marnee, Damon Mitchell, Sum Morz

July 7: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band, Shane & Eric, the Last Word, Black Kat Moan

July 14: My Soul's Revolution, Chilly Addams, D Ferren, URB

July 21: APQ Harmonic, Dave Todoran & the Mobile Homewreckers, Sunny Taylor Band, Exterminate All Rational Thought

July 28: SoftGut, Yo Yo Pa, Monarch, Zen BBQ, Wailhounds

Aug. 4: CatBox, Joe Martyn Ricke & Miracle Machine, Taj Maholics, Brother

Aug. 11: Kerosec, Dan Smyth, Secret Mezzanine, Jon Durnell Band

Aug. 18: HotHouse, elle/the Remnant, the Windows, Unlikely Alibi

Aug. 25: Heady Times, Insta Gators, the Humanity, Grateful Groove

DeKalb Outdoor Theater

Events at the theater, 301 Center St., Auburn, are free with donations accepted. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Times are 7:30 p.m.

Tonight: Big Caddy Daddy

June 8: Old Crown Brass Band

June 15: Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra

June 22: Auburn Actors Theater

June 29: Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Patriotic Pops concert

July 6: Renz Brothers, Goat's Beards

July 13: Farmland Jazz Band

July 20: The Bulldogs

July 27: Guy Penrod, Pray About Everything

Aug. 3: The Hubie Ashcraft Band

Aug. 10: Choice Band

Music in the Park

The Adams Public Library system has a summer concert series from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month in Storybook Park, across the street from its Decatur branch at 128 S. 3rd St. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

June 10: Jenessa Smedley

June 24: Musiclectics

July 8: Kent Young

July 22: Janice Anne and Gene Fugate

Aug. 12: Ryan Green

Aug. 26: Blue Pluto

Music of the Wild

The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, 1205 Pleasant Point in Rome City, will have two more installments of its Music of the Wild series this summer. The series, which began in May, brings in music groups to perform at different locations on the site.

On June 16, a quintet from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will play at the Hemingway Wetlands wildlife viewing blind. On July 21, the Jughuffers will play at the Sower Barn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Honeywell Plaza Music Series

The Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St. in Wabash, hosts free concerts from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday this month

Thursday: Tuxedo Junction

June 14: Time Travelers

June 21: Three to One

On June 28, the Mississinewa Valley Band will present Patriotic Pops in the Ford Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

The Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park has shows June 27 and Aug. 1, but has not announced bands that will be performing. Go to for more information.

Foellinger Theatre

Events are at the outdoor theater in Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd.


June 12: Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.

June 19: Old Crown Brass Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 10: Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 27: Fort Wayne Children's Choir, 7 p.m.

Aug. 14: Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.


Showing at 8 p.m.

July 5: “Despicable Me”

July 12: “Despicable Me 2”

July 19: “Despicable Me 3”

July 26: “Minions”

Aug. 2: “Finding Nemo”

Aug. 9: “Finding Dory”

Sweets So Geek movie series

The sweets shop shows movies in its parking lot, 3410 N. Anthony Blvd. A food truck and beer stand is scheduled for each night and there will be trivia and other contests. The movies start shortly after sundown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

June 23: “The Sandlot”

July 21: “Clue”

Aug. 18: “The Princess Bride”

Sept 8: “Goonies”

Oct. 6: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Screen on the Green

Praise Lutheran Church, 1115 W. Dupont Road, has four dates set for its dinner and a movie series. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:45 p.m.

On June 15, the church will show “Wonder.” Movies will be scheduled soon for July 6 and 27 and Aug. 17. Go to or call 490-7729 for schedule updates and more information.

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