Date(s) & Time(s)::
August 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM until 11:55 PM
Location: Arts United Center/Main Street, 303 E. Main St.
Phone: Tena Woenker, 260-420-3266, ext. 3010
The 6th annual Taste of the Arts will expand with new evening activities on the Arts United Campus in downtown Fort Wayne. Taste of the Arts has quickly become one of Fort Wayne’s most popular festivals with its unique blend of music, dance, theatre, film and artists demonstrating a vast variety of styles and talent from Fort Wayne along with dozens of local restaurants serving a wide assortment of food choices.
The festival is free and always held the weekend prior to the Labor Day holiday. Attracting over 25,000 people, Taste of the Arts has become one of downtown’s largest single-day events. The event is free but proceeds from food and beverage sales raise funds for Arts United’s mission to develop, coordinate and support arts and cultural efforts in Northeast Indiana.
Event Admission is FREE
No admission ticket for the event is necessary, admission to all areas of the event are free.
Food and beverage tickets are $1 each
Food and beverage tickets are required and will be sold at the event for $1 each. Multiple tickets may be required for a single item based on the value of the item. Tickets will be redeemed at each food vendor's booth.
Highlights of the 2014 Taste of the Arts:
Busker Square, Celebrating the Art of Street Performance!
Dancers, magicians, and music, OH MY! Busker Square returns to Taste of the Arts 2014 on Freimann Square from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. to provide an exciting celebration of the arts through street performance! Be on the lookout for great local artists like The Harp Condition, Robot Girl, Hindered Folk, and the We D’fye Dance Troupe performing throughout the day as Busker Square allows you to enjoy the fun, uproarious, and unpredictable nature of buskers as they roam the area displaying their talents.
In addition to all of the fabulous performances there will be interactive activities happening as well! Fortune telling, face painting, and balloon artistry will be featured as well as special guests from the Appleseed Comic Con. Zach Kruse & Matt Gross will be at the Downtown Improvement District’s information booth taking your input and making your ideas come to life in the creation of a Downtown comic strip!
THE SANDLOT - An Outdoor Screening of the Original Movie
At 10:00 PM, the festival winds down with a free outdoor movie on the Arts United Center Plaza presented by Cinema Center. Read more about this outdoor movie event here.
BAE Systems Theatre
(inside the Arts United Center)
12:00 University of St. Francis
1:00 Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
2:00 Fort Wayne Dance Collective
3:00 SheeKriStyle Academy of Dance Arts
4:00 Fort Wayne Ballet
5:00 Mikautadze Dance Theatre
6:00 Kinetic Revelation
(outside the Arts United Center)
11:30 Unity Performing Arts Foundation
12:30 Fort Wayne Scottish Pipes and Drums
1:30 Fort Wayne Taiko
2:30 Dances of Universal Peace
3:30 Fort Wayne Children's Choir
4:30 Exterminate All Rational Thought
5:30 Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company
6:30 Old Crown Brass Band
7:30 Dance Tonight
9:00 Pyroscope Entertainment
FW Museum of Art Auditorium
11:00 Vocal Power Academy
12:00 Amaneceres de Mexico
1:00 IPFW Voice Department Faculty and Students
2:00 IPFW Music Department Faculty
3:00 Raq the Rivers Belly Dance Alliance
4:00 Hindered Folk
5:00 The Twilighters
6:00 Smooth Edge 2
FW Museum of Art Atrium
11:30 The Victim, The Witness
12:30 Amy Cox
1:30 Fort Wayne Philharmonic String Quartet
2:30 Dani House
3:30 Cathy Serrano
4:30 Ken Preston and Linda Kummernuss
5:30 Secret Mezzanine
6:30 Small Voice
(inside the Auer Center Atrium)
11:00 Fred Rothert
12:00 Ted Yoder
1:00 Ricky Kemery
2:00 String Theory
3:00 Fort Wayne Philharmonic
4:00 Northeast Indiana Poets
6:00 Gregg Bender Trio
7:00 Caleb Herber
Arts Lab Stage
(inside the Black Box Theatre - Auer Center)
11:30 Hearthstone Ensemble
12:30 Casket Sharp
1:30 Fort Wayne Youtheatre
2:30 Tracing Oceans
3:30 Pinky Swear
4:30 Gregg Bender Trio
5:30 Avocado Shag
6:30 Miss Fort Wayne and Friends
7:30 All 4 One Productions
Sweetwater Academy of the Arts on the Dessert Stage
(schedule coming soon)
(outdoor at the Barr Street Market)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 2 Before Noon
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Juliana Neilson
DID Busker Square Stage
(in Friemann Square Park)
ongoing The Harp Condition
Electronic Music Stage
(in Auer Center parking lot)
(schedule coming soon)
6:00 PM Ken Jehle & Fernando Tarango - each masters in their own field, Ken's classical guitar meets Fernando's savvy pop vocal for an amazingly diverse & entertaining sound.
7:00 PM Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae - acoustic rock duo divine! Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae are veterans of the Fort Wayne music scene. Each has served time in successful rock and country/rock bands over the past decade, but they were recently liberated to pursue the purer and more demanding - yet more satisfying - acoustic sound.
8:00 PM The Wickersham Brothers - Fronted by Fernando Tarango, the Wickersham Bros. boasts an eclectic combination of Americana Roots, JazzRock and Funk that is always as danceable as it is entertaining.
9:00 PM Breaking Tradition - A young, up and coming, brother /sister, country band from north east Indiana, inspired by country and southern rock music. The band has a strong emphasis on vocals with two and three part harmonies. They rock everything from classic tunes to the latest hits with a few surprises in between.
2014 Participating Restaurants
Many restaurants will have beverages available too
•B Antonio’s Pizza
•Baker Street Steakhouse
•Banh Mi Barista
•CS3 - Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits
•Granite City Food & Brewery
•Green Bean Delivery
•JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House
•Mad Anthony Brewing Company
•Main Street Bistro
•O'Reilly's Irish Bar & Restaurant
•Purple Mountain Cheesecake
•Qdoba Mexican Grill
•Shigs in Pit
•Subway on Coliseum
•Sweets So Geek
•Waiter on the Way
Make Some Art Your Very Own
Be sure to stroll through the Fort Artisan fine art fair on Main Street and the Art Market Place on Barr Street while you are at the Taste of the Arts. Many area artists will be there to display and sell their artwork. Almost every kind of art you can imagine will be on hand. Artist selection for Fort Artisan will be determined by the Taste of the Arts' Fort Artisan Committee to ensure quality of the fine artwork and diversity in media. So be prepared to purchase and take some art home with you!
Taste of the Arts couldn’t happen without many volunteers and sponsors including: Fort Wayne Metals, Emley Design Group, Frontier Communications, 97.3WMEE, BAE Systems, Carson’s, Sweetwater, Downtown Improvement District, Indiana Michigan Power, Huisking Foundation, Shaffer Media, WANE TV, 89.1 WBOI and Projects with a Purpose.
For the complete line-up of acts, to sign-up as a volunteer or artist, or for more information about Taste of the Arts go online to www.TasteoftheArtsFortWayne.org.
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