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

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:01 am

TODAY

SUMMER FLING: Flour bags will go sailing as competitors unleash their contraptions in the Catapult Chaos at 1 p.m. at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.

The Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival event will feature teams using catapults and trebuchets to see what machine can hurl a bag of flour the farthest.

Water balloon activities also will be available for children. The event is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY

MORE TRF FUN: Today offers another full day of fun at the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival. Here is a sampling of events:

Children's Fest: Enjoy crafts, storytelling, magic, rides and other fun activities 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Admission is free. The event continues the same hours Saturday.

•International Village: Sample food, music, dancing, stories, crafts and demonstrations from people representing 10 different cultures living in Fort Wayne at this event 11 a.m.-9 p.m. in the parking lot of Club Soda, Clinton and Superior streets. Admission is free, but prices vary for food and crafts.

The event continues the same hours Saturday.

•Concert: It's college night at the festival plaza in Headwaters Park East, Clinton and Superior streets, with a band lineup featuring funk party band The Main Squeeze from Bloomington and electronic dance music Willy Joy from Chicago. Local bands Black Cat Mambo and SumMorz open the show. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m.

Admission is $8 per person at the gate.

LOCAL FAVORITE: The Junk Yard Band will rock the evening away during the Friday Nites Live concert 6:30-8:30 p.m. by the courtyard fountain at Jefferson Pointe mall, West Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road. Admission is free.

SATURDAY

FESTIVAL FINALE: It's the final day of the Three Rivers Festival, and that means it's also time for the long-awaited return of the Raft Race.

The fun takes place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the St. Marys River, beginning at Swinney Park on West Washington and Jefferson Boulevards just west of downtown. Good viewing spots include the Ewing Street bridge and the historic Wells Street bridge.

Raft race teams will be competing for $14,000 in prize money in fastest and most creative categories in two divisions — commercial and noncommercial/individual.

The Pink Floyd tribute band Pink Droyd closes out the festival musical entertainment with a concert and laser light show at 7 p.m. in the festival plaza at Headwaters Park East, Clinton and Superior streets. Martin Brothers Blues Band and Jaded Joker open the show. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Children ages 12 and younger are free with a paying adult.

Tickets are available in advance at the TRF office, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at Three Rivers Luxury Apartments North, 102 Three Rivers North; and the Embassy Theatre box office, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

And make sure to look skyward at 10 p.m. to enjoy the Fireworks Finale shot off in downtown Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Area Community Band will entertain in Freimann Square before the fireworks. You also can listen to music set to the fireworks on local radio station WMEE, 97.3-FM.

MORE MUSIC: Fort Wayne music lovers also two other concert options:

•Hip-O-Phonic, Walkin' Papers, Tone Junkies and Grateful Groove play a free Rock the Plaza show 6-10 p.m. in the green space outside the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

•The rock group America performs at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. Tickets are $25 and $35. For more America and details on buying tickets, see our story on Page 7T.

MUSICAL FAMILY: The Snyder Family Band will entertain with family-friendly music during a concert at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Life Center, 4001 Terry Lake Road in Hamilton.

The band, which is based in Lexington, N.C., plays a blend of bluegrass mixed with other musical styles, including jazz, blues, southern rock and swing, it says on the Mountain Roads Recordings record label website, http://mountainroadsrecordings.com.

The preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Angola's recent “The Voice” winner, Jessi Oberlin. Doors and concessions open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $6 at the door; a free will offering also will be taken. Order tickets by emailing hamiltonlifecenter@yahoo.com or by calling 1-260-488-4129. For more information, go to www.thehamiltonlifecenter.org.

SUNDAY

DRESS IS CASUAL: The band Plain White T's plays a free concert at 1:30 p.m. at the fountain at Jefferson Pointe mall, West Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road.

Founded in Chicago, the group has had three songs hit platinum sales status, including the hit “Hey There Delilah.” The band also has received two Grammy nominations.

TUESDAY

COUNTRY FUN: The Allen County Fair opens with all the food, rides and entertainment of a festival, and the fun of seeing all sorts of farm animals and 4H projects and activities. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road.

Admission is $5, adults, and free, ages 5 and younger. Parking is free. For a full fair schedule, see Page 6T.