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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week of August 5, 2019:

Promenade Park Grand Opening

Friday, August 9 (starting at 5:30 pm) through Sunday, August 11

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior Street

The three-day grand opening celebration kicks off Friday night with a ribbon cutting ceremony, musical and comedy acts, and more. The celebration will continue on Saturday and Sunday with Dragon Boat Races and a variety of recreational and educational activities. Full details and schedules for the weekend’s events can be found at


Botanical Roots: Mississippi Heat (Blues)

Friday, August 9, 8:30 pm

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Mississippi Heat is a world-class blues band led by Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and harmonica master, Pierre Lacocque. The band is known for their unique sound and passionate delivery of traditional urban blues. As reported by Living Blues Magazine, they have made waves at an international level being at the number one spot on the blues chart! This ensemble of delta-inspired blues speaks to your soul. The 2019 Botanical Roots series is sponsored by Fort Wayne Metals, PBS39, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, ProFed Credit Union, US93.3, Whatzup, 96.3 XKE, Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center and Sweetwater.


Billy the Kid – The Definitive Billy Joel Experience

Saturday, August 10, 8 pm

Foellinger Theatre (

Billy the Kid performs classic early Billy Joel in an authentic, all-live rock show featuring big hits like Piano Man, Uptown Girl to deeper cuts like Goodnight Saigon and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.


Salomon Farm Park Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays through Sept. 4, 4 – 7 pm

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

The Salomon Farm Park Farmer’s Market connects the local community to farmers, producers, bakers, and artisan that are within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park. Produce vendors are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and many also embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also occasionally includes baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Botanica Jones: “Botanica Jones: Scientist, Merchant or Thief?”

Open through November 17

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

At this garden exhibit in the Botanical Conservatory, guests can visit a wealthy Englishman’s garden, showcasing plants brought back by “Botanica Jones,” a plant explorer of the late 1800s through early 1900s. Visitors can decide whether they have the passion to join these botanical elite. The “Botanica Jones” exhibit is sponsored by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, the Flora Dale Krouse Foundation, the M. E. Raker Foundation, WAJI Majic 95.1 and PBS 39.


Northside Pool Open through August 10

  • Northside Pool, East State Blvd. and Parnell Ave.
    • 12:30 - 5 pm daily (through August 10)
    • 7 - 9 pm Mon/Wed/Fri
    • Adult Swim: 7 - 8 pm Tues/Thurs
  • Admission prices available at

For full details on all events and programs happening at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, go to



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