4th annual BuskerFest starts with Magic of Fort Wayne

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News release from the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District:

4th Annual BuskerFest Starts with Magic of Fort Wayne

The Downtown Improvement District is hosting two family-friendly events on the Last Saturday of June -BuskerFest and Magic of Fort Wayne are both free on June 29, 2013.

Families may attend a free magic show at the downtown Allen County Public Library between 2 – 4 p.m. Magic of Fort Wayne features a meet and greet with Ronald McDonald, a magic show and a tribute to magician Dick Stoner and special performance by a local ventriloquist. After the show, guests are invited to parade down to BuskerFest for more fun. Children must be accompanied by a parent and seating is limited so guests are encouraged to sign-up on the DID website: www.DowntownFortWayne.com. Magic of Fort Wayne is sponsored by the Allen County Public Library, Downtown Improvement District and McDonald’s.

The 4th Annual BuskerFest will take place just two blocks from the library at Wayne & Calhoun Streets, downtown Fort Wayne on June 29, from 4 – 10 p.m. The free festival offers unique performances, food and activities.

BuskerFest is a celebration of the street performer and a festival of the unexpected, no performance is too quirky! Scheduled stage performances guarantee the audience a great line-up of entertainment but the random street performers are the energy, excitement and ingenuity of the festival.

BuskerFest Stage Schedule:

4-4:10 River City Breakers – Spins, freezes, acrobatic moves and eye-pleasing rhythmic original choreography
4:10 Dumpster Drummers – Educational performance group making music out of trash
4:30 FW Summer Music Theatre – Songs and scenes from the upcoming play 9 to 5…the Musical
5:00 River City Breakers – Fort Wayne’s breakin’ crew
5:15 Jug Huffers – An old time, bluegrass, acoustic local folk band
6:00 The Circus of Learning – Juggling and more
6:30 Samuel TrueBeDOOR – Acoustic folk and soul with a distinctive beat
7:00 Beautiful Freakshow – Dancers, fire performers, acrobats, glass walkers & more
7:45 Hope Arthur Orchestra – An eclectic mix of classical piano, quirky accordion and orchestra set this act apart
8:15 Pyroscope Entertainment – Fort Wayne’s first fire performance troupe create enticing illusions including a set to live music with Hope Arthur Orchestra
9:00 Wickersham Brothers – Americana JazzRock with Soulful Grooves that make you want to sing and dance like nobody’s watching
9:40 Pyrotechniq – Expert fire theatrical performers from Chicago with superb choreography executing a visually stunning kinetic fire performance

Buskers are the highlight of BuskerFest. Professional buskers from T.A.G. Art and Joy Unspeakable are scheduled throughout the evening with random or unplanned performances scattered along sidewalks, in One Summit Square and on the lawn giving the audience a sampling of the originality, novelty and creativity in Fort Wayne’s artist community. Look for street drummers, human statues, chalk artists, guitarists, aerialists, fire breathers, caricature artists, magicians, jugglers, mimes, painters, musicians, balloon artists, poets and more. The DID encourages patrons to tip buskers for their efforts.

Jumby’s Joint and Bravas food trucks will serve food and JK O’Donnell’s will offer both food and beverages. Numerous restaurants around the Wayne and Calhoun area will also be open for BuskerFest.

This unique event is brought to you by the Downtown Improvement District and is held the Last Saturday of June in conjunction with Cultural District activities. Sponsors for BuskerFest include: JK O’Donnells/Fort Wayne Metals, Hanning & Bean, Summit City Electric and Adelsperger & Kleven Attorneys.

Anyone interested in performing as a street performer at BuskerFest can complete a simple Busker Registration Form posted on the DID website. Artists may also participate in BuskerFest selling their wares or adding an element of visual art to the festival by contacting Tena Woenker: Tena@downtownfortwayne.com. For festival details visit: https://downtownfortwayne.com/BuskerFest/.


Magic of Fort Wayne
June 29, 2013; 2-4 p.m.
Allen County Public Library auditorium, on Wayne Street at 900 Library plaza.
The event is free but seating is limited.
Meet Ronald McDonald, enjoy a magic show and a tribute to magician Dick Stoner, then parade down to BuskerFest for more fun.

4th Annual BuskerFest
June 29, 2013;  4 – 10 p.m., free admission
at Wayne & Calhoun Streets, downtown Fort Wayne.
Enjoy a celebration of the street performer and a festival of the unexpected, no performance is too quirky!

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