June 23-26

Fringe Festival

Downtown South Bend

South Bend Civic Theatre will host South Bend’s weekend-long Fringe Festival.

More than 25 unique acts will perform multiple times over the course of four days, spanning a wide range of artistic disciplines, including theater, music, comedy, dance and more. South Bend Fringe celebrates the creativity of independent performing artists.

For more information and show times, visit https://southbendfringe.com/

June 24

7 p.m.

Janette Oke book signing

The Barns at Nappanee

1600 W. Market St.

Janette Oke, author of bestselling book, “When Calls the Heart,” will be traveling from Canada to Nappanee to attend The Round Barn Theatre’s original stage musical of “When Calls the Heart: The Musical,” based on her award-winning book.

Prior to the Friday night showing, Oke will be doing a book signing at The Barns at Nappanee from 4:30 – 5 p.m., a part of the special Hearties VIP Weekend, a weekend dedicated to the avid fans of the Hallmark TV series. Oke will also be attending the performance of the musical at the Round Barn Theatre on Friday night.

Performances are being held each week and continue through Saturday, July 2nd at the historic Round Barn Theatre at The Barns at Nappanee, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee.

Ticket prices range from $15.95-$37.95, with $69.95 dinner packages available for dining at the The

Barns Restaurant. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 574-773-4188, ext. 206.

June 24

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7:30 p.m.

The Hodgetwins

Lerner Theatre

410 S. Main St., Elkhart

Also known as the Conservative Twins, the Hodgetwins are an American stand-up comedy and conservative political commentary duo consisting of twins Kevin Hodge and Keith Hodge. The twins started out as YouTubers, but in 2016 branched out to live stand-up comedy shows as well.

Tickets for their concert at the Lerner Theatre are $45 to $60 each.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Lerner Theatre box office at 574-293-4469.

June 26

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4:30-5:30 p.m.

“An Encounter with Thomas Jefferson”

Wawasee High School auditorium

1 Warrior Path Building 1, Syracuse

World-renowned Thomas Jefferson re-enactor J.D. Sutton will perform at Thomas Jefferson in his elder years. Jefferson, 77 years during the performance, looks back on his life, reflecting on his service to the country and things he’s been able to accomplish, as well as things not yet done.

The performance is free to attend and provided by the Chautauqua-Wawasee organization.

The program serves as a prelude to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Patriotic Pops Concert later in the evening.

June 26

7:30 p.m.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Patriotic Pops Concert

Oakwood Resort

702 E. Lake View Road, Syracuse

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free concert of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic celebrating America.

At the patriotic concert, the orchestra will perform noted patriotic staples such as the “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” and “1812 Overture,” as well as some more unique takes on patriotism including the “Theme from Jurassic Park,” “Scherzo for X-Wings from Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “Selections from Apollo 13.”

July 1

5 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate Goshen Car Show

Downtown Goshen

Registration is open for the Celebrate Goshen Car Show during the July First Fridays event.

Registration is $15 per vehicle, with all participants eligible to win one of the evening’s awards. Awards are Best in show, People’s Choice, Import, Antique, Custom, Muscle and Motorcycle.

Parking will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 6

1:30 p.m.

The Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm

The History Museum

808 W. Washington St., South Bend

Insights in History is offering a presentation about the Fernwood Botanical Gardens, presented by their direction of education, Michelle McCoskey. This special tour covers the past, present, and future of this beautiful garden. The garden, located in Niles, Michigan, was started by Kay and Walter Boydston in 1941 and is now 105 acres. It has still continued to thrive over the years, expanding in outdoor space, and even indoor educational spaces.

This event offers a tour of another well known space, the Historic Oliver Gardens.

Reservations are required by July 5.

Admission is $3 or $1 for members.

For more information, call 574-235-9664 or visit www.historymuseumSB.org

July 8

7 p.m.

Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour

The Lerner Theatre, 410 S. Main St., Elkhart

“Jackass” star, stand-up comedian and New York Times best-selling author Steve-O is bringing “The Bucket List Tour” to The Lerner.

Every idea on Steve-O’s bucket list was so ill-advised, he never expected to go through with any of them. Until it was time to prepare for this tour. Not only are the stunts more ridiculous than what the star is already known for, he did them all, and made a multimedia comedy show out of them.

The show is not for kids, or the faint of heart; the show contains graphic footage of sexually explicit content, nudity, self-inflicted violence, and drug use.

VIP tickets include one reserved premium seat in the front rows, a meet & greet with Steve-O after the show and one VIP lanyard.

July 8-16

53rd annual Three Rivers Festival

Headwaters Park

333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne

The weekend schedule will feature a variety of artists and activities.

On July 8, Hillbilly Casino of Nashville will take the stage. With Fort Wayne front-man Nic Roulette, they combine the American blues with hardwood honky tonk, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and topped it off with a healthy DIY punk rock attitude and work ethic.

On July 9, national recording artist and “The Voice” judge CeeLo Green takes the stage with local favorite Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra & Los Galaxy.

On July 10, a showcase will features talented musicians throughout the region. Local house band School of Rock! Will also perform. Stay tuned for more information as to how to be selected to participate.

On July 11, the Three Rivers Festival’s Waiter & Waitress Contest returns, featuring the best and fastest servers in Fort Wayne. The Three Rivers Festival Drag Show will also return to this year’s programming.

Brand new this year will be Beer, Bands, & Bingo, featuring The Why Store & Swimming into View, on July 12. Then on July 13, the Bed Race returns to the festival, as well as trivia night. On Thursday, R&B singer-songwriter, actor and dancer Ginuwine will be on the main stage, along with Music Lovers Lounge & Fatima Washington.

On July 15, rock ‘n’ rollers Quiet Riot will be rocking the stage with Cougar Hunter.

On July 16, Here Come The Mummies rounds out the weekend long festival with an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies with a one-track mind. Featuring performances by The Sweetwater All Stars and U.R.B.

Tickets are available at threeriversfestival.org & day-of in Headwaters Park East. All ticketing will be done through eTix.

July 9

9 p.m.

An evening with Nelly

Four Winds New Buffalo Silver Creek Event Center

11111 Wilson. Rd., New Buffalo

Nelly will perform at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center 9 a.m. July 9.

Ticket prices for the show start at $79, plus applicable fees, and can be purchased online beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. Hotel rooms are available on the night of the concert and can be purchased with event tickets, according to a news release.

Tickets can be purchased online at More information on Nelly can be found at www.nelly.net.

July 15-17

Dokidokon Anime Convention

Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites

100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

With familiar mainstays such as concerts by Harp Twins, interactive panels and a masquerade ball (this year’s theme is Butlers and Maids), as well as cosplay wares, a scavenger hunt, and gaming tournaments, estimates for the Doki anime convention are that well over 2,000 people could attend this year.

Celebrating their fifth year, Dokidokon’s celebrity lineup includes G.K. Bowes, Sarah Wiedenheft, ChiRiGirls, Heirfclouds, Sew Excited Cosplay, Shockolate, Energy Cosplay, the Harp Twins, Convention Foam Fighting, The Adventure Group, and LaPetitePapillion Maid Café, and DJs Hazmatiq, DJ 0s0 and DJ Roku Namako.

A full schedule of events will be available online at www.dokidokon.org, as well as pricing information. For more information, email info@dokidokon.org.

July 16

9 p.m.

Leann Rimes

Four Winds’ Silver Creek Event Center

11111 Wilson Rd., New Buffalo, Mich.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and author LeAnn Rimes announced her upcoming tour, “The Story … So Far,” in support of her 25th music anniversary and forthcoming album, “God’s Work.”

“The Story … So Far” will tell the story of Rimes’ impressive career over the past 25 years and will give a glimpse into her new music. Throughout this past year, the singer-songwriter has been celebrating her momentous 25th anniversary as a recording artist, commemorating the release of her debut album “Blue,” which made an ever-lasting impact on the music industry. Following the release, Rimes went on to win her first Grammy Award at age 14, making her the youngest solo artist to win to-date. To mark this moment and celebrate LeAnn’s milestones along the way, the tour’s setlist will feature a mix of her greatest hits, as well as new, unreleased music from her forthcoming album, “God’s Work,” expected later this year.

Four Winds Casinos ticket prices for the show range from $65 to $85, plus applicable fees, and can be purchased online at www.fourwindscasino.com/newbuffalo. To stay up-to-date on LeAnn’s upcoming projects, visit https://leannrimes.com/

July 22

9 p.m.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Four Winds’ Silver Creek Event Center

11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Mich.

Pat Benatar is a four-time Grammy winner and classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and “Invincible.”

Neil “Spyder“ James Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel bending guitar player, Giraldo’s 100 arrangements include collaborations with Benatar, John Waite, Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless others innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound, from its inception. 

More information on Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo can be found at www.benatargiraldo.com.

Four Winds Casinos ticket prices for the show can be purchased online at www.fourwindscasino.com/newbuffalo.

July 30

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ARTS in the Street

Michigan Street, downtown Plymouth

Artists, artisans, creatives, food vendors and nonprofits, are invited to join the Heartland Artists Gallery for their eighth annual ARTS in the Street festival. Applications for vendors are due July 1.

Any questions can be directed to Anna at heartlandartistsgallery@gmail.com or by calling 574-316-0264 To register as a vendor, visit

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