New festival to celebrate culture in south east Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center, the City of Fort Wayne, and the Mount Vernon Park Neighborhood Association will partner to celebrate the culture and people of southeast Fort Wayne, and the creativity of its youth.

The event is comprised of two components: a ribbon cutting and opening performance for a new park and a family friendly festival celebrating various cultures in Fort Wayne.

Community Parklet Ribbon Cutting: At 3:00 pm, residents will gather at 5110 Smith Street for the opening of “The Harbor” a new community park that was designed by Fort Wayne teens enrolled in Bridge of Grace’s 2017 Tired-a-Lot (TAL) Summer Studio.

TAL is a camp where teens use upcycled materials (like tires and pallets) to transform vacant lots in southeast Fort Wayne’s Mount Vernon Park Neighborhood into vibrant park spaces. The ribbon cutting will include a performance by dancers of the Fort Wayne Ballet, and the unveiling of new community banners & a mural designed by students of the University of Saint Francis.

Fairfax Fall Festival: At 4:00 pm, event participants will reconvene at the corner of Fairfax and Hanna for a multi-cultural community festival. The event will feature vendors, small plates of food from various cultures, a community engagement activity regarding development in Fort Wayne’s Southeast quadrant, a live art demonstration by Paco Reyes, and live musical performances by the Arts Leadership Center, Fey Fey Moussou, and Night is Electric.

The Fairfax Fall Festival is free and open to the public. Complimentary food will be offered while supplies last.