Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Hop River Fall Fest gets brewing with live tunes

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 8, 2021

Hop River Brewing will celebrate our community with a shindig on their outside patio from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. If you frequent city’s outdoor patios, then you know Hop River ranks among the best. 

The Hop River Fall Fest will feature 15 booths of local non-profits, artisans, and farmers, some of which include Fort Wayne Outfitters, Monkeyjack Trading Company, Hawkins Farm, Farmsi, ACRES, and Susan Toney Pottery. As a bonus, Debutants will perform from 4-6 p.m. 

For those of you who enjoy their tasty brews, Hop River will unveil a brand new release for the event and Hop River Mug Club members will receive a special perk. Overall, this is a great outdoor event for people of all ages. Head out and enjoy! 

Mom’s Basement at the rail

Mom’s Basement Records will hold a festival at the Brass Rail at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. Mom’s Basement Records is a pop punk label out of Brownsville, Pa., that supports a number of bands in the region, and the label chose the Brass Rail to put those bands on display. 

The lineup, which is pretty insane, includes Beatnik Termites, The Jasons, Goin’ Places, The Putz, Covert Flops, and hometown heroes Flamingo Nosebleed. That’s a lineup worth checking out. If anything, I’m going to try to get my hands on one of the event posters created by our own Jake Sauer

Tickets for this barnburner are only $15 and can be purchased via

KWS Delayed 

I’m sure most of you have seen by now, especially if you purchased tickets, that the Kenny Wayne Shepherd show at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion has been postponed until Friday, Oct. 1. 

The show was moved after one of the touring family experienced COVID-19 symptoms. For safety to the band, crew, venue staff, and fans, they decided to postpone a few shows. Ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled date. 

Visit the venue website for additional information. The good thing is the show did not cancel entirely and even better news is its now on a Friday night. 

Koch Marshall Trio

Speaking of Sweetwater, they will open their indoor performance theater for The Koch Marshall Trio at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24.

Formed in 2017 in Wauwatosa, Wis., the band brings together their jazz experience to create a trio comfortable with live improvisation and organ-influenced blues. The band is comprised of guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums, and organist Toby Lee Marshall. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. 

Lakeside Fall Concert

Lakeside Park & Rose Garden will host the upcoming Lakeside Fall Concert from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. 

Come and enjoy the beautiful park with the family and enjoy food trucks, activities, giveaways, and live music by Todd Staszak, Jon Durnell, and Chris Worth.


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