Jousting, a music festival, a farce, jazz and cast iron for the weekend
Watch jousting, sword fighting and other entertainment at the Michiana Renaissance Festival this weekend. Or laugh out loud at the excellent comedy “Unnecessary Farce”, staged by The Beckwith Theater Company in Dowagiac. Two businesses in downtown Goshen are teaming up to celebrate their city with the Goshen Festival Go Fest. Or explore the cast iron kitchen in a park. After the weekend, listen to guitar jazz on Monday nights. For more events, visit The Tribune’s online calendar.
Ignition Music and Goshen Brewing present the two-day Go Fest
The Go Rounds, Tumbleweed Jumpers, Sanchez Agency and Here Nor There perform starting at 6:30 p.m. on August 26 at Ignition, 120 E. Washington St.
Futurebirds and Israel Nash co-headline August 27 with music starting at 3:30 p.m. with Liz Cooper, *repeat repeat and Lalo Cura at Goshen Brewing, 315 W. Washington St.
It’s an outdoor show, rain or shine, with food trucks and craft beer.
Admission is $20 on August 26 and $40 on August 27.
For more information call 574-971-8282
‘The Unnecessary Farce’ continues this weekend at the Beckwith Theater Company
Written by Paul Slade-Smith, the comedy takes place in a cheap motel where a embezzling mayor is supposed to meet his accountant wife. In the next room, two undercover cops are waiting to film the meeting. But there’s some confusion about who’s in which room, who’s being filmed, who took the money, who hired a hitman, and why the accountant keeps stripping naked.
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Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on August 26 and 27 and at 2 p.m. on August 28.
Tickets are $15.
For more information, call 269-782-7653 or visit beckwiththeatre.com.
Michiana Renaissance Festival turns the clock back 500 years at the funfair
SOUTH BEND — The Michiana Renaissance Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 27 and 28 at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds, 5117 S. Ironwood Drive.
The festival focuses on the English Renaissance, from the early 1500s to the 1600s, particularly the Elizabethan era during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
It includes four re-enactment areas: Medieval/Renaissance, Golden Age of Piracy, Viking Age and Fairytale Storyland.
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Activities and exhibits include acrobats, street performers, jousting, magic, live steel fighting, music, children’s quest games and other activities, and storytelling.
Tickets cost $12 to $7; free for active military with ID and ages 5 and under. Receive $1 off admission per donation of a non-perishable food item for the Northern Indiana Food Bank (up to $2 off).
Cast Iron Cooking Kitchen and Swap Meeting held at Bonneyville Mill in Bristol
The event includes a cast iron buy/sell/swap meeting and the following:
• Sessions on cast iron cookware at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. will give visitors advice on the care and use of cast iron.
• Real popcorn and Bonneyville cornbread will be available.
• At 5:30 pm, a Cast Iron DOG Dutch Oven Gathering will begin where local cast iron enthusiasts will prepare a variety of cast iron dishes.
• Attendees can purchase sample tickets for $5 to sample up to five different recipes. Sampling will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information call 574-825-9324 or visit elkhartcountyparks.org.
The Andy Bianco Trio perform at Merrimans’ Playhouse
Based in New York and led by guitarist Andy Bianco, the trio performs Bianco’s compositions and a few covers in guitar trio and organ trio formats.
Bianco has released three albums, including “NYC Stories” in 2021. His music has been licensed for use in Hollywood film and primetime network television, and he also teaches at the New York Jazz Workshop, Wingspan Arts and Midori & Friends in New York.
Tickets are $10 to $5.
For more information, call 574-310-9977 or visit merrimansplayhouse.org.