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

GOSHEN— Ignition Music Garage and Goshen Brewery will present the first Goshen Festival Go Fest on August 26-27.

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.

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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

or 574-971-5324 or visit Where

‘The Unnecessary Farce’ continues this weekend at the Beckwith Theater Company

DOWAGIAC — “Useless prank” continues until August 28 at The Beckwith Theater Company100 New York Ave.

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

Shown in August 2019, members of the Swords of Valor perform at the Michiana Renaissance Festival, which takes place August 27-28, 2022, at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds in South Bend.

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).

For more information, visit or email [email protected].

Elkhart County Parks presents the Cast Iron Cookout and Swap Meet on August 27, 2022 at the Feedlot Shelter at Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol.

Cast Iron Cooking Kitchen and Swap Meeting held at Bonneyville Mill in Bristol

BRISTOL — The Cast iron barbecue and exchange meeting will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 27 at the Feedlot Shelter in Bonneyville Mill County Park53373 County Road 131.

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.

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Free entry.

For more information call 574-825-9324 or visit

New York jazz guitarist Andy Bianco and his trio perform August 29, 2022 at Merrimans' Playhouse in South Bend.

The Andy Bianco Trio perform at Merrimans’ Playhouse

SOUTH BEND — The Andy Blanco Trio performs at 7 p.m. on August 29 at Merrimans Playhouse401 E. Colfax Ave, Suite 135.

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

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