Back to the weekend plans. Artfest kicks off Friday night with a gallery walk featuring a local teenager’s rather impressive Beatles mural. Then a deejay spins for a free afterparty that evening. Saturday, there’s a downtown farmer’s market and a beer fest, Taste of the Hops ($15 for six samples). You can round out the day exploring the area. Don’t miss Charley Creek Gardens downtown—it’s free to amble this serene greenspace, which includes a waterfall. Brandt’s Harley-Davidson is one of the top dealers in the country, and the family also owns a Harley-themed golf course, the Waldo. You could pick strawberries at Doud’s Countryline Orchard, the second-oldest orchard in the state. Or head up the road: It’s an hour to Winona Lake, a waterfront village with a collection of cute, artsy boutiques and the original Cerulean restaurant, and 45 minutes to Logansport’s France Park and its overwater zipline. Make sure you’re back in time for dinner at Charley Creek’s Art Deco Twenty restaurant, and perhaps the Jennie Devoe concert (just $15) at the Eagles Theatre, a restored movie house.
The Honeywell Center serves Sunday brunch at Eugenia’s Restaurant. Afterward, Travis diNicola, who runs Indy Reads and Indy Reads Books and hosts WFYI’s The Art of the Matter, will talk about the arts ($10) at the Dr. James Ford Historic House. Chenoweth, an Emmy and Tony winner, performs songs from Wicked and Glee (as well as new numbers) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 to $150—and 20-percent off right now.