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Fest In The First – Re-Imagine Gary

Fest in the First is Back!

On September 18, 2021 from noon-8pm, come to Lake Street in Gary’s beautiful Miller Beach Community for the 18th Annual Fest in the First. We are celebrating Gary’s First District Neighborhoods: Emerson, Aetna, Glen Ryan and Miller.

There will be a free accessible shuttle service provided in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Park and The Dunes Learning Center. The shuttle will run from 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Please park at St. Mary of the Lake’s (6060 Miller Ave, Gary, IN 46403). The shuttle will pick up anyone coming in on the South Shore train as well.

They will have 8 hours of live music starting at noon at the Nelson Algren 616 Sound Stage on Lake Street:

Live Music Schedule – Lake Street Stage Line Up:

12PM- Reggae Express
2PM – Nick Danger
4PM – The Fabulous Kings
6PM – Funky Mojo Daddy

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There will be live music, a Scavenger Hunt,  with our Lake Street Store Fronts, Fair Food, Dance party, and a Community Art Project. Interested in being a vender? Just email festinthefirst@gmail.com.


Community volunteers are hosting a family corridor in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts. These nonprofits cater to families in Gary and the greater NWI region. There will be an art walk hosted by local advocate, Gretchen Sipp (Manager of The Stage Small Business Incubator and Co-Working Space).

A public art workshop for all ages will also take place during Fest in the First from noon-4pm at 540 S Lake St. The items created from the project will help secure and beautify blighted properties across Gary. There will be a limited number of smocks provided at the festival. If you plan to participate please dress accordingly.

DJ Rhino aka Pastor Ryan Flemming will host a family friendly dance party from 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. in the old Ming Ling’s lot and the Decay Devils are providing life-sized board games there.

Want to subscribe to their mailing list for more info? Check out reimaginegaryfestandevents.com and follow us on our social media channels for all our updates. Hope to see you at our beloved street festival!

There will be a Free Shuttle Service from Noon – 5pm. 
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Sponsorships accepted – more info at  https://www.reimaginegaryfestandevents.com/sponsorship

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