Lubeznik Arts Festival (LAF), one of Michigan City’s summer highlights, is fast approaching. The 2019 festival will take place on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA). Here’s a sneak peak at some of this year’s festival highlights. Thanks to a generous grant by the Michigan City Public Art Committee (MAC), veterans will once again receive free admission to LAF in 2019. Qualifying individuals may either identify themselves at the festival gates or stop by LCA ahead of time to pick up a special veterans ticket. Admission to LAF is $5.00 per person per day. LCA members, children ages 16 and under and active military personnel may also enter free. Convenient off-site parking and shuttle service will be available at no charge. All proceeds from this event will be used to support LCA programs and exhibitions, helping ensure the center is able to remain free and open to all, seven days a week. This year’s festival includes more than 75 artists and artisans from the Midwest and beyond. Exhibitors have been selected through a juried application process to represent six different categories: 2-Dimensional Art, Fine Craft, Jewelry, Photography, Sculptural Objects and Wearable Art. On Saturday, August 17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., LAF will welcome Surabhi Ensemble. This Chicago-based world music group has a mission of bringing together people to celebrate diverse global cultures, musical genres, race, religion, and color. The ensemble fuses flamenco music, mellifluous Middle Eastern Maqams, African rhythms with the rich sounds of Indian Classical ragas, embellished with blues and folk melodies. On Sunday, August 18 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Kristina Isabelle of Michigan City Moves will bring some long-legged antics to LAF. During this timeframe, stilters will be roaming around and dancing on the festival grounds. This performance will feature young stilters from the Works in Motion Dance Company. Family activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and are free with festival admission. Festivalgoers can discover some of the region’s tastiest cuisine without leaving LCA’s grounds.