Top 11 Things to Do Around Fort Wayne in August

top 11 things to do in fort wayne august 2016

top 11 things to do in fort wayne august 2016

A Guide to Some of the Best Activities Around Fort Wayne in August

What an awesome summer it’s shaping up to be here in Fort Wayne! If you’re like us, you’re probably still recovering from all of the awesome events we had in July. But don’t get too comfortable, because there’s still plenty of Summer and great events to enjoy! The good times never stop, and we’re about to prove it to you with this handy guide to the Top 11 Things to Do Around Fort Wayne in August!

August 3: Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

The Living Fort Wayne Concert Series presents Secret Mezzanine and the Farmland Jazz Band on August 3rd at Headwaters Park. Come and blow off some midweek steam with a free concert, kids activities, pontoon rides, food from local food trucks and beer from JK O’Donnels.

August 2-9: Fort Wayne Fringe Festival

If you haven’t heard of the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival, you’re missing out on one of Fort Wayne’s hottest new art festivals. Hosted by the Wunderkammer Art Gallery, the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival is a weeklong performance-driven festival. August 2-9, come on out and see your favorite musicians, improv groups, stand up comics; anything goes! Visit their Facebook page to see a full schedule.

August 5: Junior Achievement Wine & Beer Festival

Head down to Parkview Field on August 5th for the Junior Achievement Wine & Beer Festival to enjoy over 100 local craft beers and wines. Profits will go to provide Junior Achievement classes at little or no cost to area schools. Get your tickets online or at select Cap n’ Cork locations today!

August 5-7Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

August 5-7, watch the biblical saga of Joseph and the coat of many colors come to life at the Civic Theatre. Get tickets online or at the Arts United box office.

August 6: Brew Haven

Craft beer lovers won’t want to miss the Brew Haven Craft Beer Festival on Main Street in downtown New Haven on August 6th. Enjoy over 300 craft beers from more than 55 breweries including home brews.

August 7: Early Bird Nature Walk and Bike Ride

Sunday, August 7, bring the whole family out to the Wells Street Bridge for a nature walk or bike ride along the Fort Wayne Rivers. Each walk will be led by a Nature Guide from the Fort Wayne Trails Association and will be both educational AND fun!

August 9: Jim Gaffigan: “Fully Dressed” Tour

Grammy Nominated comedian/actor Jim Gaffigan will be stopping by the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on August 9 during his “Fully Dressed” Tour. Jim Gaffigan has been seen on Comedy Central, Conan, The Tonight Show, and countless hit movies! Don’t miss your chance to see this hilarious superstar!

August 11-14: Fort Wayne Tincaps vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods

Friday, August 12, don’t miss the Fort Wayne Tincaps take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods! Stick around after the game for post-game fireworks! Check out the full Tincaps schedule to learn more about the awesome events they have going on including Thirsty Thursday, Country Night, Family Feast Nights and more!

August 13: Bands on the Banks

Love music and the outdoors? Then you won’t want to miss the annual Bands on the Banks on the St. Mary’s River bank at Fort Wayne Outfitters on August 13th. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music from local talent including The Be Colony and Lost Lakes. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy the water.

August 26-27: Taste of the Arts

The Taste of the Arts festival is an annual celebration of the rich, diverse art community here in Fort Wayne. After last year’s record-breaking attendance of 30,000 people, they have decided to turn this awesome festival into a two-day event! Join us August 26 and 27 at the Arts United Center downtown for a FREE festival of live music, art, kids activities, dancing and your favorite Fort Wayne Food Vendors.

August 27-28: Brickworld Lego Exposition

Brickworld is bringing their world amazing Lego display to Fort Wayne. August 27th and 28th, the Grand Wayne Convention Center will be taken over by 32,000 square feet of Legos. Bring the whole family out for a day of awesome interactive Lego Displays, fighting robots, Lego vendors and more!

But wait… there’s more!

We may have reached #11, but there’s still more great activities going on every week in Fort Wayne!

Thursdays:

Lunch on the Plaza

If you haven’t taken advantage of Lunch on the Plaza, don’t worry, there’s still time! Every Thursday in August, from 11:30-1:30, Freimann Square is buzzing with lots of people, food trucks, live music, and fun!

Saturdays:

Rock the Plaza

Every Saturday from 6-10, join us at the Allen County Public Library Plaza for a FREE night of tunes, dancing, fun, and more! Bring a lawn chair or get ready to dance the night away. Visit their website to see a full schedule of the bands.

YLNI Farmers Market

Each Saturday from 9-1, head on down to Barr Street for Fort Wayne’s largest fresh produce farmers market. Each vendor makes or grows every product being sold. There will also be live music and plenty of fun for the whole family!

Sundays:

Outdoor Yoga at Lakeside Park

Every Sunday evening from 6-7, join other yoga lovers from around Fort Wayne at Lakeside Park for an hour-long yoga session. This class is perfect for Yogis of all skill levels. Each class is $10 and meets at the Sundial near Lakeside Rose Garden.

As you can see, you won’t have to go far to find some exciting things to do around Fort Wayne this month.

Did we forget any events? Let us know in the comments section below!

Things to Do in Fort Wayne in March

what to do fort wayne march 2016

what to do fort wayne march 2016
March is here and we’re back with some ideas to get you out and about and thinking ahead to Springtime (as well as a few ideas to be entertained indoors — because it’s not QUITE Spring):

There’s a lot going on at the Memorial Coliseum for kids, sports fans, and outdoor enthusiasts alike! (links to info about all of these and more here):
Disney on Ice, March 3-6
Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Show, March 23-26
Northern Indiana Golf Show, March 12-13
Monster Truck Destruction Show, March 11-12
Heroes and Legends of Wrestling, March 26
plus, Mad Ants, Fort Wayne Derby Girls, and Komets

The Embassy Theater will also be hopping in March:
Jay Leno, March 3
Jennifer Nettles, March 13
Impractical Jokers: Where’s Larry? Tour, March 17
and for the kids, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash – Live!, March 24

More fun for the kids: The Botanical Conservatory’s Dig This! where “young adventurers can don their explorer vests and pith helmets to explore mysteries hidden underground. Dig for dinosaur bones, uncover fossils and discover the identity of different gemstones. In the midst of this active learning garden filled with lush tropical plants, visitors can see how coal was formed in ancient bogs and which plant fossils might hide in coal deposits.”
http://www.visitfortwayne.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Botanical-Conservatory–Dig-This-Garden-Exhibit/17412/

The Allen County Library always has lots to offer, at all of its branches, from story hours for kids to free tax help for adults. And if you’re interested in learning more about your family’s history, take advantage of the library’s world-famous Genealogy Center (free and open to the public).

The Get Green Fest on March 12 brings fun for the whole family with a 5-kilt run/walk, music, food, drinks, a lucky charm eating contest, and gold coin hunt. Also, watch as the Fort Wayne firefighters turn our river green!

There’s so much going on in March. Get out of your apartment and shake off some of the cabin fever. Did we miss and event? Let us know in the comments below.

December Events in Fort Wayne

holiday events in December in fort wayne

 holiday events in December in fort wayne

Things to Do in Fort Wayne in December

What’s Going On Around Fort Wayne in December? Well, quite a bit of Holiday festivities, that’s for sure! Plus, plenty of opportunities to see Santa!

The Santa Train runs several weekends in December. Take a ride with Santa and in a vintage caboose while enjoying music and food from Bravas.

Santa and his reindeer will also be making a visit to the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Gardens. Bring the family by to say hi on December 5, 12, and 19th while enjoying the charm of A North Woods Christmas

Bring your children and their Christmas wish list to Glenbrook Mall or Jefferson Pointe to visit and have their picture taken with Santa.

The Historic Embassy Theater will have a number of Holiday-spirited events, including the Festival of Trees, Holiday Sing-a-Long with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, The Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; and performances by The Piano Guys and Straight No Chaser! Dates and ticket information here.

First Presbyterian Theater will be home of the stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ hilarious Santaland Diaries; details here.

And if you want a break from the Holidays…
check out a Mad Ants game

or the Komets

or the Great Train show with model trains and train rides for kids at the Memorial Coliseum on December 5th & 6th.

Get out and spread some holiday cheer. From all of us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, we wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

Fort Wayne: What to Do in October

what to do in fort wayne in october

what to do in fort wayne in october

What’s Going On Around Fort Wayne

Fall is here but it still offers up a lot of beautiful days to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Hike, run or ride Fort Wayne trails, explore the three rivers with a kayak or canoe rental from Fort Wayne Outfitters, or host a party on a bike from Pedal City! There is plenty to do in and around Fort Wayne for the residents of Willow Creek Crossing Apartments.

And on the cooler days, check out some of the great indoor entertainment options around town:

Science Central

A great place to explore with or without the kids. Science Central is hosting several events in October:

Sci-Fi Central on October 3rd will offer up cosplay, gaming, vendors and all sorts of other fun stuff for the sci-fi fan!

On Friday, October 9th from 7-10pm those over 21 can enjoy Soulless Science: The Quest for Patient Zero. Prepare for the impending Zombie Apocalypse with a night of fun in pandemic proportions. Explore the museum while indulging in cocktails and “cannibalism” (not really, but you get it). Examine patients and get hands-on with evidence not for the faint of heart.Tickets available online: $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple. Tickets sold at the door: $25 for an individual and $40 for a couple. Complimentary beverage ticket provided with online preregistration by 10:00 am October 5.

Cinema Center

Enjoy an independent film at one of Fort Wayne’s cultural treasures. Check out what’s playing at Cinema Center this month.

The Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre is host to great events all year long, and October is no exception. Some of the events going on this month include (descriptions from its website):

  • Oct. 11 The Illusionists “This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.
  • Oct. 15 Black Violin “an American hip-hop duo composted of two classically-trained string instrumentalists”
  • Oct. 23rd The Mersey Beatles “Liverpool’s Favorite Beatles Tribute Band”
    Visit the Embassy’s website for ticket information.

Fall Leaf Viewing

The leaves are starting to change and soon they’ll be bursting with color. Take a drive to check out the Autumn scenery not far from Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. Or take a drive to some great spots around Indiana or Michigan including the famous Tunnel of Trees.

Fairs and Festivals

September 28 – October 3rd is the Dekalb County Free Fall Fair which may possibly be your last chance for fair food and carnival rides.

On October 3rd, head over to Headwaters Park for Chilifest. Chilifest will feature a chili cook-off along with live music. Worried you’ll miss the Purdue vs Michigan State game? Not to fear, TV’s will be set up so you can enjoy the game! Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of NE Indiana. Cost is only $5 at the door for unlimited chili tasting.

October 3rd and 4th is Kendallville Apple Festival at the Noble County Fairgrounds. Enjoy food, music, crafts, games, and more.

Love art? Then head over to the Renaissance in Roanoke Art Fair October 10th. In addition to an art fair, there will also be a farmers market, live entertainment, food, and more.

Halloween in Fort Wayne

Enjoy the beautiful month of October. Then get ready for Halloween! Keep checking this space for for our special Halloween edition which will include all of the Fort’s Halloween frights and festivities including Fright Night activities.

Things to do in Fort Wayne in September

what to do in fort wayne - september 2015

what to do in fort wayne - september 2015

Fort Wayne: Things to do in September

Although September means that Summer is coming to a close and we’ll be saying goodbye to the warm weather, swimming pools, flip flops, and other Summer Fun, just think of all the great things Fall brings. No more mosquitoes and a host of festivals and events. There always more going on in Fort Wayne than can be captured in one (fairly) succinct blog post. But here’s a roundup of some of the cooler things going on in Fort Wayne, and nearby, that you should check out in September!

One of the locals’ favorite events of the year: the annual Be a Tourist in Your Hometown is Sunday, September 13 from noon-5. Museums, the Courthouse and other interesting Downtown buildings are free and open to the public. Passport Books to have stamped as you work your way through the sights can be picked up at any Kroger or Old National Bank location.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is home to an Egyptian Pleasure Garden now through November 15. Reminiscent of the gardens of wealthy citizens of Egypt’s New Kingdom period, the garden features “a pond with colorful fish and lotus flowers, shade trees, palms, and flower beds… fruit trees and grape vines added to the banquet table, while papyrus clustered at the water’s edge. Visitors to our summer-into-fall garden can relax in the shade and admire a distant view of the pyramids.”

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art hosts a Porch Party at Paradigm with Diane Groenert on September 10. “One of Fort Wayne’s most beloved artists debuts her book of paintings of West Central homes, unofficial history, and information on the architectural styles and past owners of some of the most iconic homes in this treasured area of downtown Fort Wayne. Groenert will be selling and signing copies of her book that night, and we’ll infuse the event with some favorite elements of West Central porch parties.”

Escanaba in da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels will run at First Presbyterian Theater will run September 10 through 26th (see website for specific times). Describe as an “hilarious yet strangely moving tale. Daniels spins a mythic yarn that gives us plenty to laugh at (and a little something to think about) in this Super-Yooper Comedy inspired by life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” Tickets for full-time students are free (see website for details).

September 19 & 20 is everyone’s favorite fall festival, the 41st annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. Enjoy food, crafts, entertainment and more.

Nearby Fort Wayne

Visit Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion. It’s home to hundreds of exotic animals (ranging from lions to wolves to snakes and birds) that were raised in captivity before becoming homeless and being rescued by the Sanctuary.

The Bluffton Street Fair September 22-26 and the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair September 28 – October 3 bring parades, carnival rides, fair food, and something for the entire family.

Check out the annual Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival up in Auburn, IN runs Saturday, 8/29 through Sunday 9/6 and touts: “events for the entire family. Whether your interest are Classic Cars, swap meets, parades or antiques, we have a little of everything.”

Whatever you choose to do — get out and enjoy September!

Spring Break Fun in Fort Wayne

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What to Do in Fort Wayne for Spring Break

spring break in fort wayne

It’s great to get away for Spring Break, but if you are choosing to stay in town there is still plenty of fun and relaxation to be had. Here are some suggestions on how to have an awesome “stay-cation” right here in Fort Wayne.

Visit Fort Wayne has written up a Spring Break Getaway guide for visitors to our hometown . Just because we aren’t visiting doesn’t mean we can’t participate in the fun!

Why not catch a show at the Embassy or Memorial Coliseum! Visiting shows to Fort Wayne include:
Alton Brown Live! at the Embassy Theater
Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure

There’s also information about performances of the Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Civic Theater. And a complete list of fun food and dining options all around the area.

As you know, weather this time of year can be hit or miss. We’ll probably have a mix of great Springtime weather and some days of Old Man Winter still hanging around (some guests just can’t take a hint that it’s time to hit the road…).

For the decent weather days:
explore the trails!
explore the local parks!
explore downtown!

Our world-famous Children’s Zoo opens April 25 — probably later than most Spring Breaks, but mark your calendar’s anyway. This year the Zoo celebrates its 50th Birthday — lots of fun events are already scheduled!

For the not-so-decent weather days, visit (or re-visit):

Don’t forget family friendly (and energy-burning for the kids) activities like:

There’s also a lot to do right here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments:

 

  • Hit the court for tennis or beach volleyball
  • Shoot a game of pool or challenge your friends to a game of ping-pong in our billiard room
  • Hit the fitness center
  • Have a cookout at one of the park grills

Whatever you decide to do, have a fun-filled, memory-making Spring Break!

What to do During June in Fort Wayne, Part I

Father's Day is June 15th
Father's Day is June 15th
Father’s Day is June 15th

The apartment lifestyle here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments means having extra time to spend with your family each month.  June in Fort Wayne is packed full of great family events, many of them either very low cost or even free.

Here are just a few things coming up this week.  Here’s a brand new event for the Fort, free live family friendly concerts on the first Wednesday evening of each month this summer.  This week, the entertainment starts at 5pm and continues until 9pm.  There is no cost to enjoy the music, but if you want dinner, some of the Fort’s favorite food trucks will be on hand, and J.K. O’Donnell’s will be hosting a beer tent for adults with a one dollar admission charge.  Next concerts are July 2, then August 6.

Another place to enjoy free music with the family every Friday night all summer long is at Jefferson Point Shopping Center, this week featuring the Junk Yard Band.  The free series continues through September 5th.

There are some non-free concerts of note this week as well, with Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton at the Embassy Thursday, June 5th. And The Guess Who perform at the Foellinger Theatre on Friday June 6th.

Remember that old Opel Kadett or VW you one tooled around in?  If you still have it, or any other European made vehicle, bring it to the 4th annual Eurofest “A Gathering of European Cars” at IPFW on Sunday, June 8th.  Better yet, bring your Mercedes, Porsche, or Jag.  You can learn more by clicking here.

Another free family event this week is Canal Days in New Haven.  Canal Days runs Wednesday through Saturday in Schnelker Park in Downtown New Haven, IN.

Of course, here at Willow Creek Crossing, you can enjoy family time this month, and all summer long at either of our two swimming pools.  And check at the office for details about free golf.

There is plenty more family fun going on in June, so check back here in a couple days for more things to do in Fort Wayne during June.