Experience Art. Discover Downtown.
Every month on the Last Saturday, downtown Fort Wayne offers a wide variety of activities. The goal for the Cultural District is to attract visitors downtown to experience diverse social, arts, and cultural opportunities. There are events for every age and interest. Last Saturdays is a great way for individual artists and organizations to share their message with a large, built-in audience, and create vibrancy in downtown Fort Wayne. Let us know about your downtown event on a Last Saturday by emailing Cody at Cody@DowntownFortWayne.com.
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November 28, 2015, Last Saturdays Schedule:
Holly Trolley Shopping
Downtown Fort Wayne
Holly Trolley makes shopping local easier than ever with free trolley rides throughout Downtown. With so many shops to choose from there will be two trolley routes offered. Hop on the Green Line to experience the eclectic and charming shops of the Wells Corridor or ride the Red Line to shop corner to corner in Downtown Fort Wayne! The routes will overlap at Utopian Coffee on Pearl Street and the Allen County Public Library on Wayne Street allowing shoppers to switch routes with ease. Trollies will stop at each location every 25-30 minutes allowing shoppers plenty of time browse each shop.
American Brilliant Cut Glass
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St
Now – Dec 6
In 2012, the FWMoA and the ACGA joined a collaborative partnership which named the FWMoA as the repository and managers of the ACGA Permanent Collection; highlights of which you see displayed at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art throughout the year. The American Cut Glass Association (ACGA) is a nonprofit, national organization devoted to the advancement of this unique American industrial art form. Generated by an increased interest in this antique specialty, the ACGA was formed in the summer of 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a group of 39 charter members. The ACGA has expanded throughout the U.S. into numerous regional chapters and to over 2000 members.
1950 N Clinton St
Amazing Maize explores the science of how maize has evolved over thousands of years to become one of our most significant crops, and why it continues to surprise us today. What is maize? Why is it important? How has it changed? Visitors will learn the answers to these questions, and also explore some of the newest discoveries in modern science. Come and learn about the genetic research that helps scientists to better explain the evolution of this crop and how that knowledge can improve everyday life, at both a local and global level.
The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2015
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St
Now- Jan 3
The National coincides with the launching of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s new collecting initiative focusing on contemporary photography and its goal of developing a preeminent biennial exhibition of only the best contemporary photography. The exhibition is a hybrid invitational and juried exhibition, anchored by famous photography standouts as well as the work of dozens of talented photographers from across the country pushing the boundaries of the medium with adventurous techniques and original subject matter.
#DTFW Architecture Photography Exhibit
300 E Main St
In collaboration with ARCH (the building/history preservationists for the region), Historic Downtown Fort Wayne architecture is recorded by top area photographers; ARCH give historical reference/notes for each landmark.
A Northwood’s Christmas
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 S Calhoun St
Now – Jan 3
Imagine the warm and rustic charm of a Northwoods cabin during the holidays: fragrant drapes of garland, ornaments crafted from twigs and cones, and displays of family heirlooms. The rural feel of the setting suggests more moose and bear than human population, but the celebration is heartfelt and cozy in the midst of the big woods. Take family photos or just stroll through the poinsettia-decked Showcase garden as you enjoy our holiday exhibit.
2015 Embassy Festival of Trees
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Beginning with the Night of Lights, the Embassy Festival of Trees is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street animated holiday windows and viewing of the trees. Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event that supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc.
Arena Dinner Theatre: Exit Laughing
Arena Dinner Theater
719 Rockhill St
When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the girls, what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, you “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game that erupts into the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involving a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.
Festival of Gingerbread
The History Center
302 E Berry
The Festival of Gingerbread attracts crowds who come to view the creations of individuals of all ages, families and professionals. Over 100 creations made of edible materials by persons ranging in age from preschoolers to adults including professional chefs are featured.
Festival of Trains
1950 N Clinton St
Climb aboard for holiday fun at the Festival of Trains, featuring an extravaganza of model trains presented by area train enthusiasts.
Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace
Grand Wayne Convention Center
120 W Jefferson Blvd
To help launch the shopping season during Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest, this second-year event brings to the Grand Wayne Center an annual showcase of the state’s highest-quality arts and foods regularly presented each spring in Indianapolis. In addition to shopping for the holidays, guests will enjoy live art and craft demonstrations and food and drink tasting.
DISCOVER GREATNESS: An Illustrated History of Negro Leagues Baseball
900 Library Plaza
An exhibition from the Negro Baseball Leagues Museum in Kansas City including black and white photographs and historical memorabilia. Sponsored by The Friends of the ACPL.