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 us at info@DowntownFortWayne.com. Tweet using #LastSaturdays
August 27, 2016 Last Saturdays Schedule:
Busker Square at Taste of the Arts
200 E Main St
Freimann Square transforms into Busker Square for a full day of fun activities. Join us from 11:00am – 7:00pm to see street drummers, dancers, musicians, caricature artists, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, and more.
Taste of the Arts
300 E Main St
Taste of the Arts Festival celebrates and supports the rich diversity of arts and cultural experiences in our vibrant community. The festival is open to all, providing access to art without cost. Join us at the 2016 Taste of the Arts festival to get a taste of Fort Wayne art, culture, food, drinks and more!
Japanese Garden Exhibit
1100 South Calhoun
July 23-November 13
Takaoka Japan is Fort Wayne’s “sister city” and we like to honor this friendship with a garden designed with a distinctly Japanese flavor. Stroll the meditative garden paths, admire each artistic specimen and enjoy the views from the tea pavilion. Summer annuals will give way to autumn chrysanthemums as the season progresses. In addition, you can gain more insight into Japanese culture from a display presented in partnership with The History Center.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
431 W. Berry St.
• Tom Martin: Everything and Nothing
• Summer of Glass
• Selections from the Haan Collection of Indiana Art
Last Saturdays admission $1.
The Nature of Things
1950 North Clinton
Discounted Admission $5
The Nature of Things lets visitors explore the secret lives of honey bees, and the cool features and functions of insects. Educational exhibits will examine the fascinating behaviors of salamanders, and the amazing design of mammal teeth. Hands-on activity stations, bright interpretive signs, real specimens and video screens engage visitors of all ages as they learn about the natural world around us! What is beeswax and why is pollination important? What is a salamander and how is an amphibian different from a reptile? What are the life stages of a butterfly and what are some insect behaviors? What can a scientist learn from a skull and what are the feeding behaviors of mammals? The exhibition was developed by Purdue University. These activities are included with Science Central admission.
302 E Berry St
Half Price Admission
200@200 is a celebration of Fort Wayne’s legacy of progress throughout Indiana’s 200 years of history. Using artifacts from the museum’s collection of 28,000 objects, the History Center will tell 200 unique stories of Fort Wayne’s role in the 200 years of Indiana’s statehood throughout the 2016 bicentennial year.
Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market
FWFM Downtown SE corner of Wayne St and Barr Street 9 to 1 June through Sept
Our market offers a variety of producer only vendors – Farm and Garden, Home-based Food, Natural Products, and Crafters. We are striving to find a balance and good mix of food and product for the consumer. FWFM is proud to offer fresh produce and foods that are grown or made in our region. Including selections for those with special dietary needs or restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, paleo, sugar-free and gluten-free.
When visiting FWFM and individual vendors, be sure to check in on foursquare for deals and specials! FWFM encourages the community to “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” at every opportunity, including supporting other farmer’s markets.
Brickworld Fort Wayne- LEGO® Exposition
Grand Wayne Convention Center
120 W Jefferson Blvd
Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Fort Wayne for the 6th consecutive year! Once again, on Saturday and Sunday of the event, the displayers will put their creations on display in 32,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc. Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.
Buy public day tickets online at brickworld.com/brickworld-fort-wayne
Rock the Plaza
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
6 – 10 pm
Join the Allen County Public Library for Rock the Plaza each Saturday evening from June 11 to August 27. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or dance the night away to music from some of the area best groups. Food will be available for purchase. This week’s performers are Grateful Groove, Fierce Invalids, Tone Junkies, and Earphorik.
FREE and open to the public
For additional information visit the Allen County Public Library website. Please check the Rock the Plaza Face for updated weather information
Tincaps vs. Michigan Whitecaps
More than just baseball, a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game is the perfect choice for fun family entertainment. The award-winning Parkview Field is a family destination in downtown Fort Wayne and is home to the 2009 Midwest League Champions. With tickets starting at just $5.00, TinCaps games are fun and affordable – and there are great food choices, from traditional ball park fare to light and healthy options. TinCaps games are a great experience for the true baseball fan or someone looking for a fun time.
Stick around after the game for a post-game fireworks show!
North Coast Organics
127 W Wayne St
North Coast Organics will be offering a free certified organic body care sample from their line during Last Saturdays.
Artist Reception with Theoplis Smith
The Gallery at Prana Yoga
1301 Lafayette St
“In life we have emotional stains, complexity and thriving thoughts. Through the cycle of life what if these thoughts could be hung out to dry, to see a clear picture?”- Theopolis Smith III
Join us at The Gallery as Theo will be openly “airing his laundry” through his own expression of live painting. Theo will also have portraits, abstract pieces, and sketches on display for your viewing pleasure.
Historic Old Fort Post Miamies 1754-1763
The Old Fort
1201 Spy Run Ave
Be transported back in time at the historic Old Fort Wayne! Talk with the soldiers about the life in the army; watch the tactile demonstrations of how soldiers would have either chosen to fight or to be “chivalrous” and fight another day. See the Mounted Militia as they and their horses drill. Talk with the women and the children of the Old Fort about how different life was for them compared to today. Join your children with playing games of that time period. Fun for the entire family! Admission of a free will donation is appreciated.