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 Tanya at Tanya@DowntownFortWayne.com.

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March 28, 2015, Last Saturdays Schedule:

Changing Tides
Botanical Conservatory
1100 S Calhoun St
Now – April 5

This winter, the Botanical Conservatory invites internationally-known artist Sayaka Ganz to create an imaginative seascape in the midst of our lush Showcase Garden using recycled materials. Discarded everyday items such as plastic forks, knives and bowls are reborn with new purpose and meaning as the artist transforms them into colorful and lifelike sculptures of jellyfish, kelp, dolphins and coral reef. You can practice seeing the possibilities for yourself as you try your hand with “one man’s trash” in our hands-on Discovery Gallery. Adults $5, Children (ages 3-17) $3, Age 2 and under FREE

Expedition Earth
Science Central
1950 N Clinton St
Now – May 17

Expedition Earth greets visitors with the sights and sounds of the world’s biomes, including tundra, grasslands, deserts, forests, and aquatic. Dozens of hands-on activities engage visitors of all ages as they learn about habitats, systems, species diversity, adaptation, and more. The five research tents allow visitors to use scientists’ tools and equipment, learning how they record and utilize their data. Huge photos and videos from around the world draw the visitors into each scene where they are joined by colorful characters from the Adventures of Riley book series. Exploring the world by peeking, poking, prodding, and building, Expedition Earth is great learning fun for all!


American Brilliant Cut Glass
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St
Now – July 3

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.


Contemporary American Family
Artlink Gallery
300 E Main St
Now – Apr 15

This exhibit features the results of a juried call of artwork depicting the modern family relationship.


Alexander Solomon: Temporary Tragedy
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St
Now – May 17

Photographer Alexander Solomon manipulates luscious landscape photographs, inserting subtle and unexpected subjects with an implication of crisis ahead. Solomon is the First Prize winner of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s inaugural biennial exhibition of the best in contemporary American photography.


33 Variations
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
Arts United Center
303 E Main St
Mar 28, 8:00PM

This imaginative play follows a modern day musicologist diagnosed with ALS as she races to finish her research on Beethoven. Across time in 1819 Vienna, the ailing and deaf composer becomes obsessed with a simple waltz. Plagued by illness, but gifted with passion, their parallel journeys entwine as they learn to embrace the gift of time and find peace in letting go. Nominated for numerous Tony Awards, Broadway World called 33 Variations “one of the most satisfying new plays that Broadway has seen in a long while.” For more information, visit www.fwcivic.org


Work and Worship: Recent Paintings and Sculpture by Tobi Kahn
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St
Now – June 7

Seeing the spiritual, and even the most mundane aspects of our cultural landscape, Kahn presents paintings that are as much about our feelings for space as the space itself. For thirty years, Kahn has been steadfast in the pursuit of his distinct vision and persistent in his commitment to the redemptive possibilities of art. In paint, stone, and bronze, he has explored the correspondence between the intimate and monumental.


ARCH Lecture Series: Fort Wayne Firsts
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Mar 28, 11:00AM

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards will present a lecture on “ten firsts” in Fort Wayne and their inventors. These lectures are free to the public and will be held on the last Saturday of the month, January through May.


Beer Bourbon Bacon Festival
Botanical Conservatory
1100 S Calhoun St
Mar 28, 5:00 – 9:00PM

The second annual Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival will feature expanded space for the unlimited beer and limited bourbon tasting, and fewer tickets will be available. Additionally, a “VIP” experience has been added, allowing attendees early access to this year’s beer sampling, plus gifts only available to VIP ticket holders. Last year’s event sold out very quickly, so the public is encouraged to get theirs as soon as possible. But what about the Bacon? 5 top local restaurants will offer up incredible, mouth-watering bacon-themed items priced between $3 and $6. Tickets for the Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival are $35 for general admission and $65 for the VIP experience. Buy tickets here. There will be a limited amount of designated driver tickets available at $10 each.


Steven Sorman: Only When
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St
Now – June 14

American painter and printmaker Steven Sorman is renowned for his complicated printmaking processes that result in lush and complex surfaces. Sorman’s prints are extremely detailed and full of vivid color. This exhibition is the debut blockbuster exhibition of selected works from Sorman’s gift of his archive to FWMoA, the largest gift in the Museum’s collecting history and the largest gift made by the artist to any institution in the world.

British Garrison

The Old Fort

1201 Spy Run Ave

Mar 28, 10:00AM-5:00PM

French military, civilians, and local Native Americans will be recreating the daily life at a Fort on the frontier. Mail call, drilling, scouting the area, cooking and sewing will be some of the events taking place during the event

NanoDays 2015

Science Central

1950 N Clinton St

Mar 28 – Apr 4

Discover the science of small at Science Central March 28-April 4 during NanoDays. Made possible by grant from the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). NanoDays brings university researchers together with science educators to create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the minuscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. All fun hands-on activities are free with paid admission to Science Central.