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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 filling out our online form. Watch a Discover Downtown video about Last Saturdays.


April 26, 2014, Last Saturdays Schedule:


Color Run

Parkview Field 8:00 AM 

Start Window

The start-line window will open at 8:00 AM with waves going every few minutes! Make sure you plan your day with plenty of time. At The Color Run, the start line is its own pre-race party with music, dancing, warm-up stretching and giveaways!

Team (4+) Runners

$30/person –Team Runner Pricing

$35/person –Starting March 15, 2014

$40/person –Starting April 1, 2014

Individual Runner

$35 -Solo Runner Pricing

$40 –Starting March 15, 2014

$45 –Starting April 1, 2014


The Phil Pops Series: Cirque Mechanics

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2 pm & 8 pm

Embassy Theatre

125 West Jefferson

The magic of cirque and the music of The Phil combine for this one-of-a-kind, all-new show. Please note the matinee performance, an added option for your convenience.

To purchase tickets, visit www.fwphil.org

Cookin’ Men

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Grand Wayne Convention Center
120 West Jefferson Blvd.
Ticket Prices: $50 in advance or $65 at the door. You can also reserve a table of 10 for $650.
Doors open at 7:00pm. Casual attire. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Parkview Foundation’s Cookin’ Men is a premier annual event that gives you the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary food and spirits prepared by nearly 100 of our local men who don chef hats for the evening in support of women’s health. Expect good times to support a good cause – women’s health and Parkview’s partnership with Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program.

For more information, visit www.parkviewfoundations.org/you-can-help/events

To MyPlate and Beyond

January 18 – May 4, 2014

Science Central -1950 North Clinton

Science Central will serve up some healthy fare for visitors with its next traveling exhibition, “To MyPlate and Beyond.” Developed by Purdue University, the interactive exhibit illustrates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tool,” MyPlate,” that emphasizes the five food groups that are part of a healthy diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. It is slated to appear at Science Central from January 18 to May 4, 2014.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn how easy it is to shop for food and grow their own, plan meals and eat together.  The exhibit features tips and ideas for everyone to build a healthy plate, using interactive hands-on activities.

Participants will “travel” with Max and his dog, Munch, in a flying saucer as they explore simple reminders and other information about eating well. Included in the exhibit is a short quiz that will help visitors understand the exhibit’s key messages, such as making half of the food on your plate fruits and vegetables, switching to fat-free or low-fat milk, and enjoying  your food, but eating less.

The exhibit was created by the Purdue Agricultural Communication Exhibit Design Center and specialists and faculty in the Department of Nutrition Science. The exhibit was constructed through funding provided by the American Dairy Association and Indiana’s Dairy Farm Families.

Biological Canvas

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

This is the second exhibition guest curated by the contemporary art curator Josef Zimmerman, the man who traveled the country in search of the most the eye-popping, chromatically adventurous contemporary art for the group show Brilliant Optics. This time, Zimmerman has discovered another intriguing trend in contemporary art: the tendency to reference biology—animals, natural processes, human systems, and other elements of the natural world—in the context of contemporary culture.   Three artists leading this trend will be featured in this exhibition: Yis “Nosego” Goodwin, Justin Miller, and Scott Teplin, all who push the boundaries of graphic manipulation of organic subjects.

Learn more about the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

The Butterfly Effect – 11th Annual Butterfly Exhibit

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

1100 South Calhoun

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday Noon – 4 pm, Closed Mondays

Admission: Adults $5, Children (ages 3-17) $3, Age 2 and Under FREE

Enjoy the magic of butterflies this spring and summer with a beautiful array of large exotic species native to habitats from South America to Africa and Asia. This year, the Conservatory examines “the butterfly effect” concept from chaos theory: that even a small action in one place can significantly affect people and systems far removed. Guests may want to consider how their own daily choices create a ripple effect to the environment and to the health of ecosystems.

The Little Mermaid

10 AM and 11:30 AM

All performances will be held at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture, 300 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne.

A classic tale from Hans Christian Andersen … join us as we dive into the sea and the little mermaid’s underwater kingdom. We’ll follow her magical journey of falling in love and the heartache of losing her handsome prince to the traditions of the upperworld.

Performances are in our studios, so bring a blanket for the family to sit on — all ages welcome. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE, so get your tickets early!

Limited seating! Great family FUN! Tickets: $10/person *.

All performances are presented by Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company in Fort Wayne Ballet’s studios. Performances last about 35 minutes, followed by an interactive party with the characters. Please bring a blanket and sit on the floor!

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$10 per person. Please bring a blanket to sit on as audience members will sit up close and personal to the dancers.

Fort Wayne Ballet is proud to participate in Arts United’s ArtsTix Community Box Office. This new service will provide one-stop shopping for a number of area arts groups. A separate service charge of up to $1.00 per performance ticket for the Family Series will be added to each order. There are no refunds on tickets. Exchanges are subject to availability only within that particular production.
You can order your tickets by doing the following:

By Phone: Call the Arts United ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260.422.4226 Monday – Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 12 noon to 4 pm to purchase your tickets with a credit card.

In Person: Arts United ArtsTix Community Box Office, 303 East Main Street (front vestibule) Monday-Friday between 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 12 noon to 4 pm.

Day of Performace: If available, tickets will be sold in the Auer Center Lobby.

Vintage Market!

Saturday, April 26th from 10-5 in the courtyard of Emiley’s Haute Cottage. The cottage will be hosting Vintage Markets and reduced items on the last Saturday of every month starting in April thru Sept. Please stop by!

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Living History: 13th Pennsylvania Drill: 1776 – 1782

Saturday, Apr 26 10:00a to 4:00p

Historic Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN

A local Revolutionary War reenactment group will hold a drill weekend at the Old Fort. The 13th Pennsylvania Regiment of Foote is a local living history group that recreates both military and civilian life in colonial America. Their drill weekend will include training for new recruits and military drills, as well as period cooking and sewing demos.

Castle Art Gallery: April Showers

1202 West Wayne Street

Now through April  2014

Welcomes Spring with three floors of art in a historic mansion by national and regional artists.

Featuring artists – Andrea Bojrab, Forrest Formsma, CW Mundy, Dale Landrum, John Reynolds, B. Eric Rhoads, Bill Inman, Susie Suraci, Terri Buchholz, Robert Eberle, Tim Johnson, Thom Robinson, Doug Runyan, Jody Hemphill Smith, Fred Doloresco, Diane Lyon, George Morrison, Julie Joy, Linda St. Clair, Michael Poorman, Mike Kelly, Maurice Papier, Pamela Newell, Paula Neale-Rice, Rick Wilson, Shelby Keefe, Cynthia Haase, David and Line Tutwiler, Daryl Urig, Carolyn Fehsenfeld, and Alan Larkin.

For more information, call (260) 426-6568 or visit www.castlegallery.com.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Or by appointment