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
December 31, 2016 Last Saturdays Schedule:
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Barrett McNagny Parking Lot
215 E Berry
The Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will feature music, fireworks, a visually spectacular LED Tower and a countdown to 2017 plus much more. The event is FREE & ALL Ages thanks to many of our local businesses and programming partners.
Garden in Lights
1100 South Calhoun
We’ve decorated not only the Showcase House, where you’ll find the customary poinsettia’s and evergreens, but the Tropical and Desert Houses and the outdoor gardens as well. Especially effective during our evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights between Christmas and Thanksgiving. The gardens are lovely throughout the holidays and provide a tremendous backdrop for family photos, out-of-town-guests, great conversations and marriage proposals! Make the most of your visit as you enjoy one of Fort Wayne’s treasured resources for beauty and relaxation.
Twelve Days of Christmas Garden Exhibit
1100 South Calhoun
Elements of a familiar English Christmas carol will appear in the midst of the Conservatory’s annual holiday poinsettia garden as well as in its other garden areas. Following a whimsical twist, you can explore the facility and discover each part of the song. Along the way, you will enjoy the lights, rich color and traditional décor of our gardens in holiday dress. Take family photos or just stroll the gardens as you revive your holiday spirit.
2016 Embassy Window Displays
Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Enjoy the traditional animated windows along Harrison Street at the Embassy Theatre.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
431 W. Berry St.
• The Whispering Light
• American Brilliant Cut Glass
• Fort Wayne, American Monologue
• John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road
Science Central’s Countdown to Noon
1950 North Clinton
Discounted Admission $5
On New Year’s Eve, Science Central will offer families a kid-friendly time for celebrating at “Countdown to Noon,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The event features children’s activities such as making party hats, noisemakers and face painting, plus science demonstrations and a giant balloon drop. Visitors will be able to view city lights around the world on Science Central’s Science On a Sphere exhibit.
As the noon hour approaches, visitors will enjoy a soda toast, and the assembled crowd will count down the seconds with Science Central’s Executive Director Martin S. Fisher. At the stroke of noon, some 2,000 balloons cascade down from the ceiling.
Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market Indoor Winter Market
Lincoln Financial Event Center
1301 Ewing St
A group of local market enthusiasts and vendors have come together in a grassroots effort to create an indoor farmers market. Vendors will be carefully chosen and selected to provide an optimum market experience.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Saturday, May 13, 2017
9 am – 1 pm
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.
Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink
333 S Clinton St
Grab your ice skates or rent from us! It may be cold, but you can skate under our pavilion at our outdoor ice rink. Hot Chocolate and snacks are available for purchase. Skating fee applies.