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.


November 29, 2014, Last Saturdays Schedule:

Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life
September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Science Central
1950 North Clinton

Amoebas, crabs, willow trees, elephants, whales and people all look different on the outside, but inside; billions and billions of molecules interact in similar ways to carry out common life functions-moving, sensing, defending and reproducing. Likewise, the variety of different molecules found in living things is vast, but these molecules are all based on combinations of only 25 different atoms. In Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life, a series of exhibit stations, computer interactives, and hands-on models, invite visitors to explore how and why these different interactions happen by breaking life down into smaller and smaller parts and revealing the similarities and differences among life-forms in this world. The exhibition was developed by the New York Hall of Science. For more information visit www.sciencecentral.org

Artlink Gallery: Corrugated and Mark It Up

November 14 – December 3, 2014
300 East Main Street

Mirro Family Gallery & Sauertieg Family Gallery: Corrugated Exhibit – The public is invited to the opening reception of Corrugated, an exhibition of cardboard artwork created by approximately 50 3-D design students from the University of Saint Francis and also including work by 10 invited area artists.
Freistroffer Family Gallery: Mark It Up Exhibit-Also opening that evening is Mark It Up, an exhibit of artwork created by using a variety of markers with a felt or brush tip.
Betty Fishman Gallery: Charlotte Wehr, depictions of paper dolls made with broken glass and wire. Visit artlinkfw.com for more information.

Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Indoor Winter Market
Oct 4, 2014 – May 16, 2015, 9am-1pm
Parkview Field – Lincoln Financial Event Center
1301 Ewing Street

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. Located in the Lincoln Financial Event Center, off the ballpark’s right field concourse, the market will be out of the elements and open to the public from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm! For more information, please visit their website.

Holly Trolley Shopping
Saturday, November 29, 2014
11 am – 5 pm
Multiple locations in and around Downtown Fort Wayne

The Downtown Improvement District is pleased to announce the return of its popular Holly Trolley Shopping Day on November 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can explore the Festival of Gingerbread, Festival of Trees, Festival of Trains, Christmas at The Old Fort and many other great activities, all while being connected to dozens of locally owned shops to find just the right gift for that special someone on your list. Downtown makes shopping local easier than ever with this day of free trolley rides. Many of the businesses along the trolley route will be offering special holiday items, one-day only discounts or refreshments giving shoppers even more incentive to support locally-owned retailers and specialty gift shops. For more information call 260-420-3266 or visit DowntownFortWayne.com

Christmas at the Old Fort
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Historic Fort Wayne
1201 Spy Run Avenue
Welcome the holidays at the Old Fort and revel in a time when life was simpler with activities for kids, a bake sale, and period artisans with unique gifts for sale. Warm up by the fire and create decorations as we deck the halls and enjoy a unique seasonal event for all ages. Donations suggested. For more information, visit www.oldfortwayne.org or call (260) 437-2836.

Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10 am – 6 pm
Grand Wayne Convention Center
120 West Wayne

On Sat. and Sun., Nov. 29 and 30, the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace presents an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan foods directly from the Hoosiers who make it. Hosted by Indiana Artisan co-chairs Kristy Jo Beber and Wayne Shive, the event will encourage guests to sample chocolates, candies, noodles, wines, and more, in addition to meeting visual artists recognized for being at the height of their craft. In addition to shopping for the holidays, guests will enjoy live art and craft demonstrations and food and drink tasting. Visit indianaartisan.org for more information.

Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink
Sat, November 22 – March 2015
Headwaters Park East
311 S. Clinton Street

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. Parking is free. Call the rink directly at (260) 422-7625 for more information.

Botanical Conservatory- High Style Holidays
November 22 – January 4, 2015
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun

All the flair and panache of the era between World War I and II are captured in the Conservatory’s holiday interpretation of Art Deco style and Roaring 20s chic. An elegant plaza invites festive gatherings under a snowflake canopy, where guests relax with the free-ranging sounds of big band jazz music. Crisp symmetry merges with uptown drama as wine-colored poinsettias anchor the shimmering décor of silver, gold, and champagne. Make your own wonderful holiday memories in the midst of gossamer elegance, a setting of beauty and romance. Admission: Adults $5, Children (ages 3-17) $3, Age 2 and under FREE

Festival of Trains
November 28 – 30, 2014
Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street

Climb aboard for holiday fun at the Festival of Trains, featuring an extravaganza of model trains presented by area train enthusiasts. Admission is $8, FREE for children 2 & under. Visit www.sciencecentral.org for more information.

2014 Embassy Festival of Trees
November 25 – December 3, 2014
Embassy Theatre
125 West Jefferson

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. For more information visit www.fwembassytheatre.com

Festival of Gingerbread
November 28 – December 14, 2014
The History Center
302 East 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. For additional information, please contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit their website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

Museum of Art – Contemporary Realism Biennial 2014
September 20 – November 30
Museum of Art
311 Main Street

America has enjoyed a long, rich history of Realist art from Colonial times to the present. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Contemporary Realism Biennial is an invitational and juried exhibition which highlights the strength and innovation of the most compelling trends in American and international realism. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at www.fwmoa.org.