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 Cody at Cody@DowntownFortWayne.com.
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January, 2016 Last Saturdays Schedule:
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. Parking is free. If the temperature rises, please call the rink directly at (260) 422-7625 to confirm that skating is available.
Botanical Conservatory- Dig This! Garden Exhibit
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 S Calhoun St
Jan 9 – April 10
This winter, young adventurers can don their explorer vests and pith helmets to explore mysteries hidden underground. Dig for dinosaur bines, uncover fossils and discover the identity of different gemstones. In the midst of this active learning garden filled with lush tropical plants, visitors can see how coal was formed in ancient bogs and which plant fossils might hide in coal deposits.
Two Plays on a Bench: The Zoo Story, The Duck Variations
First Presbyterian Theatre
300 W Wayne St
Early in their careers, two of America’s greatest playwrights each started with the idea of putting a pair of men on a park bench. And in both cases theatrical brilliance was created. Come witness these remarkable plays. The Duck Variants features Thom Hofrichter.
Arena Dinner Theatre: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Arena Dinner Theatre
719 Rockhill St
Now – Feb 6 (Fri & Sat only)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Skakespeare Company’s classic farce, two if its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st century audiences, incorportating some of the funniest materal from the numerous amateur and professional production that have been performed around the world. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
Historic Fort Wayne: Nouvelle Annee, A French Garrison 1775
The Old Fort
1201 Spy Run Ave
Experience a winter with the French of Fort Miamies. Re-enactors will portray soldiers, citizens and Native Americans in typical activities at the time of the second French post here in Fort Wayne in the mid 1750’s. Mail call, military drills, scouting, cooking and sewing will be some of the events taking place during the event.
The Phil Pops Series: Jake Shimabukuro-Ukulele Wizard
Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has been called a musical hero by Rolling Stone. Earning comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis and accolades wide and far, his traditional instrument has never sounded so vital and contemporary. Millions of young people enjoy his music on YouTube, and now you can hear him live with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Various locations in Downtown Fort Wayne
The 4th Annual Winterval festival promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. The Community Center’s FREE Winter Carnival from 1-4pml features horse and carriage rides, games, crafts, and yummy treats to warm you inside and out. The Botanical Conservatory has Winterval activities from 10am-3pm including crafting a winter bird feeder, interactive displays, and refreshments. The Allen County Public Library, Science Central, History Center, The Old Fort, Fort Wayne Rugby Football Club, History Center, Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, Pint & Slice, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, and Headwaters Ice Arena will also offer fun for the whole family with many providing discounts and refreshments.
Artist Reception with Jamie Stoffel
The Gallery at PranaYoga
1301 Lafayette St
Jamie Stoffel is a self-taught artist who began painting in 1996 drawing inspiration from her many interests as well as her daily yoga and meditation practice, which provides the foundation for her explorations of the creative process. The themes of her paintings are guided by her life experiences and individual growth through the many fazes of her life.