On Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, experience the many choices offered by local shops during Mother’s Day Weekend Downtown. Don’t forget to make your reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday and create new memories with your mother-figure, family, and friends. Many Downtown retail shops and restaurants will be offering Mother’s Day specials and festivally decorated windows. View the schedule!


Fort Wayne in Bloom

Now that we’re finally seeing April and May flowers, come celebrate Mother’s Day Downtown with Fort Wayne in Bloom, a spring window decorating contest in Downtown Fort Wayne. Beginning April 16, you can vote for your favorite window display. Winners will be chosen in two juried categories: Most Thematic and Best “Instagrammable” Window. A People’s Choice Award will be determined based on online voting results. Winning windows will receive a ribbon to proudly display during Mother’s Day Weekend Downtown. Don’t forget to vote! One lucky voter will receive a $50 gift card to a Downtown restaurant of their choice. Voting ends on May 3.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Downtown Shopping and Dining

Support local boutiques and restaurants! Many floral-themed, festively decorated shops will be offering Mother’s Day Weekend specials on May 7 and May 8.  Numerous Downtown restaurants will also offer Mother’s Day Weekend discounts on May 9 as well. Make your reservations now for Mother’s Day dining on May 9.

Shop, Spin, and Win!

At participating Downtown locations, shoppers will receive a contest ticket with each purchase. Tickets can then be redeemed at Visit Fort Wayne for the chance to win a fun Fort Wayne prize. Over $500 in prizes will be given away, including DTFW gift cards and surprises from Visit Fort Wayne! One ticket per person, per store. Prizes are available while supplies last, so feel free to shop early and often. View the participating locations.

Mother’s Day Weekend Picnic on The Porch

Take a break from shopping, grab take-out from our diverse selection of Downtown restaurants and come picnic at the Porch off Calhoun! On Friday May 7, enjoy a lunch-time performance by a local musician. On Saturday May 8, come back for more live performances from local musicians along with special performances from Ariel and Belle. While you are on The Porch grab your family and friends for a free commemorative Mother’s Day photo from a special mirror photo booth.

A Mother’s Day Promenade

Riverfront Fort Wayne is displaying a picture-perfect opportunity at Promenade Park. A floral installation on a set of swings near the Park Foundation Pavilion will make a beautiful photo opportunity for your family and friends on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. Be sure to tag @RiverfrontFortWayne and use the hashtag #DTFW.

Mother’s Day Downtown is presented by your Downtown Improvement District and sponsored by:
Hanning & Bean, Fort Wayne Newspapers, WANE 15, 97.3 WMEE and Fort Wayne Metals.