Family Fun in the Fort this January

There are a ton of things to do in our city for the whole family.

Check out what’s going on in January!

(Check out ongoing, recurring, and weekly events below)

If you have a fun, family-friendly event that you would like to be added, please send the event information, and a link if you have one, to [email protected].

New Year’s Eve events:

Doc West’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Eve with Hairball

Clyde Theatre

December 30, 2022

Are you ready to rock?! 96.3WXKE presents Doc West’s Rockin’ New Years Eve Eve with Hairball, The Bombastic Celebration of Arena Rock at The Clyde Theatre on Friday, December 30. Blow your mind as Hairball rocks through a 2-hour, drop-dead accurate homage to some of the world’s biggest ‘80’s arena acts in a full-on, no-holds-barred party that you must experience to believe! Authentic costumes, lights, sound, smoke, fire, and screaming fans evoke the excitement of Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Aerosmith, and more brought to life in what’s always a good time.

Science Central’s Countdown to Noon

Science Central

December 31, 2022

Celebrate the New Year a little early with Science Central during our annual Countdown to Noon! They will ring in 2023 with New Year’s activities and the annual balloon drop.

Around the World New Year’s Eve Bash

Wunderkammer Company

December 31, 2022

The world is a big place and it takes a village to celebrate new beginnings! They will be celebrating this year with countdowns and toasts on the hour from 6pm to midnight EST, celebrating the foods and customs of places around the globe as they get closer to our own! Come for a single toast or stay all night! They are trying to build this out for both early risers and night owls to get their NYE selfies!

Countdown at The Club Room

The Club Room at the Clyde

December 31, 2022

Ring in the new year at The Club Room at The Clyde on Saturday, December 31st! Enjoy the sounds of Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra as they count us down to 2023 starting at 8PM*. Reserve your table and complimentary drink in advance by purchasing a $20 presale ticket! Guests will be able to enjoy a specially prepared menu with food & drink specials all evening long.

New Years Eve Bash

The Bell Mansion

December 31, 2022

Who’s looking for something to do on NEW YEARS EVE? We have just the thing for you ❤️ 7p to 1am get all decked out in 20s 30s flapper mobster gear and bring in 2023 in style! Food drinks dancing and a whole mansion to explore!

New Years Eve at Country Heritage Winery feat. Adam Strack

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard

December 31, 2022

Ring in the new year with award-winning wine and great music by Adam Strack! Come Wine Down and get the New Year off to a great start!

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Indy Fuel

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

December 31, 2022

You can usher in 2023 with your New Year’s Eve and Komets Hockey! Join the jungle! The Komets are back on home ice for another thrilling game.

Things to do in January:

A Lincoln Collection Christmas

Allen County Public Library

Through January 15, 2023

The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at Allen County Public Library is an incomparable repository and resource for information on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The collection is used by authors, scholars, TV producers, educators, students, Lincoln enthusiasts, and the general public, and is often cited as a source of information and visual images.

Castle Gallery: Holiday Show 27th Artist Invitational

Castle Gallery

Through January 28, 2023

Castle Gallery is all decked out for the Holiday Show! Check out some of the area’s finest art.

Holiday Window Displays at Promenade Park

Now until January 3

Park Foundation Pavilion, Promenade Park, 202 West Superior Street

Make the most of winter light at Promenade Park with a showcase of handmade paper cut light boxes. These delightful creations are believed to have originated from China after paper was first invented. Many countries picked up the skill, but Switzerland remains the enduring leader referring to the art form as Scherenschnitt. Riverfront’s light boxes were designed and hand-cut by staff using ideas of common winter scenes at Promenade Park such as the swings, the Historic Wells St. Bridge, and the Convergence Sculpture. The light boxes have multiple layers of paper with lighting from behind to show more detail in perspective, texture, and dimension. The display can be seen in the windows of the Park Foundation Pavilion at Promenade Park now until January 3 and can be best viewed at dusk.

The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through January 8, 2023

The exhibition is a hybrid invitational and juried exhibition, anchored by photography standouts Melanie Walker, Raymond Thompson Jr., Morgan Barrie, Jack Sharkey, Karen Klinedinst, Ian van Coller, and Jeanette May, as well as the work of emerging talented artists from across the country pushing the boundaries of the medium with adventurous techniques and original subject matter.

Dance Promenade!

Park Foundation Pavilion

Wednesdays through February 8, 2023

Feel like you need to learn some new moves to impress? Shuffle into the Park Foundation Pavilion every Wednesday night to learn and practice a new styles of dance. Instructors from a variety of local dance groups and schools will be offering lessons at the beginning of the night followed by open dancing. The type of dance will rotate so we can cover styles from waltz to line dancing and also traditional cultural dances. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Kids Skate Free at the Headwaters Ice Rink

Headwaters Park at Clinton and Superior Streets

Tuesday, January 3, from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

(additional dates and information below)

Come down and enjoy some free ice skating as you start the new year!

Mad Ants vs. Windy City Bulls

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 4, 2023

Come cheer on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and enjoy ANTertainment and more. Check them out for a one-of-a-kind game experience.

Bee the Change/$1 Thursdays

Botanical Conservatory

Thursday, January 5

On the first Thursday of the month a special Bee the Change activity offers a positive reflection of self-worth and the potential for positive impact in the community beginning at 5:30 p.m. The January Bee the Change theme is “Botanical Fireworks”. No registration is required. The Conservatory admission is just $1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday. Civic Center Garage parking is validated for free.

Fort Wayne 1X1 Project Exhibition

Wunderkammer Company

January 6, 2023

Originally launched in 2012, the mission of the Fort Wayne 1×1:10 Project is to systematically document the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana by creating and revealing a diverse portrait of our city, one square at a time. These images were exhibited at, brand new at the time, Wunderkammer Company. Ten years have passed, we tasked the public with looking at how our city has changed in the last decade.

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Toledo Walleye

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

December 31, 2022

Join the jungle! The Komets are back on home ice for another thrilling game.

Mad Ants vs. Cleveland Charge

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 8, 2023

Come cheer on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and enjoy ANTertainment and more. Check them out for a one-of-a-kind game experience.

Sunday Heritage Concert Series: Quincy Sanders

Sunday, January 8

Park Foundation Pavilion, Promenade Park, 202 West Superior Street

Relax to the smooth sounds of alto, tenor and soprano saxophones with regional musician, Quincy Sanders. Concerts are free and open to all ages. Seating will be on a first come first served basis.

Winter Bridal Spectacular

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Conference Center A-E

January 8, 2023

Visit with some of the areas best and most gifted in making sure your wedding is the wedding of your dreams. Plan your entire event in one place and in one day!

Yoga on the Riverfront

Promenade Park

Through February 12, 2023

Yoga on the Riverfront continues on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Park Foundation Pavilion. This relaxing, 1-hour flow is for all skill levels and led by instructor Chelsea Vona, owner of Discover Yoga. Yoga mats can be provided if you do not have your own.

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Kalamazoo Wings

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 11, 2023

Join the jungle! The Komets are back on home ice for another thrilling game.

For Real Comedy Stories: presented by Maumee Mary & Joseph Comedy Festival

Promenade Park – Park Foundation Pavilion

Varying dates through February 9, 2023

Riverfront Ft Wayne & The MMJ Comedy Festival are teaming up for a Story Tellers Event at Promenade Park Pavilion. If you are interested in sharing a funny story – please send an email with your story idea to [email protected] . Or just show up! They will be pulling a couple of names to tell their funny story during the show.

California Dreamin’

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

January 14 – April 15, 2023

Calling all mamas and papas – find your inner beach bum at the Botanical Conservatory. The kiddos will spring into the spirit of surf, sand and sun! Bring on the good vibes and hang loose at the botanical boardwalk accented with sun-loving tropical plants and vivid waves of color. Don’t be a drag; be sure to experience this Cali-cool winter exhibit. Sponsored by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation and the Waterfield Foundation.

Mad Ants vs. Wisconsin Herd

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 8, 2023

Come cheer on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and enjoy ANTertainment and more. Check them out for a one-of-a-kind game experience.

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Indy Fuel

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 15, 2023

Join the jungle! The Komets are back on home ice for another thrilling game.

The Fort Wayne Farm Show

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 17 – 19, 2023

The Fort Wayne Farm Show is back in full force for its 34th year!  The Tradexpos team works diligently every year to meet the evolving needs of America’s livestock producers, row crop farmers, and other agricultural professionals!  The Fort Wayne Farm Show has been distinctively curated to provide real time value and opportunity to the industry. Whether it’s your first time attending the Fort Wayne Farm Show or your thirtieth, you’re certain to love the fantastic variety of exhibitors and educational seminars that the Fort Wayne Farm Show provides as Indiana’s largest indoor agricultural expo.

Create & Play Tuesday

Promenade Park

Varying dates January 17 – February 21, 2023

Create and play with us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (starting in 2023) with a variety of board games and craft options to accommodate all ages and abilities. You may also bring your own family-friendly games to play. Invite your crafty and competitive friends and family for an evening of free fun!

Savor Fort Wayne 2023

Various restaurants throughout Fort Wayne

January 18 – 29, 2023

A Fort Wayne favorite has returns. You can taste the best cuisine the city has to offer during Savor Fort Wayne’s 12 days of dining deals.

Mad Ants vs. College Park Skyhawks

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 22, 2023

Come cheer on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and enjoy ANTertainment and more. Check them out for a one-of-a-kind game experience.

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan

Embassy Theatre

January 24, 2023

Her voice. His Vision. Their Story. On Your Feet! is the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Now their story is an all-new exhilarating original musical winning the hearts of critics and audiences alike, with the Chicago Tribune declaring “IT’S A HIT!” and The New York Times cheering, “The very air in the room seems to vibrate in this undeniably crowd-pleasing musical!”

Mizpah Shrine Circus & Fair

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 27 – 29, 2023

Located at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, this family-friendly event is the most fun you can have for the whole family and should not be missed!

Nouvelle Annee 1743 – A New Year in New France

The Old Fort

January 28, 2023

It is the dawn of the new year 1743 at Post des Myaamia (Miami). Rumors abound of what the future will bring to the Native Village of Kiihkayonki (Kekionga) and this settlement of French soldiers, civilians, and traders nearby. The trade has been waning over the past year. Goods have been expensive. There is talk of the Iroquis granting land to the English merchants in Ohio. The king has said that soon all trading contracts will be revoked. The posts will instead be auctioned off into the control of rich nobles to try to revitalize the trade. What will this mean for the traders of Post des Myaamia (Miami)? How will the French deal with the high cost of goods in their relations with the natives of Kiihkayonki (Kekionga)? Come see how life goes on at Fort St. Phillippe and Post des Myammia (Miami) among the French colonial settlers, soldiers, and their Native American allies in January of 1743.

Winterval 2023

Downtown Fort Wayne

January 28, 2023

Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 12th annual Winterval promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. Watch ice carvers create wonders from a solid block of ice, shop for unique hand-crafted items, enjoy special events and activities at, the Botanical Conservatory, the Old Fort, the Allen County Public Library and Science Central. Go for a carriage ride at the Community Center or ice skating at Headwaters Park.

YLNI Winter Farmers Market

The Olde East End Building

Saturdays through April 29, 2023

Located in Fort Wayne, our winter market will be held at The Olde East End Building, also known as the old candy factory, located at 1501 E Berry St. The Winter YLNI Farmers Market provides a comfortable indoor shopping experience during the chilly months of the year and connects the community with local vendors. Customers can find select produce, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, honey, and so much more!

1st Thursday Curator’s Tour

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

First Thursday of each month

During Curator’s Tours, President & CEO and Chief Curator Charles Shepard or other curators take you on a new gallery tour each month. From their specialized and personal points of view, curators offer a unique perspective for all exhibitions at the Museum. Curator’s Tours are on the first Thursday of every month from 12:15 – 1pm. They are free with gallery admission.

Breathing Life Into History: Contemporary Native American Art from the Collection

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through January 22, 2023

Pulling from traditions passed down from generation to generation, contemporary Native American artists, especially in the last quarter century, have produced an impressive body of work in diverse media. Unique in their dual identity, living in the present day but integrating ancient cultural and spiritual ideas, the featured artists’ abilities to either weave their heritage into contemporary contexts through medium and imagery, or continue using traditional methods in a modern world, speaks to their self-expression. Influences seen throughout the works include textiles, nature, rituals and storytelling, and identity and politics. Indigenous artists have, and continue to, create with their cultural knowledge, reinterpret tradition, and engage with current topics.

Fall 2022 BFA Exhibition

Visual Arts Gallery at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Through January 22, 2023

B.F.A. candidates graduating from the Department of Art and Design will display their senior thesis projects.

Garden Party: Outdoor Sculptures by Dorothy Gillespie

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through June 4, 2023

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present its reinvigorated sculpture court with the opening of Garden Party: Outdoor Sculptures by Dorothy Gillespie. Dorothy Gillespie was a pioneer for women in the arts. In her impressive career of over 70 years, she was an activist, lecturer, and mentor to creative women throughout the world. Twenty years before her famous exhibitions at Walt Disney World and Rockefeller Center, Gillespie had a city-wide exhibition in Fort Wayne in 1979, which helped launch her career. This exhibition honors that instrumental exhibition, showcasing a dazzling array of outdoor sculptures.

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Through January 15, 2023

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, is a traveling museum exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by nearly 15 of today’s realists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice.  LUSTER will be on exhibit at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum from June 1, 2022 – January 15, 2023.  This exhibit has been generously supported by The Community Foundation of DeKalb County.

Headwaters Park Ice Skating

Headwaters Park

Through February 26, 2023

Headwaters Ice Skating Rink Clinton & Superior

Age 13 and under             $4

Age 14 and over               $6

Skate Rental                     $3

Spectators & Parking      FREE

Gift certificates and skating passes are available at the rink office (422-7625) or the Headwaters Park Alliance office (425-5745).

Ghost Tours

The Bell Mansion 420 W Wayne St 46802

Saturdays through June 2023

Come Check out this gorgeous building and also hear about Ghost stories experienced at the Bell Mansion. Either things our team has experienced, or other paranormal teams during their private investigations!

Midweek Paranormal Investigation

The Bell Mansion

Each Wednesday

Come not only tour the gorgeous Bell Mansion and learn all things paranormal, use our paranormal equipment or bring your own, to capture your own paranormal activity from 7pm to 11pm.

Monday Blues Jam Sessions with G Money & Special Guests

The Club Room at The Clyde

Weekly

Every Monday, 7-10 PM – $15 All You Can Eat BBQ Specials.

Smooth Tuesdays

The Club Room at the Clyde

Weekly

Every Tuesday, enjoy the best in soft rock and classic hits with a variety of rotating artists.

Wednesday Jazz Sessions at Club Room at the Clyde

The Club Room at the Clyde

Weekly

Each Wednesday with a fantastic performance by featured local, regional, and national jazz artists!

Nashville Thursdays at Club Room at The Clyde

Club Room at the Clyde

Weekly

The best in local and regional artists playing classic country, bluegrass, americana and more! In addition to the regular menu and seasonal features, enjoy Nashville Hot Chicken, Macho Cowboy Nachos and fantastic drink specials!

Friday Night Vibes at Club Room at the Clyde

The Club Room at the Clyde

Weekly

Friday Night Vibes Presented by WBOI’s Meet The Music as WBOI’s Julia Meek hosts the best of local and regional music at The Club Room at The Clyde! Don’t forget to take advantage of our $28 Prime Rib Special (12 oz.) that’s served with your choice of side and baked potato.

I Love Saturdays at Club Room at The Clyde

Club Room at the Clyde

Weekly

Enjoy the best in Pop, Soul R&B and Funk every Saturday! Don’t forget to take advantage of the $28 Prime Rib Special (12 oz.) that’s served with your choice of side and baked potato.