Family Fun in the Fort this October

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

Check out what’s going on in October!

(Check out ongoing, recurring, and weekly events at the bottom of the page)

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].

Fort Wayne Splash Pads Open!

Splash Pads and Promenade Water Rill to close at the end of the day, October 9

9 splash pads for your enjoyment:

Memorial

McCormick

Waynedale

Shoaff

Buckner

Robert E. Meyers

Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground

Franklin Park

Promenade

Waynedale Fall Festival

The Southwest Conservation Club (5703 Bluffton Rd)

October 1, 2022

Fall is one of the best times of the year to get outside and enjoy the changing scenery. Afternoon temperatures are generally moderate, and the warm sun feels good as it peaks through the colored leaves on an autumn day. To celebrate the fall season, volunteers of the Waynedale Community Improvement Team have been working on a very unique festival, called “Treats and Trails.”  A highlight of the festival is a “trunk or treat” style walk through a scenic trail on the property, where over 20 local businesses will be handing out candy from booths spread out along the trail. The trail is about a half-mile long as it leads guests through the forest, across a neat bridge, and in view of the ponds; but it is easily walkable with children or a stroller.

Create & Play Tuesday

Promenade Park

Varying dates through November 2022

Family-friendly, board games, and crafts at the Promenade Park Foundation Pavilion.

Lucky Duck Consignment Sale

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Through October 2, 2022

Lucky Duck has also Won the National award of TOP 10 Best Consignment Sale’s across the country! Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Sale is a 4 day, bi-annual sale event that you can’t afford to miss! Our sales are held in the Spring and in the Fall, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Daily (except Monday) through November 13, 2022

This community-centered exhibition celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a festive time for remembering deceased loved ones and ancestors. Ancient civilizations throughout Latin America honored death as an essential part of the life cycle. After the Spanish conquest of Mexico, these rituals merged with Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2. Modern Day of the Dead celebrations blend both cultures and continue to evolve, adapting new traditions as the holiday grows in popularity on both sides of the border.

Amazing Fall Fun: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Waterloo IN

Weekends through October 30, 2022

We have a huge 17 Acre corn maze in Waterloo Indiana. We will have lots of fun games and even a 7-acre pumpkin patch! We will also have a unique Haunt activity in October.

Robyn Hood: Heroine of Sherwood Forest

First Presbyterian Theater

September 30 – Ocotber 2, 2022

Youtheatre gives the Middle Ages the girl boss treatment! When the brave men and knights of England were off fighting The Crusades, no one was left to defend the sick, the poor, the very young or the very old. That was…until one brave girl, Robyn Hood, stood up and became a hero against the ruthless powers-that-be. Packed with thrills, sword fights and familiar characters like Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robyn Hood: HEROINE of Sherwood Forest hits the bullseye with a new twist on a classic tale!

Walk To Remember for Perinatal and Infant Loss

Huntertown Family Park Pavilion

October 1, 2022

The Walk to Remember Committee is currently working on the 9th Annual Walk to Remember: For Perinatal and Infant Loss to be held Saturday, October 1, 2022. October 15 is the National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. This walk is held for families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth, a chance to come together to remember and honor their child. We hope to increase awareness and remove barriers for families that need to talk about their baby.

Dracula Ice Cream Social!

Brooklyn Pints Microcreamery

October 2, 2022

Meet the ballet! Have a treat! You could win tickets to an upcoming show.

The Dog Days of Autumn

Lutheran Park and Gardens

October 2, 2022

“Our third annual Dog Days of Autumn is just around the corner! Are you ready? We are having a cornhole tournament, a cake walk, and so much more! A Free Public Event to celebrate our beloved pets and their contribution to our mental health. Meet and greet local vendors, play games, enjoy food trucks, hot cider, and treats (for humans, too)! We can’t wait to see you there as we celebrate Fall and celebrate those puppies!”

Pumpkin Path Display

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Daily (except Monday) through October 30, 2022

Enjoy fall surroundings in the outdoor Exploration Garden decorated in its seasonal best. As part of this interactive display, you are invited to join in a scavenger hunt and see discover what there is to see! You are also welcomed to pose with festive photo ops along the way. Included with regular Conservatory admission.

Flashlight Tour

The Bell Mansion

October 7, 2022

Come tour this gorgeous building with all lights off, led by only your flashlight! This is a 2-hour guided tour. You get to hear all paranormal stories experienced right here in the Bell Mansion!! Tour all 3 floors and the basement with original gurneys, body boxes, and embalming tables reside. This was an active funeral home for over 93 years! You also get to check out the original embalming room that was used to embalm 100s of thousands of bodies!

Korea Festival

Allen County Public Library

October 8, 2022

Korea Festival Fort Wayne is a cultural festival dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity through exchange of Korean arts, culture, food, and history in Fort Wayne. Through the festival, we strive to share the rich culture and intricacies of Korea with the Fort Wayne community. Join us this year at the main ACPL library downtown. We will have crafts, games, food, souvenirs, traditional performances, and more!

6th Annual Pumpkin Train

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society

October 8, 2022 – October 9, 2022

Take a festive 15-minute train ride aboard a historic, heated caboose behind a vintage diesel locomotive and select a pumpkin at the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s 6th Annual Pumpkin Train. All trains depart 15808 Edgerton Road, New Haven, and all trips are roundtrip. Each ticket purchase includes one pumpkin.

Brickworld Fort Wayne 2022 – LEGO® Fan Exposition

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 8, 2022 – October 9, 2022

Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See 38,000 square feet of spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, seek and finds, etc. Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.

Sensory Expo

Park Foundation Pavilion at Promenade Park

October 9, 2022

Learn about Sensory Processing Disorders, connect with local organizations that offer sensory and adaptive services, play with sensory toys, and see how our community can learn to be inclusive. Meet therapy dogs from Three Rivers Visiting Dogs, tour the Calm Water Sensory Tent, and much more. Also happening that day: Sensory Friendly Yoga class from 10:30-11:30 a.m., a Sensory Friendly concert by Remember When Duets that includes earmuffs (as needed) from 2:00-2:45 p.m. An “instrument petting zoo” will follow the performance where guests can explore the brass instruments up close. The Sensory Expo is free and open to all ages and abilities.

Wild Zoo Halloween 2022

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Weekends through October 30, 2022

Who’s ready for a Wild Zoo Halloween? Visit the Zoo this October for spooktacular activities, including Spooky Animal Enrichment, a Mystery Maze, treats, and more!

Vote for the best Chili at “Chili For Children!”

Camp Red Cedar, 3900 Hursh Road

October 13, 2022

Chili for Children will feature more than a dozen chili tasting stations with chili made by several fire stations from the Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD), Skyline Chili of Fort Wayne, and The Sassy Vegan. Attendees will vote for the top firehouse chili as the FWFD, and other contestants compete for the People’s Choice Award. Local celebrity judges including Marilyn Hissong, Superintendent of East Allen County Schools, will award prizes in three other categories.

Hobnobben Film Festival

Cinema Center

October 13, 2022 – October 16, 2022

Hobnobben Film Festival invites filmmakers, film lovers, and the film-curious to see themselves, and be seen by others, as we celebrate the human experience through film.

3 Rivers Gem & Mineral Society’s Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show

Allen County 4 H Fairgrounds

October 14, 2022 – October 16, 2022

Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Jewelry—you’ll find them all here!

$5 entry free

Allen County Fairgrounds

2726 Carroll Road

Fort Wayne, In

The Phantom of the Opera Film featuring Organist Dennis James

Embassy Theatre

October 14, 2022

A forerunner of the American horror film and one of the most lavish productions of silent cinema, The Phantom of the Opera has inspired countless remakes and imitations. But none of its successors can rival the mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery that haunts every frame of the Lon Chaney original. This edition presents the 1929 theatrical version restored from archival 35mm elements and is highlighted by the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence in which the Phantom interrupts the revelry wearing the scarlet robes of the Red Death, as well as meticulously hand-colored sequences. Organist Dennis James masterfully accompanies the film on the Grande Page pipe organ.

Fright Night 2022

Various Locations

October 15, 2022

Come dressed in your best zombie costume and makeup to enjoy various activities throughout Downtown Fort Wayne from 9:00 a.m. – Midnight. A free Zombie Walk pre-party will be held at Zombie Central, located at the Indiana Michigan Power Center Plaza, 110 East Wayne Street, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fright Night Lantern Tours

The Old Fort

October 15, 2022

Tour the Old Fort at night! You will be guided by a historic interpreter who will present the Old Fort as it was in the early 1800s. Hear tales of encounters with the ill-fated Lieutenant Philip Ostrander, the Old Fort’s resident ghost. Purchase a sweet treat from the bake sale and enjoy stories by the fire while you wait. Keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman!

Fun & Frightful Double Feature: Hocus Pocus & Beetlejuice

Embassy Theatre

October 15, 2022

Enter the spooky halls of the historic Embassy Theatre for food, drinks, and fun! Enjoy two lovable horror movies back-to-back. Start with Hocus Pocus at 6 pm and Beetlejuice at 8:15 pm. Between movies, there will be a costume contest with prizes (extra points for anyone dressing like a character from either movie!).

Howl-O-Walkoween

Promenade Park

October 15, 2022

The 2022 Howl-o-Walkoween will be held Saturday, October 15th at Promenade Park Pavilion located in beautiful downtown Fort Wayne. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a pet costume contest, a walk through Promenade Park, pet and family portraits by Ruth Yaro Photography, raffle prizes, several vendors, and much more!

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 15, 2022

Join your favorite Sesame Street friends for a magical adventure when Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic visits your neighborhood. Elmo and Abby Cadabby team up to learn how determination and practice are the best ways to reach your goals. Along the way, they are joined by Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Count and Rosita to discover why it’s okay to make mistakes and real magic can be found when you believe in yourself. With high-energy dancing and an introduction to the art of illusion, you’ll enjoy every magical moment with your family and friends.

Charlie’s (Dog) Birthday Bash

Rich’s Auto Center, 2135 Sandpoint Rd. Fort Wayne, IN  46809

October 15, 2022

Shop dog, ‘Charlie’ is hosting a party for his birthday to benefit the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry. With a monetary or pet food donation at the entrance, guests will be entered in a chance to win $250 worth of service from Rich’s Auto Center. Cake and refreshments for human guests. Dogs are welcome to come on leash, and play in a fenced in grass and asphalt area. The Pitbull Coalition will be on hand with some adoptable or fostered dogs to meet and greet and maybe find their forever family. A silent auction will be held online and in person. This fundraiser is open to the public, no RSVP required.

Fall Colors Brunch

Promenade Park

October 16, 2022

Reserve your seat on the Sweet Breeze Canal Boat for a Fall Colors Brunch on Sunday, October 16. Travel Fort Wayne’s rivers on an authentic 1840 canal boat replica. This fully accessible tour provides an opportunity to learn something new about Fort Wayne through its riverfront.

Mastodons Movie Night: Drive-In Beetlejuice (PG)

Purdue University Fort Wayne

 October 21, 2022

You are invited to our Mastodon Alumni Community’s Spooktacular Drive-In featuring the movie Beetlejuice (rated PG). The event will be held Friday, October 21, 2022, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the PFW campus, Parking Lot 10.

Family Series: Wild Symphony

Auer Performance Hall at Purdue University Fort Wayne

October 22, 2022

Come join for an exciting adventure as our Family Concert Series opens with Dan Brown’s Wild Symphony! From the big blue whale to the speedy cheetah, follow Maestro Mouse as you experience the sounds of animals everywhere and learn life morals along the way. Add to the fun by dressing up as your favorite animal!

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 22, 2022

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

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Foster Park

October 22, 2022

Making Strides has always been more than just a walk, it’s a movement. We are making it easier for anyone, anywhere to make an impact. We know the future can be free from breast cancer. We’re asking you to join the movement and sign up to save lives.

Kid/young adult paranormal 101

The Bell Mansion

October 23, 2022

Come take part in kid day at The Bell Mansion. “We are so passionate about educating our future paranormal investigators, We want to assure they understand and learn the proper ways to dive into the paranormal field!”

MercyMe’s 2021 inhale (exhale) Tour – Rescheduled

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 23, 2022

MercyMe has been releasing hits in the Christian rock genre since 2001, when “I Can Only Imagine” caught the attention of the public and became the most requested song on a mainstream station in Texas. Despite the band’s success on conventional radio stations, the majority of ticket buyers expect MercyMe’s concert tours to be religion oriented, and they are not disappointed. Fans who attended the Rock & Worship Roadshow in 2013 described the tour as uplifting and filled with spiritual hits that included “Word of God Speak,” “All of Creation” and “You Don’t Care At All.” The latter song is from the 2012 album The Hurt & the Healer, which reached No. 1 on the Christian Albums Billboard chart.

(MercyMe has rescheduled its Fort Wayne show originally scheduled for November of last year. This show will honor previously purchjased tickets)

The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: The Next Gen

Embassy Theatre

October 25, 2022

We begin with Aesop’s classic fable of The Tortoise and the Hare but continue the story which finds them 10 years down the road, now with children of their own and exploring modern-day distractions. Smartphones and video games create a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences. The Next Gen features Tortoise Junior and Lil’ Hare in a whole new kind of race where their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. Old man Tortoise and Big Daddy Hare must come together despite their differences to find and save their children. What hurdles will they have to overcome to make it to the finish line? With dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and the creative use of music from classical to pop, this production brings this tale into a new brilliant light.

Fall Foliage Final Friday Fun Hike

Lindenwood Nature Preserve

October 28, 2022

Come to Lindenwood Nature Preserve for a hike on the Final Friday of October for Fall Foliage Fun. You will enjoy the fall colors before they are gone and spend some time outside before the winter cold gets here. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family. There is no charge; however, pre-registration is required for planning purposes. Call 427-6000 to sign up. Registration deadline: October 24.

Fall RV Show – Blowout Sale

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 28, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Manufacturers have finally caught up with production and that the RVs dealers have been short on. Now they have way too many. Lots are full of 2022 models and 2023 units are on their way. Great late model trade ins from a busy selling season will also be available.  Bottom line is – the Fall RV Blowout at the Memorial Coliseum is THE place to be for best deals of 2022…in fact the best deals for several years. It is THE PERFECT time to buy.  New and used units, financing, and on the spot loan approval makes this show a can’t miss for the serious RV enthusiasts!  Drive away from the show in you new RV.

 

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 28, 2022

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

Christmas in Arlington Craft Show

Arlington Park Golf Course

October 29, 2022

Over 35 crafters and vendors at the craft show on October 30th from 9-3:00 at the Arlington Park clubhouse.

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

October 29, 2022

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

Garden Trick or Treat

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

October 29, 2022

Gather up the kiddos for this family-friendly (not-so-scary) Halloween event at the Conservatory. All are invited to dress up and scout out sweet treats and spook-tacular tricks when visiting the indoor and outdoor gardens. Snap boo-tiful photos when making your way through the scenic outdoor Pumpkin Path.

Kid’s Halloween Hike

Lindenwood Nature Preserve

October 29, 2022

A kid-friendly sunset hike to celebrate the spookiest night of the year (a few days early). This event is designed for kids ages 4-11. Trail-friendly costumes are encouraged, but be sure to wear shoes that are safe and comfortable to hike in. The hike is FREE; however, registration is required for planning purposes. Please call 260-427-6000 to reserve your place. Registration deadline: October 24.

Trunk or Treat at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

October 30, 2022

Calling all cowboys, witches, princesses and superheroes to a “trunk or treat” event at the museum!  This is a popular museum event designed to give parents a safe and fun place to take their children trick or treating with candy, games, and people dressed up for Halloween! Similar to children going house to house to get candy treats, they go car to car with museum volunteers and staff members at select cars throughout the museum.

Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival

Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival

Varying dates through October 30, 2022

Ten years ago, they opened the gates and welcomed families to our farm. It’s been a wild ten years and they wouldn’t have it any other way! Join us for the tenth anniversary of corn mazes, pumpkins, ice cream and, of course, baby calves.

First Friday on The Landing

The Landing

Monthly through October 2022

Come join us on The Landing for our First Friday event to celebrate businesses and culture. First Fridays will take place on the first Friday of every month from May to October. This event will feature live music, a beer tent provided by Landing Beer Co, and a local vendor market.

Paris: City of Light & Love

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Through November 13, 2022

Paris, France has long exuded romance through its iconic cityscape, art, architecture and famous riverbanks. Over time, a secluded atmosphere of cafes, lush landscapes and carefree glamour have come to define Parisian style. Catch a glimpse of a day in Paris through familiar scenes and playful hues adorning a public square in the Botanical Conservatory’s summer and fall exhibit bursting with light and love.

YLNI Farmers Summer Market

Corner of Wayne and Barr

Saturdays through October 29, 2022

Featuring select produce, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, honey, and so much more!

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!

Sweet Breeze tours

Promenade Park

Varying dates through October 9, 2022

Relax and enjoy a guided cruise on the Fort Wayne Rivers. Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic canal boat replica is offering 45 and 90 minute tour lengths. This fully accessible tour will be a fun experience for everyone! Each tour provides an opportunity to learn something new about Fort Wayne through its riverfront.

Broad Spectrum, Clear Vision: The Collection of Carl and Stephanie Beling

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Weekly through October 16, 2022

This stunning exhibition debuts a carefully curated selection of the extensive collection of contemporary glass sculptures that Drs. Carl and Stephanie Beling acquired over the course of a three-decade long adventure in collecting. In addition to collecting glass, Carl, under the tutelage of renowned glass artist Bertil Vallien, became an accomplished glass artist himself. A special selection of this exhibition highlights the work of Carl and Bertil and other prominent Swedish glass artists. In 2021, Stephanie Beling donated their entire collection to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art to enhance our efforts to create a world-class center for contemporary glass sculpture.

Beat Making For Girls

Sweetwater Academy of Music & Technology

Varying dates through December 27, 2022

Ready to create completely unique beats? This event is open to all kids who want to learn the first steps in beat making using Ableton Live, the industry’s most popular beat-making and production software.

Allen County Marketplace

Huntertown Family Park

Varying dates through October 8, 2022

Featuring a wide variety of vendors including artisans, crafters, boutiques, farmers market, direct sales, delicious eats, and more!

Downtown Live!

The Landing

Fridays through October 7, 2022

Enjoy live music from talented local musicians and performers every Friday evening on The Landing from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in June, July, and August, in Downtown Fort Wayne. Dine or shop at one of the many surrounding local businesses or enjoy the summer breeze as you stroll through The Landing during this family-friendly event.

Fort Wayne Hobby and Collectibles Show

Allen County Fairgrounds

Varying dates through November 13, 2022

Shows are 11am – 4pm with Comic Books, super hero collectibles, diecasts, old and new toys, Legos, sport and non sport cards, TV & movie memorabilia, magazines, coins, video games, and more!

Trek the Trails 2022

The City of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Trails Inc., The City of New Haven

Weekly on Tuesday and Thursday through October 27, 2022

Join the City of Fort Wayne, the City of New Haven, and Fort Wayne Trails on these family-friendly bike rides. Rides begin at 6:00 pm every Tuesday throughout the summer.  Participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water along for the ride. Most rides are 8-9 miles long. The average speed is 10-12 mph. This is a “no one left behind ride” and families are welcome.

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.

Miami Indian Heritage Days

Chief Richardville House – 5705 Bluffton Road

The first Saturday of the month through November 5, 2022

The History Center presents Miami Indian Heritage Days, Saturday, June 5th from 1-4 pm at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. Erik Vosteen will present Cookware from Local Clays: Making and Using Replica Native-Style Pottery. Learn about the lasting heritage of the Miami and other regional Native American groups. Local artists, performers and presenters will be featured the first Saturday of the month, May to November.

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.

Disabilities Days at Science Central

Science Central

Varying dates through December 10, 2022

Disability Days will feature special demonstrations, hands-on activities, special quiet room will be available with sensory toys and games.