Family Fun in the Fort

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].

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

Check out what’s going on in June!

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

Fort Wayne Splash Pads Open!

Various Fort Wayne Parks

Through September 5, 2022

 

9 splash pads for your enjoyment:

Memorial

McCormick

Waynedale

Shoaff

Buckner

Robert E. Meyers

Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground

Franklin Park

Promenade

 

44th Annual Ventures in Creativity

Weekly through June 23, 2022

 

The free exhibition will display works by students enrolled in USF Creative Arts. Majors include studio art (painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture), graphic design, art education, pre-art therapy, animation and music technology.

 

Panoramic Riverfront Tour on Sweet Breeze

Promenade Park, South Boat Dock

Through June 26, 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.

 

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.

 

Farmer’s Market at Salomon Farm Park

Salomon Farm Park

Wednesdays through September 7, 2022

 

Their vendors produce their goods within a 75-mile radius of Salomon Farm Park and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. They strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices.

 

Muddy River Concert Series: The West Quintet & Daily Driver

Promenade Park

June 1, 2022

 

This unique concert series centers around the themes of heritage, culture, and connection. Meet the vendors and organizations focusing on activities and information on our city and its rivers. Enjoy a variety of local music at 5:30 p.m. Food trucks and beverages will be on site at 5:00 p.m.

 

Project READS Summer Program

Allen County Public Library

June 1 – July 28, 2022

 

Project READS is a program of The Literacy Alliance designed to help students in kindergarten through third grade make progress to achieve grade level reading.  This fantastic resource for all readers focuses on improving reading skills around fluency, comprehension and motivation through exciting games and activities.

 

Summer Hours at The Old Fort

June 1 – July 31, 2022

 

During the summer, the Old Fort will be open for tours June 1 through July 31, Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  See Summer Hours under Upcoming Events for more information.

 

Lunch on the Square

Freimann Square

June 2 – August 25, 2022

 

Take a break from the office or bring the family down to enjoy lunch at Freimann Square every Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in June, July, and August. Enjoy a variety of unique foods and experience the summer heat with live music during one of Fort Wayne’s favorite lunch and entertainment series.

 

Downtown Live!

The Landing

Fridays through September 2, 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.

 

2022 Fort Wayne Air Show

122nd FW Air National Guard

June 4 and 5, 2022

 

Fort Wayne Air Show visitors will experience an action-packed weekend! The U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds are headlining this year’s event.

 

Arab Fest Fort Wayne

Headwaters Park Pavilions

June 4 and 5, 2022

 

Arab Fest was created to highlight the wonderful offerings of Arab culture through an annual festival. This year will feature music, camel rides, vendors, and more.

 

Customer Appreciation Day!!!

Shorewood Shops Plaza

June 4, 2022

 

Come out rain or shine for great food, music, and local retail specials!

 

Family Fishing Day

Promenade Park

June 4, 2022

 

Take advantage of the Indiana DNR’s Free Fishing Day at Promenade Park! We will provide poles, Riverfront swag, and lessons on fishing for the whole family. Try a cast, or drop a line and stay awhile. No experience needed, all fishing equipment provided. First come, first served.

 

Garden Party: Outdoor Sculptures by Dorothy Gillespie

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through June 4

 

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.

 

Little Rock Stars

Sweetwater Academy of Music & Technology

June 4, 2022

 

Help spark a lifelong love of the magic of music for your little one with three once-weekly learning sessions. Each staff-supervised experience provides fun, hands-on discovery with age appropriate instruments, songs, and movement sure to delight your child.

 

Rock the Plaza 2022

Allen County Public Library

Saturdays through August 27, 2022

 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve Rock N Rolled!”  Rock the Plaza returns to Downtown with our free, family friendly concert series.  We have four great local bands lined up, each to play a set to entertain you.  Bring lawn chairs, or blankets, Pint & Slice will have food & drinks to buy.  Sorry, no pets please.

 

Williams Woodland Park PorchFest

Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood, 300 blocks of W Taber and W Woodland and the 2400 and 2500 block of Webster Street

June 4, 2022

 

Williams Woodland Park’s version of the national phenomenon called “PorchFest,” will offering live music, artists at work, storytellers, and a “KidFest” component, complete with puppetshows. All of this will take place on 4 blocks of the neighborhood, with most performances on the porches of our historic homes. To make it even better, nearly half of the performers live right here in our neighborhood.

 

Outdoor Yoga by the Fountain

Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center

Varying dates from June 5 – September 4, 2022

 

Every 1st Sunday of the month starting May 1st through September 4th YogaSix is hosting yoga out by the fountain at 4:30pm.

 

Camp Trillium Summer Day Camp

LC Nature Park

Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday through July 22, 2022

 

Camp Trillium summer day camp offers hands-on discovery about Indiana’s native landscape and cultural heritage while traversing a beautiful limitless 200-acre nature park.

 

Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America National Specialty Show

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

June 7 – 11, 2022

 

the Specialty will begin in Albion Indiana with the field events. It will start with a field trial and then the regular field events. Next will be agility, conformation and obedience/rally at the large multi-purpose event center called the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Coliseum) with about 108,000 square feet of exhibitor space. They will be utilizing about ½ of this facility.

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball

Parkview Field

Homestand beginning June 7, 2022

 

Come and cheer on the Caps at Parkview Field Parkview Field which ranked as a top ‘Ballpark Experience.’ Select games feature specials, promotions, and fireworks!

 

Germanfest 2022

Headwaters Park

June 8 – 12, 2022

 

The 40th Anniversary celebration of Germanfest which began in 1981 as a project to bring a German folk festival to Fort Wayne. Since then, Germanfest has continued to grow and has now become a highlight of the summer festivals in Fort Wayne.

 

Mid-week Mellow Out

Promenade Park: Park Foundation Pavilion

June 8, 2022

 

For physical, mental and emotional relaxation, join Diane Rogers of Rooted Connection for this free Restorative Yoga and Singing Bowl session. Yoga mats will be available.

 

Music on the Plaza

Allen County Public Library

June 8, 2022

 

Established in 1999, Fort Wayne’s own New Millennium Jazz Orchestra is Northern Indiana’s premiere jazz ensemble. This 18-piece big band has entertained Fort Wayne audiences for over 20 years. Enjoy your noon hour with 3 food trucks and some toe tappin’ jazz music!

 

Nature for Kids World Ocean Day

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

June 8, 2022

 

The Zoo will have various educational stations that will include learning opportunities and interactive experiences. These stations will highlight conservation of the ocean, learning about the different roles of the ocean, and the animal life that call it home. World Ocean Day activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

 

A-MAZE-D

Science Central

June 11 – September 11, 2022

 

You will be amazed by the variety of mazes, puzzles, and more.

 

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!

 

Car Boot Sale – Vintage Treasures Antique Mall

Vintage Treasures Antique Mall

June 11, 2022

 

A parking lot sale in front of Vintage Treasures Antique Mall in Fort Wayne, IN. Open to everyone – Sell anything and everything**…In the UK, they don’t have garage sales, they have boot sales where they set up in fields and large parking areas and pull in, open their trunks (or boots) and have a sale. So come out and sell your loot. Spaces are 1/$20, 2/$30, or 3/$35.

This is our first of 2 Car Boot Sales of 2022! The other will be Saturday September 10th…so mark your calendars now.

 

Fort Wayne FC vs South Bend Lions

Bishop Dwenger’s Shields Field

June 11, 2022

 

Come and cheer on the FC! Founded in 2019, Fort Wayne FC (FWFC) is an American soccer club based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a member of the United Soccer League (USL), North America’s largest professional soccer organization that oversees the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two, USL W, and USL Academy.

 

Historic Harrison Hill Neighborhood Home & Garden Tour (and Art Market)

Historic Harrison Hill Neighborhood, 46807

June 11, 2022

 

In celebration of their official listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the Harrison Hill neighborhood will welcome attendees into ten historic homes and gardens, two churches, and several green spaces throughout the neighborhood. Local artists will sell their work at an art market hosted by Bread and Circus. Food trucks will offer lunch and snacks to those wandering through the neighborhood.

 

Siege of Fort Wayne 1812

The Old Fort

June 11 and 12, 2022

 

Had Fort Wayne fallen, Great Britain would have controlled the entire western border of the United States.  This weekend at the Old Fort will include musket and cannon demonstrations, period artisans, and children’s activities.

 

Sunday Heritage Concert Series – Remember When Duets

Promenade Park – Auer Lawn

June 12, 2022

 

‘Always Moving’ is the platform that Riverfront Fort Wayne prides itself on. But when creating the Riverfront Sunday Heritage Concert Series, ‘Always accessible’ was the key. At Promenade Park, we strive to make traditional performing arts easily available to everyone from all walks of life. Bring a chair or blanket and join us for this casual approach to traditional music this summer.

 

Rock Camp ’22

Sweetwater Academy of Music & Technology

Varying dates from June 13 through August 1, 2022

 

Kids can:

Meet musicians + build a band

Write & produce an original song

Record in a professional studio

Perform in a state-of-the-art venue

 

Muddy River Concert Series: Jonah Leatherman and U.R.B.

Promenade Park

June 15, 2022

 

This unique concert series centers around the themes of heritage, culture, and connection. Meet the vendors and organizations focusing on activities and information on our city and its rivers. Enjoy a variety of local music at 5:30 p.m. Food trucks and beverages will be on site at 5:00 p.m.

 

25th Annual BBQ RibFest

Headwaters Park Pavilions

June 16 – 19, 2022

 

Each year upwards of 40,000 ribfeasters descend on Headwaters Park in downtown Ft. Wayne where over twenty-five tons of incredible BBQ is consumed during Ft. Wayne’s favorite summer festival. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, rib sandwiches, bbq chicken, and so much more.

 

Middle Waves Music Festival

Foellinger Theatre

June 17 and 18, 2022

 

Middle Waves is back. The two-day destination music festival will feature Young the Giant and Big Boi among many others.

 

Dino & Dragon Stroll

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

June 18 and 19, 2022

 

Dino & Dragon Stroll is the only North American tour that lets you walk thru and get up close to life-like and life-size dinosaurs and dragons. This must-see event features the largest creatures touring the country, much larger than any other event of its kind. The dinosaurs and dragons are massive, some standing over 28 feet tall and spanning over 60 feet long. Dino & Dragon Stroll also features the newest dinosaurs and dragons produced with advanced animatronic and sound technology that brings these amazing creatures to life.

 

Yoga on the Riverfront

Promenade Park

Varying dates from June 19 through August 21, 2022

 

An all levels class that meets the second Sunday of the month at Promenade Park. Either in the glass recreation room or on the amphitheater depending on the weather.

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball

Parkview Field

Homestand beginning June 21, 2022

 

Come and cheer on the Caps at Parkview Field Parkview Field which ranked as a top ‘Ballpark Experience.’ Select games feature specials, promotions, and fireworks!

 

Bill Blass: Fort Wayne’s Fashion Designer

The History Center

June 22 – September 30, 2022

 

In honor of his 100th birthday, the Fort Wayne History Center is celebrating Bill Blass, an American fashion icon and WWII Ghost Army soldier.  Born in Fort Wayne on June 22, 1922 and a class of 1940 South Side High School graduate, Blass is best known for being one of the premier American fashion designers of the 20th century. This exhibition illustrates Blass’ multifaceted life, containing sections dedicated to his upbringing in Fort Wayne, role in the Ghost Army, and success as a master of design and marketing.

 

GreekFest 2022

Headwaters Park Pavilion

June 23 through June 26, 2022

 

Come out to GreekFest June 23-26, 2022 for great Greek food, fun, dancing, and much more.

 

Patriotic Pops at DeKalb Outdoor Theatre

Dekalb Outdoor Theater

June 24, 2022

 

Friends and family from across the region are invited to enjoy the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in a concert celebration of the American spirit. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy this free outdoor concert for the whole family!

 

Covington Art Fair

Covington Plaza

June 25 – 26, 2022

 

The Covington Art Fair is a high quality two-day community event featuring fine arts. The Fair is located at Covington Plaza, Fort Wayne’s most prestigious shopping plaza featuring high fashion, specialty large shops, gourmet restaurants, a spa and much, much more.

 

Garden Walk & Plant Sale

Purdue Extension Display Gardens

June 25, 2022

 

Join the Master Gardeners of Allen County for this free event in the Display Gardens of Allen County on the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus. Master Gardener volunteers will be available for fun activities, to answer questions, and to guide guests throughout the gardens. This public event is family friendly and includes many activities throughout the gardens and prizes at the end for participants! (while supplies last)

 

Chess on the Riverfront

Promenade Park

Varying dates from June 26 through August 28, 2022

 

Join local chess clubs Fort Chess and Take a Stan Chess Club for free community opportunities to learn and play chess this summer.

 

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!

 

Patriotic Pops at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse

Oakwood Resort in Syracuse

June 26, 2022

 

Head to the lawn in front of the gazebo on the shores of Lake Wawasee on Sunday, June 27, 2021 for a family friendly event – come by boat or bring your chairs, blanket, family, and friends!

 

Sunday Heritage Concert Series – The American Legion Band of Fort Wayne

Promenade Park – Park Foundation Pavilion

June 26, 2022

 

An up-close and personal experience with local musicians and musical groups in the Park Foundation Pavilion. Concerts are free and open to all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy these outdoor performances.

 

Wildwood Park/ARCH Home and Garden Tour

Wildwood Park

June 26, 2022

 

The long-awaited Wildwood Park/ARCH Home and Garden Tour is finally here, after a two-year hiatus. Fourteen Wildwood Park homeowners will open their houses and gardens to the public, showcasing our beautiful historic homes and marching through four decades of architectural history. Please join us for this once-a-decade event and experience for yourself the enduring quality of custom, architect-designed homes in Fort Wayne’s first subdivision and our uniquely designed landscape that curves with the hills of our natural terrain and forms the essence of our one-of-a-kind historic neighborhood.

 

Color X Color: Selections from the Chuck Sperry Archive

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through July 24, 2022

 

Chuck Sperry’s illustrious rock poster career has spanned over 25 years with no signs of slowing down. During that time, Sperry has printed thousands of posters for hundreds of bands. He has traveled the world, displaying his posters everywhere from dive bars to galleries in Europe, New York, and California. Now Sperry’s talent and success has brought him to museums.

 

The Art of the Skateboard

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through June 12, 2022

 

The roots of skateboarding appear in the 1950s when surfers applied the idea of surfing to the streets. The first skateboards were simple, wooden planks with roller skate parts bolted to the bottom. By the 1960s, the first skateboard-specific manufacturers appeared as well as the first skateboarding contest. After this peak, popularity began to decline, but new advances in the urethane wheel in the early 1970s gave rise to a boom in the sport.

 

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, 202

 

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.

 

The Gallery at Jefferson Pointe

Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center

Thursday – Saturday through August 20, 2022

 

The Fort Wayne Artists Guild in partnership with Jefferson Pointe presents The Gallery at Jefferson Pointe. This pop-up shop features 40 local artists in the Fort Wayne area showcasing their work for purchase, including:

John C Kelty

Alexandra Hall

Samuel Hoffman

Gwen Gutwein

Brenda Stichter

Avon Waters

Located across from GameStop and Marshalls.

 

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.

 

YLNI Farmers Summer Market

Corner of Wayne and Barr

Saturdays through September 24, 2022

 

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

 

Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Outdoor Market

McCulloch Park

Weekly through September 24, 2022

 

The Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market hosts a constantly changing variety of products, including meat, produce, farm products, baked goods, jewelry, artisan crafts, food trucks, and much more!

 

Third Thursday Cruise-In

Downtown Auburn

Each month on the third Thursday through September 15, 2022

 

A FREE, fun-filled, family-friendly event hosted by the ACD Festival.  All cars should enter at the corner of Cedar and 7th Street (main gate), beginning at 5:00 pm.

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Cars & Coffee

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Varying dates through September 17, 2022

 

Cars & Coffee provides auto enthusiasts of all levels an opportunity to show off their cars and talk to other owners on the beautiful campus of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Coffee will be provided for FREE courtesy of 9th street Brew Coffee House in Auburn and our 2022 Sweepstakes car, will be on display.

 

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. An adult changing table is located in our family restroom on the Lower Level. Additional staff