New Year’s Eve 2017 in the Fort

The countdown to 2018 has already begun, but it becomes official on New Year’s Eve.  As usual, Fort Wayne will not be short on happenings for the big day.  This New Year’s Eve, you’ll have a variety of choices on how best to ring in 2018.  Read on for some of our favorite celebration ideas for December 31, 2017.  There’s something for everyone!

For the Kiddos

Science Central’s Countdown to Noon

Join Fort Wayne’s favorite science museum from 10am-3pm to don a party hat and noisemaker and enjoy face painting, science demos, and the museum’s many interesting exhibits.  Get there early to count down the seconds to noon and witness the 2,018-balloon drop.  

ACPL Countdown to New Year’s

Head to the Globe Room at the main library branch from 2-3pm if your little ones love arts and crafts.  Confetti pipes and other projects are on the agenda, along with noisemakers and an apple juice toast.  

NYE Kids Lock-In Party

If you’ve been searching for a New Year’s Eve babysitter, look no further than Game Day Sports Camp.  Their responsibly screened and trained staff, along with security and law enforcement, will supervise (and feed!) your K-8th-graders at The ASH Centre as they play sports and games, watch movies, and other surprises.  All they need is a sleeping bag!

For the Whole Family

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Toledo Walleye

Every year, the Komets host an exciting and well-attended New Year’s Eve hockey game.  Beat the crowds and buy your tickets now.  

Fantasy of Lights

December 31st is the final night of this two-mile journey through innovative light displays.  There’s even an interactive radio broadcast for children.  Head to Franke Park when the sun goes down (6-9pm) for a bright and festive car ride.

Cosmic Bowling

The ceiling lights go off, the black lights come on.  This colorful, noisy activity is high-energy fun for everyone.  Crazy Pinz offers a party package with pizza, and Cosmic Putt-Putt is also available.  Space is filling up fast, so call now to make a reservation!  

Most local bowling alleys are open late on New Year’s Eve. Check your nearest location to see if they have any special events or deals.  

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Fort Wayne Ball Drop

Some of the city’s best engineers have been hard at work to create a real-life ball with over 380,000 LED lights, lowered by crane at midnight. Fireworks will follow the countdown and live ball drop. (Editor’s note – due to weather conditions in the area, please see important event updates on

For the Mindful

For those of you hoping for a peaceful and quiet New Year’s Eve, some of Fort Wayne’s yoga studios have you covered.  Peace of Mind Wellness Center is hosting a Yoga Nidri Workshop.  PranaYoga will have candlelit Yin Vin and a nighttime yoga session.  Sign up on their sites to reserve a spot.

For the Grownups (21+)

Parkview Field’s Official Indoor Gala

Stay warm during Fort Wayne’s ball drop in Parkview Field’s Suite Level Lounge.  With an upscale bar, hors d’oeuvres, spectacular views of the ball drop outside and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, you’ll be ringing in the New Year in style.  (Editor’s note – this event is now sold out.)

Looking for a Theme?

Dance the night away at ’90s Night at Brass Rail.  Don a flapper or mob boss costume and attend 07 Pub’s Roaring ’20s party.  If you love board games, head to the Gaming Gala at the Game Annex.


Check out the Current Fort Wayne calendar for more local events happening this New Year’s Eve. 

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Author: Alexandra Sauer

Alexandra is the Community Relations & Events Manager at Positive Resource Connection. She is a Fort Wayne native, recently returning to the city after a 13-year hiatus traveling the world. Of all the places she's visited and lived, Fort Wayne remains the home in her heart. She loves writing about food, culture and family fun, and will cross traffic to pet a puppy.

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