June Summer Festival Guide
Jun16

June Summer Festival Guide

Summer in Fort Wayne means every weekend Headwaters Park is packed with great festivals and entertainment. Here is a quick run down on what to expect for the first part of summer in northeast Indiana. Check out these highlights from our partners with Current Fort Wayne. Special thanks to Current Fort Wayne for being festival central! Greekfest (Click for more info) Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 A post shared by Fort Wayne Greek Festival (@fwgreekfest) on Jun 14, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT GearFest at Sweetwater  (Click for more info) Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23 A post shared by Sweetwater Sound (@sweetwatersound) on May 31, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT BuskerFest (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Freedom Festival Artisan Market (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 Stay tuned for July and August festivals coming...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep01

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne (besides heading off to the lake or having a picnic)? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5   Do you love cars? There are events for the entire family! 2. Big Kid Coloring Contest Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m. Drink beer and color at Trubble. First place gets a $20 gift card. 3. LET’S Comedy Presents: Swipeout Friday, September 2 at 9 p.m. What’s this all about, you say? “We ask a couple of our friends to get on Tinder and invite three of their matches on a date, once those dates arrive we throw them on stage for a dating game. Your host Corey Courrielche will be the man surprising these dates, so come watch him as he tries to avoid getting punched.” … Don’t miss it. 4. 2016 Botanical Roots Concert Series: Zion Lion (Reggae) Friday, September 2 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. It’s the last Botanical Roots concert! Come enjoy local bands and great food in a beautiful setting. 5. Food n’ Film – Morris From America Premiere Friday, September 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Vietnummy is serving food from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., “Morris from America” is screening at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and there’s an open mic from from freestyle … yea, freestyle. 6. Artisan Fair Saturday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Harness your inner Ron Swanson and attend some woodworking training and demonstrations, grab some grub from Affine and some dessert from Kona Ice, and have a good time! 7. Oktoberfest Tapping Party! Sunday, September 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There’s appetizers and a German Polka Band. I mean, come on … 8. An Evening of Music & Laughter for the Soul II Sunday, September 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Comedian Ralphie Roberts and smooth Jazz from Soul35. Tickets get you some food and wine. Check out this off-beat, amazing venue. 9. Get on Board: Get Connected Wednesday, September 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Are you interested in nonprofit board service? Meet nonprofit representatives as...

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Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life
Dec11

Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life

At first I wasn’t sure what to say about downtown living that you wouldn’t already know. After all, unlike some parts of the city, you probably drive through my ‘hood on a daily or weekly basis. And yes, living in the heart of the city has its perks. Lots of them. But like any neighborhood, life as an urban dweller also comes with unexpected – and sometimes unwanted – realities. After more than four years of calling the 46802 home, I think I’ve gotten a taste of it all – good, bad, awesome and otherwise. In some cases, the biggest benefits also come with unexpected bummers. If you’re considering moving to the middle of it all, here’s what I love (and don’t) about downtown living. 1. You can walk or bike to your favorite watering holes. (And to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga classes, juice bars, a movie theater and everywhere else.) Feeling like a late nightcap? Walk a few minutes to your favorite pub. Want to catch the latest indie film? Cinema Center is right around the corner. Out of coffee? Run down the way for a double latté. As for dinner, the options are endless. When you don’t feel like cooking, you can grab carryout and sip an apéritif while you wait. If you live downtown, you’ll be on a first-name basis with your favorite bartenders and bar rail “regulars.” And if you end up a wee bit over served, no worries. You’ll have to pay the tab, but you won’t have to pay for an Uber (or a lawyer). 2. You’ll never need to search or pay for parking. There’s long list of events that beckon people downtown. Baseball games. Wedding receptions. Concerts. Comedy shows. Races. Festivals. As the poor suburbanites feed the meter and circle the block 12 times to find a spot, you will be blissfully strolling by on the sidewalk. Even on foot, you’re almost guaranteed to get there faster – and you’ll get a little fresh air and exercise in the process. 3. You can get (almost) anywhere in 15 minutes or less. Since I moved downtown, I’ve worked in five different Allen County zip codes. But no matter what, I’ve always been able to get to work in 10-20 minutes. Sure, the 6 p.m. rush hour sometimes slows down the commute home. But in my mind, creeping down a city street is better than braving the suburban insanity of I-69. 4. You’re likely to be perennially renting. But you’ll enjoy the benefits of low-maintenance living. Downtown real estate options are growing, but so are the price tags. You’ll see an occasional “For Sale” sign, but...

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LFW Fun File
Sep17

LFW Fun File

Hello Fort Wayne! Looking for some fun things to do this week? Look below and enjoy! If you want to see your event on our weekly Fun File please email us at info@livingfortwayne.com! As always, all of the events below are on our calendar. 1. Better Block Days! 2. Johnny Appleseed Festival  3. University of Saint Francis’ Presidential Gala Reception 4. afO’s Bend Us 5. Escanaba in Da Moonlight 6. Bill Maher 7. The Marvelous Wonderettes 8. “Light Eternal: Mozart Requiem & More” 9. Breast Health Seminar 10. Nick Diamonds (of ISLANDS/The Unicorns) and Small...

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Fall Festival Overview
Oct01

Fall Festival Overview

The Johnny Appleseed Festival serves as a good kick-off for fall and its festivities. With pumpkins, apples and various other harvests and its subsequent products (like pies!), there really isn’t anything to dislike about the season… Except the knowledge that winter is coming…But, here are some upcoming events we can all look forward to. Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival, Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Saturday’s event has a tractor parade, cow milking, butter making and a farmer’s market. Live animals, oat and wheat thrashing, food and concessions, hay rides, and many other things are featured on both days. The farm is located at 817 W Dupont Rd. Wild Zoo Halloween, Oct. 17-19, 23-26, 31, noon-5 p.m.: The event offers adventure, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for the little ones. Admission + trick or treating is $9 for all ages. For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo website. Pumpkin Zone, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Botanical Conservatory: A variety of pumpkin-related questions will be subjects of various experiments like: Do pumpkins float? and how many seeds do they have? Games will be set up (like pumpkin putt-putt) and kids can color their own pumpkin to take home. Regular conservatory admission applies, but covers the cost of the event. Camp Red Cedar Fall Festival, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The second annual festival includes hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, seasonal shopping, pony rides and more. Admission is free to the public with some of the activities serving as fundraisers. Visit Camp Red Cedar’s website for more information. The Camp is located at 3900 Hursh Road. Fort Wayne Halloween Pet Parade, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Franke Park Pavilion 1: Pet owners are invited to dress up themselves and their pets for the Franke Park event. There will be a contest for best dressed. An entry fee of $20 includes judging, a chance to win a prize, food and a custom color framed picture. For registration information call 260-432-5031 or visit the Pet Parade website. Fright Night, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – midnight, Downtown: The biggest and best Halloween-themed day of them all!  The Embassy, Conservatory, History Center, Science Central, Library, Community Center, Museum of Art, Parkview Field…and pretty much everywhere downtown will have activities for the family. For a complete rundown of activities, visit the Fright Night website. If you know of any other festivals, please tell us in the...

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