LFW Weekly Fun File
Jun30

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Fourth! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? 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. TinCaps Thirsty Thursday Pub Run Thursday, June 30 Walk or run a 5k through downtown, ending at the Tincaps Stadium for Thirsty Thursday! (Or, if you can’t join the pub run, just go to the Tincaps game for Thirsty Thursday.) 2. Freedom on Main: An All American Celebration Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Freedom-inspired fun! There will be face painting, activities, and a performance by Heartland Sings (also Joseph Decuis barbecue … yum!). 3. HAIR In Concert Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. It’s a free performance of numbers from the upcoming production of “Hair,” you don’t want to miss it! 4. Leo-Cedarville Freedom Festival Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Food, activities, music from Mason-Dixon Line, and fireworks! 5. Broadway Street Stroll Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. Broadway is the place to be! The street stroll will showcase art, shops, venues, and eats that have made a home on Broadway. 6. Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Patriotic Pops Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. The Phil is holding their annual “Patriotic Pops” on Parkview Field this Sunday. Stop by for some great music and fireworks! 7. 4 on the 4th Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m. Before you spend the rest of your day  cooking out and snacking during fireworks, start out with a run! 8. Fourth of July Fireworks Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. The fireworks are downtown again this year! There’s a Tincaps game with a great view of the fireworks after, or you can head downtown and find a spot to watch the show! 9. YLNI Living Fort Wayne Concert Series Wednesday, July 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our free concert series is happening again this coming Wednesday! We had so much fun last time, don’t miss it! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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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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