Kick Off Spring in the Fort at the Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Festival!

bbb 300x225 Kick Off Spring in the Fort at the Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Festival!If you’re a bacon lover like me, you’ll want to visit the Botanical Conservatory on Saturday, March 29th, for Fort Wayne’s annual Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Festival!

Mixing two things that Fort Wayne does well – meat and beer – local breweries and restaurants are coming together to create a savory evening of fun for the 21 and older crowd.  Some popular local breweries are Mad Anthony and Summit City Brewerks.  Other national brewing companies will be featured, too, like Flat 12 and the Lexington Brewing Co.  There will be over 60 beer samples for you to try, so you might discover a new favorite drink.

I love trying new foods, and I think this festival is a great way to sample a variety of bacon-themed items and support local restaurants at the same time.  Restaurants include:  Trolley Steaks and Seafood, Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge, Chops, Eddie Merlot’s, and my personal favorite – Shigs in Pit!  These are all popular restaurants with the locals, so you know you’ll be getting quality and delicious food!

So, if you’re still making plans for an upcoming Saturday night, head on over to the Conservatory and savor Fort Wayne’s finest foods and drinks.

When:  Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tickets are $35 for General Admission.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Amanda Reusser

About

Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!

springbreak 300x221 Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!When one thinks of great Spring Break destinations, Fort Wayne, Indiana probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Unfortunately, sometimes the big trip just isn’t in the cards – but don’t let that keep you from doing something fun! If sun and sand aren’t in your plans this Spring Break, why not plan a nearby getaway to a place nearby provides the joy of leaving town, without the hassle and expenses of travel – Fort Wayne! Whether you live in town or in the surrounding communities, or are looking a getaway that doesn’t require long hours in the car, there is no reason your Spring Break can’t be something great!

This Spring Break season, Fort Wayne has a variety of fun events and activities that are sure to pique the interest of everyone in your family! From sporting events, to Broadway shows, you’ll be able to keep your whole group happy. To make it even easier to plan your trip, we’ve created some itinerary ideas to get you started!

 

ABUNDANCE OF ARTS GETAWAY
March 28-30

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Got to a Broadway show for less! Beauty and the Beast comes to the Embassy Theatre on March 31st.

The end of March brings an abundance of arts to Fort Wayne. The only problem is going to be choosing which shows you want to see! Combine a great show with a trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, or our other great museums, and your arts trip is complete! You can’t go wrong with a can’t-miss show or festival! Here are just a few of your options:

  • The Fort Wayne Philharmonic brings Bizet’s Carmen to life on the Embassy stage.

Combine these with outstanding dining and overnight packages and you are on your way to making lasting memories together!


Spring Break Sports Getaway
April 4-6

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The TinCaps open their season on April 3rd!

The weekend of April 4th-6th is a crazy sports weekend in Fort Wayne! All three of our major minor league teams will be in action at Parkview Field and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum!

Thursday, April 3rd,  kicks off the season for TinCaps Baseball and will see them in action on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th as well!  Enjoy a little March Madness with Mad Ants Basketball at the Memorial Coliseum on the on the 3rd and 4th.  Saturday and Sunday give you a chance to see the Komet Hockey team hit the ice!

If a little friendly competition amongst yourselves is what you’re after, get active at Crazy Pinz, Lazer X, or Ultrazone! If you want to do something fun that may not require a little friendly trash talk, check out indoor trampoline park, SkyZone, or open skates at Canlan Ice Rink.

You’ll also want to hit the MyPlate and Beyond and Science on a Sphere exhibits at  Science Central, as well as the High Spaces, Hidden Places exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory to add a little hands-on education to the mix!

 

GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY
Girlfriend Getaway to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale
Week of April 8

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Grab your friends and shop the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale from April 9th-13th!

Why not take a little “me” time and go on a girlfriend getaway? Fort Wayne is the perfect place to bring your friends and enjoy some time together! Whether you’re looking for great places to shop, or just want to kick back and relax, you’re sure to find it here.

April 9-13 is the world-renowned Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, offering 40%-60% off retail prices. The sale is a “bucket list” experience for any Vera Bradley fan, and her girlfriends!

You won’t want to miss a trip to one of our DeBrand Fine Chocolates locations. This world-renowned chocolatier offers small bites, decadent desserts, and a tour complete with samples at the Auburn Road headquarters.

Of course, no Girlfriend Getaway would be complete without a healthy dose of retail therapy. You won’t want to miss Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square, for starters. Jefferson Pointe is a lifestyle shopping center with upscale stores such as Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Vera Bradley. Come shop till you drop in a beautiful and relaxing setting. Jefferson Pointe is located at 4110 West Jefferson Blvd. Glenbrook Square is the largest shopping mall in the state of Indiana. Come shop till you drop at Macy’s, Banana Republic, Build-A-Bear, and so much more. Glenbrook Square is located at 4201 Coldwater Rd.

Add a visit to a fabulous spa, unique boutique, or perhaps a live performance. Top your evening off with a great dinner with the girls, and a comfortable overnight stay in one of our great (and affordable!) hotels.

So go ahead, pick what interests you most and plan your trip to Fort Wayne! If you need additional help and information, give our friendly staff a call at 1-800-767-7752, or check out more options in our Spring Break section on the Visit Fort Wayne website.

Katie

About

Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Have Some Colorful Fun at One of Three Color Runs Coming to Fort Wayne!

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There are not one, not two – but THREE colorful runs coming to Fort Wayne! These are: Color Vibe on April 5th, The Color Run on April 26th, and The Neon Vibe on May 10th. What exactly are color runs? These runs are known for the non-threatening, fun environment. In fact, if you look up The Color Run, Color Vibe, or Neon Vibe, you will see them all described as “fun runs”. What exactly is a fun run? This means that the event is not timed and lacks the “intimidation factor” that other organized fitness events can have. While these runs are 5k events, each one has few tricks up their sleeves to bring on the fun!  Participants are showered in colorful powder, are encouraged to wear crazy outfits, and fun and dancing are highly encouraged! With all of the color runs coming to town, you might be wondering what makes them different and why you should participate in something that involves being covered in colors. Here is a little breakdown of what you can expect at each!

Color Vibe
Color Vibe is coming to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on April 5th. The 3.1 mile run is infused with color. Runners start the race with a clean white shirt only to pass through four color stations along the course to end up with a bright and vibrant tie-dye shirt at the finish. The point is not to race, but to literally become a canvas of color, be active, and share a life experience with friends and family. The thought behind the creation of Color Vibe was to give people who may not necessarily be runners, a chance to get active without dreading the activity and live a little more colorfully. That way instead of walking away thinking “why did I do that?”, you’ll be thinking “I can’t wait to do that again!”.

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The course for Color Vibe begins at the Memorial Coliseum and takes you through the surrounding neighborhoods and trails. You will be blasted with color at four color stations throughout the course, and will find a dance party and color throw at the finish line! You can register now through March 31st for $40, or the day of the Color Vibe for $50. Your registration fee gets you entry to the 5k race, an official Color Vibe tshirt, a Color vibe color pack and a prize. You can register online here.

The Color Run
Known as the “Happiest 5k on the planet”, The Color Run is known for bringing a colorful, fun time for all! While The Color Run has come to Fort Wayne in the past, the 2014 Color Run is bringing something special this year with the Kaleidoscope Tour. Whether it’s new runners getting ready for their first 5k, or seasoned athletes remembering what it feels like to just run for fun, the Kaleidoscope Tour promises to be an unforgettable event that will be filled with 5k magic. Some of what you can expect from The Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour is:

  • Life-size kaleidoscope triangles
  • Viewfinder kaleidoscopes
  • Confetti filled balloons
  • Rainbow arches at the finish
  • Bubble
  • New participant gear

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The Color Run will take place on April 26th at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Participants will start on the field, and go through the surrounding neighborhood before finishing back at Parkview Field. There will be four color stations along the route. The start-window begins at 8am, with new waves going every few minutes! You can register in a team of 4 for $35/person until April 1st, or $40 for an individual participant. After April 1, the registration fee is $40/person for a group or $45 for an individual. Your fee will get you an official Color Run race kit, a custom tshirt, tricolor headband, a Color Run shoulder sling bag, temporary tattoos, and more! You can register for The Color Run here.

The Neon Vibe
New to the color run scene in Fort Wayne is The Neon Vibe. The Neon Vibe is a little different from Color Vibe and The Color Run, in that it takes place in the evening rather than during the day. On May 10th, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, come ready to glow! This after-dark colorful run brings all the fun of of a “traditional” color run with a new twist, glowing neon color powder that lights up under black lights! Each course is designed to light up the night with several UV black light glow-zones, upbeat dance music, and amped runners who are dressed up and ready to party. Although it is a 5k and you can run as hard as you’d like, most just want to light-it-up, have a good time, and dance their way to the finish.

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The Neon Vibe kicks off at the Coliseum at 9pm, and promises to be a color run like you’ve never experienced. Registration is going on now, and is $40 (plus a $3.95 online processing fee). Your registration fee includes a Neon Vibe shirt, as well as a a glow packet. You can also order additional merchandise while you register, or on the night of the event. You can register online here.

Are you ready to get colorful? Grab your family and friends and sign up for one of these colorfully fun runs today!

Katie

About

Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Indulge your senses at the Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Festival

BBB Logo 300x225 Indulge your senses at the Beer, Bourbon and Bacon FestivalLife is about appreciating an indulgence from time to time. After all, you gotta live once and while!  If you like beer, bourbon, and bacon, you’re in luck! The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is hosting a festival celebrating these three Bs.

Join other food and drink aficionados March 29th at the Conservatory in downtown Ft. Wayne, from 5pm to 8pm. A $35 tickets gets you an unlimited sampling of 60+ beers from local, regional and national breweries including Mad Anthony, Summit City Brewerks, Lexington Brewing Co, Bell’s, Flat 12, Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, Goose Island and many, many more. Those fond of the Kentucky whiskey can sample varieties from Indiana and Kentucky.

And need I mention the bacon!?  Eddie Merlot’s, Main St. Bistro and Martini Lounge, Chop’s, Shigs in Pit and the Trolley Bar will all be serving up Ossian-brand bacon-themed snacks available at a very modest price. The exact dishes haven’t been announced, so it will be a pleasant surprise to see what they serve up. But I can tell you these restaurants are among the most popular in Fort Wayne, so you’re in for a treat.

This is the first time for this event, and organizers are optimistic about the response.  The inspiration was to find something unique in terms of beer festivals. Beer fests are common. Bacon fests are in other markets. But adding bourbon to the mix just seemed like a tasty idea. (We’d have to agree!)

The venue is sure to please as well. You can’t go wrong with flowers, lots of places to wander and plenty of room for sampling stations. Rain or shine, you’ll have a great time enjoying the beauty of nature, and course other sensory delights.

Drinking not your thing? Designated driver tickets are also available and will include a sandwich and soda /water. Tickets are available for purchase online and you can find them here.

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

FAME Festival Features Arts and Music by and for Children

How would you like to help touch the lives of 150,000 school children and their families? And what if you could enjoy an amazing display of talent including choirs, dance troupes and instrumental bands?

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Then stop by the FAME Festival March 15 and 16 for hands-on fun for your entire family. This Fort Wayne, Indiana event is a celebration of the arts in conduction with National Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month.

Children in grades K-8 will participate in live performances at FAME Festival. The FAME program, which stands for Foundation for Art and Music in Education, is a professional organization for the arts, music, dance and drama teachers and principals in Northern Indiana. Most FAME programs are for elementary age children.

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The FAME Festival takes place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center located downtown at 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Admission is $4 for adults. Those 18 years old and younger are admitted for free. The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 15 and from noon to 5 p.m. on March 16. For more information on this year’s event visit the FAME Festival online. FAME Festival is also on Facebook too!

Insider Tip: Don’t stop at FAME. Check out our other blog posts for more family filled ideas for fun in the Fort.

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.