Ring in the New Year – Summit City style

Are you planning to be in Fort Wayne on New Year’s Eve? You’re in for a treat. There is plenty to do and see! Here are a few ideas:

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Make sure you try one of Club Soda’s famous martinis!

For party animals: I always enjoy spending New Year’s at Club Soda. There is always live entertainment, good company–and of course plenty of drinks. If you’re looking to go out but not hit the club, this is a great compromise.

For the kids (or kids at heart): Spend the last day of the year learning about science. Fort Wayne’s own science museum offers an annual family friendly event: Countdown to Noon. Join them for activities and demonstrations, from 10 am to 2 pm,  all centered around New Year’s Eve!

For sports fans: Fort Wayners go crazy for Komets hockey, and it’s easy to see why.  There is always more than enough excitement! Join the Jungle and cheer on the home team as they make another run for a championship.  Come see Icy D. Eagle and the rest of the Komets when they hit the ice for the 2014/15 season at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

For the romantic types: Looking for a romantic getaway with your beloved? We’ve got you covered. Did you know Fort Wayne has a bed and breakfast/spa in the heart of downtown? Yes,  a couple operates three buildings: the Thomas Snook the Sion Bass House Spa, and the LaSalle house. Each has something different to offer, but we guarantee you’ll feel at home in all of them. Insider’s Tip: If you stay in the Snook House, ask for the Paris room. It’s oh-so-romantic!

For the cultured: Join Fort Wayne’s Heartland Sings for a New Year’s Eve event unlike any other. Heartland’s “Swingin’ Singin’ New Year’s Eve,”  will feature the Heartland jazz vocalists and orchestra. Expect a dynamic, live musical show with dancing, drinks, food and a champagne toast at midnight.  General admission tickets are $60 a person and include admission to the show at the Grand Wayne Center from 9 pm-1 am on New Year’s Eve, as well as hors d’oeurves throughout the evening, one free drink ticket, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Here’s to a happy and safe new year!


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.

Make Plans to Ring In the New Year

New Year’s Eve is less than a week away! Ring in 2014 by attending one of these great events going on around Fort Wayne! Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends and family, want to take in a great meal, or are just looking for the perfect place to get your party on – there are a few options for whatever you want to do to celebrate a great 2013, and usher in the new year!

For the Family…

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Join Science Central in celebrating 2014!

Science Central Countdown to Noon
If you have little ones that want to celebrate the new year, but that won’t make it to midnight, join Science Central at their 14th annual Countdown to Noon! From 10am-2pm on New Year’s Eve. families can enjoy making party hats, noisemakers and facepainting; activity tables and science demonstrations; and view city lights around the world at Science of a Sphere. As noon approaches visitors can gather for a soda pop toast and the annual balloon drop celebrating the new year!

Admission is $8 per person ages 3 and older. For more information visit the event page at Visit Fort Wayne.

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The Komets will take on the Toledo Walleye in their annual New Year’s Eve game.

Fort Wayne Komet Hockey
A New Year’s Eve tradition for years, the Fort Wayne Komets annual New Year’s Eve game is a great way to kick-off your evening festivities! Whether you’re going out with a group of friends, or need something fun to do with the family, this tradition is a great one to take part in! The puck drops at 7:30 – giving you plenty of time after the game to get to your final destination where you’ll watch the ball drop at midnight!

Tickets start at $12.95 for upper arena seating and $17.50 for lower arena. This game tends to be heavily attended, so make sure to order your tickets now, or show up to the Coliseum early!

Roller Dome North All Night Skate
For your older kids that are ready to go out and celebrate the New Year with friends, but aren’t quite old enough to go somewhere you don’t fully trust, the Roller Dome North is offering an all night skate on New Year’s Eve from 7:30pm-5am. Tickets are $22 in advance ($25 at the door) and include: skate rental, party bags w/ various goodies, hot dog and a drink.  You can purchase tickets to the New Year’s Eve All Night Skate here.

Wine and Dine…

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Have a festive feast at Tocanos!

Tucanos Brazilian Grill will be offering a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Join Tucanos for a unique dinner to ring in 2014  – Brazilian style! Enjoy a full Churrasco dinner on linen covered tables featuring Roasted Rib-eye, Rosemary-Herb Salmon and Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp, a special New Year’s dessert, and party favors. The cost is $28.95 per person, children 7-12 are $12.95, and 6 years old and under are FREE!

Reservations are REQUIRED, so call Tucanos now to reserve your table at 260.436.4433.

Biaggi’s will be offering a special New Year’s Eve Chef’s Menu for those looking for a little ambience to start your New Year’s Eve celebrations. The menu includes a three course meal and a choice of a glass of House Red or White wine or Moscato d’ Asti. For your appetizer you can choose between Polenca Gorgonzola or Crispy Shrimp Amalfi. Entree choices are Porcini Mushroom Tortelloni or Grilled Ribeye. Finish your delicious meal off with your choice of Bailey’s Creme Brulee or Chocolate Chip Banana Paradiso.

Reservations are suggested, and the three course dinner is $40 per person. To make a reservation contact Biaggi’s at 260.459.6700.

Club Soda
Club Soda wants you spend New Year’s Eve with them! Dine on their delicious menu, take part in a few fruity cocktails, and usher in 2014! The West Central Quartet will be providing entertainment for the evening. Reservations are required, and tables are going fast! To make a reservation contact Club Soda at 260.426.3442.

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JK O’Donnell’s will have great food, entertainment and drinks at their New Year’s Eve bash.

JK O’Donnell’s
Ring in 2014 with Irish flare at JK O’Donnell’s in downtown Fort Wayne! The first toast of the evening will take place at 7pm (midnight in Ireland!), and there will be a second to celebrate the start of our new year at midnight! Rhapsody in Wax will be playing the music all night long. Make JK’s your starting point for the night, stay all night, or make it where you end your festivities. Whatever you choose, JK O’Donnell’s is ready for you!

For more information, call JK O’Donnell’s at 260.420.5563.

New Year’s for Wimps

Want to celebrate 2014 a little earlier, or have a great first stop on you night out? Check out New Year’s for Wimps at the Lucky Moose on Dupont Road. From 5-10pm enjoy a buffet featuring royal red shrimp, salmon, ribs, pecan chicken, salad bar, dessert crepes and more! Then, right before 10pm, the countdown begins! Everyone (over 21) will receive a glass of champagne and will ring in 2014 – 2 hours early. After that the restaurant is shut down so everyone can go out to their next stop, or simply go home and relax.

New Year’s for Wimps is open to all ages and is $14.95 per person.

Party the Night Away…

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Take on the night at the YLNI Masquerade Ball!

YLNI Masquerade Ball
The annual YLNI  New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball is a CAN’T MISS party! Regarded as the premier event for young professionals in the area, the YLNI Masquerade Ball goes with a Great Gatsby theme for this year’s festivities. Grab your best “Roaring 20′s” garb and ring in 2014 at the Grand Wayne Center. Tickets are $45 for non-members and $40 for members. You can also get VIP tickets for $65. For more information check out Visit Fort Wayne, or YLNI.

Don Hall’s Guesthouse New Year’s Eve Party
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve at Hall’s Guesthouse in the Grand Ballroom. Enjoy a prime-rib buffet from 7-9pm, and stay for the party after! Entertainment will be provided by Paul Stewart featuring Brian & JJ McCoy. Make sure to stick around for the complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

Not only can you enjoy the party, the Guesthouse is also offering hotel packages that include tickets for 2 to the party, an overnight stay at The Guesthouse, and breakfast on New Year’s Day at the special breakfast buffet. Tickets start at $89 per couple, and hotel packages including dinner, the party, hotel stay, and breakfast begin at $175. More information can be found at Visit Fort Wayne. To make reservations contact Don Hall’s Guesthouse.

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Enjoy the ambiance of The Philmore at their New Year’s Eve party.

New Year’s Eve Party at The Philmore
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the historic Philmore on Broadway. Join The Philmore for music, dancing, dinner or light appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight! There will be live entertainment provided by Last Call. There will be two seatings for the evening. The first features a five-course dinner provided by Affine. The second seating will feature light appetizers.

You can purchase tickets for the first seating for $60. Tickets for the second seating are $25. If you want to enjoy dinner, and stay for the second seating to ring in 2014, you can purchase a combo ticket for $80. To make reservations call The Philmore at 260.745.1000.

Freakdown 2014
Ring in 2014 at Ceruti’s with the Freak Brothers! The night will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, and cash bar service. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite, the Freak Brothers. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased here, or call Ceruiti’s at 260.207.2000.

No matter what you decide to do, have a happy, and safe, New Year!



Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

YLNI’s Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Downtown Fort Wayne is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve. And, if you’re looking for THE premier party to ring in the New Year in style, consider attending The Annual Masquerade Ball hosted by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. This year’s Great Gatsby themed party will be held at the picturesque Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Don your masquerade mask, dance the night away and experience the Roaring 20s. Specialty cocktails, an all-night DJ, and a champagne toast at midnight top off a night you’re sure to remember. Limited VIP Packages are available and offer an exclusive seating area and dedicated servers.

You don’t want to miss the hottest party in town!

What: Annual Masquerade Ball

When: December 31 from 9 pm to 2 am

Where: Grand Wayne Convention Center

Tickets: $45 per person

More info: www.ylni.org/ball

Special Offer from Courtyard Downtown:

Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown at Grand Wayne Convention Center  for $99 per night without breakfast
Book your group rate: YLNI – Without Breakfast

Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown at Grand Wayne Convention Center  for $109  per night with breakfast for 2.
Book your group rate: YLNI – With Breakfast


Amber Recker moved here from Illinois in 2002 and is proud to call Fort Wayne home. She's a marketing professional, freelance writer, community volunteer, and food blogger, with over ten years of writing and editing experience. By day, she serves as the director of marketing for PUNCH Films. In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profit organizations and creates content for a service-centered blog, contagiouscommunity.org. She and her husband also own Ginger Kitchen Gourmet Ice Cream, preparing small-batch, locally sourced ice cream. The two also enjoy spending time in the kitchen and share their culinary creations at reckermended.com.

Top 5 Romantic New Year’s Eve Dinner Spots in Fort Wayne

There’s still time to plan a private, romantic evening to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Fort Wayne, Indiana with your significant other. A number of local restaurants here can help build the perfect mood to celebrate 2012 and ring in the New Year.

The following are top local favorites, well-known in the Northeast Indiana culinary scene and loved by locals. I’m naming them as my personal “Top 5 Romantic New Year’s Eve Dinner Spots in Fort Wayne.” Enjoy!

  • Paula’s On Main: The eclectic feel here is a bit different but for the right couple, this Fort Wayne favorite will be appreciated. Enjoy seafood, steak and a full bar.
  • Cork N’ Cleaver: Steak, seafood and prime rib are the main players at this local favorite. Located on the north side this one is worth the trip if you are staying downtown. Romantic dining at it’s best.

 Top 5 Romantic New Years Eve Dinner Spots in Fort Wayne

  • Baker Street: From traditional American cuisine, to steak, greens and a flaming bananas foster for dessert. You are bound to find menu items to please your palate.

 Top 5 Romantic New Years Eve Dinner Spots in Fort Wayne

  • Club Soda: Jazz, martinis and the rat pack live on here. Enjoy dining and drinking at this downtown favorite. Live entertainment most nights and specialty drinks.
  • Chop’s: Steak and seafood take center stage here. Visit the southwest location and then afterward walk on over to the sister-establishment for post-dinner drinks at Chop’s Wine Bar.

Also, consider checking with the restaurant or establishment of your choice to learn about New Year’s specials and events! Plan on making your night out part of a romantic getaway or trip? You can do both. Visit the Romantic Winter Getaways section from Visit Fort Wayne to learn more!


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.

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Lauren Caggiano
February 11th, 2013
My hunny is taking me to Paula's. :)

Attend Fort Wayne’s Premier New Year’s Eve Party

Consider attending Fort Wayne’s premier New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2013 — the YLNI Masquerade Ball!

This annual event is sponsored by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, a networking and social group for area young professionals. This year’s event is Monday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Tickets are required. Buy yours in advance because this event can sell out!

Gold Level tickets are $45 each and include a “red carpet” style entrance, access to the ball which includes a live DJ and dance floor, light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, one trick ticket and the viewing of a live broadcast of from Times Square in New York City.

VIP tickets are $65 each and include all of the above benefits, in addition to access to a private VIP area at the event with couch seating, extra hors d’oeuvres, a private VIP cash bar and an additional drink ticket (two total).

If you have a group attending, tickets can be purchased at discount in bulk. Current YLNI members also receive a discount. The event is black tie optional, but all guests are required to wear a mask. Don’t have one? Check out Stoner’s Funstore, a local gag and gift shop, while you are downtown.

The Grand Wayne Center is located at 1020 S. Calhoun St. in downtown Fort Wayne, within convenient walking distance of both the Courtyard Marriott and Hilton hotels for out of town guests. But don’t wait, make your reservation today and purchase your tickets to this year’s ball!

For more information on the Masquerade Ball and to purchase tickets visit the event online.


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.