Updated March 2017
This New Year’s Eve, consider enjoying Fort Wayne to its fullest by going to a fun party, the annual New Year’s Eve Komets game, or a historical or art exhibit. For more information about each event listed below such as times, locations, and ticket prices, just click on the event name.
New Year's Eve Parties
2017 NYE Ball at Main Street
The party starts at Main Street Bistro at 9 pm. Hors d'oeuvres start at 9 pm and the evening includes party decorations, themed drinks and shots, live DJs and other entertainment, a photographer, and a late night menu at 2 am. This 21+ event is $30 per individual or $60 per couple; tickets can be bought online or at the door.
Ceruti’s Countdown to 2017
This party starts at 8 pm and the night is filled with hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, live music, dancing, a cash bar, door prizes, and party favors. This 21+ event is $30 per person if bought before the party or $35 per person at the door depending on availability.
Bar 145 and B96.9 start off their party at 9 pm with a dinner buffet accompanied by stand-up comedy with B96.6’s Big Kess. Other activities include raffles and gift card and prize giveaways at each hour, a champagne toast at midnight with a souvenir cup giveaway, and live music with DJ Pup Luv. Ticket prices vary from $20-$35.
New Year’s Eve at Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne
Join Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne and the band Big Dick and The Penetrators at 9 pm to ring in the new year. Room, dinner, and entertainment packages are available for purchase.
Come to the American Legion Post 47 for a dinner buffet, live music, breakfast, and a midnight champagne toast. Dinner is from 5 pm-8 pm and Renegade Band Fort Wayne will perform from 9 pm-12 am. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from a bartender.
The Music Lovers Lounge is not only celebrating New Year’s Eve but also their five year anniversary. Join them starting at 10 pm for a buffet, a dance party, music, and free champagne. This 21+ event only has 200 spots and tickets will not be sold at the door.
New Year’s Eve Gala at Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne
The gala starts at 7 pm and includes a night of dinner, live entertainment, party favors, complimentary draft beer and house wine, a champagne toast at midnight, and deluxe overnight accommodations. A breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day at Red River Steakhouse is included. The price for a couple is $259.16.
Get your party started at 3:00 pm on New Year's Eve at the Rusty Spur! Starting at 8:00 pm, 3 Fort Wayne bands will help start the countdown to the New Year. Enjoy a free food buffet, a balloon drop, and more at this fun party! Tickets cost $20 per person.
Fort Wayne Komets
The Komets will be playing their annual New Year’s Eve game against the Toledo Walleye. The game starts at 7:30 pm.
Science Central Countdown to Noon
Science Central will ring in 2017 with a ball drop and balloon drop at noon accompanied by other activities such as making party hats, noisemakers, face painting, and science demonstrations. Visitors can also view city lights around the world using Science Central’s Science on a Sphere exhibit.
Bones Carnival at Science Central
While you’re at Science Central for the Countdown to Noon event, make sure to visit Bones Carnival. This exhibit is designed to teach kids about bones and how to keep their bones healthy through diet and exercise.
The Fantasy of Lights
New Year’s Eve is the last night for this annual lights show. Franke Park has a mile and a half of the park dedicated to 85 animated lights displays of different holiday and winter themes that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.
Make it a fun evening and plan a carriage ride through the Fantasy of Lights! Be sure to bundle up.
This event starts at 7 pm behind Main Street Bistro and features a LED tower, music, fireworks, and a 2017 countdown. The ball drop is free and open to all ages.
Holiday Windows Display
If you’re downtown, make sure to visit the window displays at Harrison Street along the Embassy Theatre as well as other displays that are a part of the Downtown Improvement District’s Holiday Window Decorating Event. This year’s theme is “Joy to the World.”
Headwaters Park Ice Rink
Ice skating at the downtown Headwaters Park outdoor ice rink can be a fun activity before heading off to parties or other events. A small admissions fee is charged per person along with skate rentals. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase.
Enjoy a sweet treat or warm drink at any of the DeBrand locations! Plus, each DeBrand location as some special seating areas where you can sit and relax with the one's you love while enjoying DeBrand's signature chocolates and drinks.
“Dead in the Water” Dinner Mystery Show
This dinner and show in Roanoke is an audience participation mystery where the audience helps solve the crime. Doors open at 6:30 pm and dinner starts at 7:30 pm. The cost is $40 per person.
Botanical Conservatory-Garden in Lights
For this exhibit, all the gardens are decorated with poinsettias and the outside terrace is decorated with lights and has holiday music. Be sure to visit their “12 Days of Christmas” exhibit during your visit.
Botanical Conservatory-12 Days of Christmas
Many of the gardens including the holiday poinsettia garden are themed The 12 Days of Christmas from the “12 Days of Christmas” carol. During your visit, explore the whole facility to find each day of Christmas as well as enjoy the Garden in Lights exhibit.
Castle Gallery Holiday Show 2016
For a more artistic event, check out Castle Gallery’s Holiday Show. The show displays original holiday artwork.
Fort Wayne Indoor Farmer's Market
The farmer's market is a weekly Saturday event at the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field. Between the hours at 9 am-1pm, the farmer's market will have a variety of products including fresh local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, natural products, crafts and jewelry, and more. It's the perfect opportunity to cook a fun New Year's Eve meal with friends and family from goods you found at the farmer's market!
History Center 200@200
New Year’s Eve is the last day for the History Center’s event celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial Anniversary. This exhibit uses artifacts from the museum’s 28,000 items to tell 200 stories of Fort Wayne’s role in Indiana’s bicentennial.
John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road
This event at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art shows off over 40 of Baeder’s paintings. His work in this exhibit displays his love for historical military aircraft.
The Great War-From Ration Lines to the Front Lines
This exhibit is one of Indiana Historical Society’s traveling exhibits that focuses on World War I. The exhibit addresses the roots of the war, America’s entrance into the war, Indiana’s participation in the war, and more. The exhibit is supplemented by local artifacts, documents, and images from the History Center’s historical collection.