Fort Wayne, IN - Although it's during the seemingly slow month of January, the first holiday weekend of the year is actually one of the busiest times for Fort Wayne's visitor industry.

Softball, volleyball, basketball and musical performances will bring in thousands of visitors over the long weekend.  

This January 17-20, the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) will hold their Professional Development Conference in downtown Fort Wayne for the ninth consecutive year. This event will bring in an estimated 3,000 visitors to our city. While the conference is an exclusive event, the community is welcome to attend special performances throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne sports facilities will be bustling with traveling teams. The Plex South will host more than 20 softball teams for the Avalanche tournament with an estimated attendance of 475. Gym Rats will be in town for their 2019 MLK Classic at the SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse and an estimated attendance of 5,000. The MLK Volleyball Challenge will take place at the Memorial Coliseum for its seventh consecutive year and will bring in an estimated 10,000 attendees.

These four events are projected to bring about 18,475 visitors to the city for the three-day weekend. Hotels, restaurants and attractions will see a significant increase in business as more than 1.9 million dollars enters our city over these few days.

For more information on any of these events, contact Dan O'Connell or Kristen Guthrie at Visit Fort Wayne, (260) 424-3700.


Visit Fort Wayne is the official destination marketing organization for Fort Wayne and Allen County. Each year, more than 6.5 million people visit Fort Wayne and generate $741 million in direct economic impact.

Media Contact:
Kristen Guthrie
VP of Marketing and Communications
(260) 424-3700