FORT WAYNE, IN - Music, basketball, volleyball, hockey, and softball will be bringing thousands of visitors to Fort Wayne over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

The MLK Volleyball Challenge returns for a sixth year at the Memorial Coliseum and will bring in an estimated 10,000 attendees from January 13-14. Meanwhile, over the same dates, SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse will host the popular Gym Rats MLK Basketball Classic (4,900 attendees) and SportONE Parkview Icehouse will host the 2018 Crossover Hockey Games, bringing in 250 in attendance. January 12-14, The Plex South welcomes the National Softball Association's 2018 Snowflake Frenzy, which will bring an estimated 700 in attendance. 

In downtown Fort Wayne, the Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference (600) will convene at the Grand Wayne Convention Center for a sixth consecutive year. The conference will feature a large trade show, educational workshops and performances at the Historic Embassy Theatre. 

Fort Wayne's restaurants, attractions and hotels will feel a generous bump in business as a result of these five events, as more than 16,450 people and $2.92 million dollars will enter our city over three days. 

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will also be hosting the annual Fort Wayne Farm Show immediately following MLK weekend on January 16-18. Attendance will be approximately 25,000.

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, the Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to expand Fort Wayne's economy by attracting convention and leisure visitors. Each year, millions of dollars from visitor spending generate increased commerce, sustained jobs and enhancement of Fort Wayne's image.

Media Contact:
Kristen Guthrie
Director of Marketing
(260) 424-3700