Looking for free fun in Fort Wayne this summer? We've compiled the list of all the free things you can do this summer!
100 + Free Things to Do in Fort Wayne
1. Catch a free outdoor family-friendly film every Thursday night all summer long at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Movie Series.
2. Bike the Rivergreenway Trail, a 25-mile long linear park that runs along the riverbanks of the St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee Rivers. The Rivergreenway traverses the city, connecting to 15 city parks!
3. Browse the newest exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art with free admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
5. - 18. Uncover great local food at 14 farmers markets open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays! Explore visitfortwayne.com/farmersmarkets for specific times.
23-31. Make a splash at one of Fort Wayne's 10 Splash Pads: Buckner, Kreager, Shoaff, Memorial, McCormick, Waynedale, Shoaff, Headwaters, Riverside Gardens, Robert E. Meyers or Franklin Park.
32. Examine historical documents at the Karpeles Museum.
33. Browse antiques at any one of the local antique shops.
34. Browse the ever-changing exhibits at Artlink Contemporary Gallery.
35. Stroll the sacred at the Cathedral Museum and Bookstore.
36. Catch one of the many events like the parade, bed races, children's fest and more at the week-long Three Rivers Festival from July 13 - 21.
37. Grab lunch at your favorite local restaurant or food truck and enjoy a free concert and other events at Lunch on the Square at Freimann Square every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
38. Enjoy artwork in a beautiful setting at Castle Gallery located in the beautiful historic West Central Neighborhood (closed Sundays and Mondays).
39. Explore the Allen County Public Library - one of the best in the nation! Kids love the downtown branch, complete with reading nooks, aquariums, a toddler play area and free programming all summer long.
40. Soak in the history at the Old Fort; the grounds are open to visitors every day with special programming monthly.
41. Tour the Little River Wetlands sites to see native plants and animals.
42. Visit the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and hop aboard one of the last operating steam locomotives in the world: Nickel Plate Road No. 765. Open Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.
43. Shop the Paradigm Gallery at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art or join them for 2nd Thursdays (on the second Thursday of every month) in the Paradigm Gallery, a unique experience featuring demonstrations and designer trunk shows from Paradigm Artists. (Free admission, cash bar, light edibles)
45. Shop in the sun and throw pennies in the fountain at Jefferson Pointe.
47. Check out the free events like Jazz Jam (every last Thursday of the month) or just take a tour at Sweetwater Sound, one of the nation's leading musical instrument and sound retailers.
48. Attend one of the Fort Wayne Youtheatre's free Storybook Theatre shows.
49. Roam the St. Joe Pickle Festival from July 19 - 21.
50. Enjoy shopping and the free indoor play area at Glenbrook Mall.
51. Immerse in the arts culture with 70 live performances of theatre, music and dance on 10 stages, Fort Artisan Arts Fair, hands-on activities, Buskers around the fountain and all day artists markets at the Taste of the Arts on August 24 and 25 at the Downtown Arts Campus.
53. Browse the fine art at Orchard Gallery.
54. Celebrate Independence Day with free Fourth of July fireworks.
55. Tour the Amish community in Grabill, Indiana.
57. Take the kids out to eat for free at one of the many restaurants where kids eat free.
58. Visit the breathtaking Allen County Courthouse (cell phones and cameras not admitted). Group tours available by appointment Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or you can take the self-guided tour.
59. Explore southwest Fort Wayne on the 18 miles of hilly Aboite Trails.
60. Walk through Lindenwood Cemetery and visit the graves of many of Fort Wayne's founders (don't forget to do some grave rubbing!).
61. Take a trip to the Grabill Country Fair from September 6 - 8, a country-style fair that highlights the area's Amish Heritage with food, crafts, kids events and much more!
63. Venture through the stacks at the Hyde Brothers.
64. Attend Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown on Sunday, September 9 from 12 - 5 p.m. (held annually on the Sunday after Labor Day) with free admission to a dozen museums and attractions.
65. Grab a bike or take off on foot and tour the Sculpture With Purpose around Downtown!
67. Visit Parkview Field - it is open as a public park on days when there are no games or events!
68. Pique your interest with classic cars, swap meets, parades or antiques at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Downtown Auburn from August 26 - September 3.
69. Walk or run the historic 5.5 mile Towpath Trail, weaving through beautiful neighborhoods, scenic marshlands and near areas of commerce. This trail connects to both the Rivergreenway and Aboite Trails.
70. Take your pooch to Pawster Park.
71. Pick up a Downtown Walking Tour map and explore the modern heart of Fort Wayne.
72. Visit Northside Galleries to see fine art from local, national and international artists in 2 and 3 dimensions (closed Saturday and Sunday).
73. Experience historical Fort Wayne with the Downtown Historic Walking Tour.
74. Visit the Lindenwood Nature Preserve and hike all of their beautiful trails: the Trillium Trail, the Oak Paradise Trail, the Trail of Reflection and the Maple Spur Trail (they're all a mile or less!).
75. Pick up a map and hit the ARCH Heritage Trail.
76. Grab your skateboard or skates and show off your skills at Lawton's Skatepark.
77. Visit Creative Women of the World to learn about Fort Wayne's global impact on women in poverty and shop their fine artisan products.
80. Tour the History Center during free admission times on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (during the Farmers Market - starting May 19).
82-84. Surround yourself with beauty in Fort Wayne's public gardens at Lakeside Garden, Foster Gardens, Freimann Gardens and many other small parks around the city.
86. Tour the Hamilton Sculpture Garden, a tribute garden to Emerine Hamilton, near the banks of the St. Mary's River in Headwaters Park.
87. Play at Salomon Farm Park and run the 1.65-mile loop around the park and the Parkview YMCA.
88. Enjoy a free concert from the Fort Wayne Area Community Band at the Foellinger Theater on June 12, July 10 and August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
89. Explore the 13 miles long Pufferbelly rail-to-trail, a trail located on a former railroad right of way.
90-99 Stop at the Visitors Center and get maps to tour the ten historic districts in Fort Wayne: Williams-Woodland Park, Columbia Avenue, Forest Park Boulevard, Foster Park Neighborhood, Illsley Place-West Rudisill, Indian Village, Lafayette Place, Oakdale, Shawnee Place and Wildwood Park.
100. Complement your Williams-Woodland Park Historic District Tour with the Historic Beltline Tour, which you can also pick up from the Visitors Center.
101. Grab food from your favorite food trucks and enjoy live music from local bands and beer gardens at the Fort Wayne Foodstock. More information to come.
102. Browse the Covington Art Fair at the Covington Plaza on June 23 - 24, a high-quality community event featuring fine arts.
103. Take a tour of some of Fort Wayne's great companies like DeBrand Fine Chocolates or Three Rivers Distilling Company (for a nominal price)!
104. Discover Fort Wayne from our riverfront with a variety of boat tour options! (for a nominal price)
105. Round off your summer by celebrating one of Fort Wayne's favorite historical figures at the Johnny Appleseed Festival on September 15 - 16.
106. Take in the views of a beautiful limestone quarry at the Hanson Observation Deck. This observation deck is open to the public and will provide you with an amazing view of the quarry.
107. Stop by the Fort Wayne Visitors Center for more ideas of fun things to do this summer!
108. North Anthony Block Party - September 9!
109. Hike the beautiful trails in many of the ACRES Land Trust preserves!
110. Free Movie Nights at Sweets So Geek - Saturday, June 23 / Saturday, July 21 / Saturday, August 18 / Saturday, September 8 / Saturday, October 6!
Did we miss something? Let us know, and we'll add it to the list!
*Header Photo Credit to Ryan Harvey*