These are a few of the great events happening in Fort Wayne in May. For a complete list of events, browse the Visit Fort Wayne Calendar of Events

50+ Life Expo

May 6 / Memorial Coliseum
Enjoy a day of fun and entertainment with hundreds of active, healthy adults over 50. Hear from a variety of speakers, receive health screenings, and learn about great services available to you!

Jay Owenhouse: Dare to Believe Tour

May 6 / Embassy Theatre
Experience a spectacular evening of illusion with legendary escape artist, Jay Owenhouse. Prepare to be amazed by the magic, storytelling, and Bengal tigers.

Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival

May 7 / Allen County Public Library
Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual festival! Experience a traditional Tea Ceremony, learn how to make bonsai trees, and enjoy a special taiko drumming performance.

Cherry Blossom Festival - Fort Wayne, IN

Design Week Fort Wayne

May 8 – 12 / Wunderkammer Company
Meet and learn from nationally recognized designers in fashion, architecture, urban planning, interior design, and graphic design. Between sessions and special events, you’ll also get to know the leaders who inspire design in our region.

Performing Arts

Fort Wayne has a unique community of performing arts. Grab your ticket for an experience you won't find anywhere else!

  • A Wrinkle in Time​​
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Fort Wayne Ballet: Progressions

Fort Wayne Music Festival presented by Sweetwater   

May 10 – 14 / Headwaters Park
The festival kicks off with Faith & Family Night on May 10, followed by Rock on the River, Electric Spring, 90s Night, and Country Jam. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Fort Wayne Boys & Girls Club.

Visit Fort Wayne: Open House

May 12 / Fort Wayne Visitors Center
We want to meet you! Join us 11am-4pm for an open house to meet tourism professionals, learn about the Visitors Center, sample free DeBrand chocolates, and find deals on Fort Wayne merchandise.

Fairy Tale Festival

May 13 / Arts United Center
Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, storybook character meet and greets, and four performances from Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Ballet and Youtheatre! Purchase one ticket for an entire day of fun.

Fairy Tale Fest is full of fun and whimsy!

Grand Opening & Local Pop Up Shop

May 13 / Blush Beauty Boutique
Don’t miss 5 hours of fun during the grand opening of Blush Beauty Boutique. The event includes a pop up shop with local vendors, plus a runway show and refreshments!

Mother’s Day Downtown

May 14 / Downtown Fort Wayne
Ride the free trolley to unique gift shops around downtown, where you can find local merchandise and community memorabilia. Make Mother’s Day special with Spring Trolley Shopping in Fort Wayne!

Mother's Day in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne offers so many ways to celebrate mom. Check out some options, and plan a day to show mom just how great she is!

  • Mother's Day Brunch at the Embassy Theatre
  • Mary Poppins Film Screening
  • Mommie Dearest and Mimosas
  • Mother's Day in the Garden

Concerts in Fort Wayne

It must be getting warmer, because we've got a great lineup of outdoor and indoor concerts this month!

  • Under the Streetlamp
  • The Mersey Beatles
  • Blue Bash 2017
  • Phil Masterworks: Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony
  • Chicago
  • Tears for Fears
  • Kansas
  • ZZ Top

Don’t Try This at Home! – Family Overnight

May 19 / Science Central
Start your summer off with a bang! Grab your pillow and sleeping bag, and spend the evening taking part in hands-on science experiments.

Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle

May 20 / Downtown Fort Wayne
Cyclists begin at the Arts United Center, and set off on one of five tour distances. The excitement continues at the Finish Line Celebration with the Kids Zone, Block Party, Food Truck Alley and Spring Expo!

YLNI Farmer’s Market

May 20 – September 16 / North East Corner of Barr and Wayne Streets
Stock up on fresh, local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and handmade crafts at the YLNI Farmer’s Market. Live music and children’s activities add even more to the experience!

Historic Boat Tours

May 21 / Headwaters Park
Reserve your spot on the first Riverfront Fort Wayne Historic Boat Tour of the season! Tours depart every other Sunday and Thursday, each week featuring a different riverfront history lesson.

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

May 29 / Memorial Coliseum
Celebrate this annual tradition, honoring loved ones and members of our community who gave their lives in the line of service. The parade ends at the Memorial Coliseum, where there will also be a special ceremony.