And just like that - 2017 has flown by! Whether you’re ready to dance the night away or would prefer to be to sleep by your bedtime, Fort Wayne offers something for everyone to do on the 31st!
We’ve rounded up our top events for you to ring in the New Year!
New Year's Eve in Fort Wayne
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
We may not be in The Big Apple but did you know Fort Wayne hosts their own ball drop celebration to ring in the new year too? The massive ball will be hoisted 80 feet in the air at Parkview Field and lowered when the clock strikes midnight. Join the party with local vendors and entertainment from the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra and the Alicia Pyle Quartet.
Location: Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot, Corner of Ewing St & W Brackenridge St.
Fort Wayne Komets Game
Cheer on our hometown Komets as they take on the Toledo Walleye!
Cost: Prices vary
Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Ice skating at Headwaters Park
Today and every day, glide through the outdoor pavilion at Headwaters for a fun time on the ice!
Time: Monday through Friday 12pm-10pm, Weekends 11am-10pm
Cost: $3/ kid, $5/ adult, $2 skate rental
Fantasy of Lights
Experience one of Fort Wayne’s most beloved traditions this New Year’s Eve! The 2-mile driving route through Franke Park displays over one hundred light displays.
Time: Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 6pm-10pm
Cost: $10/personal vehicle, $20 commercial van
Location: Franke Park
If you want to see the Fort Wayne ball drop, but not face the cold, the NYE Ball Drop VIP Gala is for you. Enjoy drinks, hors-d'oeuvre and a fantastic view of the ball drop and Fort Wayne skyline.
Cost: $30/ person or
Location: Parkview Suite Level Lounge
One cover charge will get you into 3 amazing parties in Fort Wayne: Mitchell’s Bar & Grill, Sports and Neighborhood Grill, and Flashback on the Landing! Enjoy great drinks and DJ’s to celebrate the new year!
Closeout 2017 with some good toons! Join Ty Causey for sensual soul and jazz followed by a dinner buffet, fabulous drinks, and a midnight toast!
Time: Doors open at 8:30pm
Cost: $45 advance, $60 at door, $75 couple
Rock out to some throwback jams at the Brass Rail!
Time: 10pm - 11:55pm
Location: Brass Rail
Get your party on with this Gatsby-style bash! This event is sure to be a blast with lots of food, music, and dancing.
Location: 07 Pub, 3516 Broadway
Enjoy a fun night of boards, brews and fun this New Year’s Eve! Dinner will be served and fantastic prizes will be given out throughout the night!
Time: 6pm - 11:59pm
Location: The Game Annex
Ring in the new year while spending some time rejuvenating and reflecting on the past year.
Time: 10:15pm - 12am
Cost: Donation based workshop ($18 recommended)
Location: PranaYoga, 1301 Lafayette St
Indulge in a gourmet buffet dinner while enjoying live music and a midnight toast!
Time: 6pm -1am
Cost: $69/ individual, $119/ couple
Location: Guesthouse Ballroom
Join one of Fort Wayne’s favorite eateries for a NYE celebration including live entertainment, buffet, and toast!
Time: 10:30pm - 1:30am
Cost: $10/ person
Location: Trolley Steaks & Seafood
Join the American Legion Post 47 for live music, all-you-can-eat buffet, amazing party favors and a midnight champagne toast!
Cost: $25/ person, $45/ couple
Location: American Legion Post 47
Just for Kids
Kids have an overnight NYE party of their own at the Ash Center! Children in grades K-8 can bring their sleeping bag and spend the evening playing games, watching movies, and participating in other new year’s surprises.
Time: Dec 31. 8pm - Jan. 1 8am
Cost: $50/ child
Location: Ash Center
Science Central’s Countdown to Noon
For the little ones who’s bedtime is before midnight, there are still ways to celebrate the big countdown! There will be plenty of extra activities to enjoy like party hat and noisemaker making, face painting and the drop of 2,018 balloons!
Cost: $9/ person
Location: Science Central
Bring the tots to celebrate the new year at the library with a big party and juice toast at noon!
Time: Dec. 30 11am-1pm
Location: Aboite Branch - Allen County Public Library
For even more events, check out The Current!
No matter how you choose to celebrate this holiday, we wish you a prosperous New Year!