Whether you are in the market for a tractor, boat, RV, model train, petunias or a year's worth of diapers, you'll find what you're after at the Memorial Coliseum's upcoming trade shows.
Below is a list of shows and expos happening at the Memorial Coliseum now through March.
Keep in mind that even if an event is free, there will be parking fees - $5 for the main lot and $8 for the preferred lot, payable in cash only.
Trade Shows at the Memorial Coliseum
The Fort Wayne Farm Show attracts thousands every year. Take advantage of daily educational seminars led by local agriculture officials, free CPR classes, and fundraising auctions, while browsing over 1,000 vendor booths and viewing the latest equipment and products.
January 26, noon-9; January 27, 10-8; January 28, 11-5
Admission: Adults, $10 (or $5 to those with a Mizpah Shrine Circus ticket stub); Free to kids 12 and under. Kids Outdoor Escape (Sat. & Sun. only): $10 in advance; $15 or 2 for $25 on day of event.
Outdoor enthusiasts can find the whole caboodle at this show of shows: Kayaks, boats, watersports, hunting equipment, archery range, ATV's, RVs, fishing demos, lumberjack shows, yurts and cabins and more. Featuring seminars with outdoor pros Dan Armitage, Jason Barbknecht and Andy Buss.
Cabin Fever Reliever
Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Attendees must be 21 (because yes, there's booze involved). Advance tickets: $25 single or $45 for two, designated driver, $15; Day of event, $29 single, $50 for two, designated driver, $25. Ticket holders will have free access to the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show.
Coined as Indiana’s largest indoor backyard party, there will be live entertainment, BBQ and other food, contests, giveaways, a zip line as well as, well, have I mentioned booze?
February 1-3, 11-9; February 4, 11-5
Tickets available at the door: adults, $10; seniors 60+, $6; children 5-12, $3; family pass, $20.
Ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and traveling the country or taking the kids on camping adventures throughout the U.S.? Then this is the trade show for you! View hundreds of new RV's and talk to a multitude of vendors to find out what’s new in travel trailers, motorhomes, fifth wheels and toy haulers.
WMEE Baby Fair & Family Expo
Saturday, February 10, 8-3
This expo is the place for anything and everything related to family – featuring performances by Indiana Wild, Starz Dance Academy and Gymnastics in Motion.
Kids will love the Giant Kids Kingdom filled with crafts, bounce houses, tricycle races, animals and more. And what's cuter than a bunch of diapered babies competing in sports? Nothing. The Diaper Dash contest begins at noon, with the winning baby taking the top prize of a year’s worth of diapers.
Northern Indiana Golf Show
Saturday, February 10, 9-5; Sunday, February 11, 10-3
Dreamin' of the links? The Northern Indiana Golf Show brings together the latest and best the
region has to offer in the golf world: stage demonstrations, a demo driving range, skills challenges, door prizes and activities for the whole family. Thousands of dollars worth of door prizes will be given away and all attendees will receive the latest issue of Fort Wayne Magazine’s Golf Guide and a one-year subscription to Golf Digest (with one paid admission).
February 15 & 16, 3-9; February 17, 11-9; February 18, 11-5
Adults: $10; kids12 and under free. Thursday only – free admission with coupon; without coupon admission is $2 from 3-6 and $10 from 6-9.
More than 50 marine dealers from Indiana and Michigan will be available to talk about prices, financing, and special incentives. From stem to stern, the show has it all: boats, personal watercraft, docks, wetsuits, lifts, patio furniture, golf carts, scooters, piers, boat covers, accessories and more.
The Department of Natural Resources will host a free water safety class for those age 13 and older on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at the event at the DNR booth.
Fort Wayne Women’s Expo
Saturday, February 24, 10-5
Tickets may be purchased at the Memorial Coliseum on the day of the event.
Declare a Girls Day Out, grab your friends or family members, and take advantage of free spa services, including hair styling, manicures, fashion shows, shopping, wellness talks and demos, cooking shows, free samples and more. A Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer raffle will raise money for the Vera Bradley Foundation.
Admission: Adults $10; seniors, $6; children 15 and under, free.
For those cabin-fevered gardeners who have poured through seed catalogs all winter long and are jonesing to get outside, dig in the dirt, plant a garden or do some landscaping, there's hope at the Home & Garden Show.
More than 50,000 attended last year’s show. Featuring scenic and unique landscapes and backyard projects, hundreds of exhibitors, seminars by gardening and landscaping experts and giveaways of valuable merchandise, this show is always a crowd pleaser.
Saturday, March 10, 10-3
This event showcases products like model trains, static display, toys, games and more. Toy and model enthusiasts can buy or swap away the day. Well, five hours of the day, anyway.
Friday – public presale, $10 per person; Saturday and Sunday – free admission
Held in the spring and fall, this giant garage sale has more than 250 families who consign with Lucky Duck to sell clothing for boys and girls, from newborn to junior sizes, as well as an array of shoes, toys, movies, décor, bikes, books and maternity and women’s clothing. Credit cards accepted.
Saturday, March 24, 9-6; Sunday, March 25, 10-5
Children 12 and under free, all others $4
This show brings the Amish community's products to customers, including thousands of unique items not to be found anywhere else.
It started in 1992 when Darrell and Julie Lepper decided to bring the extremely popular Tuesday and Wednesday seasonal markets in Shipshewana to an indoor arena in their hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Today, there are 15 to 20 Shipshewana on the Road Shows held every year in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.
Enjoy one of the many trade shows and events coming to the Memorial Coliseum this year!