Downtown Fort Wayne is bursting with colorful experiences that turn into jaw-dropping photos worth sharing. But don't just take it from us. Check out these 15 downtown experiences from locals and visitors that lit up our Instagram feed. Upload your photos here, or share your own adventures using #MyFortWayne

Instagram-Worthy Experiences in Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana

1. Botanical Conservatory

Live butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory

The lush indoor gardens at the Botanical Conservatory offer a vibrant encounter with nature all year long! Every spring, guests can step inside the butterfly tent to find hundreds of beautiful live butterflies at play.

2. HolidayFest and the Night of Lights

Family taking a selfie with the PNC Santa display at Night of Lights
The night before Thanksgiving, larger-than-life light displays are ceremoniously lit during the Night of Lights, featuring the iconic Santa and His Reindeer along Main Street.

3. Coney Island

Plates of coneys stacked high at Coney Island

Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island has been dishing up its legendary Coney Dog since 1914. Adding to the old-school feel, diners can even sip Coca-Cola from a glass bottle!

4. Downtown Murals

Summer photos at the Breathe mural in downtown Fort Wayne

These old walls are getting a new 'do. With more than 20 pieces of public art—and even more on the way—Fort Wayne's downtown arts scene is more vibrant than ever.

5. Farmers Markets


From May to September, Fort Wayne's outdoor farmers markets are bustling with activity every Saturday morning—featuring everything from locally-sourced produce to live music and entertainment.

6. Exploring the Trails

Biking the trails in downtown Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is home to more than 100 miles of paved trails, through urban and natural settings. Walk, run, or bike the trails next time you're in downtown Fort Wayne. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the scenery around you!

7. Three Rivers Festival

Chalk Walk creations at the Three Rivers Festival

For more than 50 years, the Three Rivers Festival has been the main event of the summer in Fort Wayne. More than 80 events make up the festival, including a giant kickoff parade, concert series, Chalk Walk, and fireworks finale.

8. TinCaps Baseball

Colorful sunset over a TinCaps game at Parkview Field

Catching a TinCaps game at Parkview Field is one of our favorite summer activities. Named the "No. 1 Minor League Ballpark Experience," Parkview Field offers $6 tickets, family-friendly entertainment, and post-game fireworks shows in the outfield.

9. Middle Waves Music Festival

Crowd enjoying the headliner at Middle Waves Music Festival

Middle Waves is a two-day music festival that fills downtown with the best tunes and the brightest colors. Indie, hip-hop, and rock & roll converge across three stages, with art, food, drinks, and photo ops in between for all ages and backgrounds.

10. Riverfront Adventures

Kayaks along the riverfront in downtown Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is known for its three rivers: the Maumee, St. Marys, and St. Joseph. Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard from Fort Wayne Outfitters and enjoy an adventure on our downtown waterways! Promenade Park gives you easy access to the rivers, with a boat and kayak launch, and live entertainment on the edge of the water. 

11. Fright Night featuring the Zombie Walk

Creepy creatures walking the streets during the annual Zombie Walk

Every October, creepy creatures of all ages take over downtown for a day of spooky—and some not-so-spooky—activities. The streets close down for the main event, the Zombie Walk, as thousands of ghosts, goblins, and superheroes parade through the city.

12. Discovering the Arts

Three young girls browsing photography at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Take a stroll down Main Street and discover Arts Campus Fort Wayne. Within one block, you can experience every facet of the arts, including theatre, dance, music, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and more. Mark your calendars for Taste of the Arts, an annual celebration of the arts in August!

13. Sweet Treats


If you want a tasty treat that's ready for its closeup, visit some of the coolest sweet shops in downtown. Kilwins offers candy, store made fudge, and ice cream just off The Landing. Sweets On Main offers cool treats and outdoor seating in front of a colorful mural. Brooklyn Pints Microcreamery is located in an Art Deco apartment manor house in Historic West Central. The photo ops are endless if you have a sweet tooth!

14. Headwaters Park

A fall sunset over the skyline in downtown Fort Wayne

Set against the urban backdrop of Fort Wayne's downtown skyline, Headwaters Park is the perfect spot to get in touch with nature, take a walk with your furry friend, or plan a gorgeous photoshoot. This popular park is also home to different festivals most weekends of the summer!

15. A Show at the Embassy Theatre

Inside the historic Embassy Theatre before a performance

Whether you're catching a concert, musical, stand-up comedy, or classic film, simply stepping inside the beautiful Embassy Theatre is a treat of its own! This historic treasure has been a downtown favorite for more than 90 years.


Share Your Fort Wayne Adventures!

Next time you're exploring Fort Wayne, share your photos using #MyFortWayne or upload your photos and reels right from your phone.

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This blog was originally published in May 2019. Last revised June 2024.