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

Top Events in Fort Wayne, Indiana - November

Fort Wayne Komets

November 10, 18, 19, 23, 25 / Memorial Coliseum
It’s hockey time! Grab your tickets, join the jungle, and come cheer on the Fort Wayne Komets as they take the ice in the quest for victory.

Mixology - Monster Mash

November 3 / Science Central
Mixology is Science Central’s gala celebrating the craft of cocktails with the theme of "Monster Mash." Attendees have the opportunity to try a lineup of original, themed drinks conceived by elite mixologists from around the city. 21+ event.

Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony

November 4 / Memorial Coliseum
Join the community to pay tribute and show gratitude to all who have served our country. The Veteran's Day Parade begins at 11am, with a special ceremony to follow.

Restaurant Week on The Landing

November 5 - 12 / The Landing Restaurants
Follow your favorite restaurants on The Landing to see their prix fixe menus, signature cocktails, and seasonal delights offered during Restaurant Week on The Landing.

Fort Wayne Village Marketplace

November 10 - 11 / SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse
Let the holiday shopping begin! The Village Marketplace is filled with unique gifts, home décor, artisan pieces, fashion, wine and food, and so much more from top local vendors.


November 11 / Park Edelweiss
Shop two stories of vendors selling arts, crafts, paintings, woodworking, candles, ornaments, sewn, knitted and crocheted items for gift giving and decorations. While shopping, enjoy a lunch of German Bratwurst and Potato Salad, and a glass of Gluhwein (hot, spiced wine).

Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

Headwaters Park Ice Skating

November 18 - February 25 / Headwaters Park
Grab your mittens and head downtown for ice skating at Headwaters Park! Celebrate the season at the outdoor rink with friends and family, as you zip and twirl around the ice. Guests are invited to bring their own skates or rent a pair at the rink.

Christmas on Broadway

November 17 / Broadway Plaza (2810 Beaver Ave.)
Continuing an annual tradition, Christmas on Broadway kicks off the holiday season with a spectacular tree lighting, parade, and fireworks display!


November 24 - 26 / Science Central
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math at STEAMsgiving, a three-day event at Science Central. An expansion of Science Central’s former Festival of Trains event, STEAMsgiving highlights a range of hobbies and activities in the STEAM spectrum. Of those hobbies, model railroading continues to be an integral part of the event, with groups of miniature train enthusiasts attending with their locomotives and layouts.

Timeless Tradition

November 17 – January 7 / Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory is celebrating 40 years as a holiday family favorite. Its gardens in light and scenes of merriment contribute to a warm holiday spirit in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Fresh cut evergreens, a lush poinsettia tree and deep ruby undertones are the backdrop to this year’s memories.

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Charoling

Fantasy of Lights

November 19 – December 31 / Franke Park
Journey the 2-mile Fantasy of Lights driving trail through Franke Park and discover more than 130 breathtaking, larger-than-life light displays! Complete the experience at the Christmas Village, with a variety of food and craft vendors to accent the popular walk-through event at the end of the driving route.

Night of Lights Celebration - Downtown Fort Wayne, Calhoun Street | Fort Wayne, Indiana

HolidayFest featuring the Night of Lights

November 22 / Downtown Fort Wayne
Gather with family and friends, join the countdown, and see Santa and His Reindeer, the Merry Christmas Wreath, and other displays come to life with lights! Downtown Fort Wayne sparkles with holiday lighting ceremonies and festive activities for the evening.

Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre

Festival of Trees

November 22 - 29 / Embassy Theatre
Holiday magic fills the Embassy Theatre during the Festival of Trees! This festival features dance performances, youth entertainment, and breathtaking tree displays decorated by local organizations.

Holly Shopping

November 25 / Downtown Fort Wayne
Live Large and Shop Small supporting our friends and neighbors in the retail and dining sectors. This event will enhance your shopping experience with various holiday characters roaming the area as trolleys transport you to retail destinations throughout Downtown Fort Wayne. 

Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace

November 17 - 18 / GE Club at Electric Works
Looking for unique holiday gift ideas? Make the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace your first stop to find one-of-a-kind creations from many of the state’s best visual arts and food producers, then mark your holiday shopping list done.

Festival of Gingerbread

November 24 – December 17 / The History Center
This holiday season, explore the Festival of Gingerbread—an annual tradition featuring giant gingerbread creations! Explore more than 100 intricate pieces of work made of edible materials, created by individuals ranging from pre-school students to professional chefs from around Fort Wayne.

Theatre Performances & Live Shows

Enjoy an evening at the theatre as you experience one of these thrilling stage performances.

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch: November 3 / Three Rivers Music Theatre
  • Murder on the Orient Express: November 3 - 11 / Arena Dinner Theatre
  • Aaron Edwards Hall: November 4 / Fort Wayne Comedy Club
  • Shrek the Musical: November 4 - 19 / Arts United Center
  • Felipe Esparza: November 9 / Summit City Comedy Club
  • Peppa Pig's Sing-Along Party!: November 9 / Embassy Theatre
  • Next to Normal: November 10 - 19 / RKF Sudios 
  • KIDZ BOP Never Stop Live Tour: November 10 / Embassy Theatre
  • Erik Terrell: November 11 / Fort Wayne Comedy Clube
  • Ari Shaffir: November 13 / Summit City Comedy Club
  • Jeff Arcuri: November 16 / Summit City Comedy Club
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert: November 16 / Auer Performance Hall at PFW Music Center
  • Andy Woodhull: November 24 / Summit City Comedy Club
  • Pete Lee: November 30 / Summit City Comedy Club

Seasonal Fun Runs

Break out the running shoes and join the fun at a few of our favorite festive running events!

  • Fort4Fitness Winter Wonder Dash / November 17 - 18 
  • Galloping Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk / November 23

$1 Night Light Display

November 24 - December 22 / Botanical Conservatory
Thursdays & Fridays, November 24 - December 22, 5:00-8:00 p.m. - Enliven your holiday plans with a visit to the Botanical Conservatory where lush gardens are in the spirit of the season. Be surrounded by charming displays with stunning poinsettias and illuminated photo ops.

Breakfast with Santa

November 24 - 25 / Embassy Theatre
This annual event includes a private tour of the Festival of Trees FIRST at 8:30 a.m. and then Breakfast with Santa programming to begin around 9 a.m. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet and a performance of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” from the Fort Wayne Youtheatre.Seating is very limited. This sells out every year!

Santa Reindeer at Jefferson Pointe

November 25 - December 2 / Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center
Bring out the family to meet live reindeer at Jefferson Pointe located in the fountain court area, near White House Black Market and Loft! Santa’s reindeer will be visiting every Saturday from 5–7 pm. Visit with the reindeer before they head out to pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve!

Music for Every Taste

This November, discover live music that suits your unique taste. Gather your friends, grab your tickets, and catch one of these amazing concerts in Fort Wayne!

  • Grace Potter with Special Guest Eddie 9V: November 9 / Clyde Theatre
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Concerto for Oboe with Orion Rapp: November 11 / Auer Performance Hall at PFW Music Center
  • The Marshall Tucker Band: November 11 / Clyde Theatre
  • Bach Collegium Fort Wayne Opening Concert: November 12 / Emmanuel Lutheran Church
  • Brit Floyd: The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Experience: November 12 / Clyde Theatre
  • Old Dominion "No Bad Vibes Tour" with Chase Rice and Kylie Morgan: November 16 / Memorial Coliseum
  • Joe Bonamassa: November 17 / Embassy Theatre
  • TobyMac / MercyMe Tour: November 17 / Memorial Coliseum
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Youth Orchestras: The Night of Lights: November 22 / Grand Wayne Convention Center
  • Zoso:The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience: November 25 / Clyde Theatre
  • Girl Named Tom: One More Christmas Tour: November 26 / Clyde Theatre
  • From Ashes to New: Blackout Tour Pt. 1 With The Word Alive and Ekoh

Jurassic Quest

November 24 - 26 / Memorial Coliseum
Loved by millions, only Jurassic Quest can bring families memories this BIG! Walk through 165 million years of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to learn about the creatures that ruled the Earth! In addition to life-like dinosaurs, Jurassic Quest’s classic experiences for the whole family include some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities including a fossil dig and real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn and life-size dino skull, a “Triceratots” soft play area for our littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions, photo opportunities, and more.

Build It at Science Central

Through January 7 / Science Central
The Build It! exhibition includes bricks, cylinders, chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. This exhibition will inspire you to design your own inventions, environments, and activities.

Winter Farmers Markets

YLNI Farmers Market | Saturdays, November 5 - April 29 / The Olde East End Building
Ft. Wayne's Farmers Market | Saturdays, October 7 - June 1 / 500 East State Street