Experience Fort Wayne's Arts Community
Home to professional ballet, philharmonic, theatre companies, and numerous galleries, exhibits and concerts, celebrate creativity and beauty on an art-focused getaway to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Fort Wayne’s creative scene features artists, creators, and visionaries collaborating and creating beautiful works of art that spark conversations around nature, connection, aspirations, and current events.
Plan your getaway during a special event, festival, performance, or exhibit to maximize your time, and be sure to check out some of Fort Wayne’s artistic treasures, including:
Arts Campus Fort Wayne
Arts Campus Fort Wayne offers visitors a chance to participate in, and enjoy, the arts. Within one block you can enjoy theatre, dance, fine art, music, festivals, and more. A stroll down Main Street is a chance to savor and celebrate the arts!
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Situated on the Arts Campus, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a Midwest destination for glass and American and related art from the 19th century to today.
Fort Wayne’s Rich Architectural Portfolio
Fort Wayne is home to historical and architectural including the Allen County Courthouse, private homes, and a secluded seminary campus designed by Eero Saarinen, and the only Louis Kahn-designed theatre in the world!
Public Art Around Every Corner
With more than 150 pieces of public art and growing, Fort Wayne is a creative canvas for larger-than-life murals, functional (and fun!) sculptures, and many pieces of public art. Easily explore with the Fort Wayne Public Art Trail!
Art Lovers Itinerary
Looking for a weekend itinerary to experience great art, entertainment, and food? Follow the itinerary below or mix and match to create a custom itinerary.
- Jefferson Pointe
Check out the Southwest part of Fort Wayne on your first stop. Listen to a free Friday Nites Live Concert from June through early September beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Pointe or catch a movie at nearby AMC Classic. Grab some chocolate at local favorite DeBrand's and squeeze in some shopping at Fort Wayne's own Vera Bradley store. For dinner, try Eddie Merlot's!
- Down the street at Covington Plaza, locals love Indian at Taj Mahal. And located downtown, try Paula's on Main, Shigs in Pit, or JK O'Donnell's.
- On Saturday, start your day by exploring the downtown Farmers Market. Over 60 vendors at the market will have great produce and baked goods, with many organically grown, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, and vegan items.
- Next it's time for the main event-the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The museum has a great collection of art and special exhibitions. If you are a member of another museum, be sure to check to see if you have reciprocal membership in Fort Wayne.
- When it's time for a break, many great lunch locations are nearby. Downtown favorites include the traditional Cindy's Diner, Coney Island, and Don Hall's Old Gas House alongside hipper spots Dash-In, or 816 Pint & Slice.
- For more local art, head over to Orchard Gallery and Artlink. If you're ready for something different, stop by the Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory to see beautiful plants and flowers.
- If you’re in town Saturday evening, you can catch a free concert at Rock the Plaza at the Allen County Public Library through the end of August. Or see an independent, foreign, documentary, classic, or specialty film at Cinema Center.
- Depending on the weekend, you might be able to take part in a great area festival!
- And for dinner, sample cool jazz and commodious cocktails at Club Soda, or sample a great beer selection at Mad Anthony Brewing Company. Farm-to-Fork enthusiasts will enjoy our newest offerings at Tolon and Proximo.
- After a good night’s sleep, explore the beauty of nature along Fort Wayne’s more than 120 miles of trails or browse the galleries along Broadway, including artists like Julie Wall of The Hedge Studios who pulls inspiration from area flora.
- Before you head home, sign up for the Fort Wayne Public Art Trail and start checking in at locations to earn prizes!