Four Reasons to “Fall” for Fort Wayne, Indiana

fall events in Fort Wayne: Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana in fall

Have you visited Fort Wayne, Indiana? True, it’s full of family-friendly spots any time of year, but add autumn into its mix and it’s the recipe for fun! Looking for some Midwest autumn fun? From zombie invasions to zoo boos, here’s four fall events in Fort Wayne you’ll want to check out.

Hay Mound Climb in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Hay Mound Climb in Fort Wayne, Indiana

I can never resist a good pun, so “falling” for Fort Wayne, Indiana is fun on so many levels. I had the pleasure of visiting the city this year and fell in love with its cool, family-friendly vibe and foodie scene. Mix that fun with my favorite time of year, autumn, and I’m twice as happy.

Middle Waves Music Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Middle Waves Music Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana

1. Middle Waves Music Festival

  • Where: Headwaters Park
  • Dates: September 15, 2017 – September 16, 2017
  • Address: 333 S.Clinton St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Times: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Admission: General Admission 2 Day Ticket $65 VIP Weekend Pass- $125 (both are subject to taxes and fees) Children 10 and under are admitted FREE if accompanied by an adult.

An all-ages event, the two-day festival features 24 musical performances. Also, featuring local food trucks and artists, Middle Waves ticket holders will receive a wristband to enter the gated St. Marys Stage. The rest of the festival (including the Maumee and St. Joseph Stages) will be free and open to the public.

Wild Zoo Halloween in Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Wild Zoo Halloween in Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

2. Wild Zoo Halloween

  • Dates for 2017: October 13-15, October 20-22, October 27-29
  • Time: 12pm-6pm
  • Address: 3411 Sherman Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46808
  • Times: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Admission: $5 General Admission; $9/admission+treats; $4/Babies receiving treats, Zoo members get $2 off per person every day.

Dress up the kiddos and let them have some safe fun – zoo style! There will be trick-or-treating, a maze. and pumpkin picking in the patch. One of its highlights, Broomhilda the Witch, will be on site to give the kiddos a giggle.

Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

3. Johnny Appleseed Festival

  • Where: Johnny Appleseed Park & Municipal Campground
  • Dates: September 16, 2017 – September 17, 2017
  • Address: 1500 East Coliseum Boulevard Fort Wayne, IN 46805

John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, is celebrated all over the country, but Fort Wayne’s tribute to the man responsible for planting apple trees has been voted #1 in the country! Not only will you find Johnny Appleseed everything, the free event features food, demos, antiques, crafts, and a farmer’s market. There’s also a military reenactment and roving entertainment.

Fright Night in Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fright Night in Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana

4. Fright Night

  • Where: Downtown Fort Wayne
  • Dates: October 21, 2017
  • Address: Downtown Fort Wayne, IN, IN 46802
  • Times: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Phone: 260-420-3266

In its 10th year of spooky fun, the annual Halloween event features low cost and no cost entertainment. The highlight is the Zombie Walk where folks transform into zombies for the day (and night!). Don’t be afraid if you have kids: the event is family-friendly.

Looking for some Midwest autumn fun? Here's four reasons to fall for Fort Wayne, Indiana!

Thanks to the gang at Visit Fort Wayne for the scoop (and photos!) on its fall fun for 2017!

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11 Thoughts to “Four Reasons to “Fall” for Fort Wayne, Indiana”

  1. Fall is my favorite season and September my favorite month! Fort Wayne looks awesome in fall colors!

  2. I’d like to check out the Johnny Appleased because it’s vored #1 and freight night just to check it out. We have a similar zoo event with costumes for the kids as well. I have only driven through Indiana.

  3. What amazing photos. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Indiana before. I need to visit someday!

  4. Wow, had never thought that Indiana is so vibrant and lovely. Kids would have so much fun on Hay Mound Climb. I should plan it out some time!

  5. I follow so many travel blogs but I’ve never seen anyone write about a place like Indiana in such a way. I’ve always seen it as a mundane, ordinary state with nothing worthwhile but your photos are absolutely beautiful. You’ve definitely piqued my interested!

  6. I have never been to Indiana but your place is so festive during these last few months of the year!

  7. A prompt destination for family. Much amusing, educative, and bonding… Wish I ever go to Indiana…

  8. These are absolutely amazing reasons to visit Indiana.I love these festivals.A visit to the wild zoo Halloween event sounds so much fun.I am sure kids will love the moment!

  9. lakisha

    Fall is totally my favorite time of year and based on your photos, I can tell you had a blast. Plus I currently live in NYC, which isn’t too far from Fort Wayne- I’ll have to add it to my list of trips to take.

    1. Karyn Locke

      The city is so pretty any time of year, but did you see those autumn trees? Gorgeous!

  10. Ola

    I love the red treelined street in the photo! I’ve never been to Fort Wayne. But it seems like a nice, family oriented place to visit.

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