Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Celebrate sci-fi and fantasy with Science Central


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published October 6, 2021

Sci-Fi Central, Science Central’s annual celebration of science fiction, fantasy, and everything geek, returns on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Characters from some of your favorite TV shows and movies can be seen walking around Science Central. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and participate in the cosplay contest, which is open to children and adults.

Special presentations throughout the day include:

10:30 a.m.: Local members of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars costuming group, will talk about the group’s mission.

11:15 a.m.: The builders of an R2-D2 replica will discuss how they brought the famed Star Wars droid to life.

Noon: NASA educator Charles White will share information about NASA’s Space Launch System, created to facilitate a new era of human exploration.

12:45 p.m.: The Summit City Cause-Players will provide tips on how to enjoy the hobby of cosplaying while sticking to a budget.

For tickets to the event, which also cover general admission to Science Central, and a link to sign up for the cosplay contest, go to sciencecentral.org

Renaissance in Roanoke

The 14th annual Renaissance in Roanoke art fair and juried art show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The event is an opportunity for the community to support local artists by interacting with and purchasing their arts and handcrafts. The event also features children’s activities, live music, a plein air competition, and food vendors. 

For information, go to renaissanceinroanoke.org.

Master class for music theater

Rolin Mains will present a master class on music theatre performance on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 2-4 p.m. “Hit the Stage: Singing in a Musical” is for anyone 13 and older, from beginners to advanced singers.

Attendees will get one-on-one instruction on mastering vocal performance based on the composer’s direction and how the character would perform the song. Attendees should bring two songs (at least one from a Broadway show) with printed sheet music for the accompanist. Both songs should be about a minute long (verse and chorus, or roughly 32 bars), and both songs should be memorized.

Sign up for the master class at eventbrite.com (and search for “singing in a musical”).

Help raise funds for an art gallery

Bread & Circus Art Gallery is holding a fundraiser to help them move to their new location in 2022. The event will be on Friday, Oct. 8, from 6-9 p.m. at Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne. Food and drinks will be available as well as art available for purchase and a silent auction.

Fall and Christmas Market Fest

St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm will host a Fall & Christmas Market Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can browse Indiana grown pumpkins and fall and winter holiday decor and shop outdoors for goods by local artisans, crafters, and direct vendors, including holiday stockings, baby blankets, handmade pumpkin centerpieces, acrylic and resin art and jewelry, and totes and purses. Food will be available for purchase at Jack’s Rolling Food Shack Truck.

Drag brunch and bingo

After Dark Nightclub and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana will host Della’s October 2021 Drag Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 10, at noon at the Tiger Room of Welch’s Ale House. The event is rated “R” for grownup language. 

The event, which benefits the Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection, will feature brunch, drag bingo, a drag show, and a donation towards After Dark’s AIDS Benefit. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. The cast for October includes Della Licious, Courtney Anderson, Kylie Aphrodite, Octavia Leo, Alex Rinay, Kandy Warhol, Vera Vanderwoude, and Kamelia Merlot. 

Tickets are non-refundable. Masks are strongly encouraged.

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