Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

New Haven’s Schnelker Park to host open-air market

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 15, 2021

The second annual fall market at Schnelker Park in New Haven will take place for two consecutive weeks on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

This special edition open air market will feature fall produce, fall crafts, baked goods, and a chili and soup contest. The Chili and Soup Cook-Off fundraiser will be on Sept. 29 with funds going toward playground equipment for Klotz Park. 

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The annual Art Crawl will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, from 5-9 p.m. The locations in downtown Fort Wayne are Dash-In, Start Fort Wayne, The Landing, Porch Off Calhoun, Shindigz Alley, PNC Plaza, 125 W. Main Gallery, Keller Williams Gallery, and Utopian Coffee and Kitchen. The locations can be visited in any order. 

Each location will feature a live band, an artist performing live, free appetizers, a cash bar, and a gallery show. Featured artists will be Julie Wall, Theoplis Smith III, Joseph Pelka, Maisie Husman, Jasmine Pilkinton, Jeff Pilkinton, Lyndy Bazile, Ouizi, and Terry Ratliff. Money raised at this event will go directly to funding public art in Downtown Fort Wayne. 

Masks are required for all indoor locations. Single tickets are $25 and a pair is $45. Tickets are available at Ticket/wristband pickup will be at three locations: The Landing, the Porch off Calhoun, and PNC Plaza.


A massive new mural is being installed at The Landing in downtown Fort Wayne, further adding to the vibrancy of the historic community district. 

The 6,000-square-foot mural by internationally renowned artist Ouizi is at The Landing, 123 W. Columbia St. The mural covers the entire east elevation of the building. 

On Friday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., the community is invited to a dedication event with live music and an artist’s talk. This dedication is in conjunction with the Art This Way Art Crawl.

This mural contributes to the growing concentration of public artwork within downtown Fort Wayne. 

Other murals nearby this work include the 2020 installation outside of Mercado by local artist Theoplis Smith III, the large-scale buffalo mural at Nawa by artist Tim Parsley, and mural installations at 222 Pearl St. by local artists Lyndy Bazile, Bryan Ballinger, Jeff Pilkinton, Julia Meek, Sky Rodriguez, Theoplis Smith III, and Raul Perez.

You can find out more about the artist and see her work at


The Three Rivers Music Theatre is celebrating its survival of unprecedented challenges at its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 25. 

Ball on Broadway is an evening of entertainment featuring pop-up performances, wine pull, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. 

Cocktail attire is recommended but not required. They will be following all COVID-19 safety protocols recommended at the time of the event. Cocktail hour is at 6 p.m. with the event from 7- 9 p.m. The event will take place at The Philmore on Broadway, 2441 Broadway. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at


Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation and Riverside Train are presenting the 19th annual Pumpkin Train, running Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m., from Sept. 18 through Oct. 24. 

Guests can ride the quarter-scale train and pick a pumpkin, load it on the flat car, and complete the train ride back to the station. Other fall activities and decorations will be throughout the museum grounds during this time of the year. 

Pumpkin train rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Pumpkins are an additional cost but do not need to be purchased to ride the train. For more information, visit


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