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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week of January 13.

Dog Days of Winter Garden Exhibit

Opens January 11 through April 12

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The “dog days of summer” means hot, humid, outdoor weather, but our fanciful opposite – the Dog Days of Winter – provides a fun time to visit indoors, in spite of the weather. This garden of make-believe invites young visitors to imagine what it would be like to own a dog – or be one! A variety of topiary breeds occupy the garden beds, but the Dog Park Agility Course is a playground for doggie-wannabes.

Choose a favorite breed at the Dog Show, try on different sizes of Dog Housing to see which fits best, and practice howling at the moon. Visitors can also learn a bit about pet care at the Doggie Doctor and take a simple quiz to find out which breeds they resemble. Featuring lush tropicals, winter-bloomers, and later in the season, early spring-flowering bulbs, the Dog Days of Winter will bring welcome relief from the chill of the season. Sponsored by the Magee-O’Connor Foundation, the Howard P. Arnold Foundation and Majic 95.1. 

Family Game Night

Tuesdays beginning January 14, 5-8 p.m.

Park Foundation Pavilion

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Looking for a family friendly event for Tuesday nights? Join us for Family Game Night hosted weekly by St. Paul’s Lutheran School on Tuesday nights in the Park Foundation Pavilion. There will be a wide variety of board and tabletop games available. Bring your friends and neighbors for an evening of games. All ages welcome. Betting and gambling on games is prohibited. No registration required but space is limited to 125 people. Admission is FREE.

Dance Promenade

Wednesdays beginning January 15, 6-9 p.m.

Park Foundation Pavilion

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Feel like you need to learn some new moves to impress? Then drop into the Park Foundation Pavilion every Monday night to learn a new style of dance and practice in an open dance. Instructors from a variety dance groups and schools in the local area will be offering lessons at the beginning of the night followed by open dancing. The type of dance will rotate so we can cover styles from Ballroom to Hip-Hop and also traditional cultural dances. Check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook weekly for updates and additional information. All ages welcome but space is limited to 100 people. Admission: $10/person.

Speak, Sing, or Wing

Thursdays beginning January 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Park Foundation Pavilion

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Wednesday nights are anything but quiet in Promenade Park when you join us for Speak, Sing or Wing Night. Rotating themes keep things interesting and as we explore different forms of performance by showcasing local and regional comedians, poets, spoken word, storytelling, and musicians. For those less talented, but willing to brave the stage, drop in for the first ever Riverfront Fort Wayne “Un-talent Show.” Check the full schedule at Buffet style food by Mad Anthony’s/Shigs in Pit. Ages 21+. Admission: $15 at the door. Space limited to 150.

Confluence Kitchen: Culture of Japan

Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m.

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Join us at the Park Foundation Pavilion for the first ever Confluence Kitchen. This event series celebrates other cultures, giving those who are a part of these cultures the chance to teach other people about them, and giving those who are not familiar with the culture a chance to learn. This time we will be showcasing the culture of Japan. Come swap recipes and try to pick up a few phrases in Japanese. Snap a few selfies at the themed photo booth and learn the traditional art of origami. Japanese food will also be available for purchase. Registration is $5 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance at or by calling 260-427-6000.

Sundays on the Riverfront

Sunday, Jan. 19 starting at 11:30 a.m.

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Come down to Promenade Park on Sundays where there’s something to do for everyone. Learn more about the world around you and assist the scientific community with our Citizen Science programs, be enlightened with our Philosophy and Government for All series, immerse yourself in the world of literature in Get Lit, collaborate on a community art project at Creativity for Change workshops, or participate in a self-improvement class in Building our Community. Sundays are getting interesting on the Riverfront! There is no charge and no pre-registration required. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for cancelations.

Young Naturalist Series

Sunday, Jan 19, 10:00 a.m.

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Meet at Park Foundation Pavilion

Get a jump on Groundhog’s Day as we uncover the history and myths surrounding this yearly event in “The History of Groundhog’s Day.”

For full details on all events and programs happening at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, go to



Currently closed until further notice

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm
November 29: 10am - 8pm
Closed:New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free