Events

All our events are open to the public during the hours listed (click the “More Information” section).

Unless specifically noted, all events are free. Donations are gratefully accepted!  We do not receive any federal or state funding.

If available, we post a schedule of activities prior to each event.  Always check our facebook events for any updates or schedule changes.

Please note: The bridge on Spy Run Avenue is undergoing construction and is often down to one lane. Expect traffic delays when visiting the Old Fort. For the safety of our visitors, we strongly encourage you to park at Headwaters Park or Lawton Park.  Otherwise, please use extreme caution when crossing Spy Run Avenue. Construction is expected to last until the end of the year. 

Events

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Date: September 11th 2022

Include the Old Fort as one of your stops while sightseeing downtown Fort Wayne.

Napoleonic Days 1804 - 1815

Date: September 3rd thru September 4th, 2022

Napoleon and his armies rampaged through Europe during the Early 1800s. Come and learn about the "Little Corporal" and his war.

Post Miami – 1755

Date: August 27th thru August 28th, 2022

Witness French Marines, Forces of the Crown, and Native allies as they wrestle for control of the area.

2022 Summer Hours

Date: June 1st thru July 31st, 2022

Take a tour through history at the Old Fort this summer!

Colonial America

Date: July 16th thru July 17th, 2022

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of what it was like to live in a frontier trading post.

Siege of Fort Wayne – 1812

Date: June 11th thru June 12th, 2022

In the fall of 1812, the Native Confederation allied with the British had captured all of the other American forts in the Old Northwest Territory. Was Fort Wayne next?

Muster on the St. Mary’s – TIMELINE of Several Centuries

Date: May 7th thru May 8th, 2022

Transport yourself back in time to discover what it was like to live in different periods from the Viking era to the mid 1950s.

Annual Education Day

Date: May 6th 2022

For Grades 4 and 5. Pre-registration is required. This Event is not open to the public.

Union Civil War Garrison

Date: March 26th 2022

A wintertime encampment during the Civil War.

Canceled: Civil War Garrison

Date: March 5th 2022

Sorry, this event has been Canceled due to extenuating circumstances by the group hosting it.

Nouvelle Annee 1750s

Date: January 29th 2022

Join French Fur Traders and Native Americans as they survive the ‘dead of winter’ out on the frontier.

Christmas Through the Ages at the Old Fort

Date: November 27th 2021

Welcome the holidays with fun and festivities at the Old Fort!

Muster of the Five Forts

Date: July 11th thru July 12th, 2020

Canceled due to Covid virus. A new timeline to add to your summertime enjoyment! Interact with groups from Vikings and Romans up through WWII. See the tools and equipment that these people used in their daily life whether at peace or war.

13th Pennsylvania Drill

Date: April 25th 2020

We are sorry but this event has been canceled due to Coronavirus.

Montcalm & Wolfe: School of the Soldier 1752

Date: April 4th 2020

Sorry this event has been canceled due to Coronavirus.

Muster in the East - M.i.t.E.

Date: October 4th thru October 6th, 2019

Muster in the East comes to the old fort October 5th. Come see historic Fort Wayne transformed into a European outpost during the Early Modern Era (1530-1650).

The Three Rivers Muster – A Timeline Event

Date: July 14th thru July 15th, 2018

Historical re-enactors representing times from the early Viking era through the WWII converge on Fort Wayne’s Historic Old Fort during the Three Rivers Festival.

13th Pennsylvania Drill

Date: April 7th 2018

13th Pennsylvania Regiment of Foote recreates military and civilian life in colonial America.

Joyeux Noel – A Festive French Christmas

Date: November 25th 2017

Les habitants celebrate Christmas, in New France. Artisans offer their traditionally-crafted wares. Children’s activities and refreshments available.

Fright Night Lantern Tours

Date: October 21st 2017

Experience ‘The Old Fort’ after dark; your way lit only by a candle and your guide. Discover the fate of Lt. Philip Ostrander. Admission $3.00, 12 and under free.

“Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown”

Date: September 10th 2017

Include ‘The Old Fort’ as one of your stops while “sightseeing” downtown Ft. Wayne!

Post Miamies – 1754-1763

Date: August 26th thru August 27th, 2017

Known as the “Seven Year’s War”, witness French Marines, Forces of the Crown and Native Allies as they wrestle for supremacy in North America.

Colonial America on the Frontier

Date: July 29th thru July 30th, 2017

Re-live the conflict between the King’s Forces and the colonists, throughout the founding of our country.

Camp Allen Muster: 1861–1865

Date: July 8th thru July 9th, 2017

Could you bear arms against your brother? Realize the struggle of a nation divided, as it unfolded during the Civil War.

Siege of Ft. Wayne – 1812

Date: June 10th thru June 11th, 2017

In the fall of 1812, Native Americans and British Allies had captured all the other American forts in the Old Northwest Territory. Now it was Fort Wayne’s turn.

Muster on the St. Mary’s – TIMELINE of Several Centuries

Date: May 6th thru May 7th, 2017

Meet your ancestors, from Vikings to troops of WWII.

Annual Education Day

Date: May 5th 2017

Historic Fort Wayne will kick off its 2017 season with its Education Day on May 5, 2017. The event is for local 4th & 5th grades from area public schools, private schools, and home school programs. All attending groups must pre-register. NOTE: Due to weather condition, we regretfully are canceling Education Day this year. The Muster on the St. Mary's event on Saturday and Sunday will still go on.

Early-Modern-Muster-of-Arms – ‘EMMA’ 1550-1650

Date: April 1st thru April 2nd, 2017

Observe army recruiters of the ‘Early Modern Period’ who are seeking to hire “professional soldiers.”

Nouvelle Annee: 1756

Date: January 28th 2017

Join French Fur Traders and Native Americans as they survive the ‘dead of winter’ out on the frontier.

Joyeux Noel – A Festive French Christmas

Date: November 26th 2016

Les habitants celebrate Christmas, in New France. Artisans offer their traditionally-crafted wares. Children’s activities and refreshments available.

Fright Night Lantern Tours

Date: October 15th 2016

Experience ‘The Old Fort’ after dark; your way lit only by a candle and your guide. Discover the fate of Lt. Philip Ostrander. Admission $5.00, 9 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

1816: Frontier Fort to Statehood — A State Bicentennial

Date: June 11th thru June 12th, 2016

Celebrate 200 years of statehood at the Old Fort, with guests Johnny Appleseed, the Sly Run Band and Common Stock players. Experience life on the frontier as we become a new state!