Events

All of our events are open to the public during the hours listed (see 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 facebook.com/HistoricFortWayne for any updates or schedule changes.

Fright Night Lantern Tours -CANCELED

Date: October 16th 2021

Canceled for 2021. Experience the Old Fort after dark! Hear tales of ghost encounters!

“Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown”

Date: September 12th 2021

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

Post Miami – 1754-1763

Date: August 28th thru August 29th, 2021

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

Revolutionary War on the Frontier

Date: July 17th thru July 18th, 2021

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of what it was like to live in a British Trading Post.

Siege of Ft. Wayne – 1812

Date: June 12th thru June 13th, 2021

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

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

Date: May 8th thru May 9th, 2021

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

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.

Annual Education Day

Date: May 8th 2020

We are very sorry to announce that this event has been canceled for 2020 due to Coronavirus.

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.

Civil War Garrison

Date: March 7th 2020

The 5th Texas Spangtown Mess will muster at Fort Wayne for drill and training.

Colonial Winter Garrison 1775 - 1783

Date: February 29th 2020

The Colonial forces prepare for battle after a hard winter.

1812 Winter Garrison

Date: February 22nd 2020

Wintertime at a frontier Fort was both a time of hard work and boredom. Find out how they coped?

Nouvelle Annee: 1760

Date: January 25th 2020

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

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).

Napoleonic Days 1804 - 1814

Date: July 13th thru July 14th, 2019

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

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!