City of Fort Wayne offers ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve


While a number of people in Fort Wayne look for “flashy” New Year’s Eve outings in large cities within driving distance, this year, a little flash and a lot of fun will be available in the Summit City.

In its second year, Fort Wayne’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at Parkview Field promises plenty of fun as attendees await 2018. The event will be held in the ball stadium’s silver parking lot, located at Ewing and W. Brackenridge Streets. The party begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages.

Celebrating the New Year can be costly and not-family-friendly. Fort Wayne’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop addresses those issues with an itinerary full of events appropriate for just about everyone.

While the doors open at 7 p.m., a live disc jockey will get the party going at 7:15. At 8 p.m., the opening ceremony and lighting of the tower will get underway. At 8:15, the Alicia Pyle Quartet will perform. The tight schedule will include a food-eating contest, a dance-off, and more live performances from local musicians.

For those who want to party inside, yet want to see the ball drop, there is the Ball Drop VIP Gala, which for $30 per individual or $600 for a private luxury suite that holds up to 20 people, also at Parkview Field. The wall of windows allows for viewing the outside event, while Gala attendees stay warm. Also, there will be large screen televisions available to watch events.

Another unique Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve party opportunity is available at the 07 Pub. The pub is located at 3516 Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The club is hosting a Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve. The party begins at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will conclude at  3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day. For $30, attendees can partake in champagne toasts, listen to live music, and indulge in “heavy” hors-d’oeuvres, including the establishments signature chicken wings. If the era of jazz, dropped waist dresses and fascinators appeal to your sense of New Year’s Eve socializing, this is the party for you.

A bit pricey, but certainly unique, Game Day Sports Camp is hosting a sleepover at The Ash Centre, 1701 Freeman St., for kids in grades K-8. The price per child is $50. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Young attendees will have a host of activities to participate in – – sports, games, movies and more can be enjoyed by young partygoers.

The event will be staffed by “well-trained and highly screened staff.”

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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