How to Organize and Declutter Your Studio Apartment

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Studio apartments can be inexpensive, chic, and sweet. An average studio apartment clocks in at 500 or 600 square feet, sometimes smaller which can make them a little tricky to manage due to small space and architectural quirks.

Luckily, you can maintain a clutter-free and elegant studio apartment without breaking the bank (or the walls). Here are a few tips to transform a small space into a roomy pad you’ll love coming home to.

1. Work the Walls.

Walls are everything when it comes to tiny space. If your landlord permits it, paint your walls white, ivory, or a pale color like egg-shell blue or soft gray to create a sense of larger, expansive space.

Build in floating shelves or cabinets if you are able to visually free up your studio and efficiently store books, trinkets, and supplies.

Consider multiple wall hooks or ceiling racks for hanging clothing, bags, and equipment. This is also a declutter tactic!

2. Furniture, Furniture, Furniture.

It’s amazing how much furniture can affect a space–even your mood! Outfit your studio with minimalist style furniture to not visually crowd the space. Choose a low-lying sofa or lounge chairs.

Loft your bed to free up the ground floor. Use stools instead of chairs at the kitchen table and buy multi-purpose furniture. Can your island double as a kitchen table? How about using that antique chest as a coffee table or dresser as a nightstand?

Choosing furniture thoughtfully lets you express your style and is guaranteed to organize a tinier apartment.

3. Embrace the Wacky.

Studio apartments often come with a sloped ceiling, weirdly shaped closet, or awkward corners. Turn these quirks into cool by hanging hooks and lights from your diagonal ceiling, building shelves or bookcases into corners, or hiding away excess storage.

Match your decorations to the wackiness of the space. For example, if your studio has a lot of angles, hang art or choose furniture that reflects this.

Frame unusual windows with curtains, or make them part of the decor.

4. Create the Illusion of Multiple Rooms.

It’s easy to feel as if your studio apartment is just one big room, with no distinction between kitchen and bedroom. Craft the appearance of separate spaces by painting the kitchen or bedroom a different color and use an artful screen or room divider to distinguish the bedroom from the dining area.

Install a floor-to-ceiling curtain to separate living space. The gauzier the curtain, the greater the illusion of more space and light!

Make use of colorful rugs and floor lamps.

5. Choose Mindful Storage Solutions.

The ultimate key to decluttering a studio apartment is great storage. Remove closet doors to save on storage space and take advantage of wall organizers. A lot of furniture pieces can double as hidden storage spaces. Choose a sofa with built-in storage or a Murphy bed that folds up when not in use. Work in a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, which can also double as a divider!

The Bottom Line on Your Studio Apartment Space

Just remember, you’ll need to put your apartment back into its original condition before you move out or risk losing your security deposit. And, it’s always best to check with the leasing office staff before making any big changes.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these two 270 square foot urban micro-pads that take smart small space to an entirely new level.

Working with a larger space? We have six stellar solutions to decluttering any size apartment.

Happy studio-ing!

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Summer Fun Resident Activities

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Montrose Square Apartments residents, mark your calendars and plan to join us for all of the fun activities we have planned for our residents and their guests. We have planned a Summer full of fun activities, food, and prizes including cash prizes up to $100 and a drawing for a TV.

May

May 18th: Spring Fling Pizza, Thursday,  5-7pm

June:

June 2nd, Donut Day, Friday, 6am until gone (in the office)

June 17th,Picnic & Game Day” Saturday
MSQ Picnic: Subs, Chips, Fruit, Dessert & Drinks
2pm Cornhole Tournament
(pre-register your team, 1 member of team must be a resident)
Cash prizes: $100.00 1st Place, $50.00 2nd Place
3pm Mystery Bingo

July:

July 9th 11am, Brunch & Bingo, Sunday

July 17-22nd Ice Cream Treats all week at the office

July 20th, 2017 Fort Wayne TinCaps Game vs. Clinton LumberKings
Join us for “Montrose Square Night” at Parkview Field
Tickets can be purchased for only $5.00 each from the Montrose Square office

August:

August 25th 7-9pm Trivia & Karaoke FUN NIGHT, Friday
Drawing for a TV giveaway (contest for Residents only, but guests invited to sing)

September:

September 12th 5-7pm, Fall Grab N’ Go Hot Dogs, Tuesday
Stop by and grab a fresh grilled Hot Dog and the fixin’s

For each event that you attend you can register your name for the TV prize drawing. The more you attend the more chances you have to win! Drawing will be at the August 25th ‘FUN NIGHT’.

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5 Attractions to Visit in Fort Wayne This May

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Spring has sprung in Indiana. Now is the time to get outdoors and experience all the fun warm weather activities. If you’re new to the area, you may not be aware of all the great attractions you can visit in May.

Read on to find the five best attractions to visit in Fort Wayne.

1. Fort Wayne’s Children’s Zoo

This zoo is the perfect place to get your family outside.  There are over 1,000 animals to view in this family zoo. You can travel through all the continents of the world and see animals like monkeys, sea lions, and penguins.

If you’d rather experience the fun of farm animals, the zoo has the Indiana Family Farm where you can view cows, pigs, and goats. You can even take a pony ride!

There are tons of membership options available, so you’ll be able to visit the zoo throughout the summer.

2. Fort Wayne Bike Share

Biking is an excellent way to get outside this month. If you’re new to the area, or a lifelong citizen, you can see all the city has to offer via a bike!

The area’s Bike Share program allows you rent a bike by the hour. You’ll be able to bike through the many parks and trails or take a tour through downtown and check out all the great shops and restaurants.

If you’re not sure where to head first, the city’s visitors center provides maps and itineraries to get you started.

3. Parkview Field

Want to catch a baseball game this summer? Not willing to pay the big league prices? You’re in luck. Parkview Field is located in the heart of the town and is home to the minor league Fort Wayne TinCaps.

If you’re not into baseball, you can still visit the field that’s open all year-long. The stadium features a running and walking track. It’s also host to several music festivals and markets throughout the summer.

4. Lakeside Park and Rose Garden

This area is known for its many beautiful gardens. And Lakeside Park and Rose Garden is just one of the many. Since its reconstruction in 1912, the park and garden have been a host to parties and weddings. But you’re also able to visit here to experience the great fishing pond, basketball and tennis courts, and kids’ playground.

The rose garden has over 1,000 types of roses to view as you stroll through the paths surrounding it.

5. Rivergreenway Trail

The Rivergreenway Trail is 25 miles of trails that go through all three of the rivers surrounding the area.

Here you’re able to walk, run, or bike through the trail. Many people use the trail to experience nature while also painting or drawing. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the beauty of Indiana, and take a moment of peace and quiet, this is the perfect place.

There’s Always Something to Do Here!

Fort Wayne is a city in the heart of the country. And while it doesn’t boast the population of Chicago or Minneapolis, there is still a lot going on. Whether you’re looking to experience nature, view exotic animals, or catch a baseball game, you’ll always be able to find some summer fun.

Have you recently visited or moved to the area? Let us know what fun things you’ve done this month.

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6 Magic Tricks to Make My Apartment Feel Bigger

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As you settle into your new apartment and feeling good about being on your own, you come to realize something. “My apartment isn’t very big.” While you’re quite happy with your new space and how cozy it is, you can’t help but wish you had a little more room to squeeze out of the place.

We get that.

While we can’t wave a magic wand and increase the room size a la Harry Potter, we can offer a different form of magic to help. The magic of creativity and perhaps even illusion.

Here are 6 ways to make your apartment feel bigger.

1. Use Mirrors

This one is a bit of an old trick. If you hang some mirrors in your home, it’ll give the illusion of your space feeling larger. Why? Mirrors trick your eyes into thinking they’re looking at a larger space with reflection.

2. But It’s My Apartment and My Stuff! Don’t Clutter

If you’re fond of knick knacks, this one may be hard.

In a small space, less is more. If you have clutter, the reverse effect will happen: you’ll feel like your apartment is small and cramped. You’ll have to do away with knick knacks. Even your prized collection of knick knacks. Shot glasses, snow globes, figurines, any and all of them.

We know what you’re thinking, “But it’s my apartment and my stuff! They have to be on display!” You’ll thank us in the long run.

3. Consider Transparent Furniture

This one sounds weird but stay with us.

This falls under the illusion category along with mirrors. Using furniture that’s transparent – like a transparent table and chairs – will help your space appear larger. Why? because it’ll look like nothing is there at all! It’s actually a very neat trick and if you’re a minimalist, it’ll fit right in with your style.

4. Use Lighting and Colors

Another sort of magical effect is lighting. If you light up your space, it’ll give your home a feeling of spaciousness and airiness. Use colors in your home, too. White helps with the airy effect and colors will pop against the white. This will add bright and cheery flair to your apartment.

5. Make Use of Your Walls

This is one I make use of in my apartment. Take a step back and look at your walls. What do you see? If you’re like us, you’ll notice that there’s plenty of storage space opportunities! This is where you can get creative and store things on your walls like your jewelry or your shoe rack, freeing up valuable floor space.

6. Use Curtains

Rather than use doors for cupboard and closet space, consider taking them down and using curtains instead. This will make your apartment feel more open and less closed-off, giving your apartment a whimsical flair.

But don’t stop with the doors.

Consider hanging curtains from the ceiling rather than right in front of your window. It’ll make your ceilings feel taller. You can add to the airiness by using a rod and shower curtain as a room divider, too.

Share With Us

What did you do to help make your apartment feel bigger? Have you used any of these tricks? Do you have a great trick not listed here? Comment and share with us!

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Fort Wayne

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Fort Wayne

Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the Mexican heritage and a great excuse to fill up on some of the great foods and drinks from the culture.

You don’t have to go far to fiesta, here in Fort Wayne, there are many places to celebrate with food, drinks, and music.

El Azteca

535 E. State Blvd Fort Wayne
El Azteca will open at 11:00 am to start the celebration. The party tent opens at 4:00 with drink specials, music, Zumba demonstrations, their famous el Grito contest, and more!

Salud Tapas ‘N Tequila

5735 Falls Dr, Fort Wayne
Join Salud’s Tapas ‘N Tequila in their Cinco de Mayo Margarita tent for tacos, beer, and margaritas while listening to live music from Soul35! Tent opens at 4:00pm.

JK O’Donnell’s

An Irish pub may seem like a strange place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but if you love beer you won’t want to miss JK O’Donnell‘s cinco (5) tap feature with Mad Anthony Brewing, Birdboy Brewing, Trubble Brewing, Junk Ditch Brewing, and Summit City Brewerks.

Dos Margarita’s

4230 N Clinton Street
Don’t miss the fiesta at Dos Margaritas – great food, drinks, and music by Joe Five.

Agaves Mexican Grill

212 E. Washington Center Road
Agaves Mexican Grill will be celebrating with a DJ, games, contests, and of course, food!

 

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Earth Day: What You Can Do to Help the Environment

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Ways to Get Involved and Save the Earth

Each year, over one billion people in more than 192 countries participate in Earth Day, which makes it the largest event in the world. In its over 40 years of existence, Earth Day is responsible for the passage of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and over 2 billion other Acts of Green. Show some love for mother Earth this year by getting involved in one of the many Earth Day activities going on around the world! Here are some simple ways you can get involved and make the Earth a better place this week.

Eat Less Meat

Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for over 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? In fact, factory farming is the number one cause of climate change. As if that weren’t enough, did you know that producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuels to drive a small car 20 miles and enough water for 17 showers? Visit the Earth Day Network’s website to sign the pledge to participate in “Meatless Mondays” and limit your consumption of meat. Need help? Join Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians to get support from others as well as meal ideas, recipes, and tips on eating out.

Speak up for the Environment

All around the United States, groups are standing up to speak up for the environment, and Indiana is no different. Join the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Indianapolis. The March will start at the Veterans Memorial Plaza and end at the PanAm plaza just in time to attend Indy VegFest to taste some great meatless options and get tips to help you with your meat-free pledge.

Buy Local Produce

Did you know that most “fresh” fruit you buy in the supermarket was picked 7 days before you bought it? Not only does that mean seven days of transportation time, but most fruits start to lose their nutrients after 3 days. Buying local produce will severely lower CO2 emissions by reducing the amount of energy required to transport your produce from the farm to your plate. Visit local farmer’s markets to purchase produce from local farmers or grow your own in containers on your patio.

End Junk Mail

Did you know that 100 million trees are cut down each year just to provide enough paper for junk mail? Sign up for Catalog Choice and stop unwanted mail. Catalog Choice is a free service that opts out of unwanted mailing lists for you – junk mail, credit card offers, even phone books! Just visit their website, report who is sending you mail and they will take care of the opting out process for you.

Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz

Find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint and be better to the environment by taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

Earth Day Festival at Eagle Marsh

Sunday, April 30 from 1-5, come on out to Eagle Marsh and celebrate Earth Day! There will be plenty of great activities including a decorated rain barrel contest, farmers market, special prizes, interactive nature education stations, presentations on conservation tips, and more!

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What’s Going on Around Fort Wayne in April?

What's Going on Around Fort Wayne in April

A Guide to Fort Wayne’s Top Activities for the month of April

Happy April! It’s time to shake off the cabin fever and get out and enjoy some of the great events going on around Fort Wayne this month.

 Jerry Seinfeld at the Embassy Theatre

America’s most beloved comedian, Jerry Seinfeld will be visiting Fort Wayne on April 6! For over 30 years, Jerry Seinfeld has been winning the hearts of millions of Americans with his stand-up comedy, long-running television show, and more! Don’t miss your chance to see this icon of a comedian!

Harry Potter Film Concert Series

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will be bringing the magic to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on one unforgettable night. On April 7, come on out and be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as the Fort Wayne Phil will play selections from the highly beloved Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Opening Night at Tincaps Baseball

After a long winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps baseball is back for a highly anticipated Opening Night on April 8th! A night with the Fort Wayne Tincaps will bring you more than just exciting baseball action! You’ll also experience lots of between-innings fun, great food, and not to mention, the beautiful, award-winning Parkview Field. Tickets start at just $5!

Easter Bone Hunt

Grab your favorite pooch and head out to the 9th annual Easter Bone Hunt on Sunday, April 9th at Franke Park to enjoy a fun with your dog. There will dog-friendly games, crafts & even tattoos. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs! All dogs admitted for a $15 donation & proceeds will go toward FWACC’s Adoption & Volunteer programs. Bring some extra dough and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

Spring Haute Gathering Market

April 9 at The Shiloh, come visit the Spring installment of the Haute Gathering Market. You’ll find lots of unique vintage decorations, upcycled antiques, jewelry, barn finds, boutique chic clothing and more!

 Fort Wayne Indoor Farmer’s Market

You know the saying – April showers bring May flowers! So, just in case, Fort Wayne has an amazing, weekly farmer’s market, rain or shine! Come on out to get the freshest local produce, most delicious baked goods, and more! The Indoor Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from 9-1 in the Lincoln Financial Event Center.

Hike the Trails of Fox Island

Spend a couple of hours hiking the trails of Fox Island with Naturalist Jeff Ormiston and the wildlife of the park.

Stargazing at Riverfront Fort Wayne

The third Wednesday of every month, come on out to the Historic Wells Street Bridge for a night walk along the Fort Wayne Riverbanks. On this walk, you’ll also have a chance to see some rare star formations and learn about what’s going on in the universe from some friends from Science Central. This is a great, FREE opportunity for some fun for the whole family!

Record Store Day

Live music from 16 area bands, food trucks, goodie bags, and free coffee and cookies await you at Wooden Nickel’s 10th annual Record Store Day on April 22nd at their North Anthony location.

Little Shop of Horrors

What do you get when you cross a quirky flower shop assistant and a cannibalistic plant? Little Shop of Horrors! For over 30 years, Little Shop of Horrors has been a delight for theater lovers across the country. April 21-29, IPFW is excited to host Little Shop of Horrors live and on stage! Come be a part of the magic and sing along with Seymour, Audrey, and the rest of the gang!

Vera Bradley Annual Sale

April 19-23, come visit the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale for some amazing deals! Vera Bradley is taking over the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for the weekend, offering you up to 60% off retail pricing of Vera Bradley handbags, luggage, totes, and more! Register online at Vera Bradley’s website.

Michiana Wine Festival

Wine lovers rejoice! On April 29, Headwaters Park will be transformed into the Michiana Wine Festival, one of the best wine tasting headquarters in the tri-state area. Enjoy samples from over 150 wines from countless wineries across Indiana and Michigan.

As you can see, there will be more than enough great, entertaining things to do in Fort Wayne this month! Let us know how you’ll be spending your April in the comments below!

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Ways to Avoid Apartment Cabin Fever

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Captain’s Log. Day 120,

Today marks 5 months of being stuck in a cold, wintry isolation. With a high today of 45 degrees and a 40% chance of rain (again), I see no sign of hope. I can see the green grass and can hear the birds chirping, but the cold, wet weather is giving us doubts of ever leaving the apartment. Keep the whole crew in your thoughts. I will keep you updated, but the future doesn’t look good for us…

Does this sound familiar? If you’re like us, you’re probably about ready to lose your mind! Being cooped up in an apartment all Winter and now into Spring will do that. At this point, it’s not hard to see why Jack Nicholson went absolutely bonkers in The Shining. On the bright side, at least it’s Spring and the weather should warm up soon. Until then, your friends at Montrose Square Apartments have put together a guide to help you avoid cabin fever this winter.

Give your Apartment a Makeover

In order to keep a shred of sanity, one of the best things you can do is give your apartment a makeover. By this point, you’re probably tired of staring at the same four walls. Switching up the scenery will do wonders for your sanity! For example, buy a new rug or curtains in a fun Spring color. Other ways you can add some excitement to your apartment include:

  • Rearranging your Furniture
  • Hanging up an Original Painting
  • Switching rooms with your Roommate

Weather the Storm

Beyond changing up the scenery in your apartment, the next logical step to avoiding cabin fever is leaving your apartment. Bundle up, grab your rain boots and umbrella, and go for a walk around our property or at nearby Shoaff Park. Don’t forget to stop and smell the freshly bloomed flowers!

Fort Wayne also has some great activities going on this month. Keep an eye on our blog and our Facebook page for a list of events coming up in April.

Get out of the apartment for a while and do something else. Adventure can be found just about anywhere, including:

Wait it Out

The key to keeping sane in the midst of isolation is finding something to occupy your time in a positive manner. If you must be stuck inside, you might as well make the most out of it! Pick up a new hobby, buy a fish, invite friends over for a potluck, break a world record!

Did you know the world record for the largest bubblegum bubble is 20 inches? That’s totally beatable!

Now that you have a list of great ways to occupy your time, suddenly, being stuck in the apartment isn’t quite as bad anymore! Warmer temps are right around the corner, we’ll see you soon!

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What’s Going on Around Fort Wayne this Month?

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A Guide to Some Great Fort Wayne Events this March

At Montrose Square Apartments in Fort Wayne, we’re super excited to welcome March! If you’re tired of being cooped up inside, then worry no more! Spring is officially here on the 20th and it couldn’t come any faster! There’s so many great things to love about springtime in Fort Wayne: beautiful weather, Tincaps baseball, not to mention the return of food trucks! There’re so many great events going on around town this month that we’ve put together a helpful guide of some of the top, can’t-miss activities happening in Fort Wayne this month!

Entertainment

Thomas Rhett: Home Team Tour

On March 2, Country music star, Thomas Rhett will be making a stop at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on his Home Team Tour. Thomas Rhett is one of country music’s top breakout artists right now. With hits like “Make Me Wanna,” “T-Shirt,” “It Goes Like This,” and countless more, this is sure to be an unforgettable night!

Gabriel Iglesias’ FluffyMania Tour

You’ve certainly seen Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias on Comedy Central, Conan, The Tonight Show, and countless movies. On March 5, come on out to the Embassy Theatre to see Gabriel celebrate 20 years of comedy. This is sure to be a hilarious night full of fun and lots of laughter! Visit the Embassy Theatre’s website for tickets and more information.

Mamma Mia at the Embassy Theatre

On March 7, a taste of Broadway will be coming to Fort Wayne! Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the classic tale of a bride-to-be on a quest to discover the identity of her father. An amazing story told through a host of timeless ABBA hits is sure to be a great way to spend an evening. For tickets and more information, visit the Embassy’s website.

Sporting Events

Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. West Chester Knicks

March 3, come cheer on our Fort Wayne Mad Ants as they take on the West Chester Knicks. Don’t miss an exciting night of fun, hoops, and more! See the full schedule here.

Fort Wayne Komets vs. Wheeling Nailers

The 2017 Komet’s hockey season is coming to a close, which means even more intense, high-speed action! Don’t miss your chance to see the Komets take the ice against the Wheeling Nailers on March 4. Visit the Komets website to see the full schedule.

For the Family

Fort Wayne’s Indoor Farmers Market

The weather might be warming up but the Fort Wayne Indoor Farmer’s Market is still going strong! Come shop around for some super fresh, local produce, baked goods, coffee, and locally made crafts and jewelry. The Indoor Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday morning at the Lincoln Financial Event Center.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream

March 9-11, come experience the Disney Magic as your favorite Disney characters will take the ice! Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be sharing the heroic stories of your favorite Disney princesses. For tickets and more information about Disney on Ice, visit the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum’s website.

Winter Jam 2017

Year after year, Winter Jam is the largest touring concert in the Christian-Contemporary Music industry. This year’s Winter Jam features some of the biggest names in the CCM industry, including Crowder, Thousand Foot Krutch, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, and more! Don’t miss this amazing night of music, worship, and lots of fun!

Mary Poppins Garden Party at the Botanical Conservatory

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the Botanical Conservatory. Currently, the Conservatory is hosting a wonderful Mary Poppins-themed Garden Exhibit. You’ll love the lush scenery and beautiful foliage the Conservatory has to offer.

Festivals

Get Green Fest

March 11, come on out to Fort Wayne’s only family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Watch the Fort Wayne Fire Department turn the St. Mary’s River green! There will also be plenty of great, FREE activities for the whole family such as a lucky charms eating contest, a gold coin drop, a live DJ and a 5-Kilt Run/Walk! Check out the Get Green Fest’s website for more information.

Fort Wayne Fame Festival

For the thirtieth year in a row, the Fort Wayne Fame Festival has been a way to celebrate the arts in Fort Wayne youth. March 18-19, come support the arts by visiting Fame Festival. You’ll see lots of great art ranging from vocal performances and dances to an Art Gallery and even craft stations. This is a Fort Wayne favorite event for the whole family that you won’t want to miss!

Friday Pop Up Market

Every month, the Glenbrook Mall will be hosting a Pop-Up Market. This Pop-Up will be taking place on March 31, from 12-7 in the Grand Main Entrance Hall (beside Barnes & Noble.) The Pop-Up Market features a variety of local vendors, including Fort Wayne businesses, craft makers, and more.
It looks like March is going to be full of great activities for the whole family to enjoy! Get out and shake off your cabin fever!

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What to Do for Valentines Day in Fort Wayne Besides Going Out to Eat

 

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Some Fort Wayne Valentines Day Ideas

While dinner and a movie always makes for a great date night, if you’re looking for something a little different to do this Valentines Day,  we’ve put together some great ideas to enjoy with your significant other or best friend!

Ice Skating at Headwater’s Park

The ice skating rink at Headwater’s Park gives the saying “skating on thin ice” on new meaning and one that you’ll actually enjoy! Is there anything more romantic than skating hand-in-hand around an ice rink? Bring that special someone out for an evening they won’t forget!

A Night at the Ballet

Bring your valentine out to the Auer Center on February 10 to participate in the Fort Wayne Ballet Association’s newest production – Love Notes. This celebration of love is sure to be a hit with the honey! For Tickets and more info, visit the Fort Wayne Ballet’s website.

My Cold Hearted Valentine

If you’ve never been to Science Central, there’s no better time to visit than right now! Science Central is hosting an Adults Only night of interactive, hands-on Murder Mystery excitement, delicious snacks and delightful cocktails from Calhoun Street: Soups, Salads, and Spirits. Kick off Valentine’s weekend with My Cold-hearted Valentine on February 10th

Cheer on Your Team

The Komets will take on the Indy Fuel at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on  February 10. Then head back to the coliseum on the 11th for The Fort Wayne Derby Girls season opener against the Gem City Roller Girls

Romeo and Juliet

Is there anything more romantic than an evening at the theater? February 17-19, head out to the PPG Arts United Artslab and see the fabled story of Romeo and Juliet unfold before your own eyes. Between sword fights, masquerades and forbidden love, it will certainly be an evening to remember.

Take a Walk Through the Botanical Conservatory

Spend your Valentines Day weekend walking hand-in-hand through the Botanical Conservatory with your special someone. Their Sweetheart Orchid Display runs February 7-26 and features a heart-shaped planter with a cascade of red “valentine” orchids. The wonderful scenery of the Conservatory makes the perfect setting for a romantic stroll, a first date, or even a surprise proposal!

Paint a Picture

Bottle & Bottega is hosting some great events on February 14th. Enjoy a 4-course prime rib dinner then head over to the painting area where they’ll walk you and your date through the painting of a romantic Parisian image. Or, if prime rib’s not for you, light up the night Illumin-Art where you’ll paint a picture of the Eiffel Tower then string rice lights through it to let your work shine! Check out all of the great events our sign up for these on their website.

Wine and Dine

OK, yes, we did say we’d be giving you ideas besides dinner. But, this is a little different! Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard is hosting a romantic night of food, music, and wine. Enjoy a 6-course meal from Club Soda accompanied by wine sample pairings and light music by Ron Rumbaugh. There will also be some great door prizes.

Try to Escape

If you haven’t tried the escape rooms now’s the time. Fort Wayne Escape Room and Room to Escape will lock you and your date in one of their themed rooms. Search for clues to try to escape before the time is up. Although, a little alone time might be good, so don’t work too fast!

Stay In

However, dinner and a movie are always a popluar date night for a reason! Sometimes the best date is a night spent in. Cook a special dinner, play some music, then curl up with a romantic movie.

Hopefully, we’ve given you some great ideas of some wonderful ways you can spend your Valentines Day, right here in Fort Wayne! Let us know what you plan on doing in the comments below.

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