Welcome to Taste of the Arts

Taste of the Arts Festival celebrates and supports the rich diversity of arts and cultural experiences in our vibrant community. The festival is open to all, providing access to art without cost.

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Taste of the Arts 2021 is Saturday, August 28th from 11am to 7pm!

Admission is free to Taste of the Arts Festival! The only cost associated with the festival is if you buy something to eat or drink from our Tastings, or from an artist at the Artlink Market.

Nothing at Taste of the Arts requires tickets, so be wary of anyone telling you that they have tickets for sale for this event.

You will pay vendors directly. We are no longer selling food tickets as we have in previous years. Our vendors all accept cash. Some may accept card, but being prepared with cash is recommended.

Parking is available at the Civic Garage across from Freimann Square, Lawton Park Festival Parking on the corner of Fourth St. and Clinton St.,  and the Ash Brokerage Parking Garage at the 800 block of Harrison St.
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Parking is also free on weekends at available downtown Fort Wayne meters.
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Block Parties

Join us for block parties featuring performances, food and drink, and more at Arts Campus Fort Wayne, The Landing, and Promenade Park!

Ambassador Enterprises Block Party at the Arts United Center Plaza

Ambassador Enterprises Block Party on the Plaza features an outdoor stage with great music, and food and drink. Inside, the Arts United Center presents performances by local dance and musical theatre organizations.

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PHP Block Party on Main St.

Artlink Market hosts 20 vendors selling handmade goods and crafts paired with food, drink and great local music. Main Street will be closed between Clinton and Lafayette for the fun.

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Franklin Electric Block Party at The Landing

Fort Wayne Public Art Commission needs your help to install a community mural on Calhoun Street between The Landing and the Rousseau Center! More music, fun, and food in store throughout the day.

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Parrish Leasing Block Party at Promenade Park

Great tunes with outdoor fun and games all day. As day fades into night, WBOI’s most art-centric host Julia Meek will present the annual outdoor edition of Meet the Music featuring four headlining bands.

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NIPSCO STEAM Park

Every year, organizations host kids activities for free to engage young audiences and offering a chance to educate people on their organization and services. This year, NIPSCO has sponsored the STEAM Park to include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities that you can follow at home!

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Performances

Enjoy more than 50 live performances of music, theatre, dance, and comedy across 9 stages from 11am to 7pm. WBOI’s Meet the Music Concert concludes at 9pm.

Tastings

Get a taste of local culinary arts onsite at the festival and at brick-and-mortar locations.

Tastings at Taste of the Arts

Get a taste of local food, drink, and beer vendors on Saturday, August 28 from 11am-7pm!

Taste à la cARTe

Dine in with local restaurants from August 22 – 31 for Taste à la cARTe. This new addition to Taste of the Arts encourages patrons to explore the culinary arts of Fort Wayne at brick-and-mortar locations.

Artlink Market

Artlink Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. This year’s Artlink Market at Taste of the Arts will feature approximately 20 unique vendors

Interactive Experiences

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission hosts the installation of the Calhoun Street Crosswalk mural, designed by Adam Garland.

Human Library Fort Wayne offers the art of storytelling inside the west end of the Arts United Center lobby.

PFW Department of Art and Design hosts the Andres Montenegro and Audrey Ushenko VR/Art installation in the east end of the Arts United Center lobby.

Partner Events

Check out these onsite events put on by our partners!

YLNI Farmers Market

The YLNI Farmers Market offers fresh and unique local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts in a cultural setting. This is a producer-only market, meaning that vendors personally make or grow the products they sell. Shop the market from 9am – 3pm.

Kekionga Plein Air Event

Fort Wayne Artists Guild presents the Kekionga Plein Air Event, live outdoor painting with participating artists joining from across the country. Plein air artists will paint scenes around Arts Campus Fort Wayne, and awards will be distributed, including the People’s Choice.

Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery

Artlink Gallery

The contemporary art gallery hosts its current exhibitions, Moments: The Plein Air Movement and Drainage.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Free Admission on August 28th from 10am to 6pm! Experience the permanent and current exhibitions, and shop the Paradigm Gallery.

The History Center

Explore the collections of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society online or visit the The History Center during open hours.