Fort Wayne offers some great family spots (Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo, the TinCaps, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory) that offer a great time without breaking the bank.
But theres nothing quite like finding something great to do for free. And the city has an abundance of free things.
With gas prices still high and the economy not so good, a vacation may not be in the cards for many people this summer. So why not vacation in your hometown? Here are some free offerings that will surely help out the budget.
Foellinger Theater, Franke Park; 427-6000:
Planet Search (a musical talent competition): 8 a.m. Saturday
Fort Wayne Area Community Band: 8 p.m. June 12
Air Force National Guard Band of the Great Lakes: 8 p.m. June 26
Fort Wayne Area Community Band: 8 p.m. July 10
Knights on the Town/Alley Kats: 8 p.m. July 19
Chadd Michaels and the Brat Pack: 8 p.m. Aug. 9
Fort Wayne Childrens Choir: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Fort Wayne Community Band: 8 p.m. Aug. 14
Summit City Chorus: 8 p.m. Aug. 30
DeKalb Outdoor Theatre, 301 Center St., Auburn; www.dekalboutdoortheater.org:
Big Daddy Caddy: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Summit City Chorus: 7:30 p.m. June 8
Northeast Indiana Musicians Expo: 1 p.m. June 9
Auburn Community Band 30th Anniversary Concert: 2 p.m. June 10
Old Crown Brass Band: 7:30 p.m. June 15
Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents Patriotic Pops: 7:30 p.m. June 29
Supercharged: 7:30 p.m. July 6
Auburn Community Band: 2 p.m. July 8
Little Big Band: 7:30 p.m. July 13
Navy Band Great Lakes: 7:30 p.m. July 14
Spike and the Bulldogs: 7:30 p.m. July 20
Golden Memories: 6 p.m. July 21
Mason Dixie: 7:30 p.m. July 27
Joey Os Guitar Festival: 5 p.m. Aug. 4
Choice Band: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Community Band Extravaganza: 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12
Concert Under the Stars with the Randy Kimball Blues Band and The Breakfast Club: 5 p.m. Aug. 17
Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents Patriotic Pops: 7:30 p.m. June 27; Potawatomi Inn, Pokagon State Park, Angola; 481-0777.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents Patriotic Pops: 7:30 p.m. June 28; Oubauche State Park, Bluffton; 481-0777.
Rock the Plaza: Concerts at the Allen County Public Library start June 2. The shows are held every Saturday at 6 p.m. You can go to www.acpl.lib.in.us and click Events for a complete schedule of the bands that will perform.
Catch a free movie at Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park. Each movie begins at 8:30 p.m.
Cars 2: June 20
Kung Fu Panda 2: June 27
Puss in Boots: July 15
The Adventures of Tin Tin: July 11
Happy Feet Two: July 18
Hugo: July 25
The Muppets: Aug. 1
Hop: Aug. 8
Zookeeper: Aug. 15
Spy Kids: All the Time In the World: Aug. 24
Allen County Public Library presents movies in its theater the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve. Go to www.acpl.lib.in.us (click other events) for additional movie titles:
Big Miracle: June 26
Other movie dates: July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18
With more than 65 miles of trails winding through the city, what better way to enjoy time outdoors than a bike ride? There are several trail-riding events scheduled this summer. Rides begin at 6 p.m., and helmets are required. For June and August riding events, call 427-6228 or visit the Summer Fun Times at www.fortwayneparks.org.
May 29: Rivergreenway: St. Marys, eight miles. Meet at the Foster Park trail head parking lot near Pavilion No. 1.
Make a splash
Splash pads open Memorial Day weekend. The great thing about the splash pads, besides the fact they are free, is they are at area parks, so bring a picnic and make a day of it. They are at:
Buckner Park, 6114 Bass Road
McCormick Park, 2300 Raymond and Holly streets
Memorial Park, 2301 Maumee Ave. and Glasgow Street
Robert E. Meyers Park, Parkview Field
Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road
Waynedale Park, 2900 Koons and Elzey streets
Kreager Park, North River Road
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art offers free admission to visitors every Thursday and Sunday. Located at 311 Main St., the hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.