The kids are out of school and summer vacation is in full swing. Looking for affordable, family-friendly fun? July in Fort Wayne is packed with local attractions and events that fit the ticket.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art offers free admission each Thursday from 5-8 p.m. FILE PHOTO

Enjoy reduced admission to local attractions

$1 Night at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory: From 5-8 p.m. July 5, enjoy admission to the Conservatory for $1. Visitors can also drop in to the programming room for “Edible Insects: A Yummy Treat!” from 6-7 p.m. For more information on First Thursday programming, visit

Free admission to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Admission is free 5-8 p.m. each Thursday. Current exhibits include “The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2018” (through July 18) and “Outlaws of Print: The History and Artists of the Underground Collective” (through July 8).

Free admission to the History Center: The History Center, 302 E. Berry St., offers free admission during the YLNI Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 29. The museum maintains more than 26,000 artifacts, photographs and documents representing the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County.

July 26 is Kids Day at the Allen County Fair. FILE PHOTO

Make the most of festival season

Explore Chalk Walk 2018: July 14-15 a portion of Main Street will be closed off to traffic and artists will take to the streets. The event draws on the city’s most creative citizens, and the chalk drawings are truly works of art!

Check out Children’s Fest: This two-day free event held in conjunction with Three Rivers Festival, offers visitors more than 50 booths offering crafts, storytelling, magic, education and hands-on activities for kids. Check it out from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 20-21 at North Side High School. For more information, visit

Enjoy the Allen County Fair: The Allen County Fair takes place July 24-29 at the fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road. Admission is $5 (buy four tickets, get one free) and children age 5 and younger get in free. Thursday, July 26, is Kids Day and carnival rides will be $1. Other Kids Day highlights include activities and games for children, free crafts, fun contests and a free ice cream social. For more information, visit

A historical re-enactor performs at the Old Fort. FILE PHOTO

Explore your hometown on foot

Take a hike at Lindenwood Nature Preserve: Located at 600 Lindenwood Ave., the 110-acre nature preserve offers four trails, picnicking, an open-air pavilion and wildlife watching. This summer, the preserve is offering free themed trail hikes. From 10-11 a.m. July 7, learn about the oaks on the Oak Paradise Trail. From 10-11 a.m. July 21, experience the sights and sounds on the Trail of Reflection. Open to all ages. No pre-registration is necessary. The Trail of Reflection is wheelchair and stroller accessible for a half mile from the trailhead to the pond. Pets are not allowed.

Time travel at the Old Fort: The Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave., will host two free events in July. Historical re-enactors representing times from the early Vikings through World War II will converge for the Timeline Event July 14-15. Then, experience colonial life at the Old Fort July 28-29. Re-enactors will provide demonstrations throughout the day on period specific artillery and military maneuvers as well as daily activities such as cooking, gardening and blacksmithing. Donations are welcome.

Fireworks will accompany the finale of Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field. FILE PHOTO

Enjoy a free concert

Celebrate America’s independence with Patriotic Pops: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will present Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field 8:30-10 p.m. July 3. Admission is free and gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks will accompany the finale.

Check out Friday Nites Live at Jefferson Pointe: Enjoy a free concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 30. This month’s concerts feature Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra, Brother, Ty Causey and Big Caddy Daddy. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!

Patrons can catch a free movie at the Allen County Public Library. FILE PHOTO

Catch a free movie

Enjoy an outdoor movie: Foellinger Theatre offers free movies during the summer each Thursday at 8 p.m. Concessions are available for purchase. Movie nights in July will feature “Despicable Me”, “Despicable Me 2,” “Despicable Me 3” and “Minions”.

Discover a new film: Allen County Public Library screens the latest releases of award-winning independent and foreign films in the Globe room at the Main Library on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Free admission for adults age 18 and older. July’s feature film is “After the Storm,” a Japanese movie with English subtitles about a struggling novelist’s opportunity to reconcile with his mother, ex-wife and young son.