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Kickstart Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne to ‘Kickstart’ summer season

Bikes, art and music. Warmer weather is right around the corner in Fort Wayne, and with it the first Kickstart festival on May 17th. IPFW, along with Parkview, Arts United, the Downtown Improvement District, Fort4Fitness, Fort Wayne Trails, Visit Fort Wayne and the Barr Street Market organized and sponsored the festival, which will take place May 17.

“Kickstart represents a wonderful example of what can happen when passionate, like-minded organizations and individuals collaborate to make Fort Wayne a more vibrant community,” Irene Walters, executive director of university relations and communications at IPFW told our partners at WANE-TV.

This inaugural event will coincide with the launch of IPFW’s Sculpture with Purpose artistic bike racks to celebrate 50 years.

IPFW sculptural bike rack

Photo: “I’ll Keep an Eye on It” by David Bidelhauser is a sculptural bike rack sponsored by Lincoln National Corp.


“IPFW is always wanting to be part of the community and helping the community, and we’re a big collaborator. It just made sense. Instead of presenting our sculptures alone in a vacuum, we wanted to invite other partners to come and make it a more robust day. There’s such a positive energy and a momentum right now…this is just a natural extension of all the efforts that people are doing and hopefully, it will continue year after year,” Walters said.


Other events include:
Arts United theatre, dance, and music performances

Downtown Improvement District’s Spring Trolley
Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Tour, Expo, and Kickstart for Kids
Fort Wayne Trails Bike Valet
Visit Fort Wayne’s 65th anniversary celebration
YLNI’s Barr Street Market Opening Day


In that vein, local food trucks will provide food and drinks.

She continued: “I think it encourages a new mode of thinking- to be more physically active, to take advantage of our wonderful trails system, and to appreciate the art and take advantage of all the quality of life things that we have and the assets that we have in this community, and it’s all free.”