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The epic, New Year’s Eve event is planned for December 31 from 7pm until midnight and will be the city’s first-of-its-kind New Year’s Eve BALL DROP.  The event will feature music, fireworks, a visually spectacular LED Tower and a countdown to 2017 plus much more.  Best of all, the event is FREE & ALL Ages thanks to many of our local businesses.

9 Things to Know about NYE Ball Drop

Fort Wayne’s Inaugural Ball Drop will kick off 2017 in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Here are some things to know:

What is NYE Ball Drop Fort Wayne

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is a new tradition for celebrating the new year in Fort Wayne, IN featuring a lineup of local celebrities and music guests, an epic countdown featuring a gigantic Fort Wayne inspired projecting Tower, and a dazzling fireworks display at midnight.

Where is it

The event will take place at Barrett McNagny Parking Lot on Berry | 215 E Berry St (Behind Main Street Bistro in the heart of Downtown Fort Wayne) See Map under the tab entitled: Location above.

What to wear

Everyone likes to dress up for a party, but remember that a lot of the action will be happening outside, so dress for the weather. There is no dress code, so wear something that will allow you to feel comfortable, WARM, and festive.

When to arrive

Doors open 7pm and Live entertainment will begin at 7:15 PM on the countdown stage. The Ball will drop at midnight kicking off the New Year!

How to get there

Parking - For those with designated drivers, ample parking is available downtown. Free metered street parking is available after 5 p.m. and on weekends. The closest parking garage will be the 1st Source Parking Garage: 200 East Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

How old do you have to be to attend

Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is an all ages family friendly event. There will be bar areas available, but you will have to provide proof of age 21 and over to enter these areas. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed in this area as well.

What does the event cost

FREE Thanks to our Sponsors and Collaborators.

How to watch

The best way to watch this year is to come downtown and enjoy it! We may have LIVE Streams going via the WANE-TV and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop FACEBOOK and IG PAGES.

When will music acts begin

Doors open 7pm and Live entertainment will begin at 7:15 PM on the countdown stage. The Ball will drop at midnight kicking off the New Year!

Location

The event will take place at Barrett McNagny Parking Lot on Berry | 215 E Berry St (Behind Main Street Bistro in the heart of Downtown Fort Wayne)

See the BLUE area on the map below

New Years Ball Drop Map

Schedule

Alyssa Ivanson & Rob Lydick

WANE-TV will countdown their TOP 10 Good Vibe Stories of the Year. Tune in throughout the night as they highlight these feel good stories.

The Ball Drop will feature some of those who participated in this year's ONE BEAT - Lip Sync Battle which benefitted the AMANI Family Services (formerly known as Crime Victim Care of Allen County) earlier this year on November 3rd!

Alyssa Ivanson & Rob Lydick

WANE-TV will countdown their TOP 10 Good Vibe Stories of the Year. Tune in throughout the night as they highlight these feel good stories.

Love Fort Wayne famous food items such as Coney Island, Power's Hamburger and the newly opened Yummy Bunny? Watch as contestants eat an item from each restaurant going head to head for prizes.

Alyssa Ivanson & Rob Lydick

WANE-TV will countdown their TOP 10 Good Vibe Stories of the Year. Tune in throughout the night as they highlight these feel good stories.

Ready to dab? Watch as contestants go head to head in a friendly dance-off for prizes!

Sponsors

Performers

Live entertainment will be provided by the Alicia Pyle Quartet, APQ-Harmonic, and DJ Neso.

APQ-Harmonic

The formation of the APQ-harmonic came as a direct commission for NE IN events for Parkview Health Network & the Embassy's ``Down the Line`` 2-day music festival. It is a new era in orchestra, & features prominent local musicians who are dedicated to performing amazing orchestral repertoire and fusing/expanding the boundaries of musical genres......including classical music. They were recently acknowledged and recognized by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the chosen ensemble that the APQ-harmonic represented for Down the Line 2015.

APQ-Harmonic
Alicia Pyle Quartet

We love a good cover, and the standards from the jazz era, but our favorite/signature sound smashes up classical music with Latin/funk grooves and elements of jazz/rock along with showcasing our original compositions! We have a ball! Book us for your next private, social, corporate, or arts/cultural event. We love playing for fundraising events, weddings/festivals and other celebratory occasions as well! Like us on Facebook to keep up with our performances, check us out on Fandalism, and you can find our music on Youtube! ☺

Alicia Pyle Quartet
Smooth Edge 2

Smooth Edge 2 is Fort Wayne's only contemporary a cappella group. Formed in 2010, Smooth Edge 2 has quickly developed a reputation for its’ stellar a cappella vocal jazz sound and highly energetic and entertaining live shows. Following in the tradition of groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, Singers Unlimited and the Real Group, Smooth Edge 2 performs arrangements of songs ranging from current pop hits to American classics. The group has been featured at a number of public and private events including Fort Wayne’s “Taste of the Arts” and on WBOI radio’s “Meet the Music”. In November 2014 SE2 released “Secret of Christmas”, a Christmas EP combining traditional favorites such as “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” with less traditional pieces like Straight No Chaser’s “Indiana Christmas” and “Secret of Christmas,” arranged by our very own Brian Doepke.

Smooth Edge 2
DJ Neso

Up and coming DJ/Producer from Fort Wayne, IN

Come out and support the local talent Fort Wayne has to offer.

DJ Neso

FAQ

The mission of our city’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is to give Fort Wayne an epic, fun and safe place to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year with family, friends and loved ones. The mission is driven by a passion to encourage Fort Wayne residents to celebrate all that this great city has to offer.

The event is a true collaboration between several live programmers, broadcasting partners, and several local businesses / sponsors that have helped make this event FREE & Accessible but MOST importantly: SAFE.

The live programmers collaborating on the logistics of the event have many years experience and past events have included personnel on-site from local hospitals manning first aid and crowd control which includes ESG Security & Event Services, FWPD or the Sheriff Department (or of mix of personnel from these organizations). This event on December 31st will hold to those same standards and there will be a visible presence for both safety and first aid on-site. You will see a marked First Aid area/station and safety personnel clearly visible whether that be at entrance/exit areas or patrolling the around the entrance, exit.

Fort Wayne has four seasons and we embrace all of them. Our team has a well-defined safety and weather plan, and the event will proceed in accordance with this approved plan. In the event of hazardous weather or other unsafe conditions, security and public safety personnel will be on hand to communicate appropriate procedures for moving quickly and safely to sheltered areas. Our security plan has been developed in collaboration with private security and public safety officials, similar to other large-scale events hosted in Fort Wayne.

While the ‘awareness’ and/or ’cause’ component is baked into the even’ts mission to encourage Fort Wayne residents to celebrate all that this great city has to offer thanks to a donation from Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) the organizers were able to donate $5,000 directly to the Mad Anthony Children’s Hope House which is caring place for families whose critically ill child is receiving medical care… for more information on their mission navigate to: http://www.childrenshopefw.org/

This is year one of the New Year’s Even Ball Drop. The live programmers that have come together to plan this even have experience curating events between 1,000 – 15,000 attendees. Many factors go into the turnout of a particular live event including weather conditions, ticket price and the type entertainment being provided. With this in mind, organizers wanted to make sure the event has FREE admission making for it extremely accessible for all interested in attending. Estimated attendance based on similar winter-based events: 5,000 – 10,000.

There will be a mixture of Top 40 hits, live jam band style music and various family friendly tunes throughout the night.

Below is a list of items that will be prohibited at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop:

  • Oversized Bags: larger than 12” x 12” x 12”, Backpacks, Duffel Bags, Tote Bags, Satchels and Briefcases, Luggage of any Kind, Oversized Purses
  • Outside food or beverage (both alcoholic and non) & Coolers or Ice Chests
  • Fireworks, Smoke Devices, Confetti Cannons
  • Weapons of Any Kind & Illegal Drugs
  • Laptops, Portable Speakers, or Oversized Electronics
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones)

The Ball Drop is FREE & ALL AGES thanks to our Sponsors and Collaborators.. The event The event will take place at Barrett McNagny Parking Lot on Berry | 215 E Berry St (Behind Main Street Bistro in the heart of Downtown Fort Wayne).

However, for those who prefer to stay warm but still want to catch the BALL DROP we’ve got a solution!

The Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop has teamed up with our neighbors at Main Street Bistro for their New Year’s Eve Ball (21+). Tickets to this ‘partnering event’ are $30/person or $60/couple and are available to purchase online in advance via their Eventbrite link listed below or Click  HERE.

 

Note: While this is the”Official Indoor Gala” of the City’s First “New Year’s Eve Ball Drop” the actual Ball Drop located on Barrett McNagny Parking Lot is FREE and ALL AGES.  The 21+ New Year’s Ball at Main Street Bistro is a partnering event located in very close proximity to the official BALL DROP and those tickets are limited.

The fireworks will be safely managed by Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc., the number one choice in local fireworks display companies, with award winning expertise. They will launch at the strike of midnight and last around 2-3 minutes.

Yes, the event will take place in the Barrett McNagny Parking lo and surrounding closed streets of Barr and Berry. A warming tent will be on-site as well as patio heaters thanks to the ‘heating partners’ A Party a Part and United Rentals. Everyone likes to dress up for a party, but remember that a lot of the action will be happening outside, so dress for the weather. There is no dress code, so wear something that will allow you to feel comfortable, WARM, and festive. Check weather updates on WANE-TV by clicking HERE

This year’s hosts will be WANE-TV’s Alyssa Ivanson and Rob Lydick.

The Gala

PREFER TO ATTEND AN INDOOR EVENT?

We’ve partnered with a neighboring event too!

 

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For those who prefer to stay warm most of the night but still catch the BALL DROP we’ve got a solution!

The Fort Wayne New Year’s Eve Ball Drop has teamed up with our neighbors at Main Street Bistro for their New Year’s Eve Ball (21+). Tickets to this ‘partnering event’ are $30/person or $60/couple and are available to purchase online in advance via their Eventbrite link listed below or Click  HERE.

 

Note: While this is the”Official Indoor Gala” of the City’s First “New Year’s Eve Ball Drop” the actual Ball Drop located on Barrett McNagny Parking Lot is FREE and ALL AGES.  The 21+ New Year’s Ball at Main Street Bistro is a partnering event located in very close proximity to the official BALL DROP and those tickets are limited (See below for Eventbrite details on this partnering event)

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