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.