Here in Fort Wayne, we love to host a party! Many of those parties take place in the form of festivals. where we celebrate our heritage, our love of certain foods, our traditions, and our community all summer long. Here’s a list of the great festivals you won’t want to miss this year.
Locals know that Germanfest kicks off “festival season” in Fort Wayne. Everyone looks forward to the food, the entertainment, and beverages, and the fun. It’s what German’s call “Essen, Trinken, und Gemutlichkeit,” or what we here in America call “Eating, Drinking, and having a really good time”. Not German? They don’t mind. Just come on in and join the party. Admission is $2 from 2-5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. Military personnel with I.D. admitted free of charge.
Don’t think of Fort Wayne when you think of barbecue Join us for Ribfest in June and we’ll change your mind. Bring a hardy appetite and comfortable shoes (you could be in line a while for the good stuff) and see what it’s all about. Ribfest wraps up on Father’s Day so why not take Dad, which makes it the perfect family day out. In addition to the ribs they’ll have live rockin’ blues, a little bit of jazz, and a little bit of country music a the main stage. They call it “the biggest piggin’ out in the park party” for a reason. Admission is free daily until 5:30 p.m. After 5:30 admission for adults is $8, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students, military members, fire, and police with proper I.D.
At Riverfest we celebrate one of Fort Wayne’s most prominent resources, our Rivers. A day for families and fun is on tap for anyone who wants to join the party. If you love sports, art, live music, food, and nature you’ll love this festival that takes place on the IPFW Campus. Go for a boat ride on the river, participate in the volleyball tournament, or participate in the Riverfest Mud Run 5K. At the end of the day sit under the stars and enjoy one of the city’s best fireworks displays. Admission is free. The festivities start at 9 a.m. and last until midnight.
Downtown Fort Wayne
The art and celebration of the street performer comes alive in downtown Fort Wayne each year at Buskerfest. Join us for this unique festival in the streets of downtown Fort Wayne. Whether you’re interested in live music, fire breathers, sword swallowers, snake charmers, poets, magicians, or caricature artists you’ll find something that appeals to you. Buskerfest promises to give you and your family a festival experience like no other in the area. Admission to this event is free.
Three Rivers Festival
Welcome to Fort Wayne’s biggest summer party! The Three Rivers Festival is a Fort Wayne classic event. Don’t miss the parade, bed races, concerts, crafters market, river games, or waiter-waitress contest. This 8 day festival wraps up with the city’s largest fireworks display on Saturday night. Join in the fun throughout the week. Admission varies based on the events of the day/evening so be sure to check their website for up to date information.
Pridefest is not only a celebration of our community but also a celebration of LGBT members of our community. Celebrate with us in Headwaters Park for two full days of fun and entertainment. The party starts off with a parade at 11:30 on Saturday celebrating diversity in our great city. You’ll find family fun in KidSpace, a Cornhole Tournament that includes cash prizes, LGBT friendly businesses, retailers and food concessions. Various workshops will take place on Saturday also. Check their website for a complete list of topics and times. Friday night admission is $3 and Saturday admission is $5. Kids 12 and under are free both days.
If you’re a fan of country music, make plans to join us at Country Fest 2013. It’s a full day of music, food, and fun. 2012 performers included Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, and Colt Ford. While this year’s line up hasn’t been announced yet, we are sure they’re booking acts you won’t want to miss. Be sure to check their website for tickets as last year’s event sold out.
Johnny Appleseed Festival
Johnny Appleseed Park
In the pioneer spirit of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, Fort Wayne celebrates his colorful life spent right here. He’s known to have plated orchards in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas in the latter part of his life. In fact, his gravesite memorial is located in Fort Wayne’s Archer Park not far from the site of the Johnny Appleseed Festival. You’ll enjoy the best of the pioneer life at this festival complete with the foods that remind you fall is on the way. Admission is free!
For additional festival and special event information, visit our complete Calendar of Events!