Summer Festivals and Events

There is so much to do in Fort Wayne - anytime of year! We have a celebration planned for every weekend of the summer - and all throughout the year!

Below is a list of our premier summer festivals. 

For a full list of festivals, exhibits and special events, click here.

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Vera Bradley Annual Sale

April 11 - 15, 2018

Vera Bradley Annual Sale

Plan a girlfriend getaway around the amazing Vera Bradley Annual Sale, where you will find up to 60% off retail prices of handbags, luggage, stationery, and accessories.

Kickstart Saturday


Month of May

Kickstart your summer with this month long community celebration of bikes, art and music! Join us on May 20 for Kickstart Saturday featuring the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle and the YLNI Farmers Market.



June 4 - 11

Come to Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne for the annual week-long celebration of German Heritage andEssen, Trinken, und Gemülichkeit (Eating, Drinking, and having a really good time).

New Haven Canal Days

New Haven Canal Days

June 6 - 10

Canal Days Website

Celebrate the heritage and hospitality of the Hoosier State at New Haven's Canal Days. Enjoy a parade, vendors, crafts, and tasty treats at this annual festival.

Hobnobben Film Fest

Hobnobben Film Festival

June 15 - 18

This will be the Summit City's first multi-day, multi-venue film festival, presented by Cinema Center, a nonprofit film organization with 40 years of experience in the community.


BBQ Ribfest

June 15 - 18

Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, rib sandwiches, BBQ chicken and more - it's a BBQ lover's paradise all served up just the way you love it.

Sweetwater Gearfest Crowd

Sweetwater Gearfest

June 23 - 24

Experience the largest music tradeshow open to the general public in the United States featuring gear expo, entertainment events, flea market and more!

Women Dancing at Greekfest


June 22 - 25

Opa! Come celebrate with us and enjoy a large variety of Greek cuisine and entertainment including live music, dancing, and other activities each day.



June 24

Join the fun and celebration of the street performer! Enjoy quirky and unexpected live art including staged acts, buskers, mimes, face painters and stilt walkers roaming the crowd.

Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Races

June 24

Teams of 20 paddlers will race 300 meters down the river in these exciting races.

Family in Ferris Wheel at Three Rivers Festival

Three Rivers Festival

July 7 - 15

Don't miss Fort Wayne's favorite summer party since 1969 complete with family-friendly fun with arts, crafts, amusement rides, food vendors and much more!

St. Joe Pickle Festival

St. Joe Pickle Festival

July 20 - 22

An old time festival that was one of Food Network's All American Festivals. Featuring food, music, a parade, fireworks, pickle factory tours, and more!

Pride Fest

Pride Fest

July 21 - 22

This two day event celebrates diversity in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. Featuring a vendor market, beer tent, kidspace, tournaments, and live entertainment from local, regional, and national singers and bands. Explore our LGBT Pride Trip Idea.

Allen County Fair

Allen County Fair

July 25 - 30

In addition to 4-H festivities, the fair offers a full food court, carnival rides, and family fun events.

Taste of the Arts

Taste of the Arts

August 25 - 26

Indulge in Downtown Fort Wayne's premiere arts and food festival held at the Arts United Campus and surrounding four-block area.

Grabill Country Fair

Grabill Country Fair

September 7 - 9

Enjoy Grabill's country-style fair that highlights the area's Amish heritage with food, crafts, kids events, and much more!

The Flaming Lips play Middle Waves in 2016

Middle Waves

September 15 - 16

After the success of the inaugural year, Middle Waves returns to Rock Fort Wayne, and the Midwest! The premier music festival for the region will feature local, regional, and national acts and headliners.

Medicine Show at Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed Festival

September 16 - 17

Experience the voted #1 Festival that celebrates the life and times of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed.  Food, demonstrations, crafts, antiques, roving entertainment, children's area, military reenactment, farmer's market and more! The Johnny Appleseed festival is fun for the whole family.

Printable PDF - Visit Fort Wayne

For a full list of the performing arts, award-winning festivals, and cultural experiences going on during your visit, search our Calendar of Events. You can even sort by date, interest and location!

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