When things heat up outdoors, it means one thing for a musician like me: summer concerts! Fort Wayne, Indiana is awash with stellar concerts all year, but when the weather is nice, those concerts move outside.

From Fort Wayne's festivals featuring music to free summer concert series, and national touring concerts, music lovers will find that Fort Wayne is playing your tune!

These are some of the best summer concert series and national touring concerts taking the stage in Fort Wayne--I hope to see you there!

Foellinger Theatre

Fort Wayne Summer Concert Series

Foellinger Theatre Concert Series

The Foellinger Theatre, one of Fort Wayne’s main outdoor venues, always has an impressive summer lineup. From classics like Kansas and singer-songwriters like Dwight Yoakma. Sit under the covered pavilion and enjoy how the sound filters around for a perfect evening filled with dancing, friends, and, of course, music. 

Mark your Calendars for Summer 2019:

Friday Nites Live - Crowd on Grass

Friday Nites Live at Jefferson Pointe

For a night of dining, shopping, and music, head to Jefferson Pointe on a Friday night during the summer. Their Friday Nites Live series runs from June to September and is free of charge - so bring your own lawn chair and dance the night away under the stars.

Since this upscale outdoor mall is home to a movie theatre, restaurants, and plenty of stores, in addition to my personal favorite--DeBrand Fine Chocolates--you’ll have plenty of options!

Three Rivers Festival Concert - Fort Wayne, IN

Headwaters Park Concert Series

Headwaters Park specializes more in festival hosting than individual concerts, but it hosts so many events that it bears mentioning here. Among the many festivals, each featuring appropriate music, this year are Arab Fest, German Fest, Rib Fest, and Pridefest. And let’s not forget the main event--the Three Rivers Music Festival, for which Headwaters Pavilion serves as the main stage.

Rock the Plaza 2016

Rock the Plaza at the Allen County Public Library

Outside the Allen County Public Library’s main branch on Saturday nights in the summer (June - September), you’ll find Rock the Plaza - a family-friendly (and free!) concert series. Hear local artists, enjoy refreshments from Pint & Slice, and practice your dance moves.

Summer Nights at the Embassy

For a classy weeknight concert, check out Summer Nights at the Embassy. This series runs from May through August, with an array of local artists presenting jazz, R&B, and more on the Embassy’s elegant second floor. Attendees get rooftop access, where you can catch a gorgeous view of Fort Wayne at sunset. I’ve performed at this event,  and I can attest to not only the beauty of the venue but to the deliciousness of the wine slushy available for purchase at the bar.

Gearfest 2017 in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sweetwater Pavilion

Sweetwater is the largest music retail store in the nation, and they are one of the nation’s leading musical instrument and sound retailers located here in Fort Wayne. Although music gear is solidified in Sweetwater’s, that also means they're the perfect destination for concerts under their Sweetwater Performance Pavilion. In the summer, the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion comes alive with concerts by a wide variety of artists.

Plus, on any given day, you can pop over to the Sweetwater campus and hear a musician playing to a crowd of lunch goers, or you can walk into a fantastic concert in their theatre.

Mark your Calendars for Summer 2019:

Crowd at a Concert at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

National Concerts in Fort Wayne, Indiana

In addition to summer concert series, Fort Wayne is home to music venues hosting national touring concerts this year, and each offering a unique music experience.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Book a seat at one of the many headliners making their way to the Memorial Coliseum including Paul McCartney, and more. The Memorial Coliseum offers different concert setups offering a variety of experiences. Take in a show with all of your friends in the arena, or enjoy an intimate performance in the Expo Hall or Conference Center.

Mark your Calendar for Concerts at the Memorial Coliseum:

Clyde Theatre

Stand amongst your friends at the new Clyde Theatre bringing in national recording artists and performers. Plus, grab a bite to eat before the concert at The Club Room, which offers shareables, salads, sandwiches, and pizza.

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Down the Line concert at the Embassy Theatre

Embassy Theatre

Take a seat at the historic Embassy Theatre for comedy shows, national performers, and much more. The Embassy Theatre is also where many of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performances take place, which is a beautiful location for the grandeur of classical music

Mark your Calendars for 2019/2020: