Three Rivers Festival returns to Fort Wayne as they celebrate 51 years! Don’t miss out on this incredible festival from July 12 – July 20 as they offer something for everyone.
With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, this is a timeless celebration that has lived on through generations of Hoosiers. If you are visiting for the first time, here is everything you need to know!
Can't-Miss Three Rivers Festival Events
The Three Rivers Festival strives to keep their events either free or at a minimal charge so that everyone in the community can access it. You will definitely want to check out Food Alley, Art in the Park, the Bed Race, the Three Rivers Festival Parade, River Excursions, the Concert Series, and Children’s Fest. Make sure to keep an eye out for Admiral Andy, too! He is the Three Rivers mascot and is known to pop up unexpectedly during events.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park is July 13 and July 14. This two-day event is at Freimann Square and celebrates a wide range of artists. Come prepared to buy something unique for your home or office. There will be over 100 artists displaying items for sale including jewelry.
Food Alley never disappoints and you better come hungry. Enjoy all kinds of great food from popcorn to candy apples and pulled pork. There is an endless amount of food and drinks for all ages located on the south side of Headwaters Park.
One of the most famous events, not only during Three Rivers Festival, but in the history of Fort Wayne, is the Three Rivers Festival Parade. Filled with local talent and plenty to watch, crowds gather early throughout the streets of the festival to enjoy a morning in the sun as dozens of floats pass by on July 13 starting at 10 a.m.
The fun starts at Wayne and Rockhill Street and ends at Calhoun and Superior Street.
If you are missing the raft race, the SDI River Excursions are for you. Learn about our rivers’ past, and help envision the possibilities of these important waterways. There will be 30 minute tours on July 13, July 14, and July 15. Pontoons depart from Headwaters Park West dock and no reservations are required.
Daily concerts will rock the festival from July 12 until July 20 with scheduled appearances from over 25 bands. C&C Music Factory, Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra, The Voices of Unity, and Here Come the Mummies are scheduled to attend. Let loose and enjoy a week of live music from a diverse range of musicians in the heart of Fort Wayne.
Children’s Fest is a free family event on July 19 and July 20 that will educate and entertain children age 3 to age 12. Visit over 50 booths that will have interactive experiences including storytelling, magic shows, crafts, and face-painting. More than 20,000 kids and parents enjoyed this event in 2018.
Discover Everything the Festival Offers
Also, take a day to simply stop in and explore. It’s easy to get lost in the fun and excitement taking place each day. There are all kinds of events and opportunities happening throughout the week of Three Rivers Festival that sometimes it’s best to simply go in with an open mind and find out what this festival has to offer you.
No matter where you end up, you will want to end the week with their firework display on July 21 at 10 p.m. This is one of the largest firework shows in northeast Indiana and can be seen throughout the downtown area and beyond.
Something for Everyone
There is plenty to do and a full week to enjoy one of the biggest festivals in the history of Indiana. Come hungry, and ready for a fun time. Three Rivers Festival is an experience that is meant to be experienced on every level because it is built around the idea of creating something for everyone. Bring the family and create great memories!