NOTE: Due to COVID-19 prevention measures, many of these festivals will not take place in 2020. Please mark your calendars to celebrate in 2021!
Calling all music lovers, adventurous spirits, culture celebrators, or anyone looking for an action-packed weekend away: from June to August Fort Wayne, Indiana comes alive with festivals almost every weekend. Find the perfect festival to keep you busy from the moment you get here!
The Best Festival Weekends in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Arabfest, June 1-2
The first opportunity for the perfect festival weekend is June 1-2. Start off your celebrations at cultural festivals including Arabfest. Discover the culture and heritage of Fort Wayne's Arab community and dig into some great food, dancing, and fun.
When: June 1-2
Where: Headwaters Park West
Germanfest, June 1-2
Continue the fun across the street under the Headwaters Park Pavillion and take to the dance floor all week long during Germanfest. Buy yourself some leiderhosen, a brat, and beer, and celebrate Essen, Trinken, und Gemülichkeit (Eating, Drinking, and having a really good time). This festival has events throughout downtown Fort Wayne, but festival central is in the Headwaters Park Pavilion, which features all of the food, dancing, and other events!
When: June 2-9
Where: Headwaters Park Pavilion
Gearfest, June 21-22
Music fanatics will want to head to Sweetwater’s 16th annual GearFest the weekend of June 22. Tour the campus, talk to manufacturers, participate in workshops, and purchase amazing gear. After you see how the music is made, relax and enjoy one of the many shows that are taking place this weekend.
When: June 21-22
Where: Sweetwater Campus 5501 US-30
After bagging some deals at Gearfest, grab your tickets for Rock N Brew at Parkview Field, or your chair for the FREE concerts at Rock the Plaza. For the art lovers, add the Covington Art Fair to your weekend itinerary. This fair is a high-quality two-day event featuring fine arts!
Greekfest, June 29
Start the weekend at Headwaters Park, exploring colorful and lively Greek culture at Greekfest - where you can experience live music, dancing, and cultural cuisine. This 39th annual, weekend-long event offers a unique – and delicious taste of Greece!
When: June 27-30
Where: Headwaters Park Pavilion
Buskerfest, June 29
After you've tasted a bit of Greece, head to the corners of Wayne and Calhoun for buskers, mimes, face painters and stilt walkers roaming the crowd at Buskerfest.
When: June 29 from 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Where: Corner of Wayne and Calhoun
Round out the weekend of June 29 with other events including the International Jugglers Association Festival, and a TinCaps Baseball Game - perfect for the whole family!
Other Weekend Activities in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fill your itinerary with plenty of other events happening all summer long including some FREE concerts at Rock the Plaza, and Friday Nites Live! Or, purchase your tickets for headlining concerts taking place at the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre or Clyde Theatre.
If you’re looking to shake up your weekend , head over to the Botanical Conservatory for a relaxing stroll through their indoor and outdoor gardens, or discover beautiful exhibits on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art!
Along with these unbeatable fun packed weekends, Fort Wayne has a never-ending list of events that are sure to entertain the whole family. Check out VisitFortWayne.com to plan your next visit here!
This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been updated.