Summer in Fort Wayne is full of great music, and it is exciting to see this year’s concert line-up for various venues and events! The abundance of concert series this summer gives everyone a chance to get out and enjoy amazing music and delicious food!

Fort Wayne Summer Concert Series

Here are the top Fort Wayne summer concert series you won’t want to miss as the temperature rises and the days grow longer.

Band performing outside in downtown fort wayne

1. Downtown Live!

To bring back the festive summer spirit, Downtown Live! is bringing a series of free performances every Friday and Saturday evening in June, July, and August! Fridays will feature local favorites such as the Alicia Pyle Quartet at The Landing, while each Saturday night will be hosted by rotating Downtown locations, such as the Porch off Calhoun and a few surprises! Stay up to date with the Downtown Live! schedule to make sure these concerts are not missed!

  • When: Every Friday from 6-8 pm and every Saturday evening in June, July, and August
  • Where: Fridays at The Landing and Saturdays at a chosen rotating Downtown location
  • Cost: Free!
  • Learn more about Downtown Live!

Drone view of Embassy Theatre rooftop during Summer Night at the Embassy
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2. Summer Nights at the Embassy

Starting Wednesday, June 2 and wrapping up on September 9, The Embassy will host a variety of musicians, performers, and food vendors from 5 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday evening. You can enjoy drinks, food, and a featured act, such as The Hubie Ashcraft Trio or Q and the Cold Fusion!

  • When: Every Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. (Music starts at 6 p.m.), June 2 to September 9
  • Where: The Embassy Theatre
  • Cost: $5 per single ticket, $15 per four-ticket flex pass
  • Find more information.

Sweetwater Band Shell at Promenade Park

3. Muddy River Concert Series at Promenade Park

Hosted by Riverfront Fort Wayne, the Muddy River Concert Series is centered around the themes of heritage, culture, and connection. The concerts will take place at Promenade Park every other Wednesday with two 1-hour sets beginning at 5:30 p.m. While the music is free, you can also purchase food starting at 5:00 p.m. from some of the delicious vendors!

  • When: Every other Wednesday, 5-8:30 pm
  • Where: Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Learn more about the Muddy River Concert Series!

Friday Nites Live at Jefferson Pointe

4. Jefferson Pointe Friday Nites Live

From July 2 through September 3, the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center comes alive every Friday night. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and hear a variety of local bands, grab a bite to eat, and do some shopping all between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

  • When: Every Friday from July 2 to September 3, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W Jefferson Blvd
  • Find more information here!

A group of people dancing and listening to a band perform in an outdoor venue in the Botanical Conservatory

5. Botanical Roots Concert Series

Entering its 15th season, the Botanical Roots Concert Series on the Conservatory Terrace is coming back starting August 6th! This concert series occurs every Friday from August 6th to August 27th from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Rain or shine, the performance will go on!

  • When: Every Friday from August 6 to 27, 8:30 to 11:00 pm
  • Where: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S Calhoun St
  • Cost: $6 ages 13+, free 12 and under
  • Check out the schedule for the Botanical Roots concert series!

6. Riverfront Sunday Heritage Concert Series

The Riverfront Sunday Heritage Concert Series celebrates the history of band ensembles and musicians in Fort Wayne. This concert series will be held throughout the summer, performing at various times on different Sundays in the months of June and July. Head down to Promenade Park to witness a piece of the heritage that each of the performing ensembles bring!

  • When: June 6, June 13, June 20, July 18, August 15 from 1 to 2 pm; July 25 from 4 to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St
  • Cost: Free!
  • See more about the Riverfront Sunday Heritage Concert Series and more!

A father, two daughters, and one son sit in red chairs to watch Finding Dory at the Foellinger Theatre

7. Foellinger Outdoor Community Concert Series

With a variety of performers like the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, the Foellinger Outdoor Community Concert Series provides free live entertainment in a beautiful outdoor space! With four concerts throughout the summer, this concert series is not one to miss! 

8. Wednesdays on Wayne Street

Only premiering through the month of June, First Wayne Street United Methodist Church is hosting a June Concert Series titled Wednesdays on Wayne Street! Come on down to the First Wayne sanctuary for a lunch time performance. Each performance date features a new performer! 

  • When: 12:15 pm on June 2, 9, 16, and 23
  • Where: First Wayne Street Sanctuary, 300 E Wayne St
  • Cost: Free!
  • See more about the performances at Wednesdays on Wayne Street

Rock the Plaza 2016

9. Rock the Plaza

Returning for the month of August, Rock the Plaza will take place at the Main Library Plaza almost every Saturday in August! Each Saturday will feature four different bands, so bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy this awesome event! 

  • When: 6 p.m. on August 14, 21, and 28
  • Where: Main Library Plaza: 900 Library Plaza
  • Cost: Free!
  • Read more about Rock the Plaza!

10. Club Room at The Clyde

Looking for more live entertainment? Club Room offers live entertainment as you eat your meal! Featuring a different music genre every night, this music an dinner deal offers something for everyone! Check out Club Room’s event schedule for more information on the performers and dinner deals.

  • When: Times and dates vary
  • Where: Club Room at The Clyde, 1806 Bluffton Road
  • Cost: Varies per dinner deal
  • See more details about Club Room's concert schedule and meal deals!

Looking for More?

Want even more music and fun this summer? To learn more about all the events taking place at any time in Fort Wayne, visit our Calendar of Events to ensure you do not miss out on all the activities and events that Fort Wayne has to offer!

*This blog was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.