Summer is my favorite time of year. This is, partially, because I’m always freezing, but the abundance of summer concerts certainly doesn’t hurt. Plus, Fort Wayne is becoming sort of a music hub within the Midwest!

Fort Wayne Summer Concert Series

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

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

From what I heard, this casual-cool concert series at the Embassy Theatre started several years ago to rave reviews. Every Wednesday from mid-May to the end of August, from 5-10 p.m. you can enjoy drinks, food, and a featured act. On some nights that means comedy or trivia, but most nights you’ll catch tunes by groups like the Alicia Pyle Quartet and James and the Drifters.

A Band performing at the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

2. Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

This is another concert series hosted by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana with concerts throughout the summer. Chill on the lawn at Headwaters Park for a free evening of music and fun. Food trucks, kids activities, and pontoon boat rides round out the experience.

Concerts are generally held once a month throughout the summer. Stay tuned for date announcements for this summer's concert series!

Rock the Plaza 2016

3. Rock the Plaza

You may not think of a library as a place you can make some noise, but that’s what happens on the library plaza of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne every Saturday between June and August. Hear 3-4 bands per night, and rock out with friends or family, all for free.

Friday Nites Live at Jefferson Pointe

4. Jefferson Pointe Friday Nites Live

From June 5 through August 28, the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center comes alive at 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.

Three Rivers Festival Concert

5. Three Rivers Festival

The summer music scene in Fort Wayne wouldn’t be complete without the Three Rivers Festival. From July 10-18, mainstage acts like The Hubie Ashcraft Band to Here Come the Mummies and Brother take over Headwaters Park. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster. Check back for lineup announcements!

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Want even more music this summer? You won't want to miss Middle Waves—Fort Wayne's two-day, destination music festival featuring interactive art installations and a top-notch music lineup of national, regional, and local artists. The festival returns June 12 and 13 to the Electric Works campus.

You can also fill your summer with amazing tunes at TWO outdoor, open-air music venues around the city. Grab your tickets to a touring band heading to the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre Summer Concert Series or find a band that suits your taste at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion.

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