Break out your glitter and fanny packs and come live your best life at Middle Waves Music Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana — June 15, 2024!

This destination music festival is packed with amazing national, regional, and local bands and artists you will not want to miss. Located at Parkview Field, and presented by the Embassy Theatre, the day is one giant celebration of music, art, and community, where everyone — all backgrounds, ages, and music styles — can converge for one jaw-dropping festival.

Your Guide to the 2024 Middle Waves Music Festival

Beyond this year's top-notch music lineup, there is so much to celebrate at Middle Waves. Wondering how to plan your best festival experience? We checked in with the Middle Waves crew for their top festival tips!

Middle Waves Music Festival at Parkview Field. Fans watching a musical performance on stage.

Top Tips:

1. Live Your Life Alive 🤘

The #1 rule of Middle Waves —

Have a crazy good time and abide by the festival motto: Live Your Life Alive

2. See the Bands You DON'T Know!

Of course, Houndmouth and Alvvays are going to put on one heck of a performance, but arguably the best part of any music festival is discovering your new favorite band. Even Lizzo herself is a 2018 Middle Waves alum! Browse your full 2024 MW Lineup.

3. Bring the Whole Dang Family

Not only are children 12 and under only $10 (when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket), but they will have a blast at the art zone with a bracelet making station, the creativity zone with musical instruments, and the game zone with classic yard games for all ages.

NOTE: It's possible there may be some PG-13 stage banter during some Middle Waves performances.

4. Water. Water. AND MORE WATER.

Let's be honest. There is no time in your busy festival schedule to get dehydrated and not feel your best. You've got great performances to see! So remember to drink LOTS of water, stay hydrated, eat some snacks, and while you're at it, apply that SPF generously.

5. Stay Snacky

Parkview Field has a huge variety of food and vendors to fuel a full day of rocking out. They also provide for many dietary restrictions and preferences so you don't have to worry about finding some tasty options. 

6. Rain or Shine

Middle Waves is a rain or shine event, so don't let a little rain ruin a good time. Pack that clear poncho (so everyone can still enjoy your awesome festival outfit) or umbrella and let the rain add to the experience (I mean, has a little rain ever stopped Taylor Swift?)

7. Go to the Afterparty!

If you're not ready for the party to end, then buckle up. After the last act closes out the festival, we're keeping the party going with After Waves hosted by Downtown Fort Wayne from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at The Porch Off Calhoun where DJ J. Tubbs will be spinning the hottest beats! The best part admission is free!

8. Make Your Mark

Don't miss the opportunity to make your mark on the 2024 festival in the Art Zone where you can witness live art in action and even try your own hand at crafting masterpieces.

Festival goers at Middle Waves apply glitter

Photo Credit: Ruth Yaroslaski

9. Get Weird ✌️

We're a music festival. We don't judge what you wear. Better yet, we'll encourage you to dress up and have a blast! We love glitter. We love bright colors. We love loud style. And most of all — we love you. 

three drinks at conners rooftop overlooking the fieldTickets, Lodging, and More

Okay, now that you have the inside scoop, here's all the other great stuff to know before your festival weekend. Plus, find even more Middle Waves FAQ's here


P.S. — Parking is FREE at the Silver TinCaps Lot at Parkview Field. For other options, take a look at the downtown parking map.


Expect plenty of food and drink options from the amazing vendors keeping things tasty at the festival! If you're looking for places to grab a bite before or after the festival, let me tell you, Fort Wayne has you covered. Wander downtown to find a foodie destination on The Landing, with 15 restaurants within a block of the historic pedestrian street. Or enjoy some fresh air while dining at these local restaurants with outdoor dining. Looking for some great local brews? Check out these craft breweries around the area.


You'll need some good shut-eye to be able to rock out all day long. Parkview Field is adjacent to and within walking distance of 4 hotels in downtown Fort Wayne, from The Bradley boutique hotel to the Hampton Inn & Suites overlooking the Minor League Ballpark. Find hotels in Fort Wayne.


Middle Waves is committed to making the festival accessible for all attendees. Parkview Field has an accessible entrance, bathrooms and parking.

Get Ready to Rock

The momentum and vibes of this festival will take over Fort Wayne this June! Find all the information you need at

Finally, friends, get ready to Live Your Life Alive at Middle Waves Music Festival.

performer Tunde Olaniran poses for a photo with two festivalgoers at middle waves music festival
Photo Credit: Danielle Doepke