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.

Downtown Live!

To bring back the festive summer spirit, Downtown Live! is bringing a series of free performances every Friday from 6-8pm May 31-August 9 (except July 5). Stay up to date with the Downtown Live! schedule to make sure these concerts are not missed!

  • When: Every Friday from 6-8 pm May 31-August 9 (except July 5)
  • Cost: Free!
  • Learn more about Downtown Live!


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

Starting July and wrapping up in August, The Embassy will host a variety of musicians, performers, and food vendors from 5:30 to 9 p.m. (music starts at 6) each Wednesday evening. You can enjoy drinks, food, and a featured act!

  • When: Every Wednesday, 5:30-9 p.m. (Music starts at 6 p.m.), July to August
  • Where: The Embassy Theatre
  • Cost: $5 per single ticket
  • Find more information.


Sweetwater Band Shell at Promenade Park

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 2-hour sets beginning at 6 p.m. While the music is free, you can also purchase food and drinks from Teds Snack + Bar this summer!

  • When and who: from 6-8 p.m. on every other Wednesday
    • June 12 - Los Electro
    • June 26 - Wallen Road
    • July 10 - School Rock
    • July 24 - We Are CheckMark
    • August 7 - Rachel Brooke
    • August 21 - Left Lane Cruiser
  • Where: Auer Lawn, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Learn more about the Muddy River Concert Series!


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, is open to all ages, and has seating inside that will be on a first come first served basis. Head down to Promenade Park to witness a piece of the heritage that each of the performing ensembles bring!

  • When and who: from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday
    • April 14
    • May 13
    • June 9 - Fort Wayne Children's Choir
    • July 14 - Quincy Sanders
    • August 11 - High Freqs
  • Where: Park Foundation Pavilion, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
  • Cost: Free!
  • See more about the Riverfront Sunday Heritage Concert Series and more!

TinCaps Pregame Concert Series

Brand new this year, the Fort Wayne TinCaps are hosting "The Pregame Concert Series" presented by Honeywell Arts & Entertainment, featuring live music on Parkview Field's center field amphitheater before select Thirsty Thursday home games. Seven local bands will entertain fans as the ballpark's gates open at 6:05 p.m. leading up to first pitch an hour later.

  • When and who:
    • May 16 - Grateful Groove
    • May 23 - Wade's World
    • June 6 - Chris Worth & Company
    • June 20 - JacksonVibe
    • June 27 - Todd Harrold Band
    • August 1 - OK Boomer Band
    • August 15 - TBD
  • Where: Parkview Field 1301 Ewing St.
  • Cost: Free with purchase of TinCaps ticket
  • See more about the TinCaps Pregame Concert Series and more!


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

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 concerts throughout the summer, this concert series is not one to miss! 

  • Fort Wayne Area Community Band
    • When: Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.
    • Where: Auer Lawn, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St. 
    • Cost: Free! - please bring your own seating
  • Read more about the Foellinger Outdoor Community Concert Series!


Rock the Plaza 2016

Music on the Plaza Series

Want to enjoy your Wednesday lunch break in the fresh air while listening to live music? The Music on the Plaza Series is the perfect mid-day activity from 11:30-1:30 p.m that will offer some tasty Food Trucks and exciting local bands to make the perfect lunch break!

  • When and who: from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays
    • June 12 - Whoa, Man!
    • July 10 - New Millennium Jazz Orchestra
    • August 7 - Farmland Jazz Band
  • Where: Main Library Plaza: 900 Library Plaza
  • Cost: Free!
  • Read more about Music on the Plaza Series here!

Rock the Plaza

Returning for the months of June and July, Rock the Plaza will take place at the Main Library Plaza almost every Saturday! Full lineup of bands will be available May 1, so bring your own chairs and blankets, and enjoy food and beverages while you listen to exciting local music!

  • When: 6 p.m. on Saturdays. June 15 through July 29. check the link below for dates
  • Where: Main Library Plaza: 900 Library Plaza
  • Cost: Free!
  • Read more about Rock the Plaza here!

Rock and Roar

If you're 21 or older, and like strolling through the magnificent Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, why not add some live music to the mix? Grab a drink from Hop River Brewing Co., walk through the new Red Panda Ridge, and listen to Fort Wayne's local musicians.

  • When: June 28, July 12, July 26, and August 9, August 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd
  • Cost: $20 per person for members and if purchased in advance, $25 per person day of
  • Get tickets and learn more about Rock and Roar here!

Lunch on the Square

If you want some midday music, Lunch on the Square offers delicious food from a new vendor each week, and live music from local musicians. Even better, a portion of the money raised through food sales will be given back to a local nonprofit.

  • When: May 30-August 8 (except July 4), 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Freimann Square, 201 E Main St.
  • Cost: Free, purchase your lunch from a variety of food trucks on site
  • Check out specific dates and musicians for Lunch on the Square.

Allen County Concert Series

Huntertown: Huntertown Family Park Summer Concert Series

If you’re near Huntertown, IN, you won’t want to miss this concert series taking place on the dates below. Bring the family and listen to exciting live music.

  • When and Who: from 7-10 p.m.
    • August 8 - Whoa Man!
    • August 10 - Fort Wayne Funk
    • Check back for other dates to be added!
  • Where: Huntertown Family Park
  • Cost: Free!
  • Learn more about this concert series


New Haven: M3: Music, Market, & Munchies

New Haven, IN isn’t going to miss out on all the fun this summer! This concert series features a maker’s market, food trucks, and live music. Browse at the artisan shops, grab a bite to eat, and bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music.

  • When: July 10, 17, 24, 5-8 p.m.
  • Where: Schnelker Park
  • Cost: Free!
  • Head to New Haven’s website for more info!


Aboite: Concerts on the Green

Just a short drive from Fort Wayne, Aboite, IN will be hosting their annual concert series at Indian Trails Park. Grab a hot dog and a drink from the Township Fire Department’s table and tune in to live performances.

  • When: Every Wednesday in July and August, 7-9 p.m.
  • Where: Indian Trails Park
  • Cost: Free!
  • See more about this series here!

Music Venues

Live music at the Club Room at the Clyde Theatre

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 and 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!


Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

An outdoor venue, a sound-system designed by Sweetwater, and food and drinks are all combined with national touring bands with multiple different genres in this concert series.

  • When: Times and dates vary
  • Where: Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, 5501 US Highway 30 West
  • Cost: Varies by performance
  • Get tickets at


Piere's Entertainment Center

All genres of music are welcome here, with varied shows for different age demographics. Right next door is Bobby Mcgees, offering tacos, burgers, and more for your pre or post-show needs!

  • When: Times and dates vary
  • Where: 5629 St. Joe Rd
  • Cost: Varies by event
  • Get tickets here.


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. Last revised June 2023.