The Best Festivals and Events in Fort Wayne, Indiana

There is so much to do in Fort Wayne - any time of year! We have a celebration planned for every weekend of the summer - and all throughout the year!

For a full list of special events, click here.

3Kickstart Saturday


Month of May

Kickstart your summer with this month long community celebration of bikes, art and music! Join us on May 20 for Kickstart Saturday featuring the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle and the YLNI Farmers Market.

Fort Wayne Music Festival

May 2023

Something for everyone, featuring Throwback Thursday, Country Jam, and Rock on the River!

The Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

May 21, 2023

Explore the fine arts and culture of Japan at the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Union. 

Street performer at Buskerfest in Downtown Fort Wayne


May 20, 2023

Join the fun and celebration of the street performer! Enjoy quirky and unexpected live art including staged acts, buskers, mimes, face painters and stilt walkers roaming the crowd.

Musicians at ArabFest

Arab Fest

June 3-4, 2023

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Celebrating the culture and heritage of Fort Wayne's Arab community in Headwaters Park.

Germanfest Dancers at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne


June 4 - 11, 2023

Come to Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne for the annual week-long celebration of German Heritage andEssen, Trinken, und Gemülichkeit (Eating, Drinking, and having a really good time).


BBQ Ribfest

BBQ Ribfest

June 15 - 18, 2023

Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, rib sandwiches, BBQ chicken and more - it's a BBQ lover's paradise all served up just the way you love it.

Allen County Fair

Allen County Fair

June 20 - 25, 2023

In addition to 4-H festivities, the fair offers a full food court, carnival rides, and family fun events.

The Flaming Lips play Middle Waves in 2016

Middle Waves

Ripple Hype Event June 24, 2023

Middle Waves will Rock Fort Wayne, and the Midwest! The premier music festival for the region will feature local, regional, and national acts and headliners. The full festival returns in summer 2024. 

Women Dancing at Greekfest


June 22 - 25, 2023

Opa! Come celebrate with us and enjoy a large variety of Greek cuisine and entertainment including live music, dancing, and other activities.

Family in Ferris Wheel at Three Rivers Festival

Three Rivers Festival

July 7 - 15, 2023

Don't miss Fort Wayne's favorite summer party since 1969 complete with family-friendly fun with arts, crafts, amusement rides, food vendors and much more!

St. Joe Pickle Festival

St. Joe Pickle Festival

July 13 - 15, 2023

An old time festival that was one of Food Network's All American Festivals. Featuring food, music, a parade, fireworks, pickle factory tours, and more!

Fort Wayne Pride in 2021

Pride Fest

July 21 - 22, 2023

This two day event celebrates diversity in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. Featuring a vendor market, beer tent, kidspace, tournaments, and live entertainment from local, regional, and national singers and bands. Explore our LGBT Pride Trip Idea.


Dragon Boat Races at Promenade Park

River, Set, Go & Dragon Boat Races

August 5, 2023

Teams of 20 paddlers will race 300 meters down the river in these exciting races.

Dancers at Fiesta Fort Wayne
Fiesta Fort Wayne

August 12, 2023

Experience the best of Latino and Hispanic culture downtown at Headwaters Park.

Taste of the Arts

Taste of the Arts

August 26, 2023

Indulge in Downtown Fort Wayne's premiere arts and food festival held at the Arts Campus Fort Wayne and surrounding four-block area.

Grabill Country Fair

Grabill Country Fair

September 8 - 9, 2023

Enjoy Grabill's country-style fair that highlights the area's Amish heritage with food, crafts, kids events, and much more!

Brewed IN the Fort

Brewed IN the Fort

September 9, 2023

This festival is dedicated to promoting and celebrating locally crafted products from Indiana beers and ciders, to Fort Wayne food and entertainment.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown

September 10, 2023

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Medicine Show at Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed Festival

September 16 - 17, 2023

Experience the voted #1 Festival that celebrates the life and times of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed.  Food, demonstrations, crafts, antiques, roving entertainment, children's area, military reenactment, farmer's market and more! The Johnny Appleseed festival is fun for the whole family.

Hobnobben Film Festival

Hobnobben Film Festival

October 12 - 15, 2023

You're invited to the Summit City's multi-day, multi-venue film festival, presented by Cinema Center, a nonprofit film organization with 40 years of experience in the community.

For a full list of the performing arts, award-winning festivals, and cultural experiences going on during your visit, search our Calendar of Events. You can even sort by date, interest and location!

Festival Calendar

Winterval 2024 Jan 27

Winterval 2024

Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 13th annual Winterval promises a full day…

Buskerfest 2024 May 18

Buskerfest 2024

Celebrate the Street Performer and Festival of the Unexpected During BuskerFest in Downtown Fort…

Arab Fest Fort Wayne Jun 01

Arab Fest Fort Wayne

Join us for Arab Fest 2024. This year we will feature music, camel rides, a market with vendors…

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