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.

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Get Green Fest

March 16, 2024

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Get in touch with your Irish side at this family-friendly St. Patrick's Day event. 

Johnny TinCap thrills the crowd at a TinCaps game at Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne TinCaps Opening Day

April 9. 2024

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Family interacting with animals at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Opening Day

April 20, 2024

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Michiana Wine Festival

April 28, 2024

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Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale

May 1 - 5, 2024

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Plan a girlfriend getaway around the amazing Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale. The salel runs five amazing days where you will find up to 70% off the retail prices of Vera Bradley handbags, purses, totes, luggage, stationary and accessories – in a shopping experience filling over 100,000 square feet of space.

Fort4Fitness Run Wild

May 17, 2024

Join Fort4Fitness and the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for the first-ever twilight run, INSIDE THE ZOO! The route will have multiple terrains: concrete, wooden bridges, grass and gravel.

The Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival

May 19, 2024

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

Street performer at Buskerfest in Downtown Fort Wayne


May 18, 2024

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.

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Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle

June 1, 2024

The Spring Cycle event will feature a variety of tour distances so people of all ages and skill levels can participate!

Musicians at ArabFest

Arab Fest

June 1, 2024

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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 5 - 9, 2024

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 13 - 16, 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.

The Flaming Lips play Middle Waves in 2016

Middle Waves

June 15, 2024 at Parkview Field

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.  

Allen County Fair

Allen County Fair

June 18 - 23, 2024

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


Women Dancing at Greekfest


June 20 - 23, 2024

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

Fort4Fitness Summer Sunset Relay

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Sign up for this summer relay race. 

Three Rivers Festival Midway at Night

Three Rivers Festival

July 12 - 20, 2024

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 11 - 13, 2024

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 26 - 27, 2024

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 2 - 3, 2024

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

Dancers at Fiesta Fort Wayne
Fiesta Fort Wayne

August 9 - 10, 2024

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

Taste of the Arts

Taste of the Arts

August 24, 2024

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 5 - 7, 2024

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 7, 2024

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 8, 2024

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West Central Home and Garden Tour

September 7 - 8, 2024

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Tour an eclectic variety of architecturally and historically significant homes and businesses!

Medicine Show at Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed Festival

September 21 - 22, 2024

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.

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival 

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The Fort4Fitness Fall Festival is the year’s biggest community celebration of fitness in Downtown Fort Wayne!


Hobnobben Film Festival

Hobnobben Film Festival

October 17 - 20, 2024

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.

Zombie Walk 2016 - Fright Night - Mariachi
Fright Night

October 19

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Festively dressed runners at Winter Wonder Dash

Fort4Fitness Winter Wonder Dash

November 15 - 16, 2024

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Bundle up and run through the Blue Jacket Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park. 

Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center during the holidays.

Holidays in Fort Wayne

November and December

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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

27th Annual BBQ RibFest Jun 14

27th Annual BBQ RibFest

For all you rockin’ blues, brews, and BBQ lovers we have got some of the best, most awarded, BBQ…

Hoagland Days 2024 Jun 14

Hoagland Days 2024

Carnival, Rides, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Demo Derby, Parade, Food Tents, Live Music

Kekionga Craft Fest Jun 15

Kekionga Craft Fest

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Kekionga Craft Fest hosted by Kekionga Craft Company. This event is…

Middle Waves Music Festival Jun 15

Middle Waves Music Festival

The Middle Waves Music Festival takes over the Parkview Field concourse on Saturday, June 15 with…

GreekFest 2024 Jun 20

GreekFest 2024

Come celebrate the Greek Festival with us and enjoy a large variety of Greek cuisine and…

Summer Fest 2024 Jun 27

Summer Fest 2024

Summer Fest is just around the corner and we are expanding our premier summer event to 3 days! Join…

Flow the St. Joe Jun 29

Flow the St. Joe

Join us for an exciting day of fun and adventure at Riverside Gardens Leo-Cedarville, Schwartz Road…

Wings Beer & BBQ Fest 2024 Jun 29

Wings Beer & BBQ Fest 2024

Join us Saturday, June 29th at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana for Wings Beer and…

Three Rivers Festival Jul 12

Three Rivers Festival

The Three Rivers Festival draws nearly half a million visitors from northeast Indiana, southern…

Fort Wayne Pride Fest 2024 Jul 26

Fort Wayne Pride Fest 2024

Pride 2024 is scheduled for July 26th & 27th at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. Fort…

JA Wine & Beer Festival Jul 26

JA Wine & Beer Festival

The Junior Achievement Wine & Beer Festival will take place on Friday, July 26th 2024 at…

Harlan Days Festival 2024 Aug 01

Harlan Days Festival 2024

Harlan Days is an annual festival held at the Harlan Community Park, in the town of Harlan Indiana…

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races Aug 02

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races

Riverfront Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation invite you to the annual Fort Wayne Dragon…

Fiesta Fort Wayne Aug 10

Fiesta Fort Wayne

Join us again for the 2024 Fiesta Fort Wayne Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Headwaters Park, Fort…

Open Streets Aug 18

Open Streets

Come join Fort Wayne's largest Block Party! Explore the Calhoun Street Corridor "by wheel, by heel…

Grabill Country Fair Sep 05

Grabill Country Fair

This popular annual festival, which attracts 100,000 visitors, began in 1973 by the Grabill Chamber…

Korea Festival Fort Wayne Sep 07

Korea Festival Fort Wayne

Korea Festival Fort Wayne is a cultural festival dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity…

Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival Sep 13

Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival

Family-owned and operated, Kuehnert Dairy hosts an annual fall festival in September and October on…

Hobnobben Film Festival Oct 03

Hobnobben Film Festival

Hobnobben Film Festival is an annual Film Festival presented by Fort Wayne Cinema Center. Our…

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