12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

The Three Rivers Festival is back for their 49th year! You may have received your booklet and are probably overwhelmed by just how many events are taking place in just one week of the festival. Fort Wayne is so spoiled by the amount of fun we get to have during this festival that we’ve decided to make a list of events that are worth visiting. There’s something for everyone this year, including new events. Check out Living Fort Wayne’s picks for the Three Rivers Festival events you won’t want to miss!


Downtown Midway (July 7–15 at 11 a.m.–11 p.m.)


The Three Rivers Festival provides multiple rides for the Fort Wayne community to enjoy every year! There will also be classic carnival games, face painting, kids’ rides and so much more. You can get your wristbands for the rides in advance here.


The Emporium (July 7 at 4 p.m.–10 p.m., July 8–9 at 11 p.m.–1o p.m., July 10–12 at 5 p.m.–9 p.m., July 13–15 at 11 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Located in Headwaters Park West, this area will be home to local artists to sell their merchandise and services. unique gifts, handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and clothes will be available to buy. The Emporium is featuring local food favorites this year including Tucanos, Audrey’s Cake Rolls and the Cupbearer Cafe. If you love shopping and supporting local, this is the place to be!


Junk Food Alley (July 7–15)


Forget your diet plans this week and gorge yourself on the loads of food options to choose from at Junk Food Alley! Elephant ears, chicken-on-a-stick, fried watermelon, and fresh lemon shake-ups are just among the hundreds of things to try here. Don’t forget about $2 Tuesdays at Junk Food Alley! Also, be sure to get your lunch time junk food fix by hopping aboard the FREE Lunch Time Trolley Monday to Friday. Schedule and stops listed here.


Three Rivers Parade (July 8 at 10 a.m.)


Marching bands, floats, free stuff, oh my! The annual Three Rivers Parade is a staple, and this year’s theme is “Superheroes!” Parade route can be found here. You can also catch it live on Channel 21 if crowds just aren’t your thing.


Chalk Walk (July 8 and 9)

Located on Main Street in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, this event features area artists turning a square of concrete into a piece of art. Watch the artistic process at work as people create masterpieces Downtown.


Art in the Park (July 8 at 11 a.m.–7 p.m., July 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.)

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This juried event will host over 100 different artists from across the country and Indiana! Art in the Park will take place in Freimann Square on Main Street, with something for everyone’s artistic taste.


Fort Wayne HeART of the City at the Three Rivers Festival (July 8 at 11 a.m.–5 p.m., July 9 at 10 a.m.–5 p.m.)


As a new addition to the Festival, Fort Wayne HeART of the City will also be hosting their first event for Fort Wayne artists to showcase their work. Come see what artistic talent exists in our own backyard and support local art!


BedRace (July 12, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Every year, you can see Main Street lined up with a huge audience for the Three Rivers Festival BedRace! 5 person teams show off their decked out beds and race down Main Street for cash prizes. Awards will be handed out for speed and creativity.


Live Music (July 7–15)

This year, you can find great local and national acts on stage!  The Purple Xperience presents a can’t-miss Prince tribute, and Here Come the Mummies closes down the festival. Full concert list and ticket prices here. Check out the local lineup for Art in the Park here.

Family Fun Day (July 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.)

This is absolutely perfect if you want a day out with the kids without the large festival crowd. Hosted in the Ruoff Festival Plaza, this event will have games, a mini Gator track, and free face painting to entertain your kids and inner child. $18 for a single-day wristband or Family 4-pack for $60 plus $15 each additional member.



Raft Race (July 15 at 1 p.m.)

See homemade rafts float down the Saint Mary’s River for cash and bragging rights! If you have a team assembled, but not the resources to make a raft yourselves, you can rent a raft for $100 (registration included). If you want to join the Raft Race, you can register here.


Brew Review (July 15, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.)

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Crack open a cold one with the boys at Brew Review in the Festival Plaza. The $35 admission ($40 day of) gets you unlimited beer tastings of over 75 local, regional, & national beers, a special beer tasting glass,
great tasting food provided by our Granite City, and entry into the Here Come the Mummies concert that night. You can order Brew Review tickets in advance here.


***Three Rivers Festival cannot run without its volunteers helping to bartend, distribute tickets, photograph, and greet guests at the gate! Sign up to volunteer and receive free Three Rivers Festival gear, complimentary beverage tickets, and opportunities to make new friends!***


Author: Travis Bartlett

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