Three Rivers Festival
Main Event Descriptions
Thank you for a great year and join us in 2016. Festival dates July 8-16, 2016. Dates below are for the 2016 year.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park is a 2 day juried fine art show in the heart of the Fort Wayne arts scene in Freimann Square on Main Street. Come visit the 100+ artist and artisan exhibitors from across the country and right here in northeast Indiana.
July 13, 6-8pm held on Main Street
Thousands of spectators can be found each year watching 5-person teams parade their unique beds down Main Street. Cash prizes for speed and creativity.
July 16, “Selfie” bike ride; ride at your leisure starting at Ehlerding’s then check back in at Freimann Square.
Come to our second annual Brew Review on July 16, noon-5pm. Guests enjoy unlimited tastings of over 100 local, regional and national craft beers.
Two-day Free Event (Friday, July 15th & Saturday, Jul 16th)
Located on IPFW Campus
Join us for this fun free event. Visit over 50 booths offering crafts, storytelling, magic, education, and hands-on activities for kids. Join in the fun and free 800-meter run/walk and learn about health and fitness along the way.
All-day ride wristbands only $25. Wristbands good only on J&J amusement rides. For a separate fee check out the Human Hamster Balls, The Beast, Water Balls, and the petting zoo.
Family Fun Day
Families will be able to participate in free races, contests and games. Watch for an appearance from Spiderman and Elsa. Discounted carnival ride bands will be available for purchase. Located in Hanning and Bean festival plaza Wednesday, July 13 11am-5pm. Festival Plaza.
Hanning and Bean Festival Plaza, Headwaters Park East pavilion
Open entire duration of Festival, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm.
Includes exclusive Sponsor Hospitality area. Free admission before 6:00 pm daily; $2-20 after 6:00 pm. Local, regional and national musical performers showcased. Soft drinks, adult beverages and food available for purchase.
July 16, One of Northeast Indiana’s largest fireworks displays will launch from the top of the Indiana Michigan Power Center building, wrapping up nine days of Festival fun. Tune into WMEE 97.3 to enjoy music programmed to the Fireworks Finale.
Duck Street & Barr Street is central location for food concessions.
Open entire duration of Festival, 11:00 am-11:00 pm. don’t miss $2 Tuesday with $2 specials throughout Junk Food Alley.
Free Lunch Time Trolley
Hop aboard the Free Lunch Time Trolley to get your favorite Junk Food Alley treat. Eight convenient downtown stops, with two trolleys running approximately every 8 minutes.
Located inside Festival Plaza
Exclusive, limited access area for Sponsor Badge holders and guest. Complimentary soft drinks, adult beverages, snacks & food provided.
Information & Souvenir Booth
Located at the west end of Junk Food Alley.
Information about festival and downtown events. Maps and festival guides are available for free.
Located adjacent to Food Alley. July 15th and 16th 11am-10pm.
Enjoy songs, dances, storytelling, demonstrations food and crafts from 14 different cultures, all living in Fort Wayne.
Local Male Celebrities don their best heels and show off their legs to win the coveted title of ‘Most Luscious Legs.’ Crowd participants can vote with a buck for their favorite “Mystery Celebrity” leg! The Luscious Legs Celebrity Contest will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Contest will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6pm in the Festival Plaza.
Each year, more than 250,000 people line the streets of downtown Fort Wayne for the Lutheran Health Network Three Rivers Festival Parade to see the floats, hear the bands and celebrate the kickoff to Fort Wayne’s Biggest Summer Celebration since 1969.
Join us Saturday, July 16 and watch homemade masterpieces paddle down the Saint Mary’s for cash, fame and glory. New this year “Rent a Raft” for just $125 you’ll get an 8×8 raft, paddles and life jackets. Located on Harrison Street Bridge try out the Zip Line and for the first time ever in Fort Wayne it’s the Stunt Fall, are you brave enough to take the thirty foot drop?
Enjoy a free leisurely pontoon ride on the St. Mary’s River, Compliments of Steel Dynamics. Located at Headwaters West Amphitheater.
Love to shop? Then you will love the Emporium! The Emporium has a tempting array of merchandise and services, along with hand-crafted jewelry, soaps, apparel and unique gifts from local artists and crafters. The Emporium also features food selections not found in Junk Food Alley.
Cheer your favorite restaurants on as they compete in a unique obstacle course. 3-person teams race through a simulated dining room, hoping not to spill. Located in Hanning and Bean Festival Plaza.
Young at Heart Senior Fest
Join other community seniors for a day away. Come enjoy games, entertainment and FREE FOOD (while supplies last). Area vendors will be on-site to provide valuable information and giveaways.