Three Rivers Festival

Main Event Descriptions


Affiliated Event

  • An event or activity sponsored by a company, group, or organization, typically occurring at sites throughout Fort Wayne.
  • May be single day or recurring day event.
  • Completely organized and operated by sponsoring company/organization.
  • May have an admission or participation fee.
  • Sponsoring company pays fee to Three Rivers Festival for Affiliated Event listing to be included in Official Festival Guide.

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Art in the Park

  • A juried Fine Art show and sale, located in Freimann Square
  • Artists include painters, sculptors, wood carvers, photographers, pen and ink producers, jewelers, and clothing designers
  • Two day event (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Entry fees for participating artists
  • Live music and dance performances throughout event, free for spectators

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Bed Race

  • Early evening event, held on Main Street
  • Companies/organizations race a two-block course with custom-made beds on wheels
  • Entry fee for participants; free for spectators
  • Five-person Teams consist of one bed "rider," and four runners pushing or pulling bed
  • Prizes awarded in four categories for Best Decorated and Fastest Beds
  • Two competition categories include Junior (Ages 9-13) and Adult

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Childrens' Fest

  • Two-day Free Event (Friday & Saturday)
  • Located on IPFW Campus
  • Event targeting families and children under age 12
  • Youth-oriented educational and entertainment displays and activities
  • Entry fee for participating vendors (no sales, information distribution only)
  • Key events include Costumed Character Parade, free amusement rides, free entertainment tent (professional performers)

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Crafter's Market

  • Two day event, in conjunction with Art in the Park (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Located north parking lot adjacent to Freimann Square
  • Entry fees for participating crafters
  • Quality handcrafted items include quilted purses, homegrown honey, handmade furniture, candles, jewelry and wearable art.

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Downtown Midway

Located in East and West Headwaters open meadows -- with the backdrop of the river, the hint of the Plaza music, the scent of Food Alley, a beautiful spot to enjoy every aspect of the Festival.

  • Headwaters West features a natural amphitheater and the northern meadow, where helicopter rides over the downtown area are available for a fee.
  • Open entire duration of Festival, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm.
  • Free displays, exhibits and activities for spectators (fee for vendor space)
  • Amusement rides and attractions for toddler to adult; tickets available to purchase for individual rides or all-day pass

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Festival Plaza

  • Covered Headwaters East pavilion is Festival's main entertainment site
  • Open entire duration of Festival, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm.
  • Includes exclusive Sponsor Hospitality area
  • Free admission before 6:00 pm daily; $5-15 after 6:00 pm
  • Local, regional and national musical performers showcased
  • Soft drinks, adult beverages and food available for purchase
  • Main display area for sponsor banners & advertising
  • Spaces available for not-for-profit displays

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Fireworks Finale

  • Very popular closing event on final night of Festival
  • Fireworks discharged from roof of 26-story downtown building
  • One of the largest Fireworks displays in region

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Food Alley

  • Duck Street & Barr Street is central location for Food Concessions
  • Open entire duration of Festival, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm.
  • Concessionaires pay base fee and percentage to participate
  • Individual food items priced by concessionaires

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Hospitality Tent

  • Located inside Festival Plaza
  • Exclusive, limited access area for Sponsor Badge holders and quest
  • Complimentary soft drinks, adult beverages, snacks & food provided

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Information & Souvenir Booth

  • Located in Freimann Square (1st weekend) & adjacent to Food Alley
  • Food Alley location open entire duration of Festival, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Festival shirts, buttons and memorabilia available for purchase
  • Free Festival Event Guides available

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International Village

  • Located adjacent to Food Alley final Friday & Saturday)
  • Ten cultures entertain with dance, music, story telling
  • Ethnic food available to purchase
  • Ethnic wares, handcrafted items offered for purchase

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  • Located in gated Headwaters West Pavilion
  • Four day event (Wednesday through Saturday)
  • High visibility area for individuals and businesses to display and sell products and services.
  • Varying participation fees for vendors, based on size of space
  • Items available range from African art, affordable jewelry, handbags and apparel to henna tattoos, outdoor décor, bath remodeling, sunrooms and windows & more.

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  • Traditional "kick-off" to the Three Rivers Festival.
  • Themed Parade covers a 2-mile route through historic neighborhoods in downtown Fort Wayne.
  • Features 150+ entries, including area high school marching bands, motorized and walking units, floats, balloons and equestrian units.
  • Entry fee for participants; free for spectators
  • VIP Parade seating area available
  • Trophies awarded in six categories for commercial and non-commercial entrants
  • Two-hour Live Television Broadcast of Parade, with repeat later in the week

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TRF is back on the Rivers with a long-awaited return of THE RAFT RACE presented by Hotel Fitness on Saturday, July 20!

  • $14,000 in Cash Prizes for Commercial and Individual categories (prizes for speed & creativity)
  • Water Wars - 3-person water-balloon launching teams compete for accuracy

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Waiter-Waitress Contest

  • Located in Festival Plaza
  • Early afternoon event
  • Competition for 3-person teams of Restaurant servers, racing in relay-style, obstacle courses
  • Entry Fee for participating teams; free to spectators
  • Prizes awarded to top three Server Teams

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Hanning & Bean Enterprises Inc. Three River Festival's Title Sponsor!

hotel fitness fullbevel

 Lutheran Health Network

PNC Bank

Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio