What would summer in Indiana be without its not-to-be-missed festivals and fairs? Here are some of The Fort’s favorites.
- Up first in early June is the city’s 33rd Germanfest, running from June 8 to June 15 (hours TBA) at Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton in Fort Wayne. Enjoy great German food, festivities, dancing, wiener dog races, music, beer and more! The entertainment will include Jay Fox, Hank Haller Ensemble, Fred Ziwich and his International Sound Machine Alpine Express, The Rheingold Band and a dance group tentatively named Fort Wayne Bavarian Dancers. Admission is $2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and $5 after. All military personnel admitted free with I.D. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. No one under 21 permitted after 9:30 p.m. For more information, go to: http://germanfest.org.
- Voted one of the top 10 ribfests in the country by “Martha Stewart Living,” Fort Wayne’s 17th BBQ Ribfest runs from Thursday, Jun 19, to Sunday, June 22, at Headwaters Park. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to midnight, until 10 p.m. on Sunday. Come enjoy great food. Entertainment such as The Late Arrivals!, Eric Steckel Band, Matthew Curry and the Fury, The Todd Harrold Band, The Old Crown Brass Band, and Cool Jazz promise to please. All ages are welcome at the entertainment tent. The festival is free daily until 5:30 p.m., $7 adults (13 and over) after 5:30 p.m.; $5 seniors, $4 students, military, fire, police with ID. Read more about it at: http://bbqribfest.com/entertainment.
- The Fort Wayne Greek Festival (June 26 – June 29) is in its 34th year. This event will feature live music by Lazaros, daily Greek dance performances, booths, and amusement rides. Back as well for the fourth year is the Greek Fest Olympic 5K run/walk on Sunday, June 29. Festival Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission’s free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., only $3 after 4 p.m., and free all day Sunday. (Those under 16 get in free for the entire festival.) For more information, please go to: http://www.fortwaynegreekfestival.org.
- Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival promises not to disappoint. It will take place July 11- July 19 (hours TBA) at Headwaters Park. In its 46th year, this year’s festival highlights some powerhouse music: Cheap Trick, the Under the Sun tour with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and Blues Traveler. Two more events sure to please, according to TRF’s Executive Director Jack Hammer, are the raft race on Saturday, July 19, and the free pontoon rides on July 11, 12, and 13th. More information is available at: http://threeriversfestival.org.
- The Allen County Fair will hold its annual event from July 22-27 at the Allen County Fairgrounds, located off Carroll Road. Highlights of the fair are the monster truck show, team pig wrestling, hot air balloon fight/glow, 4X4 truck pull, demo derbies, Kids Day, live music and more. General admission is $5 daily with children 5 and under free. Sunday is Discount Day—a $2 discount on admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Fairs Care and $1 carnival rides. Learn more at: http://allencountyfairgroundsin.com.
- Wrap up the summer by spending Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Sixth Annual Taste of the Arts in downtown Fort Wayne from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is free and fun for the whole family. With over seven performance stages, art by local artists for sale and hands-on activities, it’s sure to be a day of fun. Of note is a demonstration by Michael Shepherd, an eight-time World Medalist Pizza Acrobat. For a more complete list of events go to: http://www.tasteoftheartsfortwayne.org.