Fort Wayne and surrounding communities are alive with festivals, right through autumn. Mark these events on your calendars and watch for the full list and updates at infortwayne.com. Send festival news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORT WAYNE FESTIVALS
Fort Wayne Pride, July 21-22, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne. Entertainment, food, vendors, KidSpace, workshops for the family. For details, visit fwpride.org.
Allen County Fair, July 25-30. Entertainment, Monster Truck rides, 4-H and open class awards, pedal car races, hot-air balloons, demolition derby, and more. Daily dinner specials by community organizations. Midway rides and food, too. Daily gate admission $5 for adults, free for children 5 and under. For details, visit allencountyfairgroundsin.com.
Baals Music Festival, July 28-29, downtown Fort Wayne. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. each night. $15 for all ages for two nights, $10 a night. For updates, visit itsbaals.com.
Taste of the Arts, Aug. 25-26, Arts United Center, downtown Fort Wayne. 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Art, culture, food, drink and more. For updates, visit artsunited.org/tasteofthearts.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, Sept. 10, noon-5 p.m., at 16 museums and other attractions in Fort Wayne. For updates, visit visitfortwayne.com.
Middle Waves music festival, Sept. 15-16, Headwaters Park, downtown Fort Wayne. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Two-day general admission tickets are $75. On day-of-show, the ticket prices will increase by $10. For updates, visit middlewaves.com.
Johnny Appleseed Festival, Sept. 16-17, Johnny Appleseed Park, East Coliseum Boulevard, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Coliseum parking, $5; but free parking and shuttles available nearby. For updates, visit johnnyappleseedfest.com.
River City Rat Race, Oct. 22. A 5k/10k race through the autumn parks and riverfront of downtown Fort Wayne. The race is fun and family friendly, and benefits the local YMCA. Watch for registration information and updates at fortwaynerunningclub.org
OTHER NEARBY FESTIVALS
St. Joe Pickle Festival, through July 22, throughout the DeKalb County town. Ice cream, fish fry, kids’ activities, pancake and sausage breakfast, parade, pickle-theme activities and fireworks. For details, visit stjoepicklefestival.com. While in town, visit and tour Sechler’s Pickles.
Rolling into Roanoke, Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of classy and classic cars to benefit the Roanoke Beautification Foundation. For details, visit rollingintoroanoke.com.
Swiss Days, Berne, July 27-29. Music, quilt show, amusements, kids’ tractor pull, polka, tennis, entertainmentm food, parade. Visit bernein.comfor a full schedule.
Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival (formerly Zanesville Homespun Day), July 29, Zanesville on the Allen-Wells County Line. Car show, arts and crafts show, free horse-drawn wagon rides, lots of food, townwide garage sales. (No parade this year.) For more information, visit Zanesville Lion’s Club Summer Festival on Facebook.
Harlan Days, Aug. 3-5, at various points in the community. Car and bike show, Harlan Hustle 5k Run, parade, teen dance, grandstands shows. For details, visit harlandays.com.
Monroeville Harvest Festival, Aug. 3-5, throughout the town. Dachshund Dash, parade, cutest-baby contest, amateur photo contest, horseshoe tournament. For details, visit infortwayne.com and monroevillein.com.
SetonFest, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 10700 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne, Aug. 5. Seton Miracle Miles race starts at 8 a.m. Also enjoy food tent, games, bake sale, beer tent, ice cream and fireworks. Proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. For details, visit seasfw.org.
Huntertown Heritage Days, Aug. 10-12, throughout the town. Amusements, carnival, fish fry, entertainment, parade. For details, visit huntertownheritagedays.com.
Butler Days, Aug. 10-13. Businesses, organizations and churches host events throughout the town. Take in the annual hog roast, or the 9 p.m.Friday light parade, or Saturday evening entertainment. For updates, find Butler Indiana Happenings on Facebook.
Indiana Music Festival, DeKalb County Outdoor Theater, 301 Center St., Auburn, Aug. 12, noon-10 p.m. Four bands, food trucks, kids’ activities. Visit Facebook for updates and ticket information.
Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow, Morsches Park, Columbia City, Aug. 11-13. The Miami people host this traditional pow wow with dance contests. The name translates as “Honoring Earth Mother.” Get details at miamipowwow.org.
Supper on the Bridge, Spencerville, Aug. 19. Gather on the old covered bridge for dinner catered by Dutch Heritage, and enjoy music by Mark Brown. $30 per person. Registration due Aug. 1. For details and registration, visit spencervilleindiana.com.
Defiance County Fair, Hicksville, Ohio, Aug. 19-26. Food, grandstand entertainment, marching bands, farm activities. Follow defiancefair.com for details.
Waynedale Community Picnic, Aug. 26, Waynedale Park. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A family-friendly event supported by more than 100 businesses. For details, visit waynedale.com/picnic.
SummerFest, St. Rose of Lima, Monroeville, Aug. 26, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Archer Dash, 3-on-3 basketball, laser tag, Family Feud on the Dewey Stage, cornhole tournament, bike blessing, Salsa Showdown contest, live auction and games, outdoor movie. For details, visit strosemonroeville.org or St. Rose Summerfest on Facebook.
Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, throughout Auburn, Aug. 27-Sept. 2. “The World’s Greatest Classic Car Show and Festival.” For details, visit acdfestival.org.
161st Van Wert County Fair, Van Wert, Ohio, Aug. 30-Sept. 4. Cheer show, harness races, calf scramble, truck and tractor pull, demolition derby, Junior Fair livestock sale. For details, visit vanwertcountyfair.com.
Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County Fairgrounds, Kendallville, Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Friday–Sunday ticket $35, which includes all shows and camping. Or buy by the day. For details, visit bluegrassusa.net.
Grabill Country Fair, Sept. 7-9, throughout the town. Food, crafts, entertainment, games, parade. For details, visit grabillcountryfair.org.
Bluffton Free Street Fair, Sept. 19-23. With Poor Jack Amusements, entertainment, agricultural events, a parade, and more. For details, visit blufftonstreetfair.com.
Art at the Riverside, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Riverside Gardens, Leo-Cedarville. A juried art show presenting local talent and supporting local scholarships. For details, visit artattheriverside.com.
Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, Huntington, Sept. 23-24. Re-enactors illustrate the lives of Hoosier pioneers, military units conducting on foot and on horseback, traders hawking their wares, and meals being prepared over open fires. Follow pioneerfestival.org for details.
DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, DeKalb County Fairgrounds, Auburn, Sept. 25-30. Follow dekalbcountyfair.org for details, or DeKalb County Free Fall Fair on Facebook.
Apple Festival, Noble County Fairgrounds, Kendallville, Oct. 7-8. Visit kendallvilleapplefestival.com for updates.
Renaissance in Roanoke, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., throughout the town. A plein air, juried art show with many related activities. For details, visitrenaissanceinroanoke.org/event
Compiled by Garth Snow