About Us


Since 1969, the Three Rivers Festival has grown to become Indiana’s second largest summer festival; a family-friendly, exciting nine-day community celebration. Headwaters Park, in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, serves as the hub for over 80 official and affiliated Three Rivers Festival events. Over 50,000 motorists a day get an up-close view of the Festival, as Clinton Street/US Highway 27 intersects Headwaters Park. The Three Rivers Festival draws nearly half a million visitors from northeast Indiana, southern Michigan, and northwestern Ohio, coming together to enjoy some fun, savor tasty treats, and catch up with old friends, all while making new friends and memories!

Official events include the televised Parade with over 150 entries, a Fine Arts fair, a shopping Emporium, Bed Race, Children’s Festival, Waiter-Waitress Contest, International Village, the Raft Race, Young at Heart senior event, live entertainment, taste-tempting concessions, amusement rides and attractions, and one of the largest Festival Finale Fireworks shows in Northeast Indiana.

Over 7,000 hours were generously donated by enthusiastic community volunteers for the 2019 festival. Because of the generous community support, eighty percent of festival events are free to the public. As a not-for-profit entity, Three Rivers Festival generates its revenue from sponsorship, vendor participation fees, ticket sales, gate admission at the Festival Plaza, souvenir sales, and refreshment sales. The Festival strives to keep events free or at a minimal admission fee so that the festival is accessible to all members of our community. Three Rivers Festival continually adds new and exciting events to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our patrons, and to remain at the forefront of the public eye.