Three Rivers Festival returns for year 49 of fun, food, music and more


Touted as the city’s “favorite summer party” by the Visit Fort Wayne website, the Three Rivers Festival is slated to begin on July 13. The event will run until July 21. The festival is held at Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. The community favorite typically begins with a parade on the first Saturday of the festival, followed by a packed schedule of events including specially designated days, such as International Day, Children’s Fest, and events like the Bed Race and Art in the Park. Throughout the festival, food vendors, rides, visual art and other vendors will be present. According to the Visit Fort Wayne website, the Three Rivers Festival attracts a half million people annually.  River boat cruises and other activities will also be part of the festivities. For more information about what all there is to do at the Three Rivers Festival, click here:

Feasting in the Fort: Food Alley at the Three Rivers Festival

While it might not be recommended for daily consumption, festival food can be fun, and since at least the 1980s, people have been coming to the festival’s Food Alley for lunch and dinner just like they would a restaurant. The smells of sati babis (savory pork grilled and served on a stick), elephant ears, funnel cakes, ribs, and more permeate downtown Fort Wayne during the festival.

Once called “Junk Food Alley,” the area of Headwaters Park that gets taken over by food vendors is now sometimes simply called “Food Alley.” Regardless of the name, the outcome is pretty much the same – – the opportunity exists for attendees to indulge in a variety of food from savory to sweet, to help keep them nourished during the hot Indiana summer.

Rockin’ the Fort: Live music at the Three Rivers Festival

While the parade might signal the start of the festival  for some, thousands of festival goers look forward to the concert that is held on the Friday night before the parade. This year’s concert will be held on July 13 featuring Live and Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney. In that show, four musicians plus multi-instrumentalist Tony Kishman will bring the songs of  the Beatles and McCartney to life.

Kishman is known for having performed in the Broadway musical “Beatlemania,” and he continues to appear   in the International Symphonic Beatles’ production, “Classical Mystery Tour.”

Live and Let Die includes a full rock band of players besides Kishman. Although it might be Kishamn’s resemblance to McCartney physically that gets audiences’ attention, the fact that he sounds like him, too will be a bonus.

The Three Rivers Festival isn’t all rock’ n’ roll, though. The event closes with a performance by the legendary Morris Day and the Time. Once the enemy of Prince in the movie “Purple Rain,” the well-dressed r&b group is known as much for their sharp outfits as for their synthesizer and drum machine grooves, such as “Jungle Love,” “The Bird,” and “777-9311.”

Other acts to perform this year include the Gin Blossoms, Addison Agen, Candlebox and Here Come the Mummies.

For a full list of concerts, visit:

Also, festival organizers ask everyone to leave all pets including “snakes” and “emus” at home. Only service animals are allowed.


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