Top 11 Things to Do Around Fort Wayne in July {Guide}

what to do in fort wayne in July

A Guide to Some of the Best Fort Wayne Activities for the month of July

Wow! What an awesome summer it’s shaping up to be here in Fort Wayne! We hope you’re ready to keep the fun going because July is going to be jam-packed full of fun events as well! Here’s our pick of the top 11 amazing things going on this month, plus a listing of some other great weekly events going all month long.

1. Broadway Street Stroll

Sunday, July 3, join The Philmore in celebrating everything Broadway Street has to offer. The Broadway Street Stroll will feature some of the best fine dining, breweries, retail shopping, music venues and more!

2. Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Patriotic Pops

Start the Independence Day Celebration off right by heading out to Parkview Field on July 3rd for Patriotic Pops, a FREE concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. You will hear all the great, patriotic songs, followed by a firework display, of course! To learn more, visit the Fort Wayne Philharmonic website.

3. Early Bird Nature Walk and Bike Ride

July 3rd, join Fort Wayne Trails on the Historic Wells Street Bridge for a FREE nature walk and/or bike ride! This awesome event will be led by a nature professional from the Fort Wayne Trails Association, who will be teaching all about migratory birds, waterfowl and more! Visit their website to learn more.

4. Fort Wayne Tincaps vs. South Bend Cubs

Monday, July 4, come watch our Fort Wayne Tincaps take on the South Bend Cubs for a night full of great baseball, fun and more. See the full Fort Wayne Tincaps schedule here.
Then stay after the game to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks (see #5)

5. 4th of July Fireworks

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with fireworks! Bring a chair or blanket downtown on July 4 to watch the annual 4th of July fireworks off the Indiana Michigan Power Center. Fireworks start at 10pm.

6. Three Rivers Festival

Three Rivers Festival is, hands down, one of the greatest things about summertime in Fort Wayne. Don’t miss some amazing traditions such as Junk Food Alley, Bed Races, Fireworks, a parade, live music and so much more going on July 8-16! Check out the Three Rivers Festival website to learn more about this awesome weeklong festival!

7. St. Joe Pickle Festival

OK, so it’s not in Fort Wayne, but it’s only a short drive and worth the trip!What’s a Pickle Fest you ask? The St. Joe Pickle Festival was mentioned by Food Network as one of the greatest All American Festivals. The St. Joe Pickle Festival, going on July 21-23, will have plenty of awesome food vendors, live music, a parade, lots of activities for the kids, and of course, pickles!

8. Fort Wayne Pride Fest

Fort Wayne Pride Fest will be held on July 22-23 at Headwaters Park. The two-day event features a pride march, live entertainment, a vendor’s market, beer tent, concessions, workshops, tournaments, KidSpace, & fun with family

9. K105 Country Fest

July 23rd, don’t miss Fort Wayne’s biggest and baddest country music celebration! This year’s Country Fest lineup consists of amazing country acts such as Lee Brice, Jon Pardi, Clare Dunn and many more!

10. Allen County Fair

July 26-31, bring the kids on out to the Allen County Fairgrounds for the annual Fair! The Allen County Fair has something for everyone, including: animal shows, truck pulls, demolition derbies, live music, food court, and so much more! Visit their website ( to see a list of all of the awesome events that will be going on!

11. Foodstock 2016

If you’ve never gotten a chance to snack on any of the delicious food truck options that Fort Wayne has to offer, you’re seriously missing out on some of the best food in the country! No worries, Foodstock 2016 will feature all of your favorite Fort Wayne Food trucks! Bring the whole family and an appetite, because we promise you won’t leave hungry! Come on out to the Indiana Michigan Power Center plaza on July 30, from 11-8!

We’ve reached number 11 but we’re not done there! Fort Wayne still has a lot more to offer and these weekly events will keep you busy all Summer long!

More Great Events:

Tuesdays – Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of July, Sweetwater will be hosting an Open Acoustic Jam Session! This is the perfect environment for musicians of all ages and skill sets. Bring your favorite guitar and come on out!

Wednesdays – Every Wednesday this month, come on out to the Foellinger Theater for a FREE movie! This month, they will be featuring awesome movies like The SpongeBob Movie, Hotel Transylvania 2, Inside Out and more. Visit their website to learn more.

Thursdays – Lunch on the Plaza is quickly becoming one of Fort Wayne’s greatest summer traditions. Every Thursday from 11-2, come visit Freimann Square for FREE live music and SO MANY Fort Wayne famous food trucks. There’s no better place to grab lunch!

Fridays – Every Friday night in July, Jefferson Pointe will feature some of the greatest local musicians for Friday Nites Live a FREE concert series at the courtyard fountain. Bring the whole family! For a full schedule, visit their website.

Saturdays –  Each Saturday morning in July the lovely Barr Street in Downtown Fort Wayne is transformed into a buzzing farmer’s market. The YLNI Farmer’s Market offers lots of local vendors selling fresh fruits, veggies, crafts, and more plus live music making this farmer’s market one of the most popular in the Fort Wayne area.

Saturdays – Every Saturday night in July, come on out to the Allen County Public Library for a Rock the Plaza, aFREE evening of tunes, brews and more! See you there, the party starts at 6! To see the full band schedule, visit their website.

Sundays – Every Sunday in July, join Fusion Yoga at Lakeside Park for a fun, relaxing evening of Yoga. Outdoor Yoga Nights are perfect for yoga lovers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros!

With this many awesome events going on around Fort Wayne this month, it’s not hard to find some super fun activities going on right in your backyard!

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