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Details to know about the Three Rivers Festival

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The 50th Three Rivers Festival is set to kick off this weekend, bringing people to downtown Fort Wayne for food, fun and festivities.

The festival will kick off Friday There will be several events going on including garage sales. helicopter rides and the opening of the Downtown Midway. The midway is open July 13-21 from 11 am until 11 pm. Tickets are $1 each or people can purchase a wristband for $25. 

There will be road closures on Friday, July 13th, 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, July 15th at 11:00 p.m. for Art in the Park. These include:

  • E. Main Street from Clinton to Lafayette
  • Barr Street from Main to Berry

There will also be a lane closure Friday, July 13th 7:00 p.m. through Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 p.m. This is the left curb lane of S. Clinton Street by Headwaters Park from the MLK Bridge to Superior Street, effective 24-hours/day.

The festival continues Saturday with several events leading up to the Three Rivers Parade at 9:45. ABC21 will be in the parade. Watch for us on a trolley with the Fort Wayne Civic's cast of Disney's Newsies! the Musical. Also featured in the parade are marching bands, classic cars, motorcycles, colorful floats, horses, clowns and balloons. ABC21 will also be airing the parade live. A full list of participants in the order they will appear can be found here.

There will be several road closings for the parade from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. These include:

  • W. Wayne Street from Thieme to Fairfield
  • W. Main Street from Runnion to Lafayette
  • Van Buren Street from Superior to Washington
  • Fairfield Avenue from Superior to Wayne
  • Ewing Street from Main to Wayne
  • Harrison Street from Wayne to Main
  • Calhoun Street from Superior to Washington
  • Berry Street from Clinton to Fairfield
  • Superior Street from Clinton to Harrison
  • Barr Street from Main to Berry

Open Streets will return to Fort Wayne on Sunday During the event, more than two miles of roadway will be opened up to walkers, bike riders, roller skaters and activities including giant board games including Jenga, chess and checkers. 

There are several events throughout the week. This includes the Bed Race on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm down Main Street. Main Street from Lafayette Street to Clinton Street will be closed from 5 pm until 9 pm for the race.

The festival will conclude on Saturday, July 21, with a fireworks display. There will be road closures for the fireworks from 4 pm until 11 pm. These include:

  • Calhoun Street from Jefferson to Berry
  • Wayne Street from Harrison to Clinton
  • Washington Street from Clinton to Harrison (10:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.)

For more information on the festival, including daily schedules, visit

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