The Three River Festival Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the 52nd Three Rivers Festival. While it breaks our hearts that we have come to this conclusion, we know we have made the right choice based on current circumstances.
Our mission has always been community-focused, and this year our best move is the one that promotes a safe environment in Fort Wayne. Our Festival is the second-largest in Indiana, drawing roughly half a million visitors each summer. After working with the Allen County Board of Health and the City of Fort Wayne, we have determined that the challenges of social distancing and other CDC safety guidelines are too much to overcome with the large crowds that are attracted.
In addition to the safety of our guests, our festival relies on volunteers. Many of these volunteers are among the population most at-risk. These are our neighbors, friends, and community members that have become part of our Three Rivers Festival family over the past five decades.
Our festival would start just days after the move to stage 5 of Indiana’s Back on Track plan (scheduled for July 4th). Unfortunately, delaying the festival to another time is not an option. Any interruption in the Back on Track timeline would jeopardize not only the 2020 Three Rivers Festival, but the financial hardship would jeopardize future festivals as well. We hope to be around another 52 years, and postponing ensures that opportunity.
The Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors is still hard at work on alternative and virtual ways to celebrate Fort Wayne, our rivers, and everything that makes our community strong. We will announce these details in the coming weeks.
We encourage all our guests and patrons to continue to follow social distancing and safety recommendations. We cannot wait to bring our community together for our 52nd Three Rivers Festival in 2021.
Please stay connected with us on social media and threeriversfestival.org.
The 3rd annual Three Rivers Festival Heart of the City, a two-day local art show, located in Freimann Square parking lot, in the heart of Fort Wayne’s Cultural District, is part of the opening weekend of Three Rivers Festival. We hope you’ll join us as one of the 45 highly talented, unique artists who gain exposure to the nearly 30,000 guests making their way to Heart of the City and Art in the Park each year.
The open slots will sell out!
Open: Saturday, July 13, 11am-7 pm; Sunday, July 14, 2019 11am – 5pm
Setup: Friday, July 12, 6pm – 9pm; Saturday, July 13, 6am – 10am
Location: Freimann Square Parking Lot
Deadline: May 15th
This is a non-juried art show limited to Fort Wayne Artists. Open to the first 45 paid applicants
Easy set-up and tear-down
Free Artist Parking, convenient and close-by
Staff and volunteers dedicated to making your weekend comfortable and successful
Artists are allowed to share booths.