Fort Wayne is rising.

It’s the sound of progress, and you can hear it around every corner. Dining and living options abound. Sporting events send cheers through the night. And new buildings rise.

But it’s music that fills our streets and invigorates the soul.

This is the moment when the underground goes overground. Introducing a destination music festival driven by the grit and power of three rivers, where indie, hip-hop and rock & roll don’t just coexist, but converge, high-five and take a selfie.

We’re here to drop jaws and blow up silos.

Rivers are rising.
Energy is rising.
Volume is rising.

This is Middle Waves.

Middle Waves will happen in Headwaters Park on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17th, 2016. MW will feature three stages with two dozen musical performances by national and local musicians, local food trucks and vendors, beverages galore, artists and culture-makers and wild & unexpected good times at every turn.

$35 + fees — Friday GA Single Day Ticket

$50 + fees — Saturday GA Single Day Ticket

$75 + fees — GA Two Day Ticket

$125 + fees — VVIP Weekend Pass (SOLD OUT!)

(kids 12 and under get in free w/ adult)

Frequently Asked Questions

Festival Hours

Friday, September 16th :: 4pm-11pm
Saturday, September 17th :: 11am-11pm
*Times subject to change

Box Office



In Person: 

Monday to Friday – noon to 6:00pm
Saturday – pending performance schedule
Arts United Center
303 East Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46802

Tickets and Show Info

Middle Waves is general admission.

Wristbands must be worn for entry into the Main Stage area and allow for re-entry into the Festival at anytime.

MW happens rain or shine.

No refunds or exchanges.

Lineup subject to change.

All patrons subject to search.

We recommend that you bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Middle Waves Music Fest ADA

The Middle Waves Music Festival provides ADA accessible parking, entrances, restrooms, viewing and seating. Seating in the ADA Viewing area is limited and one companion may accompany each ADA patron.

Minimum Age

Middle Waves Music Fest is an all-ages event.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

The Middle Waves Music Festival has a zero tolerance policy for all illegal activities. Drug use is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED and all city and state laws will be enforced inside the festival. Underage drinking will not be tolerated. You must be 21 or older to drink alcohol.


Multiple lodging options are available in and around downtown Fort Wayne. Here are just a few options:


Parking abounds in downtown Fort Wayne, with multiple garages and on-street options. Designated parking will be announced closer to September.

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What are the dates for Middle Waves 2016?

Middle Waves Music Fest takes place September 16-17, 2016.

When will the schedule be released?

The Middle Waves Music Fest 2016 schedule will be released closer to festival dates.

What type of tickets are available?

Two Day General Admission Wristband: Enjoy both days of the Festival, the riverfront and the entire lineup.

VIP Wristband: Enjoy VIP Viewing areas and private restrooms, plus all the access of a GA ticket holder. (Sold out!!!)

Single-day General Admission, Friday

Single-day General Admission, Saturday

Is there a payment plan for tickets?

No, we do not have a payment plan.

I bought a ticket, when will I receive my wristband?

Passes purchased through ArtsTix are available to be emailed, mailed picked up at will call. Wristbands for International orders will not be shipped. Instead, they can be picked up at Will Call.

I have a question about my ticket purchase, can you help me?

For all ticket related questions please contact

Where should I stay?

There are multiple hotels and rentals surrounding the festival grounds. Refer to the lodging section of this page for more information on hotels.

Can I camp at Middle Waves?

No. There is no camping on or around festival grounds.

What should I bring to the Middle Waves?

Here are some things you might want to pack:

  • Liquid sunscreen, in non-aerosol container of 3oz or less
  • Bug spray in non-aerosol containers of 3oz or less
  • Small backpacks, bags, and purses (no larger than 20” x 15” x 13”)
  • Blankets & beach towels
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • One (1) EMPTY water container up to 2 litres in size
  • EMPTY CamelBak style water bladder systems subject to specific guidelines*
  • If you need medicine, please note that prescription and OTC medications are subject to specific guidelines.**
  • Baby strollers (if you have small children)

* Guidelines for CamelBak-style hydration systems: Although CamelBak-style water bladder systems are allowed EMPTY into the venue, the water bladders themselves must be capable of being removed from the carrier and must be transparent enough to allow security to visually inspect the empty bladder. Additionally, CamelBak-style bladder carriers must have no more than two main compartments and one small compartment. Any CamelBak-style water bladder that cannot be removed from the carrier and/or is opaque enough to prevent visual inspection, and any CamelBak-style bladder carriers larger than the permitted size will not be allowed into the venue.
**Guidelines for prescription and OTC medications: Prescription medications are allowed only in the original prescription bottle, any persons attempting to bring in perscription medication must have government- issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription. Over–the–counter medications are allowed in provided that they are new and in the original, factory–sealed container.

Do kids get in free?

Children aged 12 and under are admitted FREE if accompanied by a ticket- holding adult. Due to safety concerns, we cannot admit more than 2 children per supervising adult.

What items should I leave at home?

The following items are prohibited:

We ask you keep the following items at home, for your safety and the safety of everyone here at Middle Waves!

  • Tents, or temporary structures of any kind
  • Weapons, knives, or firearms of any kind, including any item that can be used as a weapon
  • Narcotics, including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and any other illegal substance
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Vitamins
  • Kites
  • Focused-light devices, including laser pointers
  • Refillable vapor or electronic cigarettes
  • Unsealed: cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum and chapstick/lip gloss
  • Marker pens and spray paint
  • Air horns and/or megaphones
  • Items intended for sale/promotion (including flyers, stickers and posters)
  • Water guns, water balloons, and/or any other kind of water projectile
  • Glass in any form, including glass bottles
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, and/or incendiary or explosive devices of any kind
  • Chinese Lanterns
  • Coolers of any kind, including hard-sided and soft-sided coolers
  • Video equipment of any kind (including personal camcorders and GoPro cameras)
  • Professional photo equipment (SLR/DSLR cameras, detachable/removable lens cameras)
  • Audio recording equipment of any kind
  • Portable audio equipment of any kind, including portable “boom box” stereo systems
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Flags and/or flagpoles
  • Selfie sticks
  • Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods

Entry Conditions for Guests

The following conditions are for guests entering the venue.

  • All guests and their belongings are subject to search.
  • Any prohibited item that is surrendered to security at search points will not be returned.
  • Allowed and prohibited lists are subject to change.
  • No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed in or around the venue.
  • Middle Waves Music Festival and private security personnel at the entrances reserve the right to make the final determination on allowed and non-allowed items.

Are there water stations at Middle Waves?

Drink lots of water. Free water fountains and filling stations will be located throughout the Festival. Each ticket holder is allowed to bring one (1) empty non-glass water container.

Can I bring a backpack?

We encourage attendees not to bring backpacks. If you are bringing a pack, please make sure it is small (no larger than 20 x 15 x 13). All bags will be thoroughly checked. There will be an express entrance line for fans that come without backpacks. We apologize for any delays or inconvenience but your safety is our primary concern.

Will there be lockers available at the festival?

There will be no lockers at Middle Waves.

Can I bring food into the festival?

Reasonably priced food (including vegetarian/vegan options) and drinks will be available on-site. More information about the food vendors and options will be released prior to the Middle Waves. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

Can I take my wristband off?

Wristbands cannot be removed and must be worn both days for entry into Middle Waves.

Please don’t remove, stretch or tamper with your wristband in any way or you will be denied entry.

I lost my wristband, now what?

Wristbands are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and cannot be replaced.

Will single day tickets be available?

Yes! Available now to purchase!

Are there ATMs available?

There will be a number of ATMs located throughout the Festival.

There are tickets available on Ebay and Craigslist, should I buy them?

Each year hundreds of amazing fans get tricked into buying a wristband or print at home tickets from Craigslist, eBay, or a ticket broker site. Unfortunately, many of these are already used or are counterfeits. Only tickets purchased from ArtsTix ticketing are considered valid purchases. Your attempt to save cash will probably cost you more money, a lot of trouble and ultimately will keep you from attending the Festival.

And remember, some sneaky people might even try to sell their wristbands to you. However, removal of or tampering with wristband automatically voids it. We check every wristband to make sure it has not been tampered with or removed. You will be caught and you will be escorted directly from the Festival.

How can I apply for press credentials?

To apply for media credentials, please click here. For any questions related to press/media at the festival contact

Lost & Found

We hope you don’t lose anything at this year’s Middle Waves, but we cannot guarantee any lost items will be returned.

Info, Medical and First Aid stations?

We make every effort to create a safe environment at Middle Waves. To ensure this, we have security and medical staff working throughout Middle Waves. If you’re experiencing any problems whatsoever, locate a festival staff member, security guard, or police officer.

If you need medical assistance, seek out the medical tent, or look for a police officer or festival staff member. Please refer to the MW Map for the exact location of the Medical tents.

You haven't answered my question. How do I contact you?

You can contact us using the contact info at the bottom of this page.

We receive a large number of e-mails each day, please be patient and we will respond to your e-mail as soon as possible, in the order it is received.


Auer Center for Arts & Culture
300 East Main Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802