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Baby We’re Back!


Middle Waves Music Festival will take place Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at the Foellinger Theatre Campus. After postponing the festival in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, festival organizers are shaking things up in 2022 with the new location.

“We’re so excited to host Middle Waves 2022 on the Foellinger Theatre Campus,” says Beth McAvoy, festival co-chair. “We’re known for giving festival-goers a unique experience and we’re excited to use a community gem in a new way.”

“Our parks are places where people can connect with each other and appreciate artistic expression,” says Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel. He adds “These experiences are needed now more than ever, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is happy to be a part of the return of Middle Waves to our community.”

Presented by Sweetwater Sound, Middle Waves is a two-day destination music festival featuring an eclectic mix of 20+ performers on two paid stages and one free stage. With music, interactive art installations, experience events, food trucks, beverages, and fun around every corner, people of all ages, backgrounds, and music preferences will have the time of their lives!

Tickets can be purchased online at Two-day GA passes are available for $85 and two-day VVIP passes are available for $165. Prices will increase in early Spring after the lineup is announced, and again on June 10.

Previously purchased tickets for the postponed 2020 festival will transfer from Eventbrite to Ticketmaster in early February. Current Eventbrite ticket holders will have until February 4, 2022, to email to request any refunds before tickets transfer to the new system.

This will be the fourth Middle Waves festival. Previous performers include The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Dr. Dog, Lizzo, and IDLES, among many others.

The festival’s three stages include the main St. Marys Stage presented by Parkview Health, the St. Joseph Stage, and the Maumee Stage. A paid ticket is required for entry into the St. Marys and St. Joseph Stages. The Maumee Stage and some art experiences will be free and open to the public.

Middle Waves, Inc. is a volunteer-run, nonprofit community event. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status organization, and relies on the financial support of local businesses and individuals.

Sanee Lombardi, festival co-chair and finance chair, adds “We are thrilled to be back in 2022, but we couldn’t do it without the support and trust of our sponsors. It’s been a long time coming and we’re ready to celebrate the spirit of Middle Waves with the whole community, and we feel so fortunate to have the support to make a return.”

The presenting sponsor for Middle Waves 2022 is Sweetwater Sound. The festival would not be possible without the support of our community, and other sponsors including Parkview Health, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Three Rivers FCU, Lincoln Financial Group, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Ash Brokerage, NIPSCO, The James Foundation and more.

Sponsorships are still available. Please contact for more information.

The festival’s Board of Directors include:

Beth McAvoy – Indiana Michigan Power; Festival Co-Chair, Volunteer Chair

Sanee Lombardi – Peterman Freedom Home Services; Festival Co-Chair, Finance Chair

Alexandra Hall – A H Public Spaces Consulting, LLC; VVIP Chair

Justin Jones – Granite Ridge Builders; Logistics Chair

Katy Silliman – Sponsorship Chair

Melissa Twitchell – Novae Corporation; Booking Chair, Band Hospitality Chair

Nicholas Weaver – Sweetwater Sound; Operations Chair

Sarah Aubrey – gener8tor; Vibe Art Installation Chair

Sean O’Leary – Asher Agency; Marketing Chair

The Middle Waves board is in communication with the Department of Health and is working to stay on top of any changes that could affect the event. We remain hopeful that due to the outdoor nature of our event, that we will be able to carry out our plans.