September
14th & 15th

Live Your Life Alive

Middle Waves is a two-day destination music festival, driven by the grit and power of the three rivers. Held in downtown Fort Wayne, IN at Headwaters Park, along the St. Marys River, Middle Waves features three stages, where indie, hip-hop and rock & roll don’t just coexist, but converge, high-five and take a selfie. Here, we’re all-ages, all-backgrounds, all-music styles—all in one festival. 

Two-thirds of the festival is completely free and open to the public. With music, art activities, food and drink around every corner, there’s something for everyone at Middle Waves. 

Middle Waves 2018

This year’s festival takes place Friday-Saturday, September 14-15.
Check out more information below!

Download the Official Guide!

Stage Schedule

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Festival Map

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Experiences

Middle Waves is more than music! Check back for our ever-growing list of experiences to be had throughout the weekend.

Friday Activities

Saturday Activities

Rebel Yoga

Free yoga classes from 7-8 PM in The Deep End.

Dunk Tank

This is your chance to dunk your favorite Fort Wayne celebrity. Participants to be announced soon! Located in the St. Joseph Stage area. 6-8 PM.

The Poem Market

Have the cutest girl write the cutest poem for you. We’re not exaggerating. Check it out from 5-10 PM in The Deep End.

Unicorn HQ

Indiana WILD is bringin’ the unicorns back! Check it out near the Maumee Stage, 6-9 PM.

Flower Crowns

Flower Crowns, a crowd favorite!, return to The Deep End from 6-7 PM. Made possible by Fresh Thyme.

Friendship/Letter Bracelets

Make your own for yourself or your BFF (who is EVERYONE at the festival, amirite?) 8-9 PM in The Deep End.

Glitter Bar

Glitter up, yo! Check out the (biodegradable!) glitter in The Deep End throughout the festival.

Llamas!

Brought to you by Spectrum Farm—Llama Hoosier Momma.

You heard right. Llamas roaming the festival grounds from 5-8 PM.

DeafLink Interpreters

We don’t just walk the walk; we talk the talk. Middle Waves is for everyone. DeafLink interpreters will be present at the St. Marys Stage signing from 6-11 PM.

Breastfeeding Pods

Momma’s are welcome at MW! We’ll have breastfeeding pods available throughout the festival. Made possible by Parkview Health!

Rebel Yoga

Free yoga classes from 1-2 PM in The Deep End.

Llamas!

Brought to you by Spectrum Farm—Llama Hoosier Momma.

You heard right. Llamas roaming the festival grounds from 5-8 PM.

Glitter Bar

Glitter up, yo! Check out the (biodegradable!) glitter in The Deep End throughout the festival.

The Poem Market

Have the cutest girl write the cutest poem for you. We’re not exaggerating. Check it out from 3-10 PM in The Deep End.

Friendship/Letter Bracelets

Make your own for yourself or your BFF (who is EVERYONE at the festival, amirite?) 4-5 PM in The Deep End.

Flower Crowns

Flower Crowns, a crowd favorite!, return to The Deep End from 5-6 PM. Made possible by Fresh Thyme.

Dunk Tank

This is your chance to dunk your favorite Fort Wayne celebrity. Participants to be announced soon! Located in the St. Joseph Stage area. 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM.

DeafLink Interpreters

We don’t just walk the walk; we talk the talk. Middle Waves is for everyone. DeafLink interpreters will be present at the St. Marys Stage signing from 2:30-11 PM.

DIY Sunglasses

Make your own shades in The Deep End! 2-3 PM.

Breastfeeding Pods

Momma’s are welcome at MW! We’ll have breastfeeding pods available throughout the festival. Made possible by Parkview Health!

Unicorn HQ

Indiana WILD is bringin’ the unicorns back! Check it out near the Maumee Stage, 6-9 PM.

The Middle Waves Team

Middle Waves Board of Directors

Middle Waves is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit festival. Our committees are made up of hard-working, art- and music-loving community members who believe in the advancement of Fort Wayne; striving to make our city a more connected, vibrant and beautiful place to call home.

Alec Johnson

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

Beth McAvoy

One Lucky Guitar
Volunteer Chair

Brad Hartman

Ash Brokerage
Ticketing Chair

Corey Rader

The Brass Rail
Booking Chair

Dan Ross

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Cultural Advancement Projects, LLC

Jasmine Bejar

One Lucky Guitar
Marketing Chair

Katy Silliman

GeneAlign
Festival Chair, Sponsorship Chair, Operations Co-Chair

Melissa Twitchell

Hospitality Chair

Nicholas Weaver

Sweetwater Sound
Operations Co-Chair

Ryan Holquist

Sweetwater Sound
Logistics Chair

Sanee Lombardi

Finance Chair

Festival Planners 

Along with the Board of Directors, festival planners help produce the festival from start to finish. You can find them being there for any and everything you may need during Middle Waves weekend.

Phillip Courtney

Alex Alford

Dan Swartz

Nick Ferran

Jeanna Wolford

Tommy Cutter

Billy Davenport

Justin Jones

Erin Okeson

Jake Herring

Adam Sutton

Danielle Doepke

Tami Gibson

Andrea Machlan

Sarah Aubrey

Capri Parrish

Kristin Giant

Jack Ellsworth

Landon Scott

Maurice Vergara

Kiley Good

Shanel Turner

Justin Brant

Spencier Lehman

Sean O’Leary

Britny Berndt

CJ Mills

Jenn Grush

Jeri Good

Randy Poteete

Valerie Sheets

Jen Fox

Javier Bayouth

Austin Bower

Zack Kittaka

Matt Thomas

Ryan Fox

Mardi Sutton

Andy Dunn

Amanda Debelke