Indiana's second-largest city, Fort Wayne has a population of about 260,000 and sits at the northeast corner of the state, a short drive from the Ohio and Michigan borders. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the city's most popular festival is named for, and takes advantage of, its location: the Three Rivers Festival is held over nine days in mid-July. This popular event precedes what has become an increasingly well-attend GLBT gathering each late July, the Fort Wayne Gay Pride festival.
The dates this year are July 22 and July 23, 2016, with a number of events taking place the week ahead.
The two-day event, which is second in the state in attendance to only Indy Gay Pride comprises two full days of events (here'a a full Fort Wayne Pride calendar) at the city's verdant Headwaters Park, at 333 S. Clinton St., which is just a couple of blocks north of the downtown business district. The hours of Fort Wayne Pride are Friday, from 7 pm until midnight, and Saturday, from noon until midnight. Also on Saturday, July 23, from 11:30 until noon, the Fort Wayne Gay Pride March takes place at the Headwaters Park festival grounds.
Pride features a beer tent, a KidSpace, and community vendor exhibits, and there's live entertainment, with DEV, Codex, Dasan Valentine, Shawnee, Night To Remember, and several other bands performing.
Fort Wayne Gay Resources
Check online resources about the Fort Wayne gay scene, such as the The Word gay newspaper, which serves Indiana and neighboring states. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Visit Fort Wayne.