Indiana's second-largest city, Fort Wayne has a population of more than 250,000 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 19 and July 20, 2013, with a number of events taking place the week ahead.
More on Fort Wayne Gay Pride will be detailed here as information is released. Here's a look at last year's event, in the meantime:
The two-day event, which is second in the state in attendance to only Indy Gay Pride comprises to full days of events 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. Pride features a beer tent, a KidSpace, and community vendor exhibits, and there's live entertainment, with God-Des & She headlining this year, and several other bands performing.
Additionally, gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride week. 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.