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A mammoth 2-day celebration of musicians and the gear they love

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Fort Wayne, IN

Friday, June 23 – Saturday, June 24 (9AM–6PM)

Right now, more than 12,000 music lovers just like you are planning to attend GearFest 2017 — two action-packed days loaded with unbelievable gear deals and demos, workshops held by top engineers and musicians, and amazing musical performances. And. It's. FREE. Make your reservation now and we'll see you at GearFest 2017.

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Exclusive deals on excellent gear.

GearFest is about helping you find amazing gear, at an amazing price. Whether you’re exploring our huge gear tents or the DealZone, you’ll find deals that you can’t find anywhere but GearFest.

Over $50,000 in giveaways — chosen every hour!

If you attend GearFest, you're automatically entered to win one of dozens of prizes, like a new guitar, microphone, audio interface – who knows? Last year, almost 200 lucky guests left GearFest with a great prize. Join us this year, and you could go home a winner too.

Meet your makers.

With hundreds of manufacturers on-site, you can get one-on-one time with master guitar luthiers, drum builders, microphone designers, acoustic engineers and many more. Test drive cutting edge audio equipment and musical instruments and gain valuable insight into the tools of our trade.

Attend free workshops and panels hosted by top musicians, producers, and engineers.

Achieve the best guitar tone. Discover the secret of great drum sound. Make speakers sound their best in any room. Learn it all in two days of non-stop instruction held in our Performance Theatre, conference halls, and recording studios.

But wait, there's more!

Sabian meet the masters tour

Sabian hits the road with Meet the Masters Tour

This special Sabian event will feature one-of-a-kind prototypes, on-site cymbal making, the chance to learn all about cymbals and sounds from the masters who have created the most radical and ground-breaking sounds in cymbal manufacturing history.

The Sweetwater store

The store with more.

In addition to tents full of gear, check out our incredible music showroom where you can get your hands on guitars, pedals, and more.

Keith Emerson Modular

Experience Moog's 81-module synth.

Get the inside stories behind Moog's relationship with synth pioneer Keith Emerson and the jaw-dropping Moog Modular System — straight from Emerson Tech / Moog Tech, Gene Stopp.

Terry Bozzio drum kit

Terry Bozzio doesn't need more cowbell.

Terry Bozzio has three insanely huge drum sets. One is in Europe. One is in Japan. And one will be at GearFest. Come see what Terry calls "The World's Largest Functional Drum Set."

Hammond Nova

Old's Cool.

The first Hammond Novachord polyphonic synthesizer was sold in 1939 — now there are only a handful left. Don't miss this opportunity to see a true piece of music history.

Moog Pedal Factory

Moog Pedals made fresh daily.

Be sure to visit the Moog Pedal Factory and watch the pedal pros build the fantastic M4-104 Delay on-site. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even sign one for you.

GearFest visitors browsing guitars in an open-box tent

Open-box deals mean open season on savings.

We may have opened it to shoot a demo video, check the packaging, or for some other reason, but one thing is for sure—if it's in the Open-box Tent, you're going to get a great deal on it.

Marshall Amp Wall

Snap a Selfie in Front of the Marshall Amp Wall

Strike your best rockstar pose in front of a massive wall of 21 Marshall 4x12" speaker cabinets and seven Marshall heads — the "21 Amp Salute!"

Sweetwater employees restringing guitars

Restring that thing, for free.

As long as you're at GearFest, why not have Sweetwater's expert guitar techs restring your favorite instrument? Our professional restringing is always a big GearFest hit, and it's absolutely free!

Fort Wayne TinCaps stadium

Fort Wayne: Sweetwater’s sweet home.

Fort Wayne is home to a truckload of outstanding restaurants and family-friendly attractions. There's plenty to see and do, so your fun doesn't have to end when GearFest does!

Chuck Surack shaking visitors hand

Meet Sweetwater.

Owner/founder Chuck Surack, hundreds of expert Sales Engineers, and the rest of the passionate Sweetwater team are ready and waiting to meet you in person.

Sweetwater Crescendo Cafe

Eat here, get gear.

You don't have to miss a minute of GearFest to enjoy a delicious lunch, a cool ice cream, or a caffeinated pick-me-up. The Downbeat Diner and Crescendo Cafe will team up with several of our area's most popular food trucks to keep your motor running.

Free Camping Spots!

Overnight RV Parking and Camping comes to GearFest 2017!

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Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve at GearFest!

Sweetwater is excited to partner with the American Red Cross at GearFest 2017! Help save a life this year and donate at the American Red Cross Bloodmobile located on-site both Friday and Saturday during GearFest. Get a Red Cross t-shirt when you donate!

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