January 20 - 21
American Heritage Living History Show
Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S Randall Rd., Saint Charles, Illinois Times: Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Cost $7.00/person or $5.00/period dress or $10/weekend pass. This is the second year for this annual trade show that proved very successful in it's first year. Food is available on site with over 50 vendors.
February 2 - 4
Military History Fest XIV
Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center, St. Charles, IL. This is a trade show for reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public for all historic periods. It boasts almost continuous classes and many merchants. It is really worth a look to see the movies on thier website. New for this year is a full encampment, military vehicle rally and heavy weapons display. Yes, we're double booked this weekend. We plan to have a full set up at both events.
February 24 - 25
Echoes of the Past Trade Show in Oshkosh
Echoes of the Past trade show includes merchants and classes for reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public interested in the mid 1700s to the 1860s. It's open to the public Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-3 with a $5.00 door fee for everyone over 10 years of age. Food is available on site and parking is free.
March 3 - 4
Old Town Trade Fair
Assembly Hall, Greene County Fairgrounds, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH. Admission is $4 per person, $3 if dressed in pre-1890 clothing; children 12 and younger free. No animals allowed but there is food available and carpeted floors.
March 17 - 18
Kalamazoo Living History Trade Show
This is the largest indoor trade show in the Midwest with hundreds of merchants and classes providing goods for pre 1890s reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public.
April 7 - 8
Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site 1350 State Route 155 Prairie du Rocher, IL. This will be the 20th Annual Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire and Musket and Rifle Frolic. This event has a good showing of merchants along with an accumulation of civilians.
April 13 - 15
War of 1812 Camp of Instruction
Cragfont State Historic Site 300 Cragfont Road Castalian Spring, TN 37031. Hosted by the 7th United States Infantry Living History Association classes are provided to improve your impression. Preregistration is required although there is no fee.
April 26 - 29
This event in Big Pool, Maryland represents eastern North America from 1730 to 1790. At the fair you will see sutlers, traders, street vendors, entertainers, individuals, groups, military units, and American Indians portraying the 1730s up to the early republic.
May 11 - 13
Raid at Martin's Station
Wilderness Road State Park 8051 Wilderness Rd Ewing, VA 24248. The recreated frontier home of Joseph Martin is raided at dusk 8:30 by Native American Indians. This is quite a show for the public along with burning of parts of the settlement. Various seminars on 18th century topics are conducted by well known historians and lecturers. There tends to be a large number of merchants along with food served on site along with a large number of settlers.
May 19 - 20
Fight for the Backcountry
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site 5803 S NC Highway 62, Burlington NC 27215. A recreation of the events that led to armed conflict on May 16th 1771! A large number of farmers who called themselves "Regulators" met the loyalist militia of Governor William Tryon at this site. A prelude to the war of revolution to come this rebellion was quickly suppressed. A late 18th century cabin has been moved to this cite along with a small visitor center. A good collection of grass roots participants occupy the cabin and grounds along with only a few merchants.
May 26 - 27
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous Facebook page
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous, Vincennes, IN. An American Revolutionary War reenactment on National Park Service land (free to everyone) with a Rendezvous directly across the street ($10 adult, $2 ages 6-12 gate price with $3 parking). This event is filled with great entertainment, lots for children to do and is one of the largest Revolutionary War events in the Midwest. Although there are many things to do, one of my favourites is the Old Cathedral, Basilica of St. Francis Xavier which was first built in 1826 on the site of older churches.
June 29 - July 1
Old Fort Niagara, NY
A reenactment of the French and Indian War and Old Fort Niagara's largest event of the year. If you have never been to Fort Niagara this is worth a visit.
July 28 - 29
War of 1812 Grand Tactical, Old Fort Niagara, NY
Only in 2018, The Grand Encampment for the War of 1812 will be at Old Fort Niagara. This should be the largest War of 1812 event of 2018.
August 3 - 5
Pike River Rendezvous
Pike River Rendezvous, Kenosha, WI. A 1670 to 1830s historic event.
September 1 - 2
The Fair at New Boston, Springfield, OH
A 1790 to 1810 early republic trade fair with lots of good demonstrators and merchants. This is a large event with three working taverns, a coffee house, livestock and great entertainment. Laura and Paul worked at this event over 10 years ago and are excited to revisit old friends. There is a small fee for visitors.
September 8 - 9
Cantigny Park Wheaton, IL
This event is one of the NWTA's largest American Revolutionary War reenactments. There are a fair number of merchants and demonstrators and various activities schedualed during the day. School Days are open to home schoolers on the 8th and 9th. This park has an interactive military museum and beautiful flower gardens but there is a small fee for visitors.
October 6 - October 7
Feast of the Hunter's Moon Lafayette, IN
Feast of the Hunters' Moon at Fort Ouiatenon is a mid to late 18th century annual fall gathering that has continued for 51 years.
October 12 - 14
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment and shopping.