January 21 - 22
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 first time trade show may prove to become one of the largest trade fairs in the Midwest. Food is available on site with over 50 vendors.
February 4 - 5
Living History Trade Fair
Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, Ohio Times: Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Cost $5.00/person or $7.00/weekend pass. Really good home cooked food & beverages are available, drawings for free prizes & a book signing by Matt Wulff besides lots of merchants for your winter projects.
February 17 - 19
Military History Fest XII
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.
February 25 - 26
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 from the mid 1700s to the 1860s. Note that the website is from a previous year since the current one is no longer current.
March 4 - 5
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 18 - 19
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 1 - 3
Colonial Trade Faire and Musket and Rifle Frolic
Fort De Chartres, IL is a juried living history event depicting the Illinois Country c. 1750-1790. This is a smaller event than the summer rendezvous but is more representative of history.
April 27 - 30
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 27 - 28
Spirit of Vincennes, Inc
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous, Vincennes, IN. An American Revolutionary War reenactment on National Park Service land with a Rendezvous directly across the street. 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 favorites is the Old Cathedral, Basilica of St. Francis Xavier which was first built in 1826 on the site of older churches.
June 3 - 4
Rebels and Redcoats, Old Fort Niagara, NY.
A first year combined Revolutionary War event attracting members of the NWTA, Brigade of the American Revolution, Continental Line and British Brigade.
June 10 - 11
Rebels and Redcoats, Kenosha, WI.
This is a Revolutionary War NWTA event.
July 2 - 4
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.
August 5 - 6
Pike River Rendezvous
Pike River Rendezvous, Kenosha, WI. A pre 1670 to 1830s historic event.
September 2 - 3
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 10 - 11
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 scheduled during the day. School Days are open to home schoolers on the 9th. This park has an interactive military museum and beautiful flower gardens but there is a small fee for visitors.
September 17 - 18
Colonial Market and Fair at Mount Vernon, VA
The Market includes a large array of some of the best craftspeople and period merchants available. Wm. Booth, Draper hopes to provide button making classes throughout both days on how to make various thread buttons including death head, thread shirt buttons and crosswheel buttons. The fair includes period music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows as well as delicious foods.
October 1 - 2
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 is now celebrating it's 50th anniversary with special anniversary plans.
October 7 - 9
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment and shopping.
October 15 - 16
This is a rendezvous for French traders and re-enactors. There is no charge for the public to visit.