February 5 - 7
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. 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 6 - February 7
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. Yes, we're double booked this weekend. We plan to have a full set up at both events.
February 27 - 28
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 Note that the website is from a previous year since the current one is no longer current.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 5 - 6
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 12 - 13
Living History Trade Faire
Fulton County Historical Society Museum, Rochester, IN. This will be our first time at this trade fair. This may be of interest to reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public.
March 19 - 20
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
Fort De Chartres
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 9 - 11
An American Memoir
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Middlesboro, KY (Tentative to acceptance) is a juried living history c. 1750-1800 event coinciding with the Cumberland Gap Quarter Release.
April 21 - 24
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 14 - 15
The Battle of Alamance 245th Anniversary Battle Reenactment
Alamance Battleground, Burlington, NC. This will be our first time attending this recreation of the final battle of the War of the Regulation, a rebellion in colonial North Carolina. This battle fought in 1771 over taxation and local control was an important event leading up to the American War for indapendance. This will likely be a small event but very interesting to attend.
May 20 - 22
Siege of Fort Randolph
Point Pleasant, WV. This will be our first time attending this event of a siege of an American fort by Native American Indians in 1778.
May 28 - 29
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 25 - 26
The Battle of Sunset Lake, Vicksburg, MI.
This is a new NWTA event backed by some energetic people.
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.
July 16 - 17
Prairie du Chein, WI.
This is the only War of 1812 battle fought in Wisconsin. This event is a true reenactment where a speaker walks the audience through the process that took place during the siege as the participants act out the events. The Villa Louis mansion is directly on the grounds where the battle took place so visitors can also see the fully restored mansion.
August 6 - 7
Pike River Rendezvous
Pike River Rendezvous, Kenosha, WI. A pre 1670 to 1830s historic event.
September 3 - 4
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.
September 24 - 25
235th Anniversary Siege of Yorktown
The Siege of Yorktown at Endview Plantation, VA includes large redoubt built at this site and they continue to improve these fortifications every year. A large amount of very historically accurate participants have attend this event in the past. A number of artillery pieces and the Department of the Geographer to the Army are expected to attend.
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 has continued for 44 years.
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.
November 4 - 6
North American Voyageur Council Fall Gathering, Poynette, WI
This indoor and outdoor event celebrates fur trade heritage, living history, and historic site preservation by deepening the knowledge of this fascinating time period through workshops, speakers, demonstrations, and exhibits.
November 11 - 13
Battle of Tippecanoe 205th Anniversary Commemoration, IN
This event is a Statehood Bicentennial Event that commemorates the 205th anniversary of The Battle of Tippecanoe and celebrates the 200th anniversary of Indiana joining the Union in 1816.
Like so many of the best historic events, this event will not attempt to recreate the battle. It is a living history program celebrating and commemorating Indiana's rich and storied past.