January 9 - 11
New Orleans 1815
Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park, New Orleans, LA. As of 10/13/2014 1200 military and civilians have registered to attend this event! It should be the largest recreated 1812 battle since the year 1812. Although the Battle of New Orleans is being recreated on Sunday, January 11th the night battle of the 23, the reconnaissance in force of December 28 and the action on the West Bank will be recreated on Friday and Saturday. Besides all of this, beginning January 6th there are concerts, dinners and and dances along with all the historic sites within the area to attend.
January 17 - 24
Alafia River Rendezvous
Homeland, FL. This event annually draws 1200 costumed participants and boasts over 100 craftsmen and vendors. This year will be our first year in attendance so we really don't know what to expect. I am excited for the opportunity to promote a high level of authenticity and to talk a lot about fabric and fashion over the week long event.
January 30 - February 1
Military History Fest XI
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.
February 7 - February 8
Living History Trade Fair
Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, Ohio Times: Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Cost$ 5.00 /person or $7.00/weekend pass.
February 28 - March 1
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 Note that the website is from a previous year since the current one is no longer current.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 7 - 8
Old Town Trade Fair
120 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH. Admission is $3 per person, $2 if dressed in pre-1890 clothing; children 12 and younger free. No animals allowed but there is food available.
March 12 - 14
“MOMCC Spring Conference
Collinsville, IL is the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council includes several days of visiting historic sites and various classes. There will be a number of merchants with historical reproduction goods available.
March 21 - 22
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 10 - 12
Fort De Chartres
Fort De Chartres, IL is a juried living history event depicting the Illinois Country ca. 1750-1790. This is a smaller event than the summer rendezvous that is more representative of history.
April 23 - 26
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 23 - 24
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.
July 3 - 5
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.
September 5 - 6
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.
October 3 - 4
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 9 - 11
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment and shopping.
September 13 - 14
Cantigny in Wheaton, IL
This event is the Grand Encampment for the NWTA a Revolutionary War group and on regular years this tends to be one of the biggest Revolutionary War events in the Chicagoland area. Besides the military aspect there are a number of good shops. The grounds, gardens and The First Division Museum are a very popular attraction for the area. There is a fee for visitors to park.