The 47th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous
Jun
3
Jun 4

The 47th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous

  • Fort de Chartres State Historic Site

The two-day popular annual Rendezvous, held the first weekend in June, features shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food, and traders of eighteenth-century-style goods.

The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 4 and 5 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site during this 2 day special event.

The Rendezvous features 1700s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings – all from the time when France controlled what is now Illinois. Visitors can try their hand at throwing a tomahawk, buy hand-made crafts, learn about French kitchen gardens, and watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food and much more. This event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional site support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The event is open and free to general public with special event parking for this event just $5 a car. Donations welcomed.

Mid America Army Birthday Ball
Jun
17
5:30 pm17:30

Mid America Army Birthday Ball

  • Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

The Mid America Army Birthday Ball is presented by the Scott Army Booster Club, a private, non-profit organization not affiliated with, endorsed by, or a part of the U.S. Government. The Booster Club was established to foster morale and promote the general benefit of United States Army personnel assigned to Scott Air Force Base, their families and the community.

Galesburg Heritage Days
Aug
19
Aug 21

Galesburg Heritage Days

  • Lake Storey Park

We offer both a pre-1840’s American Colonial/Frontier Rendezvous and a thoroughly fielded Civil War Encampment all within walking distance of each other at our beautiful Lake Storey Park in Galesburg, IL. We are a family friendly event with no parking or admission fees for spectators. 

The Hill's Fort Rendezvous
Sep
16
Sep 17

The Hill's Fort Rendezvous

  • American Farm Heritage Museum

Hill's Fort Rendezvous Bond County Bicentennial sponsored by Hill's Fort Society. Featuring: Cannon Firing, Bullet Molding, Blacksmith, Rope Making, 1800's Reconstructed Fort, Fife & Drum, Actual Court Records from the Fort.

The 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Oct
21
Oct 22

The 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment

  • Fort Massac State Park

See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at Fort Massac State Park’s 44th annual Fort Massac Encampment, which will be held at the historic site Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22.

The 2017 Encampment will feature the thunderous boom of cannons and a tempting assortment of foods and activities from which to choose.  It is more than an old-timey crafts fair, as it pays tribute to Illinois’ rich frontier history.  Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople representing French, British and Americans gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.

Visitors to the two-day event view military camps and buck skinner lodges, craft stalls and trade blankets, and booths with period food and drinks.  Battle re-enactments will again be held in the valley area, which Fort Massac Site Superintendent Chris McGinness says gives spectators the best view of the battle.  The crowds will be able to watch the authentically-garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.

Christmas Traditions
Nov
24
Dec 23

Christmas Traditions

  • St. Charles Historic Main Street

The celebration is staged in a charming village on the Missouri River know as Saint Charles.  Close your eyes and listen to the sound of horses' hooves on the brick street, and the sweet holiday music of the fife.  Capture in your mind the essence, that time in America when life was simpler, and Christmas was elegant and magical.  Regardless of the evening or weekend you choose to visit Christmas Traditions, we promise you will find the genuine, warm tradition of a Saint Charles welcome.  The hospitality of Christmas Traditions is exceeded only by the very magical Spirit of Christmas.


Founders' Day & Garden Expo
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Founders' Day & Garden Expo

  • Fort Zumwalt Park

Enjoy two festivals on the same day, O’Fallon’s Founders’ Day & Garden Expo. Festival highlights include live entertainment, Zumwalt’s Fort interpretive center and historic Heald Home tours ($5 tour package for ages 11+), an Arbor Day Ceremony with Mayor Bill Hennessy, and the St. Charles Model Railroad Club open house. Free activities include demonstrations of heritage skills, games and activities for kids, live acoustic music and a free tree seedling per family while supplies last. Vendors will have folk arts and crafts, garden décor and live plants, and concessionaires will have delicious food for sale.

Freezer Jam 2017
Mar
11
6:30 pm18:30

Freezer Jam 2017

  • Siena Heights University

The 22nd Anniversary of the Midwest Conference of Fifes, Drums, and Pipes.

The general public is invited to attend the afternoon performance from 6:30pm – 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 11th. All of the corps attending Freezer Jam will be performing.

This year’s concert is free to attend.  Donations will be gladly accepted.

Christmas Traditions
Nov
25
Dec 23

Christmas Traditions

  • South Main Street Saint Charles, MO 63301 United States

Close your eyes and listen to the sound of horses' hooves on the brick street, and the sweet holiday music of the fife. Capture in your mind the essence, that time in America when life was simpler, and Christmas was elegant and magical. Regardless of the evening or weekend you choose to visit Christmas Traditions, we promise you will find the genuine, warm tradition of a Saint Charles welcome. The hospitality of Christmas Traditions is exceeded only by the very magical Spirit of Christmas.

Fort Massac Encampment
Oct
15
Oct 16

Fort Massac Encampment

  • Fort Massac State Park

The annual Fort Massac Encampment festival celebrates the history of Fort Massac from the mid-18th to early 19th centuries. Re-enactors bring to life the history of the era with crafts, military drills, music, children's games, and mock battles.

A Military Units Salute and fireworks show on the Ohio Riverfront is at 6:15 pm on Saturday.

Encampment admission is free.

West Fork Encampment
Oct
1
Oct 2

West Fork Encampment

  • Lake Lou Yaeger

The West Fork Encampment in Litchfield, IL is a journey through history you do not want to miss! It is a historical reeanactment that showcases traditional military and frontier life from 1750-1820.

Lewis & Clark Weekend
Sep
23
Sep 25

Lewis & Clark Weekend

  • Discovery Park of America

Experience the days of Lewis and Clark on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park!

2016 Hill's Fort Living History Weekend
Sep
16
Sep 18

2016 Hill's Fort Living History Weekend

  • American Farm Heritage Museum

Featuring:

  • 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery (Florissant, MO)
  • Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps (St. Charles, MO)
  • 1800's Reconstructed Fort that stood south of Greenville
War of 1812 Siege of Old Fort Madison
Sep
10
9:00 am09:00

War of 1812 Siege of Old Fort Madison

  • Riverview Park

Come step back in time at historic Old Fort Madison, Iowa, the Midwest's oldest American military garrison on the upper Mississippi River. Discover what life was like at a  United States fur trading post on the rugged frontier of the Missouri Territory. Learn the exciting heritage of Iowa before it was a state and of its involvement in the War of 1812. This historic installation was home to Captain Horatio Stark's Company of the First Regiment, United States Infantry, from 1808 to 1813.

Galesburg Heritage Days
Aug
20
Aug 21

Galesburg Heritage Days

  • Galesburg, IL 61401 United States

Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring a Civil War Battle Reenactment and Pre-1840's Rendezvous. A traveling family circus, period food stands and crafts for sale, fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, President Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin, night firing of cannons and a military ball. A great family outing to end summer.

Three Forts Day
Jun
18
Jun 19

Three Forts Day

  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Three Forts Day is a time-line event that will focus on the three main eras of history in the formation of the Mid-Western United States and the three forts that were located on the grounds of the National Park.

Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres
Jun
4
Jun 5

Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres

  • Fort de Chartres State Historic Site

Each June, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site hosts the largest rendezvous in the Midwest with over a thousand participants, hundreds of encampments, and thousands of visitors joining in on the festivities. Based on the traditional French fur trapper's rendezvous where trappers and traders would meet at a predetermined location to trade furs for necessities, the rendezvous was the highlight of the fur trapper's year and is the highlight of Fort de Chartres's extensive calendar of historical events and activities.

There is a small parking fee.

Sprit of Vincennes Rendezvous
May
28
May 29

Sprit of Vincennes Rendezvous

  • 401 D 2nd St Vincennes, IN 47591 United States

One of the Midwest’s premier Revolutionary War reenactments occurs Memorial Day Weekend at the site of the foremost American victory throughout the frontier.

National Children's Festival
May
21
10:00 am10:00

National Children's Festival

  • 200 South Main Street Saint Charles, MO, 63301 United States

Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by attending this annual event. Come live, learn and play as children in the 1820s did.

Marching On Main
May
15
3:00 pm15:00

Marching On Main

  • 1001 South Main Street Saint Charles, MO, 63301 United States

Come down to Historic Main Street and enjoy the sounds of fifing and drumming as you shop, dine, and enjoy the historic district. The Corps will be parading along South Main, stopping along the way at the Gazebo and ending at Berthold Square. We hope to see you there.

117th Missouri State Conference
Apr
16
7:30 pm19:30

117th Missouri State Conference

  • St. Charles Convention Center

The conference runs Thursday, April 14, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016. The Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps plays Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Freezer Jam 2016
Mar
5
9:00 am09:00

Freezer Jam 2016

  • Siena Heights University

The 21st Anniversary of the Midwest Conference of Fifes, Drums, and Pipes.