2023 Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Special Events

at  Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, at 1350 IL Route 155, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher.

For Special Event information, email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com

For site information, call (618) 284-7230.

Colonial Market Faire

Fort de Chartres Colonial Market Faire
April 1-April 2, 2023
Saturday, April 1, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, April 2, 10 AM-3 PM

The Colonial Market Faire is a JURIED living history event for participants depicting the Illinois Country ca. 1750-1790.

The Market Faire, features costumed historic interpreters, shooting matches, and period games, with reproduction period goods sold by craftpersons and merchants. The Colonial Market Faire is sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres.

2015 June Rendezvous

The 53rd Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2023
Saturday, June 3, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, June 4, 10 AM-5 PM

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

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

2016 Cannon School

Fort de Chartres Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School TBA

The Annual Black Powder Artillery School 3-stay tuned for more info!

Artillery Re-enactors participate in yearly safety training and demonstrate live cannon firing.

Training runs 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Hosted by the French Colonial Artillery from the Holy Family Militia. For more information on how to register for this event, click on flyer on the right or email jimchest@yahoo.com

Winter Rendezvous 2016

Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk
Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2023
Saturday, November 4, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, November 5, 10 AM-3 PM

This event features 18th and early 19th century camp life and reenactors who participate in a muzzleloader woods walk shooting competition.

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartre

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartres
Saturday, December 31, 2023
Saturday, December 31, 7 PM-9 PM

The Prairie du Rocher La Guiannee visits the site to play period music and sing. 

In a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration dating back to 1722, the La Guiannee singers will visit houses and Fort de Chartres in the early French town of Prairie du Rocher and sing for the residents. As part of the tradition, the residents provide refreshments for the singers at each stop. It is cosponsored by Fort de Chartres, Les Amis, and the Prairie du Rocher La Guiannee Society. The event is open and free to the general public 

The not-for-profit all-volunteer support organizations, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres, will sponsor the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site special events in 2022, with additional support from the Illinois Humanities and will cover the event expenses that were previously covered by the state in an effort to keep the Fort and the surrounding area’s businesses vital and alive with activity. Les Amis was very grateful for all the donations given to our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Special Events 2016-2021 Giving Campaigns, corporate gifts and individual donations allowed Les Amis to successfully sponsor recent Fort de Chartres special events. Les Amis looks forward to working with many of the Fort’s other support organizations, along with our special event donors, enabling us to sponsor special events.

DONATE to our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2023 Special Event Events Giving Campaign!

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2023 Special Events Giving Campaign downloadable form available by clicking here.

We sincerely thank our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2023 Special Events Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors (as of 8/10/2021)

$1000 Gold Level

Buena Vista National Bankwith Branches in Red Bud, Evansville, Chester, & Prairie du Rocher

$500 Silver Level

Kaskaskia Regional Port District

$250 Bronze Level

First National Bank of Steeleville

Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)

The Material Works

Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427

$100 Copper Level

American Legion Post #622-Prariie du Rocher, IL

MAR Graphics

Red Bud Industries, Inc. ($200)


For more information concerning Fort de Chartres 2023 Special Events, email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com.

For additional Fort site information, contact (618) 284-7230