2018 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

 

April Trade Faire

Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8, 2018

Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire and Musket & Rifle Frolic

Saturday, April 7, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, April 8, 10 AM-3 PM

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

The Trade Faire, which features costumed historic interpreters, shooting matches, and period games. Craftspeople and merchants will sell reproduction period goods. The Colonial Trade Faire is hosted by Kaskaskia Company. The event is open and free to general public.

For more information about this event or how to register for this event, email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com 

 

Kids’ Day 2016 Rope Making EJ

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Kids’ Day-Saturday, May 8, 10 AM-4 PM

Kids’ Day features 18th century games, contests and crafts for children. FREE to the general public.

Volunteer Interpreters will be on site to allow kids their hand at 18th century rope making, archery, games and other activities. Kids can enlist to be a Fort de Chartres French Marine and can take a chance at becoming King or Queen by finding the bean in the Kings cake! All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Concessions will be available for sale throughout the day. The event is open and free to general public.

 

2015 June Rendezvous

Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & June 3, 2018

The 48th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous

Saturday, June 2, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, June 3, 10 AM-5 PM

11 x 17 June Rendezvous Poster created by Lopata Design

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 3 and 4 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. Click on the June Rendezvous page located on this website for event information and updates!

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.

 

Jennifer & Jason Duensing Summer Ball 2016

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Friends of the Fort Summer Ball  

Saturday, July 21, 7 PM-10 PM

@ Prairie du Rocher American Legion, located at 509 Henry St., Prairie du Rocher, Illinois.

Suggested donation of $20 a person and all funds raised will go directly to the not-for-profit support organization, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, which supports improvement projects at Fort de Chartres State Historical Site.

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres is hosting the fundraising event “Friends of the Fort Summer Ball”.  Eighteenth century music and dance calling will be provided by a live band. Period dress encouraged but not required.. Food is allowed to be brought in but alcohol must be purchased at the bar. This event is open to all. Let’s gather together for some midsummer fun, have a great time while supporting our Fort.

 

2016 Cannon School

Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9

Fort de Chartres Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School

Saturday, September 8, 10 AM-4 PM

Sunday, September 9, 10 AM-12 PM

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

Training runs 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday and live firing demonstrations will be held on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Hosted by the French Colonial Artillery from the Holy Family Militia. For more information on how to register for this event, contact (618) 284-7230 or email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com.

 

F & I 2016 EJ

Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018

Fort de Chartres French & Indian War Encampment

Saturday, October 13, 10 AM-4 PM

Sunday, October 14, 10 AM-2 PM

Schedule

1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia, and camp follower re-enactors participate in everyday camp activities and military drills.

 

Winter Rendezvous 2016

Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4, 2018

Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk

Saturday, November 3, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, November 4, 10 AM-3 PM

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

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site presents a weekend of colorful clothing, hand-made crafts, period music and delicious food when the annual Winter Rendezvous returns November 5 &6.

Soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans (as portrayed by historic re-enactors) will gather at the rendezvous. They’ll trade goods, buy supplies, and some will take part in a shooting contest that requires them to walk through the woods and fire flintlocks at pop-up targets.

The rendezvous is fun both for the participants demonstrating frontier life from 1700 to1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and historic French colonial fort. The event is open and free to the general public.   This event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres.

 

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartres

Monday, December 31, 2018

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartres

Monday, 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.

 

A printed version of the 2018 Fort de Chartres Special Event Schedule

 

The not-for-profit all-volunteer support organization, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, has agreed once again to sponsor the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site special events in 2017 and 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 during the state budget crisis. Les Amis was very grateful for all the donations given to our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Special Events 2016 Giving Campaign, corporate gifts and individual donations allowed Les Amis to successfully sponsor last year’s Fort de Chartres special events. Les Amis is excited once again sponsor Fort de Chartres 2017 Special Events and we look forward to working with many of the Fort’s other support organizations, along with our special event donors, make sponsoring these events possible.

DONATE to our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2017 Special Event Events Giving Campaign!

For more information concerning Fort de Chartres 2017 Special Events contact the site at (618) 284-7230 or email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com