As most are aware, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres has supported and sponsored special events at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site since 2016. We have worked hard to raise money for the Fort’s annual special events, receiving financial support from local and regional businesses over these last 5 years. Combined with the efforts of Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres, we have endeavored to keep alive the proud, decades-old tradition of annual events held at Fort de Chartres, welcoming participants/reenactors, vendors, artisans, performers, and visitors from the region, state and the nation. The past two years have certainly been challenging, as events had to be cancelled due to flooding concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. And while we are excited to once again presenting the Fort’s special events, funding has been difficult as some area businesses have been economically impacted by these recent challenges. In response to these new challenges, LAdFdC applied to Illinois Humanities for a COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant earlier this summer, with the hope to secure additional funding to help replace these lost resources.

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres was recently awarded a $5000 grant from IL Humanities, an award that means so much to our organization and in turn, to our community-as tourism to our site and our area has struggled in the absence of the Fort’s annual special events. With this award, we can help bring back vital events that breathe life into our local and regional centuries-old history and the communities that depend on our joint efforts/partnerships to survive and thrive. Thank you to Illinois Humanities* for this much needed and appreciated grant award. We are excited to partner with them to help present special events in 2021-2022.

*Illinois  Humanities,  the  Illinois  affiliate  of the  National Endowment  for  the  Humanities,  is  a statewide  nonprofit  organization  that  activates the  humanities  through  free  public  programs,  grants,  and  educational  opportunities that  foster  reflection,  spark  conversation,  build  community,  and  strengthen  civic engagement.”

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

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

April 1-April 2, 2023

Fort de Chartres Colonial Market Faire

Colonial Market Faire

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

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2023

The 53rd Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous

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 boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2023 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 53rd Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous page located on this website for event 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 Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Humanities.

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


Winter Rendezvous 2016

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2023

Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk

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.

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 4 & 5.

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. Please check the Winter Rendezvous page of this website for an event flyer, participant and/or event rules information, and for any relevant event updates.

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartre

Saturday, December 31, 2023

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartres

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 2020 Special Events Giving Campaign downloadable form available by clicking here.

We sincerely thank our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2021 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 2020 Special Events, email

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