2019 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.


April Trade Faire

Event Cancellation! Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2019

Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire and Musket & Rifle Frolic

Saturday, April 6, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, April 7, 10 AM-3 PM

For event cancellation details, please visit our Colonial Trade Faire event page HERE.

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

The Trade Faire, features costumed historic interpreters, shooting matches, and period games, with reproduction period goods sold by craftsperson and merchants. The Colonial Trade Faire is hosted by the Kaskaskia Company.


Event Cancellation!*

Kids’ Day 2016 Rope Making EJ

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Kids’ Day-Saturday, May 4, 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.

*Please note: Unfortunately due to the flood gates still being closed on IL Route 155, we have to cancel Kids’ Day for this weekend…Thank you to everyone for their willingness to support the event! Please note that there is no flooding at the site itself, just high water over the access roads leading to the site. And if you can share the cancellation news, we would appreciate it. We look forward to getting back to our normal event schedule soon!

The biggest question on everyone’s mind is the upcoming June Rendezvous. We remain hopeful and the Fort de Chartres Rendezvous Committee is still hard at it, planning the event. We all are doing our best to stay positive. Once the flood gates are opened, it will take about 10 days for the area’s surrounding fields to drain and allow the Fort grounds to be firm enough to support the Rendezvous participant/visitor traffic and parking of our biggest yearly event. The Rendezvous Committee will be making the official announcement on the Rendezvous event status on May 20th after consulting with members and site staff, so please check our page for the event announcement at that time. As always, thank you for your continued patience.

We thank the Levee Commissioners, local government, and residents for their hard work protecting this historic area.


2015 June Rendezvous

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & June 2, 2019-Cancelled

The 49th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous

Saturday, June 1, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, June 2, 10 AM-5 PM

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 1 and 2 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 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.

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


Fort de Chartres State Historic Site has now reopened as the area recovers from recent widespread flooding. Thank you to all for your patience and we look forward to our autumn 2019 special events at the Fort!


Summer and Fall 2019 Events


July 2017 Cannon Shoot Photo by Ericha Johanning

August 3, 2019

18th Century Cannon Demonstration

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Members of the French Colonial Artillery will be on site at Fort de Chartres to explain the 18th century history of artillery. They will be available to demonstrate the techniques used to fire a cannon and will explain the role that artillery played at Fort de Chartres.


Jennifer & Jason Duensing Summer Ball 2016

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Friends of the Fort Summer Ball  

Saturday, July 20, 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, September 7

Fort de Chartres Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School

Saturday, September 7, 10 AM-4 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. 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


Fort de Chartres Front Gate 1916-1927?


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Special Event-100th Anniversary of Fort de Chartres State Park

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10 AM-4 PM


Saturday’s event activities include a re-dedication ceremony of the original bronze plaque being presented to the State. Other event activities will feature 1920s era music, an antique automobile demonstration, a collection of vintage material, photos and documents from the first 100 years of the park’s history will be on display, with some reenactors dressed in early 20th century era clothing.

There were efforts to purchase and restore the site of Fort de Chartres as early as 1911, but the property wasn’t purchased by the State of Illinois until the years of 1914 and 1915, recorded in two separate transactions. Work was undertaken in following years to prepare the site for public use and the best documented date for the site’s official opening as a State Park is October, 1919. At that time, a bronze plaque was dedicated and placed on the powder magazine.

Please join us in celebrating this important event in the preservation of the history of Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.



Photo provided by Ted & Dianne Mueller

Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019

Fort de Chartres French & Indian War Encampment and Competition

Saturday, October 12, 10 AM-4 PM

Sunday, October 13, 10 AM-2 PM

1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia, and camp follower re-enactors participate in everyday camp activities and military drills. This event is presented by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. 2019 event schedule is available by clicking on flyer to the right.



Winter Rendezvous 2016

Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 2019

Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk

Saturday, November 2, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, November 3, 10 AM-3 PM

WR poster design by Mitch Lopata, Lopata Design

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 2 & 3.

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 Chartres

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

La Guiannee at Fort de Chartres

Tuesday, 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.



Colonial Trade Faire and Musket & Rifle Frolic at FdC- April 4-April 5

Kids’ Day at FdC-May 2

 50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous at FdC-June 6 & 7

 Cannon Firing Demonstration at FdC-July 4 & August 1

 Friends of the Fort Summer Ball at PdR American Legion-July 18

 Artillery Safety School at FdCSeptember 12

Annual FdC French & Indian War Encampment at FdC-October 10 & 11

 Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous at FdC-November 7 & 8

 Prairie du Rocher La Guianne at FdC-December 31


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 2019 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,  2017, and 2018 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 2019 Special Event Events Giving Campaign!

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2019 Special Events Giving Campaign downloadable form available by clicking here.


We sincerely thank our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2019 Special Events Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors as of 10/11/2019

$1000 Gold Level

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


$500 Silver Level

Artillery Safety School


$250 Bronze Level

First National Bank of Steeleville

Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)

Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427

Roeslein & Associates, Inc.

The Material Works

Weir Chevrolet Buick GMC


$100 Copper Level

American Long Rifle Association

Camp Dubois Rendezvous Event

MAR Graphics

Red Bud Industries, Inc.


Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2019 Special Events Giving Campaign Individual Sponsors

$500 Silver Level

Dave Horne

$250 Bronze Level

Karyn & Herman Albers



For more information concerning Fort de Chartres 2019 Special Events, email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com. For additional Fort site information, contact (618) 284-7230