I'm continuing to add events as I receive them or verify them. If you know dates for events in 2023, please let me know by emailing them to me at Vicki@RendezvousOhio.com ...
This list includes events that take place in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Please note: Illinois weekend events have been added this year because of numerous requests.
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Jan. 14-15, 2023 - Thunder Creek Long Rifles Wintervous, Bear Wallow Road near Martinsville, Indiana. Contact email@example.com. Wintervous takes place in a cabin. Participants should provide their own water, food and beverages. Pre-1840 attire is required, but modern footwear is acceptable for weather conditions.
Jan. 21-22, 2023 - Sons of Liberty Indoor Trade Fair, Canters Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Road, Jackson, Ohio. Contact Gary George, Flatrock6179@gmail.com, 740-856-7262. Period vendors selling wares from the time periods of 1890 and earlier. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3; $2 in period dress. COVID-19 mandates such as masks and social distancing in place at the time will be observed.
Jan. 21-22, 2023 - Frostbite Rendezvous, Ball & Arrow Primitive Weapons Club, 5190 Days Lane, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Contact Padre, 740-922-5015, or Troy, 330-432-8939. Website www.ballandarrow.org, Facebook page. Camp fee $10 (one shooter included). Additional shooters $10. Blanket shoot with $15 prize required. Camp feed potluck Saturday evening. Take your own drinking water.
Jan. 27-28, 2023 - Bushy Run Historic Arms Show, The Lamplighter Restaurant, Delmont, Pennsylvania. Hosted by Old Westmoreland Rifles and Collectors Show Association. Contact Bill Vance, oldwestmorelandrifles.com/OWR-CSA.html, firstname.lastname@example.org, 724-331-1131. Open 1-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Jan. 28-29, 2023 - Linton Trade Fair, Roy Clark Community Building, Linton, Indiana. Hosted by Buck Creek Muzzleloaders. Contact Tim Goldman, 812-887-4497, or Larry McCoy, 812-886-6294, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Buckcreek-Muzzleloaders-114394185248848. Time period 1750-1840. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3; children 12 and younger free with adult.
(Please note: Dates are correct. Rest of info is from 2022 and may require updates. Call contact person before making plans to attend.)
Feb. 3-4, 2023 - 18th Century Market Fair, Bucksnort Longhunters, Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Contact Bob Baker, 270-272-2470. Six-foot tables $25 each both days. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Feb. 3-4, 2023 - Century Artisan Show, Carlisle Expo Center, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Contact John Getz, 570-541-1655, or Art DeCamp, 814-386-1880, email@example.com. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Feb. 18, 2023 - Contemporary Gunmakers & Allie Artists Show, Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, Ohio. Contact Bill Reynolds, 740-373-3750. The museum will feature the work of several dozen traditional gunmakers and other artisans who reproduce objects used during the 18th and 19th centuries such as blacksmiths, tinsmiths, horn makers, leather workers and cabinetmakers. Also gunmakers supplies and books relating to the subject available for sale. Open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 18-19, 2023 - Winter Rendezvous, Jefferson County Longrifles, 1000 Harriger Hollow Road, Brookville, Pennsylvania 15825. Contact JeffersonCountyLongrifles.blogspot.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Jefferson-County-Longrifles-250384391644116. No camp fee. Pets must be on leashes. Shoots, aggregates. Primitive attire required in primitive areas.
Feb. 24-25, 2023 - Pricketts Fort 18th-century Firearms and Accoutrements Show, Pricketts Fort Visitor Center, 88 State Park Road, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554. Show for contemporary craftsmen of 18th-century firearms and accoutrements in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. Admission is $3 at the door. Open noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
March 4-5, 20232 - Old Town Trade Fair, Assembly Hall, Greene County Fairgrounds, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio. Contact Tim and Sharon Milligan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 937-857-9745 or Facebook page. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $4 per person; children 11 and younger free. Food available on site. Reenactors, dealers, collectors, educators, craftsmen and history buffs welcome. Wares must 1700-1890 originals or reproductions.
March 5, 2023 - Contemporary Muzzle Loading Arms and Accoutrements Show, Lapeer American Legion Hall, Lapeer Michigan. Contact Mike Przydatek, 586-206-7648, email@example.com. Hosted by Lapeer Firelocks Muzzle Loading Club in cooperation with Contemporary Longrifle Association. Juried show featuring custom and production muzzle loading arms before 1896, or replicas. Exhibitor tables $25 each. Vendor setup 7 a.m. Public admission $5; ages 12 and younger free with an adult. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 10-11, 2023 - Prairieland Frontiersman Historic Arms and Craft Show, Sullivan American Legion, Sullivan, Illinois. Contact Vicki Newberry, 217-620-2281. Open to traders and artisans of the Colonial/fur trade, Civil War, Indian war eras and pre-1898 guns, knives, accoutrements and replicas. $25 fee for 8-foot table both days. Open 1-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
March 18-19, 2023 - Kalamazoo Living History Show, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sponsored by Yankee Doodle Muzzle Loaders Inc. Contact Leslie Martin Conwell, 765-563-6792, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.KalamazooShow.com. The largest juried show in the Midwest devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies, accoutrements and related crafts. Also, educational programs, craft demonstrations and children's activities. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7 for one day; $10 for weekend pass. Children 12 and younger free with an accompanying parent. Vendors are invited to email email@example.com for an application.
March 30-April 2, 2023 - School of the Longhunter, Prickett's Fort, 88 State Park Road, Fairmont, West Virginia, 26554. Contact 304-363-3030 or register at www.prickettsfort.org/register.html. Space is limited and registration is required. Fee is $40 for members/$45 for non-members. Intense weekend of instruction, exploring the role of early frontiersmen on the American frontier. Speakers focus on frontier skills of the longhunter.
April 1-2, 2023 - Living History Trade Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, Fremont, Ohio. Contact Smiling Fox Forge LLC, 419-334-8180, firstname.lastname@example.org; Smoke & Fire Co., 419-878-8535, email@example.com; Turkey Foot Trade Co., 660-291-4842, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person. Children ages 10 and younger are free with an adult.
(new event) April 21-23, 2023 - Spirits of the Pines, Frank Merry Park, 18505 N. County Road 550 E., Dunkirk, Indiana 47336. Contact David Blair, 765-273-0987, email@example.com. Juried living history encampment covering 1750-1815 F&I, Rev War and Regency. The location is an 80-acres private park with a pine forest. Property has trails through the pines that open to large areas for several camps. Admission $5. Public hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
April 28-30, 2023 - Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous, Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee, Cook Log Cabin Heritage Center, 6707 Goshen Road, Goshen, Ohio 45122. Contact 513-675-3934, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grassy-run.org or Facebook page. In partnership with Goshen Township Historical Society and Goshen Schools, the historical Cook Log Cabin is to be open and a period blacksmith shop operating in addition to all of the past demonstrations, activities, music and vendors. Main camp on ground of Goshen High School with access from its parking lot. Friday school day.
May 4-7, 2023 - Greene County Fish & Game Spring Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact James Moody, 937-805-9313. Camp fee. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include shoots, archery, hawk & knife, pastry toss.
May 5-7, 2023 - Five Medals at The Trace, Stone’s Trace, 5111 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana 46767. Contact Mike Judson, email@example.com. Juried event portraying 1750-1815, including French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and LaSalle Expedition. Military, Natives, civilians, food vendors, demonstrations, merchants, entertainers, street mongers, blanket traders. School day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Public hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $8.
May 6-7, 2023 - Prelude to Revolution - The French and Indian War, George Rogers Clark Park, Springfield, Ohio. Sponsored by George Rogers Clark Heritage Association and King's American Regiment / Allison's Company of Kentucky Militia. Juried event that portrays 20 years before the outbreak of the American Revolution when the Ohio Country was part of the French Empire and the homeland to Native peoples. Site of the 1780 Battle of Peckuwe and the venue of the annual Fair at New Boston. Admission $5 for ages 16 and older.
May 6-7, 2023 - Beall Woods Olde Tyme Arts and Krafts Fair, Beall Woods State Park, 9285 Beall Woods Ave., Mt. Carmil, Illinois 62863. Contact Patrick Haskell or Jacque Cullison, message at www.facebook.com/BWOTAK. Event focuses on early settler period of 1810s, but not exclusively. All reenactors are welcome, especially demonstrators and craft vendors. Food trucks available. Location is an old-growth forest preserve with hiking trails and a fishing pond. No black powder. Friday education day. Public hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10.
May 11-13, 2023 - West Virginia Kentucky Rifle Show, Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401. Contact Holiday Inn, 304-267-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Timothy Hodges, 540-662-5438, 540-664-0527. Invitation only. Hours 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
May 18-21, 2023 - NRLHF Corps of Discovery, Covered Bridge Field, 170 Covered Bridge Road, McDonald, Pennsylvania 15057. Contact Don Ricetti, 724-622-0599, www.nrlhfcorpsofdiscovery.com. Pre-registration ends April 27. Pre-registration fees are $25 per adult for NMLRA members; $30 for non-members. Children ages 17 and younger are free. Registration refunds must be requested in writing at least 21 days before the event begins. No refunds after the event. No pets; NRLHF follows ADA regulations. A learning rendezvous, seminars, workshops, educational sessions. Free public admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Setup Wednesday. For more details on fees and rules, visit www.nrlhf.org.
May 19-21, 2023 - Settlers Encampment on the Auglaize, Auglaize Village & Farm Museum, 12296 Krouse Road Defiance, Ohio. Era of Exploration through the War of 1812 juried event. To apply, contact Cheryl Daniel, 419-636-2560, or email email@example.com. Public days 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. School day Friday. Settlers, pioneers, French, English and American civilians, military, Natives, merchants, artisans of all trades and any persona relevant to Ohio, the Old Northwest Territory, the Middle Ground or Great Lakes Region pre-1815 are invited to preserve history through education and demonstration.
May 20-21, 2023 - Old Timey Days, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, Gibsonburg Historical Society, www.GibsonburgHistory.org. Contact via text to Jason Adams, 419-575-7496, or email RogueArtist@gmail.com, message via Facebook, www.facebook.com/GibsonburgOhHistSoc. Reenactors, food and craft vendors, Tea Time Tiffin fundraising event Sunday at the main pavilion. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
May 26-29, 2023 - Feast of the Flowering Moon, Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, Ohio. Visit feastofthefloweringmoon.org for registration information. Contact Gerry Palmer, 740-804-8353, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, 740-702-7677, email@example.com. Native American festival in downtown Chillicothe with mountain man encampment. Festival atmosphere with Native American music and dancing, crafters, exhibitors, working craftsmen and demonstrations, entertainment. Setup Thursday.
May 26-29, 2023 - Mad River Muzzleloaders Spring Rendezvous, in conjunction with Logan Hills Festival, Hall-Fawcett Park, 4595 CR 153, Zanesfield, Ohio. Contact Marc Boyer, 937-407-0267, firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/208368153244 Includes Taloga Outdoor Drama, which depicts local history. Camp fee $20 or $25 at the gate. Vendor fee $25. Fee to watch drama. Set up Thursday and Friday. Early setup available. Lizard pull, archery, hawk & knife. Festival also includes Logan Hills Native Woodland Gathering pow wow.
May 27-28, 2023 - First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, www.fortmeigs.org/events. Juried event; War of 1812. British units, American militia and native groups.
May 27-28, 2023 - Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, 401 S. 2nd St., Vincennes, Indiana 47591. For reenactor information, visit www.spiritofvincennes.org/participant-information, 800-886-6443. 18th-century event with juried merchants and craftsmen. Period music on stage, craftsmen, food. Battle reenactments at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Public hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Public admission $10 adults and $2 children 6-12; two-day pass $12.
June 2-4, 2023 - Lake Rendezvous, Darke County Fish & Game Association, New Paris, Ohio. Contact Terry Hofacker, 937-467-1701. Setup after 3 p.m. Wednesday. Camp fee $20, which includes elk meat dinner Saturday evening. Competitions include rifle, pistol, archery, hawk & knife. Competition fee $10 each or all for $30. Sunday church service.
June 10-11, 2023 - Macktown Gathering, Macktown Living History, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton, Illinois 61072. Contact 815-624-4200, email@example.com, http://macktownlivinghistory.com. Public admission $5, free for ages 6 and younger.
June 16-23, 2023 - NRLHF Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous, Hidden Hollow Camp, 8672 Richman Road, Lodi, Ohio 44254. Contact Gary Flegel, 303-421-7451. Early setup is June 14-15. Pre-registration deadline May 26. To pay online, register after Jan. 1, 2023. Pre-registration fees are $60 per adult for NMLRA members; $70 for non-members. Children ages 17 and younger are free. Registration at the gate is $85 per person for NMLRA members and $95 for non-members. Non-registered campers pay a $5 per day early setup fee. No trader fee, except camp registration, but traders must mark the form as a trader. Registration refunds must be requested in writing at least 21 days before the event begins. No refunds after the event. No pets; NRLHF follows ADA regulations. For more details on fees and rules, visit www.nrlhf.org.
June 17-18, 2023 - Brigade Napoleon, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, www.fortmeigs.org/events. Juried event; the conflict that engulfed the rest of the world during the War of 1812. Register with Brigade Napoleon, www.brigadenapoleon.org.
June 23-25, 2023 - Pyrate Fest, Put-in-Bay downtown harbor and DeRivera Park. Contact Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, 419-285-2832. Encampment in the park, marketplace and displays, black powder firing demonstrations, activities, performances. Cardboard boat races at 6 p.m. in harbor.
July 8-9, 2023 - Summer Rendezvous, Jefferson County Longrifles, 1000 Harriger Hollow Road, Brookville, Pennsylvania 15825. Contact JeffersonCountyLongrifles.blogspot.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Jefferson-County-Longrifles-250384391644116. Camp fees apply. Traders welcome. Pets must be on leashes. Men, women, juniors, youth shoots, aggregates as well as archery. Primitive attire required in primitive areas.
July 28-30, 2023 - Gunmakers Fair at Kempton, Kempton Community Center, Kempton, Pennsylvania. (Near Dixon's Muzzleloading Shop where the event took place for 37 years.) Information at gunmakersfair.wixsite.com/gunfair or www.facebook.com/GunmakersFairKempton. Sponsored by National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Honourable Company of Horners, Jacobsburg Historical Society, Pennsylvania Federation of Black Powder Shooters. Seminars, gunmakers, artisans, horners, reenactors, vendors of 18th and 19th centuries. Rifle and accoutrements judging and awards. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 per person ages 16 and older.
July 29-30, 2023 - Gathering at Garst, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Hosted by Garst Museum and Darke County Park District. Contact 937-548-5250, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gatheringatgarst.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/gatheringatgarst.
Aug. 10-12, 2023 - Contemporary Longrifles Association Show & Meeting, Central Bank Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington, Kentucky 40507. Contact 540-886-6189, email@example.com, www.longrifle.com. Members-only show. Memberships available. Thursday setup. Open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2023 - Greene County Fish & Game Labor Day Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact James Moody, 937-805-9313. Camp fee. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include shoots, archery, hawk & knife, pastry toss.
Sept. 15-17, 2023 - The Legacy of Mary Ingles, Beech Fork State Park, Barboursville, West Virginia. Contact
Scott Fairchild, 304-382-1399, Fairchild1755@peoplepc.com, or 304-937-4505, firstname.lastname@example.org/events/3186045194978550. Juried event focuses on 1750-1780 and is centered around the life of Mary Draper Ingles and all life skills she, her family, friends and neighbors would need to survive in the 18th century. Open to new seasoned and new demonstrators and reenactors. Public hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
Sept. 22-30, 2023 - NRLHF Eastern Primitive Rendezvous, 2911 Stoney Run Road, Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania 16350. Contact Vennie Hotchkiss, 814-706-9169, email@example.com, www.easternprimitiverendezvous.com. Early setup is Sept. 20-21. Public days 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23-24. School day Sept. 26. Pre-registration deadline Sept. 1. To pay online, register after Jan. 1, 2023. Pre-registration fees are $60 per adult for NMLRA members; $70 for non-members. Children ages 17 and younger are free. Registration at the gate is $85 per person for NMLRA members and $95 for non-members. Non-registered campers pay a $5 per day early setup fee. No trader fee, except camp registration, but traders must mark the form as a trader. Registration refunds must be requested in writing at least 21 days before the event begins. No refunds after the event. No pets; NRLHF follows ADA regulations. For more details on fees and rules, visit www.nrlhf.org.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2023 - Vermilion Creek Colonial Gathering, 11854 Peacock Rd, Laingsburg, Michigan 48848. Contact 517-651-9193. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Setup starts at noon Friday. Cannon and military drills, battle, surgeon, cooking, sutler's row, frontier trading post trading with Native Americans of the Great Lakes region.
Oct. 13-15, 2023 - Mississinewa 1812, Mississinewa Battlefield, Marion, Indiana.
Contact www.mississinewa1812.com, 765-573-3033, email@example.com. Largest War of 1812 event in North America commemorates the Battle of Mississinewa. Juried event. Military encampment, Indian village, Rivertown, wilderness area. Commemoration of battle fought Dec. 17-18, 1812. Public hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission. GPS address: 6000 N 300 W27, La Fontaine, Indiana.
Oct. 20-22, 2023 - Five Medals at The Trace, Stone's Trace, 5111 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana 46767. Contact Mike Judson, 574-536-9851, firstname.lastname@example.org. Check website for application. 1740-1890 event focused on demonstration and education. Well-known presenters, demonstrators and merchants. Range for live shoot. Skirmish. Saturday evening candlelight tour followed by artillery and musketry night firing. Friday student education day. Public hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Oct. 26-29, 2023 - Greene County Fish & Game Fall Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact James Moody, 937-805-9313. Camp fee. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include shoots, archery, hawk & knife, pastry toss.
Oct. 27-29, 2023 - 18th-Century Market Fair, Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Riverwood, Kentucky 40207. Contact Kaitlyn Tisdale, 502-897-9845, email@example.com, www.locustgrove.org. Juried event portraying 1776-1780. Reenactor registration at the website. Public hours 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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