Michigan Events


2023 Events
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2022 past events
 
March 19-20, 2022 - 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, kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com, 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 kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com for an application.

May 26-29, 2022 - Primitive Archery Rendezvous, 240 Fogg Road, Leslie, Michigan. Contact Guy Dasher, 419-796-7269, gdasher@live.com, Facebook event, www.facebook.com/events/490017072625699. Archery, selfbow building, flintknapping, other primitive skills. Range fees for Thursday through Sunday, primitive bows unlimited $25 or $15 per day. Modern bows $15 per round. Primitive camp fee $20, plus $10 per night Monday through Wednesday. Modern campsites with electricity $30 per night. No shower house this year and using portable toilets. Fundraiser auction proceeds to go toward new shower house. Take your own firewood. food to share for Saturday night meal. Food available for breakfasts and lunches. 

May 27-30, 2022 - Grand Traverse Rendezvous, Benzie Sportsman's Club, Benzonia, Michigan. Contact Mike Beauvais, 231-536-3208. Archery, hawk & knife, woods walk, kids games and lalute, a team game. Early setup Thursday. Camp fee $25 per family of parents and minor children. Merchants and blanket traders welcome. Saturday evening camp feast with meat provided, followed by a dance with traditional music. Dogs must be on a leash.

June 11-12, 2022 - Feast of the Strawberry Moon, Harbor Island, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417. Contact Facebook page. Blacksmithing, woodworking, fashion show, military skirmish, Native American drumming, herbal teachings, auction, traditional music, wedding ceremony.

June 18-19, 2022 - Colonial Days, Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson St., Detroit, Michigan 48209. Contact info@historicfortwaynecoalition.com. Military and weapons demonstration both days. Visit an early medical display and ongoing camp life demonstrations. Guided fort tours for $5 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and booking tours in advance is recommended. Public hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

July 16-17, 2022 - Cass River Colonial Encampment, "Colonial Frankenmuth," River Place, Frankenmuth, Michigan. Contact Brent Kemmer, kemmerc@hotmail.com, 989-366-6531. Fur trade camp contact Merlyn Hodge, lafalcon@tds.net, 248-515-2398. Juried 18th-century event for Rev War, F&I, Voyaguers, Woodland Indians. Advanced registration required. A few new rules. Sponsored by Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Town also known for its Bavarian heritage, Zehnder’s and Bronner’s provides back drop for the 18th-century event. Battles centered around a fortified hill and a wooden bridge. Canoe race, period dance and ladies tea. Large public attendance. Powder ration, modern bath 24/7, showers, Saturday dinner and food for purchase on site. Set up Friday and stay until Monday to shop in town.

July 31-Aug. 1, 2022 - Le Rendez-vous du Détroit, Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson St., Detroit, Michigan 48209. Contact lerendezvousdudetroit@gmail.com. French Canadian and Native American cultural event celebrating the founding heritages of Detroit. Live French Canadian and Native American music and dancing, food, cultural exhibits,  reenactors demonstrating 18th-century living skills and traditions, silent auction, children’s games and crafts. Camp within the star fort. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $10, plus $5 for fort tour.

Aug. 5-7, 2022 - Mackinaw Rendezvous and Trade Fair, Conkling Heritage Park and Mackinaw Crossings, Mackinaw City, Michigan 49755. Contact sniderconst@centurylink.net, Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mackinawrendezvous. Portrays 1700-1840. Separate historic camps for French and the Indian War through War of 1812. Native American, French, English and American military, militia, fur trade and civilian life as it would have existed in the Mackinac region. Traders, skirmish throughout town, cannon and musket firing demonstration, hawk & knife, archery and other competitions. Public hours open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oct. 1-2, 2022 - Vermilion Creek Colonial Gathering, 11854 Peacock Rd, Laingsburg, Michigan 48848. Contact 517-651-9193. Register at vermilioncreek@gmail.com. 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. 14-15, 2022 - Clan of Massasauga Octoberfest Fall Rendezvous, Lansing Muzzle Loading Gun Club, 8545 Garrison Road, Laingsburg, Michigan 48848. Contact Don Tilton, tltn@live.com, 517-651-7072, or Leon Dennis, 989-862-4844. Early setup Wednesday or Thursday. Camp fee $20 for weekend or $10 per day. Fee is $3 for significant other or child shooters ages 15 and younger. Modern and RV camping available (20-amp hookup only). Pets must be on a leash and under control. Visitors welcome. Primitive attire encouraged but not required for participants. Pistol and archery noon-4 p.m. Friday. Archery, hawk & knife and shooting 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Woodswalk 10 a.m. Sunday with fire starting and H&K. Council fire Saturday night.