I personally look forward to Fort Ligonier Days every year, months before October. Attending this particular festival is a tradition that I hold near and dear. On any other normal day of the year, Ligonier is charming all on its own, but this small town pulls out all the stops for this weekend each and every year and is buzzing with activity. Somehow, even at the most crowded of moments, it maintains that small town charm. 

I’m sorry to say that I don’t always get the chance to enjoy the parade or see the reenactors. My family definitely comes for the shopping, but if you’ve never been, the reenactments and the parade are something everyone should see— at least once. 

While there is always delicious food around the diamond, it’s sometimes nice to get off your feet for a bit or warm up after a chilly morning of shopping. Check out the Ligonier Tavern, Kitchen on Main, or Carol & Dave’s Roadhouse, which are always bustling during the festival. 

There's so much to do and so much fun to be had. Don't just take my word for it! Come experience the festival for yourself!

View the full schedule of events here.

Here are my tips for Fort Ligonier Days.  

BRING Cash for PARKING
Bring cash for everything, really. A lot of vendors can accept cards, but that’s not always a guarantee. Most vendors will also appreciate paying with exact change and small bills! 

Must Buy Snails
My favorite thing to get at the festival are the scrumptious bags of snails. I know what you’re thinking, but I promise I don’t mean those slimy, little, creepy-crawly things. The Pie Shoppe makes amazing snails, pie dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and rolled into perfected goodness. I’m pretty sure they don’t just sell them for this festival, but I tell myself that this is the only time of year to get them in order to maintain some semblance of self-control. 

Don’t Forget the Sidewalk Sales and the Shops!
Most of the shops in town set up tables on the sidewalks. Many also offer special sales inside as well.