History Comes to Life During Fort Ligonier Days

Fort Ligonier Days ParadeCelebrating its 57th year in 2016! October 13, 14, & 15, 2017!

On the grounds of the Fort, you’ll find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, ceremonies, Highlanders, redcoats, French troops, Native Americans, music from 1758 and more.

The events that occurred at Fort Ligonier signified the actual beginning of the American Revolution, according to many historians. Pittsburgh exists today because of the key, strategic battle that occurred at Fort Ligonier in 1758. The original fort, originally called the “Post at Loyalhanna,” was constructed in September 1758. By late October of that year, George Washington had arrived at Loyalhanna, but not before the defeat of a British force at Fort Duquesne on September 14 and the successful defense of the Loyalhanna from a French attack on October 12. Heavily outnumbered, The French abandoned Fort Duquesne, which became Fort Pitt and is now present day Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio River.

What's Happening at the Fort 

Colonial Marching Drummers at Fort Ligonier Days

Artillery Demonstrations
Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Experience the rare opportunity of seeing Fort Ligonier’s artillery in action.  See the arsenal of cast bronze weapons, including an eight-inch bronze howitzer and carriage, a light brass six pounder, and a fieldpiece, which fires a round shot, grape or canister, which is mounted on carriages with large wheels, in addition to gun sleighs and block carriages.

Battle of Fort Ligonier Reenactments
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Watch history come alive at the reenactments of the events that took place on October 12, 1758. See how the British and French troops lived in their encampments, located throughout the fort. Explore eight acres of the original fort, which has been preserved, which includes the officers’ mess, barracks, quartermaster, guardroom, underground magazine, commissary, and officers’ quarters.

What's Happening in TownWoman Shopping for Pottery at Fort Ligonier Days

The picturesque town of Ligonier also takes part in the fall frenzy during this 3-day festival. Visitors will find more than 150 artisans and craft vendors in addition to more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants that are already there year-round. Ligonier is packed with fun for the whole weekend, with live music, tons of great food, and a fantastic parade on Saturday morning featuring historic marching units, horses, college bands, and more.  

Free wine tasting on the lawn of thistledown at Seger House is almost a required stop for those 21 and over. Wineries from around the region and beyond offers samples and the opportunity to purchase the finest wines from these ten Pennsylvania wineries. 

The Parade

Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The elaborate and entertaining parade is a not-to-miss event during Fort Ligonier Days. The procession continues down Main Street around the picturesque Diamond . With historic units, floats, costumed characters, shriners, and special guests, plus college and high school band processions and bagpipers, the parade is sure to excite all in attendance. 

What You Need to Know

  • Parking is not permitted at the Fort during Fort Ligonier Days. No Parking is allowed in town or along Route 30 during the event. Parking is available at Ligonier Valley High School, and the Laurel Valley Golf Club lots on 711 south. There is a parking fee per vehicle per day.

  • Craft Loop Shuttle service will run among the craft display areas from:8 am – 6:00 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. – 6:00 pm Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday

  • There are several lots throughout town with booths, as well as things to check out in between, so be sure to check out the map and be sure not to miss one of the lots!

  • Activities at the Fort: Regular admission fees still apply.

  • No pets or backpacks

Full Schedule of Events TBD