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FORT LIGONIER DAYS

History Comes to Life During Fort Ligonier Days

fortdays-landing-bigCelebrating its 57th year in 2016! October 14, 15, & 16, 2016!

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 

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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 Townfortdays-sm-landing

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

Friday, October 14

9:00 a.m. - Community Food Booths open
9:00 a.m. - Craft Booths open at all locations
9:00 a.m. - Wine Tasting area opens
9:00 a.m. - Fort Ligonier and Museum Store open.  Meet General Forbes.
10:00 a.m. - Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin
12:00 p.m. - OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY on the Diamond with Etinoweh, Clan Mother of the Senecas.
12:30-3:30 p.m. - Etinoweh, Clan Mother of the Senecas at Fort Ligonier
1:00-2:15 p.m. - Gashouse Annie – Classic Rock & Blues – Bandstand
1:00-4:00 p.m. - Jane West, Acoustic Guitar Solos – Wine Tasting area
3:00-4:30 p.m. - Second Wind- Southern Rock & Fiddle – Bandstand
4:30 p.m. - Fort Ligonier closes 
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Jeff Jimmerson and Airborne – Classic Rock – Bandstand
6:00 p.m. - Craft Booths Close
6:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting area closes

Saturday, October 15

9:00 a.m. - Community Food Booths open
9:00 a.m. - Craft Booths open at all locations
9:00 a.m. - Wine Tasting area opens
9:00 a.m. - Fort Ligonier and Museum Store open.  Encampment and living history demonstrations throughout the day.
10:00 a.m. - Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin
11:00 a.m. -  COMMUNITY PARADE – East and West Main Streets
1:30-4:30 p.m. - Acoustic Fingers – Acoustic Guitar Solos – Wine Tasting Area
1:30 p.m. - Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier
2:00 p.m. -Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier
2:00-3:30 p.m. - Spinning Jenny- Classic Rock & Alt Rock - Bandstand
3:30 p.m. -  Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier
4:00 p.m. - Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier
4:00-5:30 p.m. The Hobbs Sisters – Country Rock-Bandstand
5:00 PM Fort Ligonier closes
6:00 p.m. - Craft Booths Close
6:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting area closes
6:30–8:45 p.m. - The Cast of Beatlemania - Classic Beatles - East Main Street stage
7:30 p.m. - Forces of Fort Ligonier Parade
8:50 p.m. Fireworks, around 8:50 following The Cast of Beatlemania

Sunday, October 16

8:15 a.m. - Kid’s Cannon Ball Dash, Ligonier Valley High School
9:00 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk begins, Ligonier Valley High School
9:30 a.m. - Fort Ligonier and Museum Store open.  Encampment and living history demonstrations throughout the day.
10:00 a.m. - Divine Services in the Upper Fort
10:30 a.m. - Community Food Booths open
10:30 a.m. - Craft Booths open at all locations
10:30 a.m. - Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin
12:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting area opens
1:00-2:30 p.m. - Dead Irish Blues – Celtic Music -Bandstand
1:00 p.m. - Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier
1:30 p.m. - Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier
3:00-4:30 p.m. - Flood City Brass – Classic Rock - Bandstand
3:00 p.m. - Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier
3:30 p.m. - Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier
4:30 p.m. - Fort Ligonier closes
5:00 p.m. - Craft and Food Booths Close
5:00 p.m. -Wine Tasting area closes
5:00 p.m. - OFFICIAL CLOSING CEREMONIES on the Diamond
5:30 p.m. - Carillon Concert from Calvary United Methodist Church – Shirley Benner at the keyboard