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Special Events

Scene of re-enactment © Parks Canada

2014

July

Canada Day
Tuesday, July 1st

Join us for Canada's birthday celebration. Activities at Fort George throughout the day and into the evening. Music, food, fireworks, musket and cannon firings! Free admission to Fort George.

Canada Day Schedule

  • 8:00 am - Friends of Fort George Pancake Breakfast in Simcoe Park
  • 12:00 pm - Rotary Club of NOTL BBQ lunch in Simcoe Park
  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Kindred playing in the bandshell in Simcoe Park
  • 3:00 pm - Giant Cakewalk Parade downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • 6:00 pm - Friends of Fort George BBQ dinner inside Fort George
  • 6:30 pm - Evening programs begin at Fort George, musical entertainment by The British Invasion Band
  • 10:00 pm - Fireworks at Fort George

Celtic Festival at Fort George
Saturday, July 12

Fort George comes alive with the sounds of Pipes and Drums. In Partnership with the Niagara Regional Police Pipe and Drum Band Fort George will host the First Annual Celtic Festival at the Fort. Hundreds of professional Musicians will be in attendance for this premier event that will include, Celtic Dancing, a Cheer Tent, a kids “Heavy” event zone, individual Pipe Band performances and of course the “Mass Band”!! Let your kilts fly at the Fort!

Schedule:

  • 10:00 am - Fort Opens
  • 10:30 am - Flag Raising Ceremony
  • 11:00 am - Celtic Parade: Downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • 12:00 pm - Canon Firing
  • 12:00 pm - 8:00pm - Cheer Tent featuring Celtic Cross
  • 1:00 pm -4:15 pm - Individual Pipe Band and Dance Performances
  • 4:45 pm - MASS BANDS

10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Musket Demonstrations, Historical displays and Kids "Celtic Games" Zone ALL DAY

Admission:

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Regular admission
  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (admission to cheer tent only) FREE
  • Parking: FREE

A Garden Party on the Eve of the Great War: Commemorating the Declaration of WWI
Saturday, July 26
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $35.00/ticket

Join us for an early 20th Century style garden party to commemorate the declaration of the Great War! Come in your best Downton Abbey attire for an evening of games, food and merriment!

Parks Canada is pleased to be a part of this event that will help to support the Niagara Historical Society & Museum, The Friends of Fort George. Call the Museum at 905-468-3912 or the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 for more information.

Cruise-in on the Parkway Car Show
Sunday, July 27

Fort George is proud to host for the first time the Corvette Club of Niagara’s annual “Cruise-in” on the Parkway Corvette and Classic Car Show. Over 300 classic cars will surround Fort George for a day of fun for the whole family. Food will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Niagara Children’s Center. The Car Show will be located on the grassy area directly in front of Fort George.

  • Car Show is from 9:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Fort is open from 10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Admission to the car show - free for all ages.
  • Admission to Fort George - General Admission Rates Apply.

August

Fife & Drum Muster and Soldiers' Field Day
Saturday and Sunday, August 16 - 17

This weekend-long event is a pageant of military music by Fife and Drum corps from the United States and Canada as well as a competition of 1812 drill teams from Fort George, Fort Malden, Fort York and Fort Erie - a collection of the premier 1812 military sites in Ontario. Come and experience the sights and sounds of the military garrison during the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Echoes of Niagara’s Past: Military Timeline Event
Saturday and Sunday, August 23 - 24

Join us as Fort George and the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum commemorate over 200 years of Niagara’s Military History. The Fort will come alive as Interpereters, Animators and Veterans display uniforms, weaponry and vehicles from the War of 1812, WWI, WWII and many more. The Fort is open both days from 10:00am to 5:00pm with the last ticket being sold at 4:15pm. Demonstrations will be happening throughout the day inside the imposing walls of Fort George. Regular admission rates to the Fort apply.

September

Polo Niagara (Friends of Fort George)
Saturday, September 6

The Friends of Fort George, in partnership with The Toronto Polo Club, will present two four-chukker games plus a half-time show on the Common. Join us for an entertaining afternoon of the "King's sport". For more information: The Friends of Fort George website.

Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition
September 12-14

A Grand Exposition of Canadian Steampunk grandeur, a festival of epic proportions, sights and sounds to entertain and delight... all this and more. Three days of Canadian Steampunk amazement and astonishment in southern Ontario in the Niagara region, featuring STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE and ABNEY PARK as our headliner musical guests, with many more performers to be announced!

A largely-outdoor Steampunk festival within a War-of-1812 Canadian fort, with activities, presentations and workshops for all ages and interests.

There will be a special admission rate for Fort George over this weekend. For admission/ticket and hotel information please visit: www.canadiansteampunk.com or
call: (905) 525 - 6303

December

Fort George Garrison Christmas
Saturday and Sunday, December 13 - 14
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fort George will be the site of a family holiday event that will include activities, crafts, and games for all to enjoy! Hot beverages and treats, as well as scheduled musket demonstrations will be provided. General admission rates apply.

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