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Special Events 2015

Scene of re-enactment Dale Wilson / © Parks Canada


A World War I Tavern Night: From the Home Front to the Western Front
April 18

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we commemorate the centenary of WWI. This social evening will feature WWI-era musical entertainment by Ian Bell and Tom Leighton, and will include a cash bar, light fare, period games, door prizes and more! Songs and instrumental music from the era of the Great War will be presented in the style of a small town "patriotic concert". Ian and Tom present a lively and touching mixture of music, some familiar and some less-so, that would have been heard in Canada during the First World War. The program features patriotic ditties, marching songs, piano rags, according novelties and sentimental favourites played on piano, concertina, banjo, button accordion and guitar.

Tickets: $25 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m., Navy Hall. Call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 or email to purchase tickets or for more information.


Mumford & Sons Concert on The Commons
June 15
Doors: 5 p.m., Show: 7 p.m.

Mumford & Sons have selected the picturesque Commons at Butler’s Barracks National Historic Site as a venue for their lone Canadian concert east of Alberta. This beautiful green field, bounded by century-old trees, was the marshalling ground for British and Canadian soldiers going back as far as the late 1700’s. Now the park is a crown jewel of the Niagara Region, in the middle of one of Ontario’s prettiest and most historic communities.

For more information, visit: Mumford & Sons Concert on The Commons webpage.


Canada Day with Parks Canada
July 1

Celebrate Canada's birthday at Fort George National Historic Site! Listen to period music, support the Friends of Fort George BBQ, don’t miss our captivating musket demonstrations and cannon firings! Canada Day festivities at the fort conclude with fireworks. Free admission!

The Battle of Fort George an epic War of 1812 re-enactment
July 11 & 12

Gather inside the imposing walls of Fort George as re-enactors from across North America bring one of the pivotal events in Niagara during the War of 1812 to life. A unique weekend awaits as our re-enactment will be supplemented with musket demonstrations, cannon firings, music presentations and more as we commemorate the 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort George.

Celtic Festival at the Fort
July 25

Fort George comes alive with the sounds of pipes and drums! In partnership with the Niagara Regional Police Pipe and Drum Band we welcome you to join us for the 2nd annual Celtic Festival. Hundreds of professional musicians will be in attendance for this event that will include: Celtic Dancing, a cheer tent, a kid’s zone, individual Pipe Band performances and the “Mass Band”! Let your kilts fly at the Fort!


Fife & Drum Muster and Soldiers Field Days
August 15 & 16

A pageant of military music presented by Fife and Drum corps from the United States and Canada as well as a competition of 1812 drill teams from Fort George, Fort York, Fort Malden and Fort Erie. In addition to our day events join us for a Saturday Sunset Tattoo Ceremony!

Echoes of Niagara’s Past: Military Timeline Event
August 29 & 30

Come to Fort George to see a glimpse of Niagara’s past. Don’t miss displays featuring uniforms, weaponry and period military vehicles from the War of 1812, First and Second World Wars, and more. Demonstrations throughout the day! In collaboration with the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum.


Second Annual Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition
September 25 – 27

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 a night time concert (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. Special Admissions rates for Fort George during this weekend. For Admission/Ticket and Hotel Information please visit: Canadian Steampunk website or call: (905) 525 - 6303


Fort George Garrison Christmas
December 12 & 13: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Gather your family and friends and come to Fort George for an afternoon full of exciting activities, crafts and games celebrating Christmas! This is an annual family holiday event not to be missed.


New Year’s Day Levee
January 1, 2016: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we ring in the New Year at Navy Hall! Levee celebrations start at 3:00 p.m., and include toasts, music by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, and a cannon firing to welcome the New Year. Call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 for more information.

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