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Special Events 2015

May

200 Years of Emma: A Special Jane Austen Lecture
May 26, 7 p.m. at Navy Hall

Join Dr. Barbara Seeber from Brock University, as she discusses Jane Austen's beloved 'Emma', to commemorate the novel's 200th anniversary! After the presentation there will be tea and treats available. The Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at Navy Hall on May 26. Space is limited, so call the Friends of Fort George to book your spot today. Cost: $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 or email: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

June

The Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters Fundraiser
June 12

The Friends of Fort George, in partnership with Parks Canada, will be hosting a special fundraising event at the Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters (JCOQ) on June 12, to help raise much needed funds for the restoration of the building. The evening will include a BBQ dinner, musical entertainment, a live auction, cash bar and a 50/50 draw! Heritage interpreters will be on site at different stations highlighting the 200 year history of this unique building. Parks Canada will also be opening up the JCOQ for a rare opportunity to look inside the building.

For more information, call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 or email: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca

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.

July

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 the 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.

Event Schedule:

Saturday, July 11

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort George will come alive with active demonstrations all day long including, muskets and Canon firings, music demonstrations and Historical presentations that will bombard the senses! Regular Admission Rates Apply.
  • 2 p.m., “The Battle of Fort George Re-enactment: Pt. 1 – The Landing.” Join us as we re-enact the 1st part of the Battle of Fort George that took place May 27, 1813 in which US troops land on the shore of Niagara and after a lengthy stand off, push the British back and gain a foothold in Niagara. The battle will be on the field just outside Fort George and is free to the public.
  • 9 p.m., Fort George is proud to bring back the award winning “The Bombardment of Fort George Sound and Light Show”. This evening show combines canons, muskets, pyrotechnics, Sound, Lights and Live Action to recreate the Bombardment of Fort George that took place May 25, 1813. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or by phone at (905) 468-6614. *Special Combo Rate for day and night admission* otherwise Regular Admission rates apply. Tickets go on sale June 1.
  • * LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS ARE ALLOWED* *SOME DISPLAYS ARE WEATHER DEPENDANT*

Sunday, July 12

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort George will come alive with active demonstrations all day long including muskets and Canon firings, music demonstrations and Historical presentations that will bombard the senses! Regular Admission Rates Apply.
  • 11 a.m., Memorial Service and Plaque Dedication. Join us as we remember those who fell at the newly installed plaque of commemoration just outside the gates of Fort George. There is no admission to attend the ceremony.
  • 2 p.m., “The Battle of Fort George Re-enactment: Pt. 2 – The Retreat.” Join us as we re-enact the final stages of the Battle of Fort George where after a valiant stand the British forces retreat through the town and out of Niagara. The battle will take place inside the imposing walls of Fort George. Regular admission rates apply.
  • * LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS ARE ALLOWED* *SOME DISPLAYS ARE WEATHER DEPENDANT*

For Re-enactor registration information please email: peter.martin@pc.gc.ca

Celtic Festival at the Fort
July 24 & 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!

For more information, please visit the Celtic Festival at the Fort webpage.

August

Emma's Box Hill Picnic
August 6

Join the Friends of Fort George for a picnic party, celebrating Jane Austen's Emma, now in its 200th year of print! Emma's Box Hill Picnic will take place at Navy Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. This Regency evening will recreate the Box Hill Picnic, and include tea and treats, music, games and more. Cost: $20 per person.

Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 or email: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

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!

Event Schedule:

Saturday, August 15

  • 10 a.m., Flag Raising.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Individual performances by Musical Groups. Musket Firings and Drill Competitions by Individual Drill Squads.
  • 2 p.m., Firepower Demonstration. A mass Musket and Cannon firing demonstration by Drill Squads from Forts across Ontario.
  • 3 p.m., Mass Music performance from Fife and Drum Corps from across North America.
  • 3:30 p.m., Firing Elimination. A test of who can load and fire a musket the fastest between soldiers from Forts across Ontario.
  • 4 p.m., Flag Lowering.
  • 7:30 p.m., Musket and Music Sunset Taptoo. All Participants reform for a Music, Pageantry and Military Precision drill show of both Cannon and Musket firings. Regular Admission Rate Apply. *Special Combo Rate available for day and evening entry.* Tickets can be purchased at the Fort George Visitor Center or by phone at (905) 468-6614. Tickets go on sale June 1, 2015. * LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS ARE ALLOWED*

Sunday, August 16

  • 10 a.m., Flag Raising.
  • 10:30am – 1:30 p.m., Individual performances by Musical Groups. Musket Firings and Drill Competitions by Individual Drill Squads.
  • 1:30 p.m., Perfect Volley Competition. All forts compete in who can make a group of muskets sound like one.
  • 2 p.m., Firepower Demonstration. A mass Musket and Cannon firing demonstration by Drill Squads from Forts across Ontario.
  • 3 p.m., Mass Music performance from Fife and Drum Corps from across North America.
  • 3:30 p.m., Awards Ceremony for Competing Squads.
  • 4 p.m., Flag Lowering.
  • 5 p.m., Fort Closes.

*SOME DISPLAYS ARE WEATHER DEPENDANT*

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 Foundation.

Event Schedule:

*Fort Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days

Saturday, August 29

  • 8:30 p.m., “Arcs of Fire: A Military Sound and Light Show” Join us for this brand new event from the team that brought you the “Bombardment of Fort George Sound and Light Show”. Using a combination of sound, light, pyrotechnics, live action and musical performance we will span the years of Niagara’s Military Heritage that will include musical and tactical demonstration from The War of 1812 – WWII.

Regular Admission rates apply. *Special Combo Rate available for day and evening entry.* Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or by phone at (905) 468-6614. Tickets go on sale June 1

September

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

October

Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tours
October 10 & 11

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we commemorate the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Major General Sir Isaac Brock. Brock's Monument National Historic Site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all weekend. Join us for guided tours of the battle site at 11 a.m, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., climb the 235 steps to the top of Brock's Monument and enjoy the scenic view of Queenston Heights and the Niagara River!

Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 or email: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

December

Fort George Garrison Christmas
December 12 & 13: noon – 4 p.m.

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.

January

New Year’s Day Levee
January 1, 2016: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we ring in the New Year at Navy Hall! Levee celebrations start at 3 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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