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Special Events 2016

May

All Hands on Deck Tavern Night with special guests Ian Bell & Pressgang Mutiny
Saturday, May 14
7 p.m.
Navy Hall, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Tickets: $25.00/person

Ian Bell, a veteran Canadian folk singer and interpreter of traditional music, will be returning to Navy Hall with Pressgang Mutiny; a group of traditional chanty singers from Toronto for the second annual Tavern Night on May 14, 2016, hosted by Parks Canada & the Friends of Fort George. The evening will also include Parks Canada costumed interpreters, a cash bar, light fare, door prizes & more!

Tickets for the tavern night are $25.00/person and can be purchased from the Friends of Fort George by calling 905-468-6621 or by email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca. The Tavern night is part of a Sailors training weekend taking place at Fort George, where Naval re-enactors will be drilling and training with pikes, cannons etc. The Fort is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A Special Jane Austen Lecture with Dr. Barbara Seeber (Friends of Fort George event)
Thursday, May 26
7 p.m.

Join us for the second annual Jane Austen Lecture with Dr. Barbara Seeber (Brock University) at 7 p.m. After the presentation there will be tea and treats available. 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 for more information.

Fort George Murder Mystery
Saturday, May 28
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

It’s Murder most un-FORT-unate at Fort George! Major Blue is looking for some keen detectives to help uncover a murderer in a classic “who done it?” with an historical twist! Explore the Fort to uncover clues and interview suspects with hopes of finding the guilty party. Prizes to be awarded for some and fun to be had by all! Regular Admission Rates Apply. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.

June

War of 1812 Officers Day
Saturday, June 18
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join us as Fort George is filled with pomp and circumstance as war of 1812 Re-enactors descend on Fort George to show what life was like here in the colonies for the “upper class”. Beautiful uniform and décor will adorn the officers’ quarters with demonstrations happening throughout the day. *Regular Admission Rates Apply. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Fort
Sunday, June 19

Are you wondering what to get dad for Father’s Day? Why not give him the opportunity to be a part of a cannon crew and fire an 1812 six pounder field gun? A really big boom and a Father’s Day gift like no other! This unique experience is $49.00 and includes dressing in an 1812 uniform coat and hat, training, firing of an artillery piece, and keepsake photo. Please call the Fort George visitor centre: 905-468-6614 for more information or to purchase tickets. Quantities are limited, so book now!!

Fort George in the Great War
Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26

To commemorate the centennial of the First World War, Parks Canada and re-enactors from all across North America will bring Fort George National Historic Site's roots as Camp Niagara to life with displays and demonstrations honouring those who fought in the war to end all wars. For more information, call Parks Canada at (905) 468-6614.

For re-enactor registration, visit: http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/events/ww1-registration.html

First World War Tavern Night
Saturday, June 25
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Join us for an evening of merriment as Ian Bell returns with unique blend of music and humor set against the back drop of the First World War as costumed interpreters bring Fort George back to its Camp Niagara roots. The evening will also include a cash bar, light fare and a special showing of Blackadder Goes Forth on the “big screen”. *Regular Admission Rates Apply. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614

July

Celebrate Canada Day
Friday, July 1
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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 a fantastic concert and fireworks display! Free admission!

Fort George Celtic Festival
Saturday, July 9, 2016

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 3rd 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! *Special Admission Rates Apply.

For more information, visit the Celtic Festival webpage or call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.

August

Sense & Sensibility: A Barton Cottage Social (Friends of Fort George event)
Thursday, August 4
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join the Friends of Fort George for a social evening, celebrating Jane Austen’s novel, Sense & Sensibility! This Regency evening will include tea and treats, music, games, and more! Cost: $20.00/ person. Space is limited, so call 905-468-6621 or email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca to register.

Fife & Drum Muster & Soldiers’ Field Day
Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14

Join us for the 17th annual Fife & Drum Muster and Soldiers' Field Day! Fife and drum corps and infantry units from historic sites across Canada and the United States will converge on Fort George National Historic Site, showcasing the military music and drills of the early 19th century. This weekend-long event has become an annual tradition at Fort George, and is packed with firepower demonstrations, music and entertainment.

Echoes of Niagara’s Past: A Military Timeline Event
Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28

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 interpreters, animators and veterans display uniforms, weaponry and vehicles from the War of 1812, the First World War, Second World War and other historic time periods. Demonstrations will be happening throughout the day inside Fort George.

For re-enactor registration, visit: The Lincoln and Welland Regiment Museum website.

Arcs of Fire: A Military Sound and Light Show
Saturday, August 27
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand is this truly unique event that combines the roar of tanks, the beating of drums and the crack of muskets with music and light to put on a show like no other! *Regular Admission Rates Apply. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.

September

3rd Annual Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition (third party event)
September 23-25, 2016

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.

Please note: this is a third party event and special admissions rates apply for Fort George during this weekend. For admission/ticket and hotel information please visit: Canadian Steampunk or call: (905) 525–6303.

October

Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tours (Friends of Fort George event)
Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we commemorate the 204th Anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights, and the death of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, Saviour of Upper Canada. Brock’s Monument National Historic Site will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. all weekend. Join us for guided tours of the Battle site, climb the 235 steps to the top of Brock's Monument and enjoy the scenic view of Queenston Heights Park and the Niagara River! Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 for more information.

December

Fort George Garrison Christmas
Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11
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, 2017
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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