Top 23 living history events this year

Our list of some of the best living history events happening across the country this year draws from many different regions and eras.

If you have a favorite that belongs on this list, please let us know in the comments below.

 


 

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Ice Harvest Festival
February 3, 2018
East Meredith, New York

Each year on the first Saturday of February, Hanford Mills Museum celebrates this rural tradition with the Ice Harvest Festival. Using historic tools and techniques, visitors can cut and manoeuvre blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. Food, demonstrations, bonfires, and vendors round out a day of hands-on history and winter fun. Find more information here.

 


 

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The 248th Commemoration and Reenactment of the Boston Massacre
March 3, 2017
Old State House, Boston, MA

Witness this infamous event, authentically recreated in front of the Old State House by living historians. Before the action unfolds, hear patriots, loyalists, and moderates talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. Find more information here.

 


 

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Living History Weekend
March 24 - 25, 2018
College Station, Texas

Texas’s largest living history event features fully restored and operational military vehicles, a military swap meet, historic small arms demonstration, a chance to ride a UH-1 Bell Iroquois helicopter and shoot a 75mm Pack Howitzer, battle reenactments and a junior G.I. zone for the young ones. Family friendly. Find more information here.

 


 

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Inter-colonial Wars: French and Indian War Encampment
May 5 - 6, 2018
The Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire

Reenactors personify British and French troops as they gather and recreate the sights and sounds of the French and Indian War. Included in this two-day event are tactical battle reenactments, 18th-century style camp cooking, baking in beehive oven, blacksmithing, textile production, and joinery. Find more information here.

Thanks to Peter Woodbury for recommending this living history event.

 


 

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Civil War Remembrance
May 26 - 28, 2018
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

On Memorial Day weekend, honor the sacrifices and achievements of the 3 million people who fought in America’s Civil War in Greenfield Village. Join hundreds of Union and Confederate reenactors, civilians, musicians and historic presenters and learn more about this pivotal time in American history through various exhibits, presentations, battle tactics demonstration, hands-on activities and insights from historians. Find more information here.

 


 

 

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Unto These Hills
June 2 - August 18, 2018
Cherokee, North Carolina

Unto These Hills is back, now with extra drama. Written by the late American playwright Kermit Hunter, Unto These Hills retells the sufferings of the Cherokee tribe over the course of 300 years. This live, outdoor production takes place every Monday through Saturday evening at 8 pm. The theatre is closed on Sundays. Find more information here.

 


 

10th annual 1940’s WWII Era Ball

10th annual 1940’s WWII Era Ball
June 16, 2018
Boulder Airport, Boulder, Colorado

Relive the swing era with this 1940’s WWII Era Ball. Featuring Circa-World War II vehicles, planes and reenactors, a hangar replicating Rick’s Cafe Americain with belly dancers and a roulette table you can play on. Watch performances from Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Hollywood’s Satin Dollz & the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Cap off the night in authentic 1940’s style with a radio announcement proclaiming the end of the war complete with a confetti drop and celebration! Find more information here.

 


 

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Pioneer Wedding
June 20, 2018
1850 Pioneer Farm, Urbandale, Iowa

Visit the 1850 Pioneer farm and experience how weddings are done during Iowa’s time of settlement. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride, help in the “shivaree”, play a good-natured and very noisy prank on the wedding couple, test your dancing skills and share in refreshments of cake and lemonade. Find more informaion here.

 


 

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Battle of Carillon Commemoration
July 8, 2018
Fort Ticonderoga, New York

Remember the day-long battle where the British had suffered casualties of nearly 2,000 men killed and wounded. See why the Battle of Carillon would prove to be France’s greatest victory of the French & Indian War and stand on the very ground where French soldiers entrenched themselves during the epic Battle of Carillon on July 8, 1758. Find more information here.

 


 

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Green River Rendezvous Days
July 12 - 15, 2018
Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming

Over the course of the four days, 100+ vendors will close streets and fill parks with food, live music, beer, entertainment and more to celebrate the legendary explorers, fur trappers, and Native Americans who opened commerce in the American West. From visits to the Museum of the Mountain Man that bestows Jim Bridger's rifle to the return of the Green River Rendezvous Pageant and nightly rodeos. Cultural events will be in high supply.  Find more information here.

 


 

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Pioneer Life Week
July 23 - July 29, 2018
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, Kentucky

A full week dedicated to the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River. Historical programs such as tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstration, spinning and weaving, 18th century poultry care, primitive fire making, atlatl demonstration, pioneer clothing interpretation, flint knapping, old time machinery, woodcarving and other life skill demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week. Find more information here.

 


 

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Redcoats and Rebels
August 4, 2018
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

The largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America’s freedoms. Activities include mock battles and skirmishes, tours of the British and American camps, training and cannon demonstrations, musket drilling with kids, help with camp laundry, 18th-century baseball and many more. Find more information here.

Thanks to Peter Woodbury for recommending this living history event.

 


 

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The 52nd Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival
August 10 - 11, 2018
Porkiomenville, Pennsylvania

Experience authentic German Folklife in the 18th and 19th centuries. Over 500 volunteers are dressed in period clothing. Witness the use of authentic tools to recreate traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a day in Goschenhoppen. Find more information here.

 


 

Living History Event, Historic Hillsborough, NH

10th Annual Living History Event
August 18 and 19, 2018
Historic Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Experience an action-packed two-day event across four locations in this annual living history event. Interact with period artisans and the music of the 2nd South Carolina String Band, witness battle reenactments, make butter and ice cream, pan for gold, use an old-fashioned laundry, press cider, discover the historic villages of Hillsborough, tour the historic houses and many more. Find more information here.

 


 

2018 Days of Living History - Gold Nugget Museum

2018 Days of Living History
September 8 - 9, 2018
Paradise, California

Take a walk down Memory Lane and experience life in the “good old days” on the beautiful grounds of the Gold Nugget Museum. Children will learn by doing—candles, tin art, bird feeders, cornhusk dolls, rope, washboard laundry, and much, much more. Find more information here.

 


 

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Battle for the Airfield
October 6 - 7, 2018
Stow, Massachusetts

A WWII reenactment and WWII Veterans round table discussion with over 300 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military participating in an amazing re-enactment. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in a dynamic educational living history event. Some of the vintage equipment includes tanks, cannons, troop carriers, half tracks, aircraft and support supplies. Find more information here.

 


 

Boston Occupied

Boston Occupied: The Redcoats are Coming....Again!
October 6 and 7, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

Two days filled with hundreds of reenacts portraying British “troops” landing and occupying the city of Boston. More than 150 reenactors, representing Redcoats and Boston residents in 1775, will take part. The landing is on Saturday, so to get the full effect, you'll want to see that—and arrive early. Find more information here.

 


 

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Anza Days 2018
October 15, 2018
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Arizona

Come and experience one of the most significant event in Tubac’s History, when Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza made the 1775 overland expedition from Tubac to the Pacific. Showcasing period costumed riders executing cavalry drills reenacting the historic journey as they head north with the first day objective of La Canao. Children will also take delight in the Anza Discovery Program featuring costumes, activities, props and ponies. Find more information here.

 


 

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Colonial Times: A Day to Remember
October 20 - 21, 2018
Living History Park, North Augusta, South Carolina

Experience the colonial past come to life through demonstrations and living exhibits. Featured attractions include horn smithing, pottery, a tomahawk throw, butter churning, weaving and spinning, quilting, candle making, scrimshaw, pewterer, musket firing demonstrations, calligraphy, gunsmithing, blacksmithing, woodworking, and meat smoking and curing. Find more information here.

 


 

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2018 Fort Loudoun 18th Century Trade Faire
October 20 - 21, 2018
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Vonore, Tennessee

Shop with numerous vendors of fine 18th century goods, enjoy some live performances and educational programs, interact with re-enactors and witness a battle between the French and English at the fort’s gates. Find more information here.

 


 

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The Enemy is Refortifying Ticonderoga
November 10, 2018
Fort Ticonderoga, New York

Watch soldiers and sailors work away to resurrect old cannons thrown in the lake back in 1777. Witness tradesman of the army diligently repairing the remnants of the old fort to secure the vital ground at Ticonderoga. Find more information here.

 


 

 

The 245th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment
December 16, 2018
Old South Meeting House, Boston, Massachusetts

Relive one of the most iconic public protest in American history at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773. Witness the debate over tea tax and demand for liberty from the British crown.Then join the procession to Griffin’s Wharf and witness the destruction of the tea as the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver. Find more information here.

 


 

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Crossing Reenactment
December 25, 2018
Delaware River, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

On Christmas day, join thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to listen to an inspiring speech by Gen. George Washington and watch as they row across the river in replica Durham boats. Those who cannot attend on Christmas can watch a full dress rehearsal about two and a half weeks before the Christmas Day Crossing. Find more information here.

 



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