Top 26 historic battle reenactments of 2018
Our list of the top battle reenactments taking place across the country this year.
If you have a favorite reenactment event that belongs on this list, please let us know.
2018 Brooksville Raid Reenactment
January 20 - 21, 2018
The largest Civil War reenactment in Florida with over 1500 reenactors and their families, 28 cannons, 60 horses, and over 50 sutlers. The annual Brooksville Raid reenactment is a re-creation of a Civil War battle that happened in Hernando County in July of 1864. The event features authentic confederate and union camps - step back in time and see for yourself how the war was fought and the many support personnel who worked to supply the soldiers, and their war efforts.
2018 Battle of Round Mountain Reenactment
February 16 - 18, 2018
Each February, the town of Yale comes alive with this annual reenactment. This event recreates a winter encampment of the Civil War era and takes place over three days, with living history Union and Confederate soldiers setting up opposing camps. Activities include time period weaponry displays, cooking demonstrations, lectures, sutlers and many more.
Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond
February 16 -18, 2018
Florida’s annual reenactment of the Battle of Olustee draws over 30,000 crowds each year. Be sure to attend on a Saturday to witness the climax of the weekend when 2,500 reenactors of Confederate and Union troops advance on the battlegrounds and engage in combat at the same place where the actual Battle of Olustee took place on February 20, 1864.
Recommended by Robert Burke
Battle of Aiken
February 24 - 25, 2018
Aiken, South Carolina
For two days, reenactors eat, sleep, live and fight in a painfully recreated version of the world in 1865. This War Between the States features authentic 19th-century military encampments, cannons, cavalry horses, living history presentations, reproductions of medical facilities, an engineer and signal service, and civilian portrayals.
17th Annual Reenactment and 153rd Anniversary of the Battle for Broxton Bridge
March 2 - 4, 2018
Ehrhardt, South Carolina
On the southern end of Broxton Bridge Plantation there is an old battleground, complete with all the breastworks, left over from the South's defenses on February 1, 1865, which happened 153 years ago. Relive the last big defensive effort for the Confederates before the battle of Columbia. The special attraction includes the H. L. Hunley submarine traveling exhibit.
Patriots' Day 2018. The 243rd. Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
April 14 - 22, 2018
Thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park every year to celebrate Patriots' Day, a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. One highlight of the event is the "Parker's Revenge" Battle Demonstration on April 16 which will begin at 5:30 in the morning. Hundreds of British and Colonial re-enactors will engage in a tactical weapons demonstration showing the running battle that took place on the border of Lincoln and Lexington.
San Jacinto Day Festival 2018
April 21, 2018
La Porte, Texas
Booming cannons, cracking musket fire, thundering hooves and desperate battle cries resound across the San Jacinto Battleground as hundreds of history reenactors recreate the events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico 181 years ago at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
2018 Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment: Chickamauga
April 28 - 29, 2018
Each year, a historical battle of action of Civil War history is selected. This year, it will be the battle in Chickamauga, known as one of the bloodiest battles in the Western Theater. Activities include artillery demonstrations, battle reenactments, period clothing, period music and even a period baseball game.
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The 154th Anniversary of Battle of Resaca Civil War Reenactment
May 18 - 20, 2018
Relive the largest battle of the Atlanta Campaign held on the historic Chitwood Farm, a 650 acre section of the original battlefield. Activities include exciting battles, memorial service at the C.S.A. cemetery, camp tours and talks with the soldiers, living history activities, cavalry competition, period medical demonstrations, Ladies Tea, period church service, period dance on Saturday night, "yard sale" of used reenactor clothing, and many more.
154th Anniversary Battle of New Market Reenactment
May 19 - 20, 2018
New Market, Virginia
One of the oldest continual reenactments in the nation held on our original battlefield property. . Experience Civil War soldier life as you visit on-going demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and after the battle each day. Walk in history's footsteps as you explore the sights and sounds of the Civil War with Artillery, Cavalry, Musket firing, Camp life, Medical Corps, and much more. Enjoy tasty treats from a variety of food vendors and shop for souvenirs on Sutler Row.
Fight for the Backcountry: Battle of Alamance Reenactment
May 19 - 20, 2018
Burlington, North Carolina
Experience North Carolina’s internal power struggle on the eve of revolution! “Fight for the Backcountry” will feature a recreation of the Battle of Alamance, and will explore life in the backcountry in the early 1770s, as the American colonies stood on the brink of revolution.
Recommended by Janine Harrison
42nd Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous & Encampment
May 26 - 27, 2018
One of the premier Revolutionary War reenactments in the Midwest, authentic battle reenactments are held four times during the event. Experience the American Revolution at a Living History Event, along with Revolutionary Era food, merchants, battle enactments and encampments with more than 100 booths with re-enactors demonstrating early frontier skills and merchants selling period wares. Entertainment includes strolling musicians, puppet shows, jugglers, oxen demonstration and more.
Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth
June 16 - 17 and 23 - 24, 2018
Manalapan, New Jersey
Featured on our list of top battle reenactments of 2017, come and experience what life was like during the Revolutionary War in this annual reenactment. See the Continental and British armies battle, just as they did in 1778. Hear the roar of Cannon and the crack of muskets! Activities will be held throughout the day.
Recommended by Beth Thomson Bernardo and Glenn Kleiber
The Gettysburg 155th Anniversary National Reenactment
July 5 - 8, 2018
Featured on our list of top battle reenactments of 2017, taking place for over 150 years, enjoy 4 days of events and educational activities including Field demonstrations, a living history village with period food and music, Civil War merchants and military camps. Learn about Civil War medicine, music, weapons and daily life during the conflict that defined our nation and saved the Union.
Defiance & Independence
July 21 - 22, 2018
Fort Ticonderoga, New York
Witness the epic 1777 siege of American-held Ticonderoga on this two-day battle reenactment event. As General Burgoyne tightened the hold on Ticonderoga, see how American soldiers and artillerymen held the line in the name of liberty. Watch the story unravel around you as the roar of muskets and cannon erupt.
Redcoats and Rebels
August 4, 2018
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
This annual history event is the largest military re-enactment in New England. It has nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Witness the daily life of 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.
255th Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run
August 4 - 5, 2018
Watch as the forces of his Royal Highness King George III pit against a confederation of Native Americans. See all the colors of war in the vibrant recreations of the two-day battle of Bushy Run that the various reenactors bring to life. Learn about how the battle progressed as well as how people lived in the mid-eighteenth century. Also featured are 18th century military camps, a sutler trade area, period craftspeople, and a children’s area.
Recommended by Glenn Kleiber
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August 17 - 18, 2018
Featured on our list of top battle reenactments of 2017, one of the most realistic and educational annual reenactment of D-Day which happened on June 6th, 1944 and the largest WWII reenactment in the US. Featuring over 1,200 re-enactors from across the United States and Canada happening on a 2250-yardlong beach and sloping adjacent terrain which closely resembles Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.
Recommended by Glenn Kleiber
25th Anniversary of the Battle of Tunnel Hill
September 8 - 9, 2018
Tunnel Hill, Georgia
Visitors will enjoy a weekend of civil war reenactments, tours of the Historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, Tunnel Museum, "Meadowlawn," the 1850 Clisby Austin House - headquarters of General William T. Sherman, as well as various food vendors and period sutler tents. Interact with the reactors, visit their camps, then find your spot to watch the battle unfold.
155th Anniversary of The Battle Of Blountville
September 28 - 30, 2018
Preserve the legacy of the Battle of Blountville which occurred on 22 September 1863 in historic Blountville, Tennessee. This weekend-long history event will include authentic civil war camps, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, period displays, and exciting battles on both Saturday and Sunday.
Revolutionary Germantown Festival
October 6, 2018
Come and join Philadelphia’s largest one-day history festival. Witness how the Revolutionary War turned Cliveden into a bloody battleground for General George Washington’s colonial soldiers as they battled the British in the fight to liberate occupied Philadelphia. Today, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival is a unique celebration attracting over 5,000 visitors each year with a day of family entertainment and reenactments of the Battle of Germantown.
2018 Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment (aka Battle of Red Bank Battlefield Reenactment)
October 21, 2018
National Park, New Jersey
Celebrate America’s heroes at the Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment, part of the 18th Century Field Day at Red Bank Battle Field Park. Enjoy battle reenactments, colonial demonstrators, vendors, food, and fun! Learn about the Battle of Red Bank and why New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution.” Tour the Whitall House and visit with our hearth cookers preparing delicious fall-inspired food. Kids will be delighted with the spectacular sword fight and enjoy a colonial magic show.
Revolutionary War Field Days
November 3 - 4, 2018
Camden, South Carolina
Hundreds of reenactors from across the country converge on the grounds of Historic Camden to camp, battle, and celebrate over the weekend. With more than 3,400 visitors who will get a chance to be a spectator for a battle each day, and they will be able to walk through the camps of the combatants while seeing demonstrations of Colonial crafts and skills. Colonial sutlers (merchants) and scholars giving talks about the war are on site as well.
1862 Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment
December 1 - 2, 2018
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Recognized nationally as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts every even-numbered year, the reenactment that interprets the Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier in a day of fierce fighting resulting in about 2,700 casualties. Activities include guided tours through Union, Confederate and civilian camps; military drills conducted by reenactors; cooking, spinning and lace-making demonstrations; and living history programs.
The 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Perryville
October 6 - 7, 2018
Happening on the actual ground that the armies of North and South engaged to determine the destiny of Kentucky, this event features Civil War battles, historical tours, living history encampments, ghost walks, a parade, street dancing, open fire cooking, picnics, a craft fair and flea market.
Recommended by Warner Todd Huston
2018 Battle of Cedar Creek Reenactment
October 20 - 21, 2018
Experience military life at the annual reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Featuring living history camps, live period music, and educational demonstrations on the original fields in Middletown, Virginia where the original battle was fought on October 19, 1864. Included in the ticket are living history activities at Belle Grove Plantation and tours of the Manor House.
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