Lewis and Clark
& Related Events Calendar
   
The Middle Mississippi River Valley offers visitors and residents alike a wide variety of events related to Lewis and Clark and the time period that they lived in. There are many historical sites in the region that host these activities that range from reenactments and the rendezvous to exhibits, lectures, and historical programs. greatriverroad.com has included events not directly related to the Lewis and Clark adventure but capture the history of the times that either influenced Lewis and Clark or that they influenced. The French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Fur Trapping era are time periods that these other events portray.
     
Symbol Key
   This Lewis and Clark symbol indicates that the central theme of the event is related specifically to Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery and held at a location at a site recognized as part of the National Lewis & Clark Trail.
This canoe symbol indicates that the central theme of the event is related to the time period of the late 18th and early 19th century and will provide visitors with insight as to what conditions were like when Lewis and Clark passed through the region.
 
CAMP DUBOIS RENDEZVOUS

Wood River, IL
  October 25 - October 26, 2014
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
Camp Dubois, Route 143 and Route 3
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping at a replica of Lewis and Clark's 1803-1804 winter encampment in teepees and period tents. Activities includes tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Free
For more information call
314-223-2621

FRENCH & INDIAN
WINTER RENDEZVOUS
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  November 1 - November 2, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
This annual winter gathering of French & Indian War period reeanctors features period costumes, campsites, games, music, demonstrations and a team woodswalk musket competition.
Free, Donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230
       

ARRIVAL AT
CAMP RIVER DUBOIS

Hartford
, IL
  December 13 - December 14, 2014
10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Witness the arrival of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as reenactors arrive at the mouth of the River Dubois to establish their 1803-04 Winter Encampment. Join the members of the Corps in a military demonstration of 1803 U.S. Army Expedition. Visitors can experience camp life in early Frontier Illinois, and watch demonstrations of period crafts and skills.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811

FREE TRAPPERS OF ILLINOIS
SPRING RENDEZVOUS

Wood River, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 2015

Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
Camp Dubois, IL-143 and IL-3
Celebrate the historical period between 1700 and 1840. See demonstrators in period clothing, a black powder shoot, a "hawk" throw, fire starting with flint and steel contests, children's and women's activities, period food sales, crafts, vendor sales of period items, contests, and much more. Period costumes required for campers and crafters.
Free - donations appreciated
For more information call 618-604-3852 or 618-616-3219

ARLA ENCAMPMENT
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 2015

9 am - 5 pm
Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
This annual early spring gathering of French & Indian War period reeanctors is sponsored by the American Long Rifle Association encampment whose members portray the long hunter era of 1750-1790. The event features period costumes, campsites, games, music, demonstrations, and competitions.
Free, Donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

COLONIAL TRADE FAIRE
& MUSKET FROLIC
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
April, 2015

9 am - 5 pm
Fort De Chartres, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
Merchants, artisans and craftsmen will display and sell handmade and period wares at this annual event.  Mid to late 1700s period musket and rifle shooting matches will test the skills of participating re-enactors. La Bonne Epouse, or a women's contest for "The Good Wife" will be held.  Other featured activities will include colonial games, period music and a benefit auction. The public is invited to watch the events free of charge and shop at the Trade Faire. The event is presented by Chasseurs du Datchurat, a group of historical reenactors that recreates the lives of the longhunters of the Illinois country and Spanish Louisiana from the middle 1760s to the middle 1770s.
Free
For more information call 618-284-7230
  or visit the events webpage

GARRISON WEEKEND

Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
April, 2015

10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Come and watch  on Saturday as the Detachment participates in living history at this replica winter camp and portrays early 19th century army life. On Sunday visitors can observe what it was like for frontier women as they cook over an open fire, sew their family's garments, make candles at the early 1800s American Bottom Cabin.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811
 
SCHOOL OF THE SOLDIER
Ste. Genevieve, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
April, 2015

Moses Austin Grounds, Main and Gabouri Streets
Come and learn about French Colonial life including archaeological investigation of domestic life and the 1732 Fort de Chartres, the life of an18th  century indentured servant; an 18th Century Sunday Service, and music. There will be a French encampment and cannon salute and 18th century craft demonstrations. Lectures will be held on both days are at no cost and from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm at the Sainte Genevieve Welcome Center.
For more information visit www.milice.org

CAMP DUBOIS RENDEZVOUS
Wood River, IL
  May 2 - May 3, 2015
9 am - 5 pm both days
Camp Dubois, IL-143 and IL-3
Celebrate the historical period between 1700 and 1840. See demonstrators in period clothing, a black powder shoot, a "hawk" throw, fire starting with flint and steel contests, children's and women's activities, period food sales, crafts, vendor sales of period items, contests, and much more. Period costumes encouraged for campers, crafters, and other participants.
Free - donations encouraged
For more information call 618-558-0175
LEWIS & CLARK HERITAGE DAYS
St. Charles, MO
  May 16 - May 17, 2015
Saturday: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Frontier Park
Historic St. Charles Downtown District
This annual festival features an authentic reenactment of Lewis & Clark's encampment in 1804 prior to their journey up the Missouri River. Also featured are reenactor encampments, Fife and Drum Corps demonstrations, boat replicas, museum tours, and 19th century crafts.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For more information call 1-800-366-2427
  or visit www.lewisandclarkheritagedays.com

FORT DE CHARTRES
KID'S DAY
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

10 am - 4 pm
Community Park, Prairie du Rocher
At this special annual event kids get to participate in free historical activities throughout the day. Kids get to learn how to make a leather pouch, make rope, and write with a quill. Kids get to get their faces painted, shoot a bow and arrow, and listen to a very funny and great puppet show.
Free, Donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

LEWIS & CLARK DEPARTURE DAYS
Hartford
, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Come and commemorate the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Camp River Dubois. View life as it was in 1803-1804 as the men prepared for their departure. Watch re-enactors portray life as members of the Corps of Discovery preparing for their epic trip west. On the grounds will be craft exhibitors demonstrating early American skills, woodworking, candle making, marching drills, cooking, and shooting demonstrations.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811

ANNUAL FORT DE CHARTRES
RENDEZVOUS

Prairie du Rocher, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2015
9 am - 5 pm
Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
One of the largest in rendezvous events in the country occurs annually at this historic fort. 18th century crafts, food, music, 1000's of historically dressed participants, flintlock musket and rifle competition, cannon and mortar competition, traders and more.
Small parking fee
For more information call 618-284-7230

PERE MARQUETTE RENDEZVOUS
Grafton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

10 am - 5 pm
Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous is a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier.
Free

For more information call 618-786-3323

LEWIS AND CLARK
MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

10 am - 4 pm
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
This annual music event features musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers, and flutes. This music and dance Festival features early American, French, Spanish and Native American music traditional music in venues both in and outdoors.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811

CANNON SCHOOL
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

Begins at 10 am each day
Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
This event features an instructional course for historical artillerymen. A certificate of safety will be issued to participants who pass the course. There will also be a live firing competition.
Free, donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

HISTORICAL TRADE FAIR

Cahokia, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

9 am - 2 pm
Cahokia Courthouse, 107 Elm Street

Vendors and sutlers of 18th and 19th century reproductions will be on hand to sell and trade their wares. Many will be in period garb, so this is your chance to learn more about the time period when the Illinois Country was America's frontier.
Free
For more information call 618-332-1782
PIONEER DAYS
Defiance, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

9 am - 5 pm

Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F
A pre-1840s Folkways Festival and Encampment. Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village come to life for a fall festival. Artisans, music, historic encampment, a black powder shoot and good food make this a glorious day in the beautiful Femme Osage Valley. Step into the past to experience life on the early Missouri frontier and learn about the Boone legacy.
Admission
For more information call 636-798-2005

FRENCH & INDIAN
WAR ASSEMBLAGE

Prairie du Rocher, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
October, 2015

9 am - 5 pm both days
Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
The French and Indian War signaled the decline of France's influence in North America and helped spark the American Revolution. This Living History event portrays this time period at this reconstructed historic fort with camp life, contests, and vignettes.
Free, donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

OLD SETTLERS DAYS
Kampsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
October, 2015

10 am - 5 pm daily
Riverside Park
This event on the banks of the Illinois River depicts the life and times of the early Calhoun settlers. Civil War re-enactment, carriage rides, fiddle contest, mountain-man activities, apple-butter making and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Free
For more information call 618-465-2114

GRAFTON RENDEZVOUS
Grafton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
October, 2015

10 am - 4 pm daily
Grafton Riverfront
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping along the the Illinois River in teepees and period tents. Activities includes tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Free
For more information call 618-372-8672

We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Middle Mississippi River Valley. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.


greatriverroad.com does not cover events in St. Louis or St. Louis County. For Lewis and Clark related events in these areas and other nearby Missouri venues we suggest the following links:

Explore St. Louis, the website provided by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

Visit Missouri, the official Tourism site for the state of Missouri. The Northeast Section contains events in the St. Louis area
 
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