Celebrate with us as Fort Ligonier Days enters its 60th year in 2019. The 3-day fall festival commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War fought on October 12, 1758.
Over 200 craft booths in 5 locations are linked by shuttle bus service.
Talented artisans will display and sell handmade items including wood furniture, candles, dried flowers, paintings & prints, stained glass, jewelry, leather, baskets, pottery, metal-work, and more!
2020 Craft Vendor Application
Over 30 food booths located around the Diamond, Train Station East and West lots, and other locations will be serving all varieties of food: roast beef sandwiches, crab cakes, pizza, funnel cakes, local pies, crepes, gobs, snails & cookies, french fries, pierogies, authentic gyros, hot sausage, burgers, grilled cheese, corn dogs, apple dumplings, cheese steaks, kettle corn and ice cream! The variety will satisfy the hungriest of appetites.
Sit-down meals are available at several local churches the YMCA and local hotels and restaurants.
Food Vendor Information
Don’t miss the elaborate and entertaining parade that proceeds down Main Street around Ligonier’s picturesque Diamond at 11:00 AM on Saturday. The parade will include historic units, period reenactors from the French and Indian Wars, decorated floats, costumed characters, horses, stagecoaches, the Shrine units, special guests, local TV personalities, and marching bands. This is a spectacular part of Fort Ligonier Days!
Fort Ligonier Days is proud to announce the the return of the University of Pittsburgh Marching Band as parade participants.
The Pitt Band is one of the greatest traditions that the University of Pittsburgh has to offer. As the largest and most visible student organization on campus, Pitt Band is dedicated to excellence in marching and musical performance, promoting spirit on and off campus, and providing a compelling experience for all of its members.
Let’s warmly welcome their return!
On the grounds of the Fort you will find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, ceremonies, Highlanders, redcoats, French troops, frontier men and women, Indians, working baking ovens and music from 1758. Visit the official website of Fort Ligonier for additional information. A favorite at the fort is the re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Ligonier on Saturday and Sunday.
Stop by the French camp and visit the long-time reenactors Dr. Walter Powell and Bruce Egli, whose journey as reenactors began at Fort Ligonier 50 years ago!
Free outdoor entertainment includes something for everyone: Celtic, Country Rock, Brass, Oldies, tribute bands, and big names from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!
Headlining our Diamond Anniversary Celebration on Saturday October 12 at 6:30PM are Jay and The Americans one of the best rock n roll vocal groups of the 1960’s & 1970’s with 12 top 10 hit songs including “Come A Little Bit Closer”, “Cara Mia”, “This Magic Moment” & “Only In America”.
Fun for all kids at Fort Ligonier Days!
Colonial Costume Contest at the Fort Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 PM. Registration forms must be handwritten by participants and dropped off or submitted by email no later than October 7th in order to participate in the contest. See Contest Guidelines. Cash prizes are awarded and all participants are invited to march in the Fort Ligonier Days Parade!
Ligonier Valley YMCA Kids Korner and Nurture Nook, featuring a bounce house, sand art, face painting, balloon animals and much more!
Decorate a Radio Flyer Wagon and join the Fort Days Parade Saturday, October 12 at 11 AM
Run in the Fort Days 5K, Kids Cannonball Dash and Obstacle Course
Sunday, October 13 at 8:30 AM. Prizes for top finishers!
Join us on Sunday, for the Fort Ligonier Days 5k at 8:30 AM. There’s even a Kid’s Cannon Ball Dash at 9:30 AM for youngsters 4 thru 12. Plan now to make this a part of your weekend!
Support small business during Fort Ligonier Days.
Sidewalk Sales Take place from 10-3 on Thursday, October 10th.
Browse Summer essentials, Winter must-haves, and handmade local art.
Take a break from the streets, enjoy a meal at one of Ligonier’s locally-owned restaurants. Remember all of Ligonier’s downtown Merchants and restaurants are open all weekend long!
Fort Ligonier Days has grown into a major western Pennsylvania attraction, drawing 100,000+ visitors over a three-day period each October. This year marks our Diamond Anniversary celebrating 60 years of Fort Ligonier Days. Exceptional marketing opportunities are available for event sponsors and festival booth exhibitors. Attract new customers with marketing exposure to tens of thousands of festival attendees.