Upcoming Events

Be a witness to history! Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada for special events that celebrate the history of Niagara. New events are listed frequently throughout the year, so be sure to check back often. You can also stay up to date about events by joining us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about any of these events, please contact us.




Cask Fest at Fort George

May 6, 2017

For the very first time, beer lovers of Niagara will gather for Cask Fest 2017, an exclusive event that reunites local breweries with the roots of their craft.

Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George have teamed up with Silversmith Brewing Company to organize a beer festival at The Agora at Fort George, a truly unique venue, to offer one-of-a-kind cask conditioned beers brewed by seven different local breweries. Proceeds of the festival will go to the Friends of George, so that they can continue to preserve and promote the heritage of Niagara National Historic Sites.

Participating breweries will include Silversmith Brewing Company, The Exchange Brewery , Teaching Brewery at Niagara College , Kame and Kettle Beer Works , Shawn and Ed Brewing Co. and two up-and-coming breweries — Bench Brewing and Fairweather Brewing Company .

Not only will the festival feature beers that you won’t find anywhere else, but will also include live entertainment, and a variety of local food trucks including Ello Gov’na , In the Smoke and AVella’s. During the event, the NOTL Canada 150 Committee will present their new special Confederation Celebration show; a 150th anniversary musical and fun theatrical performance.

Tickets cost $25 and include admission, a cask beer sample from each of the breweries and a souvenir glass. Call the Friends of Fort George Gift Shop at 905-468-6621 or email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca to purchase your tickets or for more information.



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Jane Austen Lecture

May 18, 2017

Join us for the third annual Jane Austen Lecture with Dr. Barbara Seeber from Brock University, as she discusses the timeless appeal of Jane Austen, 200 years after her death. This special evening will take place on May 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Navy Hall.

Dr. Barbara Seeber is a professor of English language and literature at Brock University, and author of two books on Jane Austen. Her newest book, with Maggie Berg, is The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy (2016).

After the lecture, there will be an evening social including tea & light fare. Additionally, the Friends of Fort George will be setting up a small Jane Austen themed gift shop for the event which will include books, mugs, jewelry, hats & more.

Tickets are $10.00/member and $15.00/non-members and can be purchased from the Friends of Fort George by calling 905-468-6621 or by email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca.


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Fort George Murder Mystery

May 27, 2017

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.

Regular admission rates apply. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614 or email ont.niagara@pc.gc.ca.


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World War One Re-enactment

June 17 - 18, 2017

Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George as we commemorate the centenary of the First World War on June 27-18, 2017.

Throughout the weekend, re-enactors from across North American 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 or email ont.niagara@pc.gc.ca.

Re-enactor Registration Click Here


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Celebrate Canada Day

July 1, 2017

Join us for the 28th annual Celebrate Canada Day festivities in Fort George & Niagara-on-the-Lake!The day starts with a pancake breakfast in Simcoe Park, prepared and served by the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Once breakfast is over, the Rotary Club will set up for their annual Canada Day barbecue, serving up burgers and dogs to help support July 1st activities.

Willow Cakes and Pastries will unveil their 2016 cake- always a secret and designed to highlight activities to celebrate Canada’s history. Be sure to catch the “cakewalk” parade down Queen Street, starting at 3:00 pm from the corner of Simcoe and Queen, escorted by the Fort George Fife & Drum Corps and our local dignitaries.
Fort George is open from 10:00 am in the morning to 10:00 pm at night, and it’s free all day!

Throughout the day, visitors to Fort George can tour the buildings, visit with costumed interpreters, try some period treats prepared in the Officers’ Kitchen, enjoy a musket demonstration, and more!

The evening entertainment starts at 6:30 pm with the kiddie militia and drill, followed by a presentation by the Fort George Infantry, Artillery and Fife and Drum Corps. An evening barbecue will be available at Fort George, prepared and served by the hardworking Friends of Fort George volunteers.

On stage will be “The Howling Horns.” From the ashes of the Horns from Hell comes the HOWLING HORNS! An 8 piece horn band featuring music from blues to dance to classic rock, come howl the night away with this premier Horn Band!"

A spectacular fireworks display will once again close the evening, by the award-winning fireworks company, Garden City Fireworks. This year the fireworks will again be choreographed to music!


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Battle of Fort George Re-enactment

July 8 & 9, 2017

Join us as we commemorate the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Fort George. Re-enactors from all over North America will descend upon Fort George as they re-enact one of the pivotal events in Niagara during the War of 1812. Battle re-enactments will be scheduled throughout the weekend. 1812 programming including musket firings, cannon firings, music presentations and more will be happening both days inside Fort George.

For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614 or email ont.niagara@pc.gc.ca.

Re-enactor Registration Click Here


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Persuasion Tea Party

August 3, 2017

Join the Friends of Fort George for a social evening celebrating Jane Austen's novel, Persuasion!
This special evening will include book discussion, tea and treats, trivia, music, games and more.

Tickets are $20.00 each. Space is limited, so book your tickets in advance. Call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 or email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca to reserve your spot!


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Fife and Drum Muster & Soldiers' Field Day

August 19 - 20, 2017

Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George as we celebrate the 17th annual Fife and Drum Muster and Soldiers’ Field Day on August 13-14, 2016. Fort George National Historic Site will be open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. all weekend with special demonstrations happening throughout the day. Come and visit Fort George and enjoy music, muskets, cannons and more!

For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614 or email ont.niagara@pc.gc.ca.


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Echoes of Niagara's Past: A Military Timeline Event

August 26 - 27, 2017

Join us at Fort George on August 26 - 27, as Parks Canada and the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum commemorate over 200 years of Niagara's military history. Throughout the weekend, Fort George will come to life as interpreters, animators and veterans display uniforms, weaponry and vehicles from the War of 1812, World War I, World War II and other historic time periods.

For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-614 or email ont.niagara@pc.gc.ca.


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Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tours

October 7 - 8, 2017

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada on October 7- 8, 2017 as we commemorate the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Major General Sir Isaac Brock.

Brock's Monument National Historic Site will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm all weekend. Step inside the Monument and tour the small museum and gift shop; visit with our historical interpreters; participate in our scavenger hunt and be inducted into Brock’s Militia; try on period clothes at the dress up station, or try your hand at regency games at the games station. The Monument stairs will also be open for climbing. Venture up the 235 steps to the top of Brock's Monument and enjoy the scenic view of Queenston Heights and the Niagara River!

To commemorate the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, our costumed interpreters will be offering commemorative tours of the battle site at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the commemorative tours can be purchased from the staff at the base of Brock’s Monument.

The cost for the tour is $3.50 for youth and $4.50 for adults. All proceeds from the programming at Brock’s Monument help to support student summer employment opportunities at Brock’s Monument and Fort George.

For more information contact the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621.



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