Fort Ligonier Days, one of the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in America”, is a 3-day festival that commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War, fought on October 12, 1758. This outstanding outdoor festival is celebrating its 54th year in 2013.

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 and music from 1758. Visit Fort Ligonier’s official web site for Fort information. A favorite at the fort is the re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Ligonier at 2 & 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Parade

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, floats, costumed characters, the shrine units and special guests, including local TV personalities, high school and college bands. This is a spectacular part of Fort Ligonier Days!

PLEASE, for safety reasons, do not place any chairs along the parade route before 6 pm on Friday.


Free outdoor entertainment includes something for everyone — Civil War era music, Big Band music, South American folk music, bagpipes and drums, footstompin’ bluegrass, Gospel and many other types of music. Twenty-eight community food booths line the Diamond and other locations throughout town. The variety will satisfy the hungriest of appetites! Sit-down meals are available at several local churches.


Over 150 craft booths in 4 locations are linked by shuttle bus service.  The four official craft lots are: Municipal lot, Loyalhanna lot, Fairfield lot, & Mellon park. Talented artisans will display and sell handmade items including pewter figures, wicker and wood, dolls, dried flowers, paintings & prints, stained glass, jewelry, leather, baskets, pottery, blacksmithing and much more!!
On Thursday before the event and during Fort Ligonier Days, local merchants move their wares outside for sidewalk sales.


Over 25 community food booths located around the Diamond will be serving all varieties of food: roast beef sandwiches, hot ham & cheese, quesadillas, pizza, funnel cakes, meat pitas, cobblers, crab cakes, meatballs, gos & cookies, french fries, grilled cheese, lasagna, pepperoni rolls, pierogies, turkey legs, wings, crepes, gyros, ham BBQ, hot sausage, ribs, burgers, soup, apple dumplings, egg rolls, & Philly cheese steak.

Kids Korner

Steer the kids toward the side yard of the Ligonier Valley YMCA, West
Church Street, the location of the Kids Korner activities. Cecelia
Eidemiller will be doing charcoal and pastel portraits, Dawn Gurtner,
custom face painting, and WQED (Public Broadcast Station) will have give
aways, make and take’s, and IQ children’s radio. Other activities will
include: Amusement World – Jeff Landy, bounce house; Mary Jane
Derogatis, aqua art and glitter tattoos; Daniel Weidenhof, bunjee jump
amusement ride; Brent Armour, sand art; Playground World – Carolyn
Mento, play set and trampoline; Adam Lesnicky, fish pond and sports games.

Please Note: NO Dogs (pets) & NO Backpacks allowed in the festival area.


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Parking and Shuttle Service

Parking Guests are advised to follow the signs to designated parking areas around town. No parking is allowed in town or along Route 30 during the event, so be sure to follow the signs to official parking areas. All official parking areas are handicap accessible. Parking is $5.00 per car in officially designated lots. Free shuttles are available to main festival sites all day.

FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE will be provided all three days.

The shuttle will run from:

  • 8 am – 6:00 pm Friday
  • 8 am – 6:00 pm Saturday
  • 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday

CRAFT LOOP SHUTTLE service will run among the craft display areas from

  • 8 am – 6:00 pm Friday
  • 8 am – 6:00 pm Saturday
  • 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday

*See map inside program for bus stops.

(Note: Craft booths close at 6:00 pm Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday.)


Plan Ahead – Future Years

  • 2015 – October 9, 10, 11
  • 2016 – October 14, 15,16
  • 2017- October 13, 14, 15