Named one of American Bus Association's "Top 100 Events in America," Fort Ligonier Days is a three-day festival that commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a monumental affair of the French and Indian War fought on October 12, 1758. Join the fun of the Fort's 60th celebration. Fort Ligonier Days will take place Oct. 8-10, 2021, right on the Ligonier Diamond and throughout the historic town.
According to many historians, the events that occurred at Fort Ligonier signified the actual beginning of the American Revolution. Pittsburgh exists today because of the key, strategic battle that occurred at Fort Ligonier in 1758. The original fort, called the "Post at Loyalhanna," was constructed in September of 1758. By late October of that year, George Washingtown had arrived at Loyalhanna, but not before the defeat of a British force at Fort Duquesne on September 14 and the successful defense of the Loyalhanna from a French attack on October 12. Heavily outnumbered, the French abandoned Fort Duquesne, which became Fort Pitt and is now present day Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio River.
The entire town of Ligonier participates in the Fort Ligonier Day festivities, offering more than 175 artisans and craft vendors in addition to more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants that reside in Ligonier year-round.
While walking around town, browse and shop more than 175 vendor booths in five different locations. Don't forget to support the local merchants in Ligonier, who will be offering Fort Days specials and sales.
Talented artisans will display and sell their homemade items including wood furniture, candles, paintings, stained glass, jewelry, leather, baskets, pottery and much more! Be sure to also check out local merchants holding sidewalk sales! They set up their sales on Thursday and are available the entire festival weekend.
The elaborate and exciting parade is an event you don't want to miss during Fort Ligonier Days. The procession starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday on Main Street and continues around the charming Ligonier Diamond. The parade is sure to entertain young and old alike, featuring historic groups with reenactors, local television personalities, Shriners, college and high school bands, bagpipers, and more!
Find dozens of food booths around the Diamond and around town. Walking to and from festivities is sure to make you hungry, and the variety of food available will satisfy every palate. The list of foods available goes on and on: funnel cakes, pies, gobs, apple dumplings, crab cakes, roast beef sandwiches, pierogies, authentic gyros, hot sausage, cheesesteaks and more fall flavors.
Insider Tip: Be sure to explore the local restaurants and churches nearby for fantastic food and time to sit down and recharge before you go back to shopping.
Sample wines from nine different wineries throughout the Laurel Highlands and buy a bottle (or a few) to enjoy at home.