Calling all history scholars! Every autumn, the Laurel Highlands transforms from a scenic summer destination into the backdrop for an array of fall festivals. Each of these celebrations is designed to educate you on the historical significance of our scenic area. One of the largest events is Fort Ligonier Days. This three-day street festival begins at the lawn of Thistledown at Seger House on West Main Street in Ligonier, PA, and spreads throughout the streets of downtown. Bring your camera, come hungry, and listen to the live entertainment!
Once you’ve experienced this year’s Fort Ligonier Days, enjoy the fall colors of our scenic tri-county area. Discover the top activities and things to do this October when you request 24-hour access to our exclusive Online Vacation Guide! Whether you are searching for the best places to eat, historic sites to tour, or outdoor destinations to explore, you’ll have directions to each of our top recommendations. Our carefully curated travel planner also solves where to stay by listing a selection of our rustic retreats and enticing extras at Oak Lodge!
What You’ll See at Fort Ligonier Days This Year
Early American history is woven into the fabric of our scenic area. Take a guided step into our past at Fort Ligonier Days, one of the top Laurel Highlands events. Read over our local insights to discover how to make the most of your time at this fantastic event!
The Opening Day
Fort Ligonier Days has something for everyone to enjoy in the middle of October. To kick off this three-day festival, the crowd is welcomed by warm words from MIss Ligonier in The Diamond, a park located in the heart of downtown. Proceeding her greetings, the streets fill with the sights and sounds of a lively parade featuring marching bands from across Westmoreland County and even a horse-drawn carriage. Once the parade ends, continue the celebratory spirit as you experience the events.
A Battle Reenactment
Perhaps the most fantastic display at Fort Ligonier Days is the famous battle reenactment of October 12, 1758. During the French and Indian War, this fort was a pivotal win for British forces and allies to stop the advancing French Army. To watch this historic reenactment, bring a towel or lawn chairs to enjoy the imitation from the grassy lawn overlooking the grounds. If you want to learn more, explore the interactive exhibits at the Fort Ligonier Museum.
As you walk around, you’ll hear the sounds of live music filling the air. In the past, the Hobbs Sisters, Jane West, Jim Jimerson, Gashouse Annie, and even a Beatles cover band took center stage. Each of these acts performed renditions of their favorite songs and even performed some of their own pieces!
No festival in the Laurel Highlands is complete without the excellently seasoned cuisine. Past food items of Fort Ligonier Days included apple dumplings, gyros, roast beef sandwiches, and homemade fudge. In addition to your meal, sip on blends from some of the best wineries in PA at the wine tastings. Whatever way you decide to enjoy the cuisine, you’re sure to satisfy your culinary cravings!
In addition to the cultural occurrences and wonderful provisions, enjoy the various other activities. Here is a sample of other festivities during this three-day event!
- Crafts booths & Fort Ligonier Days vendors
- Cannonball Dash 5K run
- Children’s costume contest
From the moment you arrive until the moment you depart, you’re sure to have an incredible time at Fort Ligonier Days!
Book Your Stay at Oak Lodge
After you’ve experienced Fort Ligonier Days, make the drive through our peaceful countryside back to the comfort of our rustic bed and breakfast. At Oak Lodge, we provide you with top-notch service from the moment you book your stay to well after you check out. We invite you to browse a stunning selection of charming accommodations, each of which features hardwood floors, restored antiques, and sweeping views of our 800-acre paradise. When you find the ideal one for your getaway, reserve your desired dates and explore our various specials and packages. From spa services to browsing historic sites to romantic retreats, treat your beloved to something special this year!