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Upcoming Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Events

Saturday, May 20

Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

Relive the festive 19th century celebrations surrounding a royal holiday. A merry mood permeates the Fort on this occasion. At noon, bagpipes announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volley... More

Saturday, June 24

Plough to Plate

11:00 am

Discover farm to table, 19th century style, as informative speakers mix with 1850s historical interpreters to inform and demonstrate heritage foodways. Speakers will give a variety of presentations and demonstrations on heritage food topics ... More

Friday, July 14

Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

Children will race for saltwater taffy fired from the candy cannon as several cannon firings punctuate an evening of 19th century fun with the Fort’s living historians. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and join in scavenger h... More

Friday, July 21

Friday at the Fort

6:00 pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a summer evening party in the unique setting of Fort Nisqually and Point Defiance Park. The beauty of the Park at dusk surrounds you while live music adds energy and fun to the scene. Choose to kick back and... More

Saturday, August 12

Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to t... More

Sunday, August 13

Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to t... More

Saturday, September 9

Harvest Home

11:00 am

Join us to celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn at our Harvest Home festival.  The day will include popular Victorian games, traditional music and dance performances, and the arrival of the hock cart carrying the last sheaf o... More

Friday, October 6

Candlelight Tour

7:00 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests may eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men and women of the Hudson&rsqu... More

Saturday, October 7

Candlelight Tour

7:00 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests may eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men and women of the Hudson&rsqu... More

Saturday, November 4

Heritage Skills Workshop - Food Preservation

10:00 am

Learn how people in the Washington Territory prepared for the long winter with this hands-on workshop about food preservation techniques.  Topics covered will include pickling, canning, and making kraut. You must be at least 16 years old t... More

Saturday, December 2

A 19th Century Christmas

11:00 am

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm. Every... More