2018 Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem
Join us for the 12th Annual Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem, Utah on July 2-4, 2018 at Scera Park for the west’s largest American colonial living and reenactment event. The Colonial Heritage Festival is a free four-day event for the whole family, celebrating the colonial period from 1607 Jamestown through the 1787 signing of the Constitution.
Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem, Utah
The Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem is the largest gathering of its kind west of the Mississippi. The living museum, called the Village at Aubin’s Grove, will feature a gathering of colonial artisans, military exhibits, period craftsmen, storytelling and more. Visit the Colonial School House, purchase colonial baked goods like sourdough bread and applesauce cake at Allen’s brick oven bakery, and join the debate to decide if tea will be thrown into Boston Harbor. Listen to Minister Gowan Pamphlet preach, chat with the calligrapher at the Cup and Quill, and take home a free bookmark with your name, handwritten with feather and ink.
Military enthusiasts can visit the Haberdashery and see hand-sewn uniforms before they gather for military musters and drills. Beware! Men and boys will be drafted on sight. Experience cannons firing in the open field and tour the medical tent to see the Colonial surgeon and all the instruments used in the day. Other Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem exhibits include the apothecary shop, blacksmith, cooper, broom maker, gunsmith, spoon maker, potter, bobbin lace maker, candle dipping, cobbler and more. A general store will be available to buy colonial games, quills, books, etc. Food vendors will be available in the park and storytellers and musicians will be on hand to entertain.
Free – Open to the public
$1 or $2 donation per person is appreciated.
600 S State Street
Orem, Utah 84058
At the Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem, Redcoat officers and regulars can be seen throughout the village. They drill and skirmish throughout the event in a space allocated to them. Visitors who are caught carrying encoded messages or paying disrespect to King George may find themselves escorted to the pillory for public punishment or worse
Ongoing Festival Activities
- Jamestowne 27 Try on armor, learn about life as a sailor, knot tying and other activities.
- Colonial Games 29 Native American and Colonial games are available for children and adults to learn and play.
- Children’s Chores 28 Hauling water, carding wool, spinning, cording, and more.
- Town Crier 7 Colonial Quest (Complete a question sheet about various exhibits to earn a reward).
- Various Participate in the Culper Spy Ring. If you are brave and willing to accept the consequences of being discovered as a spy, use your messaging device to make contact with Agent 723 to see if General
- Washington is in need of your skills for stealth and secrecy. To initiate contact, text a723 to 368674. If you are needed you will receive instructions. But beware, if you are caught by the British, you will end up in the pillory, or worse. (Appropriate for ages 10 to 15).
Colonial Fest Demonstrations & Exhibit
It’s hard to know how to describe this part of the official festival website. They have literally dozens of demonstrations of skills and everyday colonial life on display at the Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem, such as Basket Maker, Blacksmith, Military, Colonial School, etc., with images and descriptions. To get a detailed look at what to expect and plan for, see the Colonial Fest Demonstrations & Exhibit details.
Mark your calendar for the next Colonial Heritage Festival in Orem – you don’t want to miss it! From its humble beginnings, the Colonial Heritage Festival is now the largest colonial living and reenactment event in the western United States. This even is made possible not only by the volunteers, but by the visitors. We hope that we have left an impression on all who have visited. They certainly have left an impression on us.
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