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2020 Alafia River Rendezvous

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The Florida Frontiersmen host the 49th Annual Alafia River Rendezvous on January 15-26, 2020 at their club property in Bartow, Florida.  Early setup is January 16-18; Camp goes primitive at 5:00 p.m. the last day of early setup. The Alafia River Rendezvous has become the largest living history event in the Southeast with over 1,000 adults and hundreds of children creating a pre-1840s encampment. Additionally, this event draws over one hundred traders and thousands of visitors and school children. NOTE: These are Alafia River Rendezvous “participant” dates. The camp is open to visitors on the last weekend (January 24 & 25); see below for admission and other details.

Alafia River Rendezvous

NOTE: The information below will have minor corrections, changes, updates or additions as more information becomes available.

Alafia River Rendezvous participants, packup your camp and get ready for the Southeast’s largest pre-1840 Rendezvous! Bring your muzzleloader for shooting range competitions and Woods Walk; be ready for the Hawk & Knife Throwing and Primitive Archery Woods Walk contests. Enjoy the Seminars, Pow Wow, Adult & Kids’ Games, Highland Games and other great entertainment to be had during the rendezvous.

School Children’s Day: Thursday, January 23, 2020
General Public Days: Friday & Saturday, January 24-25, 2020

Gates open at 9am, all visitors must exit by 4pm. We invite you to step into the past! Come see a living portrayal of how people lived before 1840. Enjoy a program of music and games and see artisans demonstrating crafts such as flint knapping, broom making, blacksmithing, soap making, weaving and more. There will be vendors for food and primitive merchandise on sale.

Alafia River Rendezvous provides ample opportunities for members and visitors to learn about the pioneer spirit of our ancestors, how they lived and the skills they used to survive. The Metis’ Indians also establish a traditional native village with teepees in the camp.

There will be vendors for food, primitive lifestyles and souvenirs. Visitors will see many demonstrations by the reenactors of historic skills and portrayals of life on the frontier before 1840. There is a full music program that will be performed on-stage, featuring both local and nationally recognized performers.

Visitor Admission (Cash Only):
$10 Adults
$5 Seniors )60+) & Children (4-15)
Free – Children 3 & under

Participant Fees
$50.00 Pre-registration (postmarked Dec 1)
$60.00 At the gate
$35.00 Pre-registered Trader; $50 at gate

Alafia River Rendezvous Mini-Gallery