Saturday, July 7th
Downtown Activities 10:30am to 10:30pm
Washington Park Fort Site Activities 11am to 5pm
Parade, Street Theater, Live Music, Re-enactments, Food & Drink, Crafts, Historical Tours, Family Activities, Fireworks and Much More.
Saturday the Whiskey Rebellion Festival is in full swing and begins with a community parade through the heart of Washington’s historic downtown and features marching bands, civic leaders, entertainers, and historical re-enactors. Enjoy family fun and shop for unique arts & crafts.
Join us at the festival on Saturday and experience history authentically presented by the region’s top 18th century re-enactment groups including, Wayne’s Fourth Sub-Legion, 1st Virginia Regiment, Rangers of the Ohio Company, the Whiskey Jug Rangers, Roger’s Rangers, The Oliver Miller Homestead, Westmoreland Rifles, and Swearingen’s Militia.
Visit The Hangman’s Noose Tavern, located at the Kennedy Log House in Washington Park. See the 18th Century tavern display and hear tavern talk presentations throughout the day. Taste samples of (non-alcoholic) 18th century tavern drinks.
The festivities continue with the opening of the food midway and Blue Eagle Tavern. Festival guests are invited to enjoy a wide variety of food offerings from smoked BBQ to Gyros to ice cream.
The festival’s main stage comes alive with Americana/Heritage music throughout the day and the streets are transported back to the 18th century as re-enactors perform and tell the story of the Whiskey Rebellion with unparalleled authenticity. Visit the historic home of the leader of the rebellion, the David Bradford House. The Lil Rebel Art & Heritage Area in Madeleine’s Garden at the LeMoyne House provides education and entertainment for the entire family. Street skirmishes, cannon fire, and the must see event of the festival, a live tar and feathering, bring history to life!
Take a FREE bus ride to and from the recreated 18th century Frontier Fort Site at Washington Park. Step back in time and visit with re-enactors portraying native Americans, frontiersman, trappers, and tradesman. The kids can enjoy the free petting zoo and pony rides.
One of the highlights is the festival is the annual street theater performances. History comes alive on Main Street during these outstanding representations of living history. Throughout the day gain an understanding of the events and actions that lead to the Whiskey Rebellion and how they helped shape American history. Between performances, you are invited to talk with and engage the actors as they portray their historical character. The grand finale of the day’s street theater is the incredibly popular and powerful re-enactment of a “Tar and Feathering” of a whiskey tax collector.
Evening includes FREE concert starting at 6pm with a fireworks finale!
Evening brings nationally recognized musical artists to the main stage capped off by the festival’s Saturday night headliner.
The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks display over the city of Washington that has brought rave reviews since the festival began in 2010.
Don’t miss this day-long extravaganza that offers something for everyone!
2018 Saturday Afternoon Music Line-Up
Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries, Ohio Valley
The Fly Birds, Morgantown, WV
Beau Street Players, Washington
Richard Withers & Mark Tamsula, Pittsburgh
Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues, Washington, DC
Devilish Merry, Pittsburgh
Wayward Companions, Pittsburgh
Christian Wig, Ohio
2018 Saturday Evening Music Line-Up
Wood & Wire
8:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
It’s been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of Austin, Texas. In that time, they’ve recorded five albums and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country. Mixing in elements of Americana, swing and blues into their well-crafted original music and traditional bluegrass tunes, Wood & Wire keeps people on their toes, with a cappella ballads, funky jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. Tony Kamel (guitar), Dom Fisher (bass), Trevor Smith (Banjo), and Billy Bright (mandolin). “Our goal is to show up and drive, so that the energy hits you, and it’s undeniable,” says bassist Dom Fisher.
Grand Bon Rien
7PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
Grand Bon Rien is Western Pennsylania’s source for live traditional Cajun music. Known for their driving, danceable beat on traditional two-steps and waltzes, and their tight harmonies on songs sung in Cajun French, Grand Bon Rien features Chuck Ettensohn (accordion), Mark Tamsula (fiddle), Roberta Miller (fiddle), Annie Trimble (guitar), and Steve Steinman (bass and guitar). Laissez le bon temps rouler!
6PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
18 Strings is an acoustic string trio based out of Morgantown, WV, with a growing local following. The three members come from different musical backgrounds spanning everything from jazz to folk, and rock to classical. The result is a seamless fusion of styles that incorporates smart songwriting, tight harmonies, refined instrumental technique, and an airtight groove. The band’s second album, Single Wide, was released last October.