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 Hughes 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, and the Washington Health System obstacle course.
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!
2017 Saturday Afternoon Music Line-Up
2017 Saturday Evening Music Line-Up
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
8:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen was named International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major national festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.
The Steel City Rovers
7:00pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, the Steel City Rovers call their sound “Celtibilly”—a high energy blend of country, Celtic, folk and roots music. In a few short years, the Rovers have risen to perform internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards, and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts. Commanding and dynamic performers, this act is simply electric to witness in person.
6:00pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
Welcome to the music of Well Strung!!! A five-piece bluegrass band out of the Slippery Rock, PA. area and have been playing traditional and nontraditional bluegrass music since June of 2004. The members of this band come from diverse backgrounds which allows them to create and cover music from different genres all in a bluegrass style. The band enjoys playing to enthusiastic audiences and will never fail to get folks involved in their shows-it is not unusual to see the floor bouncing with dancers!