Downtown Activities 10:30am to 10:30pm
Washington Park Fort Site Activities 11am to 5pm
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 on site 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. From 11:30 until 4:00, 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.
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 fire works 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!
Click Here for a Complete Festival Schedule.
The Early Mays
North Allegheny Fiddlers
Tamsula and Withers
Beau Street Players
The Steel City Rovers
6:00pm - New Community Pavilion
Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, the Steel City Rovers call their sound “Celtibilly”—a high energy blend of country, Celtic, folk and roots music.
The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers
7:00pm - New Community Pavilion
The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music.
Well-crafted original songs with emotional depth, masterful picking, and resonant vocal harmonies combine to forge new territories and a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music. Band members Gary Antol (guitar, vocals), Libby Eddy (fiddle, vocals), Joe Dep (banjo) and Ed Croft (bass, vocals) hail from the mountains and river towns of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.
The Travelin’ McCourys
8:30pm - New Community Pavilion
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and
always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.