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The boom of cannons, the crack of rifles, the galloping of horse hooves welcomes you at the annual Civil War Days encampment. Wander the camps to see soldiers, civilians and tradesmen at work. Watch as union and confederate forces collide in battle. A large scale battle can be viewed on both Saturday and Sunday. Visit the 1863 Summer Fair, meet President Lincoln and shop Civil War era vendors. Kids enjoy period crafts, games and a scavenger hunt. View daily schedule »

Event Admission

Tickets may be purchased online or on-site. Purchase tickets online and save $1 on admission. Please note, on-site payment is cash only.

Daily: $10 adults, $5 youth (ages 4–17) and seniors (62 and up). Children 3 and under are free.

Save $1 off admission when you buy your ticket online, or download a coupon and present it at the event. 

Weekend pass: $15, $7 youth and seniors. Purchase weekend pass »

Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Purchase tickets for Saturday only »

Sunday 9 am–3 pm. Purchase tickets for Sunday only »

Event Location

Civil War Days is held at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

Driving directions »

Please note: No dogs are allowed at the event, with the exception of service animals.

Registration for re-enactors

Military and Civilian Reenactor Registration »
Summer Fair Registration »
Sutler Registration »


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