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July 13 & 14

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. 

Check back for the full weekend schedule.

Event Admission

Tickets may be purchased online or on-site. Purchase tickets online and save $1 on admission.
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 Reenactors

Military and Civilian Reenactor Registration »

Summer Fair Registration »

Sutler Registration »


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