open hours & special Events


                                                                        May to October                                               November to April

                                                        Wednesday through Sunday                                    Friday & Saturday

                                                                         9 am - 5 pm                                                         9 am - 4 pm

Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

2021 Events Calendar

April 4 - Easter Sunrise Service - 7 am

Celebrate Easter with a special service given during sunrise in the Apple River Fort! On the 1830's frontier, many settlers, regardless of denomination, relied on traveling circuit clergy for their religious and spiritual needs. The service at the Fort will be presented by the United Methodist Church in Elizabeth, IL, and will be followed by a breakfast in the church basement. All faiths are welcome and everyone is encouraged to dress warmly. In case of inclement weather, a change of venue or cancellation is possible. 

May 1 - Summer Hours Begin  

Beginning on Friday, May 1st, the site will begin its summer hours. The site will be open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday through Sunday. Summer hours will run through the end of October 2021.

July 4 - Fourth at the Fort - Noon to 2 pm

Looking for something to fill the day before the fireworks start? Then come celebrate the Fourth of July at the Apple River Fort! Play a game of town ball (the precursor to baseball), cool off with a water race, and listen to speeches, toasts, and petitions, and more! Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch, or take out from your favorite restaurant, and enjoy the fun.

November 1 - Winter Hours Begin

Beginning on Sunday, November 1st, the site will begin its winter hours. The site will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Winter hours will run through the end of April 2022.

December 4 - Christmas at the Fort - 10 am to 3 pm

Join us at the Fort for an 1832 style Christmas! Learn about the "strange" German Christmas tradition—a decorated fir tree inside the house. Enjoy historic toys, treats, and songs and try your hand at haggling at the local trading post. Stop by our gift shop for special holiday items that will cross those last few names off your shopping list.

Check back regularly for updates about current and upcoming events!