Continuous free entertainment is provided on five stages with other performances roving throughout the festival grounds. From the dance floor at the Festival Stage, to the Old Time Medicine Show at the Traveling Wagon Stage, there is something for everyone.
Just down the hill from Johnny's grave, the Festival Stage showcases performances from musicians and clogger's, to a public address from Abraham Lincoln himself.
The Folk Stage & Pioneer stages are the place to "come and sit 'fer a spell." In the shade of the trees you'll hear music from the days of Johnny Appleseed. Plenty of good eatin's nearby too.
The newly expanded River Stage has performances geared towards the younger audience. You can meet one of our roving performers, meet Johnny Appleseed, learn about unusual musical instruments, listen to the storyteller, and even see magic with your own eyes!
Attend the 10:00 Sunday morning Commemorative Service of Worship celebrating the life and faith of John Chapman, by the members of the Swedenborg Church. Learn about this icon's religious beliefs.
The Old Time Medicine Show is Americana on Tour. It's a one-man, comedy show complete with an antique box wagon which was originally horse-drawn down mud roads. Meet Doc Barth and Max. They may even ask a member of the audience to help with the show! Visit the exhibit, stay for the show ---nothing is sold.
You don't even need to be at one of our four stages to find entertainment. Period entertainers can be found roving the grounds of both parks. Be sure to say "hello" when you see Johnny Appleseed!
Listen for the crack of the cannon near the river and find an interactive, living history re-enactment including infantry, navy, artillery, period toys, and medical demonstrations.
When you hear a fife and drum corps on the move, step to the side to listen as they go by. Then, you can fall in step behind their parade! Each day at 2:00, The Gathering of the Bands will be at the Festival Stage, showcases the pipe, fife, and drum corps. Each of the corps will perform solo, and then they join together for a most memorable performance of Amazing Grace. The move to the Festival Stage is new for 2008 to allow for more people to view this wonderful performance.
Many shows appear both days so you don't have to miss a thing! Check the Festival Guide for a schedule of performances and map. Performances may be canceled due to inclement weather.