Tattoo Returns to Fort Henry Saturday, July 22, 2023

Ticket sales now open for the summer celebration of music and dance at Fort Henry National Historic Site

Kingston, ON — The iconic Fort Henry Tattoo showcase returns in 2023 as a renewed celebration of performance, incorporating music and dance. Honouring military tradition while celebrating the diversity of the cultural arts, performers and acts from Ontario and Québec will fill the Parade Square at Fort Henry National Historic Site on Saturday, July 22, 2023 for a one-night only production. An explosive fireworks show is the grand finale of the evening. Tickets are on sale as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

Music and performance are key elements of the Fort Henry experience. Fort Henry’s annual Tattoo is evolving to incorporate a variety of music and performances from a number of diverse acts, both new and returning.

This year’s event will showcase the bright, colourful and energetic Desna Ukrainian Dance, Dancers of Algonquin First Nation Kitigan Zibi, and Korean drum and dance groups Navillera Korean Dance Company & Samulnori Canada Team. Returning to Tattoo are Kingston’s own Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers, Hamilton’s Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band, Petawawa’s 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Pipes and Drums, and host performers, the Fort Henry Guard.

General Admission and Balcony tickets are available now at Tattoo balcony seating offers a comfortable way to watch the show with premium upgrades like reserved seating in an elevated balcony section of Fort Henry, comfortable high-back chairs with armrests and an optimal view of the performance, and a complimentary cookie from the historic on-site bakery.

An accessibility shuttle will be offered for guests who need help into the Lower Fort before and after the show.

About Fort Henry

Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1837, designed as the key site in a network of fortifications for the defense of the Rideau Canal and the Kingston harbour. Garrisoned by British soldiers until 1870, and abandoned by Canadian troops in 1891, Fort Henry fell into disrepair. In 1936, the Fort underwent restoration and opened as a living history museum in 1938. Now a National Historic Site, Fort Henry has seen millions of visitors pass through its gates, entering the realm of 19th century military life. Guests experience self-guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard, a highly disciplined group of student recruits trained as British soldiers from 1867.

About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 10 campgrounds and 6 beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and Thousand Islands Parkways.

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