Experience The Intersection of Military Precision and Musical Majestry: Fort Henry’s Annual Tattoo Returns July 27, 2024

Ticket sales open June 19 for the annual military music showcase at Kingston’s Fort Henry National Historic Site

Kingston, ON
— Where military and musical discipline intersect, Tattoo at Fort Henry encompasses an array of impressive military music and pageantry, showcasing the heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations that are at the core of the Fort Henry experience. The annual event, returning on Saturday, July 27, 2024, sees Fort Henry hosting leaders in military music from across Ontario. Tickets are on sale today Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 11 a.m.

Guests will be transported back in time as they experience the sights and sounds of military musicians with a precise depiction of the tattoo tradition inside the iconic limestone walls of Fort Henry National Historic Site. Brass, drums, pipes and fife will fill the Parade Square, complete with a massed band ensemble and firework grand finale.

This year’s event will feature:

  • Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers | Pipe and Drums | Kingston
  • 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group | Pipe and Drum | Petawawa
  • Royal Canadian Air Force | Pipe and Drum | Ottawa
  • Royal Hamilton Light Infantry | Brass and Reed | Hamilton
  • Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment | Pipe and Drums | Kingston
  • Band of Ceremonial Guard | Brass and Reed | Ottawa
  • Fort Henry Guard | Fife and Drums | Kingston

What guests need to know

Tattoo runs in Fort Henry’s Parade Square beginning at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at starting June 19, 2024 at 11 a.m.

General adult admission is $33.00 + HST (youth $21.00 + HST)

Gates open at 6 p.m.

Premium balcony seating admission starts at $55.00 + HST

Includes: Reserved seating, comfortable high-back chairs with armrests, optimal view of the performance and complimentary chocolate chip cookie from our 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. British soldiers were garrisoned there until 1870, followed by Canadian troops until 1891. 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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St. Lawrence Parks Commission

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