The Feast of the Strawberry Moon is made possible each year through the generous support of our sponsors. We appreciate their kindness and extend a heartfelt thank you for continued assistance in furthering our mission.
The mission of the West Michigan Historical Alliance is to provide educational opportunities about the world of Europeans & Native Americans in the Great Lakes Region pre-1800’s fur trade era. WMHA is the host to the annual Feast of the Strawberry Moon Festival, a celebration of this fur trade era.
The Feast of the Strawberry Moon is a two day event scheduled with activities for the entire family. Explore the history of the Native American culture, the French exploration, the English colonization and the American unification of West Michigan through entertainment, battle re-enactments and various scheduled programs throughout the encampment. Skilled artisans demonstrate wood carving, furniture making, blacksmithing, and spinning continually throughout the event. Families are immersed in the 17th Century living history experience as they explore the camp, listen to the beautiful sound of period music, smell the campfires and cooking foods, watch military battle re-enactments, and shop at various merchant tents.
For the safety of your pets there are no animals allowed on the grounds. Gun and canon fire can disorient animals that are not trained service animals. Please leave your pets home. Thank you!
School-aged children have the opportunity to visit the day before the event officially opens to interact with participants in a more in-depth experience. Students learn about voyageurs, those who paddled canoes to pick up furs; how Native Americans survived in harsh conditions making everything to meet their needs; and watching artisan demonstrations creating goods with tools available more than 200 years ago. This event is open to school-age children accompanied by an adult and pre-registered.
Available space is limited.