It’s not always easy to find out about what’s going on for Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country. I finally decided that current information is probably best posted on a month by month basis so for current information search this site for the name of the month you are looking for and the word event (for example July 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events). Check out the page version of this post which I update with major changes.
Let me know if I’m missing any. Most of these events are annual, but check with the group hosting the event for exact dates for following years.
NOTE: The Little House on the Prairie website uses a more extensive definition of events then I do. So check them out for additional listings. As of February 17, 2019 they hadn’t yet posted their 2019 schedule, but I assume it is in the works.
Laura Days – September 14-15, 2019
Their big Laura event of the year it includes all manners of celebration of Laura including a Little Miss Laura contest, a regional fiddle contest, activities at the birthplace cabin, historic crafts, and Sarah Uthoff as a keynote speaker. The other keynote this year is Renee Graef.
Open 10 AM – 5 PM DAILY (including weekends & holidays) from May 1st thru Mid-October
Closed for the winter.
Prairie Days – Saturday, June 8, 2019 10am-5pm
Summer hours are March 1st to September 1st, everyday 10-5 pm.
Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5 pm. starting in September till November 1st.
Walnut Grove MN
- July 5-6, 2019
- July 12-13, 2019
- July 19-20, 2019
The Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion is July 12 and 13. Tickets for those nights of the pageant are $35 for Reserved Seats and $33 for General Admission.
Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays
July 6, 12-13, and 20, 2019. The festival goes from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer.
July 11-14, 2019 they will have a Little House on the Prairie TV show cast reunion. They are still under negotiation so no cast list has yet been announced. Watch for more information. Check out my podcasts about my trip to the 2014 Walnut Grove Reunion.
Burr Oak IA
Find out more about their events.
Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church)
– May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 21-23, 2019
Fall Fest and Used Book Sale – Date to be Announced – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Birthday Parties can be scheduled by any group at any time.
Season opens May 1
- Monday-Saturday: 10:00 – 4:00 Last tour 3:00
- Sunday: Noon – 4:00 Last tour 3:00
Memorial Day – Labor Day
- Monday-Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00 Last tour 4:00
- Sunday: Noon – 4:00 Last tour 3:00
Post Labor Day – mid October:
- Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 – 4:00 Last tour 3:00
- Closed Sunday-Wednesday
De Smet SD
- July 5, 6, 2019
- July 7 – 12, 2019
- July 13, 14 – 19, 20, 21, 2019
The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. – August 9, 10, 11, 2019
- January-April: Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- May: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Due to school field-trips our tour times will vary, please call ahead.
- June-July: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
- August: Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
- September: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Closed Sunday
- October-December: Closed over Christmas week,
Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
*Tentative tour schedule: 10 AM & 2 PM. Subject to change.
- Spring Hours: Last week of April – May 23, Monday – Friday, Hours vary daily as we host school field trips. It is best to contact us for details. During our Spring season we are not open on the weekends.
- Summer Hours: May 25 – September 2, Daily 9AM – 7PM
Activities are offered from 10AM – 6PM
The first covered wagon ride leaves around 10AM and the last one leaves at 6PM with rides leaving throughout the day. We are open seven days a week throughout the summer, including Sundays and Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
- Fall Hours: September 4 – September 30, Daily 9AM – 5PM
Activities are offered from 11AM – 2PM
- October 1 – October 31, Daily 9AM – 5PM, weather permitting
No activities offered, but the grounds, visitors center, and gift shop are open.
- Winter Hours: The grounds are closed for the winter, but we are still in the office. If you would like to make a camping reservation, request information, or place a phone order, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email.
Spring Valley MN
- Annual Meeting – April 7th
- Spring Teas – May 11th (reservations required)
- Opening Day – May 25th
- Ice Cream Social – June 14 5-7 P.M.
- Eliza Jane School House Days – End of July
- AG Days Town Celebration – August 15-18
- Seasonal Closing For Weekdays (Except by Appointment) – September 2nd
- Seasonal Closing For All Days (Except by Appointment) – October 27th
- Possible Winter House Tours
Almanzo 100 – Gravel road racing through the beautiful rolling countryside of Fillmore County, NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin – Has moved out of Spring Valley
They aren’t planning on continuing the Christmas Teas.
Other events [ Annual Ice Cream Social, Eliza Jane One Room School Days –Ag Days (town celebration) ] aren’t scheduled yet
Note: Recently Mansfield has been scheduling small events without a lot of notice. If this trend continues I will add them to list as soon as I find out about them. This year Mansfield has a theme – A Season With Rose.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival will take place on April 25th and 26th, 2019. It will partner with the author appearance in the Marshfield, Missouri’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
April 28, 2019 “Little House” Cast to gather at the Museum in Mansfield to cut the ribbon on a special exhibit. 2:00pm
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association is excited to announce the addition of “Rocky Ridge Adventure Pioneer Camp” to our 2019 season! The camp will be for children ages (9-12) and we will offer two different weeks, June 24-28 and July 8-12. Camp will cost $50 per child and will include a week of exciting adventures around Rocky Ridge Farm. Campers will enjoy many learning activities, bringing a hands-on perspective to the pioneer lifestyle. This week of adventure will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. There will be a special rate of $5 off each registration with 2 children or more. Camp will take place, rain or shine!! Your child will not want to miss this special week of historic fun and memories!!!! Register today and reserve your spot in the first summer camp to take place at Rocky Ridge Farm!! Registration cost includes 5 days of camp, tin cup, badge, book, shirt and a hat (bonnet for girls and coon skin cap for boys). Download the Registration Form here 2019 Camper Registration Form For more information, call 417-924-3626.
The Ozark Mountain Players has not yet set pageant dates this year, but they always do several shows of Laura’s Memories Pageant during Wilder Days.
Find more on events.
Annual Board Meeting where any member may attend Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00am Malone Lodge of the Elks, Elm Street Malone RSVP by email@example.com or 518-483-0774.
Celebration of Youth and Morgan Horse – July 20, 2019
- Children’s art on display, along with students’ essays. Award ceremony and the announcement of Honorary Laura and Almanzo
- Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food
- Entertainment & more!
Annual Cultural Festival– Fete du Quebecois – August 24, 2019
Celebrating the French Canadian heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!
Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment – September 28-29, 2019
- Civil War living history encampment
- Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
- 9th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
- Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce
Sept. 29, 2018 Open extended Sunday hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Civil War reenactors living history encampment and one skirmish. Regular admission and guided tours available. Last tour at 3:00 pm.
Christmas with Almanzo – December 7, 2019
- Children’s craft activities
- Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.
ALL EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Tours are not currently available. We are in doubt of future events due to uncertainty of the future of the building.
Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey
Carrie Ingalls Swanzey’s Birthday Party – Date Unknown
William T. Anderson
March 5, 2019 – Marysville Public Library, MI
April 25-27, 2019 – Cherry Blossom Fest, Marshfield, MO, Children’s Lit Fest, Panel with Little House on the Prairie TV show stars
May 30-31, 2019 – Fifth Annual Midwest History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
American Printing House for the Blind – Louisville, Kentucky
They alternate between a Mary Ingalls party and a Louis Braille party. This year is Mary’s turn. Find out more about their other events.
MARY INGALLS: THE FRONTIER YEARS
Saturday, January 5, 1:00-3:00 pm
“My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer,” said Laura Ingalls Wilder, the celebrated author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at the age of fourteen, and Laura became her sister’s eyes, describing the world around her so her sister could “see” as well. Without her sight, Mary was expected to perform her share of the tasks in a frontier family home – housecleaning, cooking, laundry, sewing, looking after children. How did she do that? Our guest exhibitors and presenters are some of our museum friends who are blind or visually impaired. We’ll also sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and celebrate Mary’s birthday with a cake made from Ma’s recipe. Dressing as characters in the Little House books is encouraged. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. For all ages.
Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA
53nd Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:00PM.
There will be a craft and refreshments provided by the Daugthers of Utah Pioneers who’ll talk about life and sponsored by Friends of the Pomona Public Library.
Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI
In August 2018 Old World Wisconsin announced that they felt people were getting too focused on events (which frankly is a strange reason to give museum/festival events in general are less of a draw than they were even a few years ago so if they said low attendance was while they weren’t scheduling any would make a lot more sense) and so they are focusing more on on-going activities. I think it will probably return eventually as it has disappeared, returned, stretched to over a month, and shrank back to combined with a single event weekend. However, apparently not this year.
Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI
They are not doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder event this year. Last year they said their plan was to have a Laura event every other year going forward. This would be the year and they don’t have one scheduled. They are working on their 2020 schedule and are considering a prairie days event, but an inquiry brought the response that so far nothing is decided.
Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY
This year they won’t be having Wilder Weekend they are replacing it with “Novel weekend – Lewis Carroll.”
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa
Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – Sunday, September 1, 2019 2pm
Sarah S. Uthoff
National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas
The National Cowgirl Museum previously had held an annual event, but stopped having it. They brought it back for the 150th as a one shot. This year they are closing for a remodel for February and March and don’t seem to have any events scheduled so far.
Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri
LauraPalooza July 8–10, 2019, Onalaska, WI
UPDATED March 5 2019: I added the Spring Valley dates.
UPDATED March 29 2019: I added the LauraPalooza Conference.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.