First Full Weekend in October


Big Island Rendezvous Education Days

The Midwest's Finest and Largest Hands-On Early American History Lesson

The 2 days prior to the first Saturday and Sunday in October
Bancroft Bay City Park, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Possible presentations you can experience at the Early American History Lesson:

    • • 1880s Pioneer Town - Be sure to check out the Chuckwagon
      • Voyageur Encampment with birch bark canoe showing what the voyageur did in his daily life.
      • Military Camp with Civil War era teaches the lifestyles of the country's military.
      • Native American areas illustrate traditional teachings of Lakota and Sioux nations. Tipi tours and customs showcased.
      • Early American skills such as blacksmiths, woodworkers, farmers, candle maker, silversmith, and spinners and weavers teach how their skills helped make America grow.
      • Hands-on stations teach what our American heritage did to shape this country in its early stages.

  • When: October 3-4, 2024 (Thursday or Friday)
  • Where: Bancroft Bay City Park, Albert Lea, MN 56007
    Why: Have seniors and students learn their own heritage with history coming alive.
    Learn social and cultural heritage of America through a high impact and hands-on experience.
    Recommended for 4th through 8th grade.
  • Costs:
    • $10.00 Promotional Rate for Schools and Seniors New to BIR, if registered by September 1st

      $12.00 Early Bird Special *Postmarked by September 1st

      $14.00 after September 1st

      Same fees apply for chaperones or parents

Special Needs:

Big Island Rendezvous and Festival, Inc. actively support the inclusion of all persons into our programs. If you or your participant has any special needs, please contact Perry Vining at 507-402-6371 at least two weeks in advance or ASAP so we may accommodate your needs.

Registration and Scheduling:
Seniors, Public, private, and parochial schools, may schedule their visit for Thursday or Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Home school groups may register beginning at 10am.

Please indicate on your registration form not only when you would like to start and end your classes, but also when you will arrive and when you must leave. Please take into account travel time and traffic concerns when deciding on your arrival and departure times. Registration will be on a first-received basis. Returning your registration promptly will better ensure that you get the day you prefer, therefore please return the enclosed materials as soon as possible.

“The best way to know where the country is going is to know where we’ve been.”

There are several ways to register:

Please call 507-402-6371 with any questions prior to registering.

Online: Complete the registration form and attach to e-mail for Seniors, Teachers or Homeschools.
E-Mail: Complete and e-mail registration to
USPS Mail:Complete the form for Seniors,
Teachers or Homeschools

Send to:
    Big Island Rendezvous  
    132 North Broadway Ave
    Albert Lea, MN 56007

Please do not under-estimate the number of people attending the event - be as accurate as possible. You may always add a few people if your actual number is greater than the number noted on your registration form. If the number of participants or adults change (either up or down), a Change of Status Form must be received before September 1st to avoid change fees.


Education Day Presentations


Abraham Lincoln
Ben Franklin
Black Powder Range
British Military
Campfire Cooking
Candle Making
Cannon Drill
Children's Pocket Games
Civil War Medical
Civil War Storytelling
Coopersmith: Barrelmaker
Drop Spindle
Fabric Painting
Fiber Arts
Folk Music
Food Preparation
Gold Panning
Hat Maker
Hide Preparation
Homesteading in Early America
Military Camp
Native American Lifestyles
New Ulm Battery Cannon Drill
Ojibwe Life in the 1800's
Pioneer Town
Revolutionary War
Rope Making
Scottish Lifestyle
Silver Smithing
Tipi Set Up
Tomahawk Throwing
Voyageur Camp
Voyageur Storytelling
Wigwam Shelter
Wilderness Survival Techniques


Discount Advance Tickets may be purchased by calling 507-373-3938.
Ticket Prices:
$15 for adults ($13 in advance)
$9 for children 6-11 years of age ($8 in advance)
Children 5 years and younger are free
Family Pass $35

Sponsored by:  Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea | Albert Lea Select Foods | Albert Lea CVB | ALFC Chamber | Cargill | Stadheim Jewelers