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September 15-17, 2016

The annual Frontier Days celebration occurs the third weekend of September with events scheduled from Thursday though Sunday. The purpose of this annual festival is to celebrate our rich and cultured past with those who call Tecumseh home and with our neighbors from around the state and region.

This family-friendly festival includes Native American dancers, live bands, and 1800s characters in period costumes. Bring the kids to enjoy the small carnival, peruse the entries in the annual car show, dance in the street and take a walk through the Rendezvous - or as we like to call it - a walk through our historic past.

(A historical look back added to the Frontier Days Festival in 2015)

Come to Frontier Days to immerse yourself in the spirit of the Old West.  Walk through the Rendezvous located less than a mile from town. Walk through the trees, grab some grub from the food tent and interact with archery makers, craftsmen and women selling and demonstrating their wares. Leather workers, gun and archery experts and topographers, to name a few, together with the tents and accouterments, provide the setting that transports and connects us to our past.

Special Thanks to Our Host Organization
Tecumseh Together is an organization of the City of Tecumseh that supports our community in various ways. One of its important functions is to host the Tecumseh Frontier Days. 


The Rendezvous in the Timbers takes place less than one mile south of downtown Tecumseh at the intersection of Broadway and Highway 177. In addition to the authentic rendezvous rein-actors - hunters, leatherworkers and merchants, this year will include two surveyors (specialists in the mapping of the territory). Rendezvous participants and guests will enjoy an authentic experience amidst the boughs of the woods and the open skies. 

A Brief History of the
City of Tecumseh

The City of Tecumseh is one of only two towns - Tecumseh and Chandler - born overnight. Rushed by settlers on September 23, 1891, the tent city sprang up and was given the name of Chief Tecumseh, in honor of the famous Shawnee Native American leader, who fought with the British and died in the Battle of Thames in 1812.


Tentative Schedule of Events

Tecumseh Rendezvous
All day

5-7 p.m.
Indian Taco Dinner
City Hall

6:45 p.m.
Coronation of Frontier Sweetheart & Frontiersman
City Hall

7:15 -9 p.m.
Gospel Sing
Coordinated by
Ministerial Alliance

In front of City Hall (Bring your lawn chairs)

Tecumseh Rendezvous
All day

5-8 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Booths
Street Vendors

7-9 p.m.
Street Dance
Live Local Band

8 p.m.


6-7 a.m. Registration
7:30-7:45 a.m. Race begins

Barney Shirey Memorial 5k Run
Learn more and register.
See 2015 info; link will be updated when info is available.

6-10 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast
Tecumseh American Legion

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Show
City Hall

10 a.m.
Frontier Days Parade

Noon-10 p.m.
Park & Broadway

Tecumseh Rendezvous
All day

3:30 p.m.
Pie Eating Contest

8 p.m.
Tecumseh Round-up Grounds