We invite you to stroll the streets and tour the historic homes. See the lively shows
by the senior and young performing missionaries. Experience the
majestic Nauvoo Temple on the bluff overlooking historic sites.
Enjoy inspirational pageant performances.
We hope to see you here.
2020 Dates for the Nauvoo & British
Pageants: July 7 - Aug 1, 2020!
Applications to Participate are being accepted from Sep 1 to Oct 31,
This unique historical site of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows
guests who stroll the streets to see what the original city would have
been like in the 1840s. You can receive a souvenir brick at the
Brickyard, experience the sights and sounds in the pioneer Blacksmith
Shop, and enjoy a ginger snap cookie from the Scovil Bakery. Take a
ride in a carriage or wagon pulled by draft horses and hear stories of
Old Nauvoo. Visit
HistoricNauvoo.net to learn more about over 30
restored historic sites. Young performing missionaries provide
live shows for visitors throughout the day. Don’t miss the patriotic
“Sunset by the Mississippi,” offered by the senior and young
performing missionaries Monday thru Saturday evenings from Memorial
Day to August 10.
The Nauvoo and British Pageants are
wonderful additions to your summer in Nauvoo. The pageants celebrate
the legacy of the early Latter-day Saint pioneers. The Nauvoo Pageant
is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the British Pageant on
Wednesdays and Fridays.
Games and activities of the 1840s are
provided for guests at the pageant preshow celebration and country
fair beginning at 7:00 p.m. The outdoor pageant performances begin at
8:30 p.m. No reservations are needed for the country fair or the
pageant, and no tickets are required.
The majestic Nauvoo Temple, rebuilt on its
original site overlooking the Mississippi River, will be a lasting
There has never been a better time to come
to Nauvoo, and it’s all free!
A Video Glimpse of the Nauvoo Pageant
A Cast Of Hundreds On Stage
The performers consist of a core cast of 20
professional quality actors who perform the speaking parts. They are joined by over a hundred more
ensemble cast members on stage each evening. These volunteer cast members are families, couples and
individuals who apply to serve at their own expense. Most serve for two weeks and many make great
sacrifices to be in the pageant. The core cast serves all summer while the five ensemble family
casts serve on a rotating schedule during the pageant season. These ensemble family casts consist
of over 600 individuals who volunteer their time to perform each week. These cast members range in
age from young todlers to senior citizens. They come from the US, Canada, England and abroad to
participate. These dedicated cast members make the Nauvoo &
British Pageants come to life
telling the true, historic events of Nauvoo.
Many Hundreds More Behind The Scenes
Hundreds of volunteers make sure costumes, food, stage, lighting and other aspects
of the pageant run smoothly. These dedicated volunteer staff members spend countless hours making sure every detail is just right.
A work crew of over 20 young men donates their services for weeks before and during the pageant season. Others donate supplies that are used in the pageant's
Preshow Celebration Country Fair that is held at 7:00 PM each evening before the pageant performance at 8:30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Year Round Nauvoo Activities
There is something fun to do in beautiful Nauvoo year-round.
Come enjoy the walking tours, shows and living historic district. Nauvoo
is where you can experience history alive every day. In addition to the
year-round activities, Nauvoo is the location for many wonderful
events and festivals your whole family will enjoy. Many of these
events have become regional traditions and attract people from
around the world. See our dedicated and talented Senior and Young Performing
Missionaries in shows and in the historic homes. If you come
in the summer, don't miss the Nauvoo &
British Pageants. But
if you can't come then, come anytime. We are here waiting for
for more information. Check the Nauvoo
Events Page for more details.
See a Map
of Nauvoo that will help you when you come for a visit.
The Story Told By The Pageants
A cast and crew of more than 1,100 volunteers bring to life the amazing story of 1840's Nauvoo, Illinois.
Early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the U.S.
and England are portrayed in these two outdoor theatrical productions. The pageants tell the story
of many church members who left their homelands and sacrificed so much to
join with other church members in Nauvoo, Illinois. Their stories of hope, joy and inspiration
help us understand the great legacy they left to us to carry on in our own lives.
Historical True Accounts Portrayed
The scripts used in the pageants are based on actual journals and historical records from the 1800's as well as traditional and
original music. Presenting both the Nauvoo and British pageants allows audiences to view the
close and continuing relationship between members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints in the British Isles and those in the United States. The faith, devotion, and sacrifice of the
nineteenth-century British church members helped make possible the flourishing religious
community that was established in 1840's Nauvoo, Illinois. The sorrows and trials of the saints is portrayed,
but the focus is on the great blessings and joy they received in following a prophet.
See Pageant Pictures
Have You Ever Wondered What It Is Like To Be A Pageant Cast Member?
Serving as a cast member in the Nauvoo British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois is an incredible experience.
Applications to serve as cast members are accepted from Sep 1 - Oct 31
each year for the following summer pageant season. See
NauvooPageant.org to apply. Here are some video clips from the 2016 pageant family ensemble cast. Get a "behind the scenes" glimpse at this unique service
opportunity. See "A Day In The Life of a Cast Member" Video Series. See
The Pageant's Preshow Celebration and Country Fair
The Pageant's Country Fair is a favorite of pageant guests. Each night of the pageant at 7:00 PM,
guests are invited to stroll the pageant field and take part in over 20 different activites from
the 1840's Nauvoo era. Guests saw logs, dance round dances, tie quilts, see puppet shows, play stick ball, try
stick pull and stilts, tie rugs, and much, much more. As the sun sets, young pageant guests join
a bagpipe parade signaling the beginning of the Pageant performance at 8:30 PM. See Fair Pictures
Service Project Opportunities
The Pageant accepts donations of items used in the Pageant's Preshow Celebration and Country Fair.
These items include Whirligigs, Hankie Dolls, Rag Strips, Sock Puppets and other items. The thousands of pageant guests
that enjoy the Country Fair each evening use these items, and thousands of items are even given as souvenirs each evening.
These service opportunites work great for Eagle Scout projects, families, church youth or other group service projects.
The items donated by these service projects greatly enhances our guest's pageant experience. We are very grateful for the
help we receive each season. If you are interested in helping with these items,
see Service Opportunities here.
The Nauvoo & British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois.
See them this summer - Remember them always.
There has never been a better time to visit Historic Nauvoo!