Free Outdoor Festival Handicap Accessible and Leashed Pet Friendly! See our FAQ for more info. stars Saturday, 6 May & Sunday, 7 May 2017, 10am to 5pm and presenting our Grand Victorian Ball at the Grand Ledge Opera House, Saturday, 6 May 2017, 7pm. Tickets are limited!

FAQs & Info

Festival contacts

Planning committee
Email the committee
phone: 517.316.6694
Civil War coordinator
Email the Civil War coordinator
Committee members

Grand Ledge Area Historical Society

Email the Historical Society
phone: 517.627.8594
Grand Ledge Museum:
118 W. Lincoln
P.O. Box 203
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
How much does the festival cost?
Victorian Days is a free outdoor festival. There are no festival tickets to buy, and most events and activities are free of charge to the public.
A few activities do require ticket purchase or an entry fee, and those are clearly posted at the event and on this website. Events with a fee this year include:
  • Riverboat rides on the Grand Princess, $8 adults, $3 children

Additionally, donations are appreciated to help cover expenses at the High Tea.
May I bring my dog (/miniature horse/platypus) to the festival?
Yes! Leashed pets are welcome at our outdoor festival. Because lots of children attend our activities and other guests will also bring dogs, you'll find your day most enjoyable if your pet is friendly, well-behaved, and accustomed to crowds. Also, to assist your quadripedal companion with his or her best etiquette, remember to bring along baggies with which to collect... leavings.
Of course, assistance and guide companions are always welcome everywhere.
What the dickens is a "Chautauqua?"
We're so glad you asked! A Chautauqua is rather like a conference, or festival in itself, with speakers, presenters, entertainers, and sometimes musicians and other performers. Topics can include pretty much anything, and range from the educational and the scientific to the fun, the obscure, and even sometimes the entertainingly ludicrous.
Begun in the 1870s, Chautauquas continue to this day. Ours, of course, will include topics relevant to the Victorian era.
Information on this year's topics and how to be a presenter can be found on our Victorian Talks page.
What happened to the Grand Victorian Ball?

It is with great disappointment and regret that we must inform the public that the Grand Victorian Ball has been cancelled for this year.

Several factors came together to make this year financially unviable, and while we have tried our best to address each one, ultimately the bills were there and the income was not. After much soul-searching, we have agreed that cancelling the Ball for this year is in our best interest.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused. We are truly grateful for your past and continued support, and we appreciate your interest in our event. We hope there is more interest in the Ball next year and that your continued interest will help us to make this wonderful event possible again.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Sylvania Dye or call 517.316.6694.

How old does one have to be to enter the Doll Outfit Sewing Contest?
The Doll Outfit Sewing Contest is open to all school-age children (between 4 and 17 years old).
How do I enter my child in the Doll Outfit Sewing Contest?
Simply fill out our online registration form to enter your child in the contest.
Each child may submit up to three entries, each with a separate form.
Completed projects must be dropped off at Ledge Craft Lane (map) between Wednesday, 20 April and Saturday, 23 April, from 10am – 5pm
I'm sorry to point this out, but you've spelled "G-a-z-e-t-t-e-e-r" incorrectly.
We're actually glad you noticed — it's a bit of a play on words. You see, we're hoping that you'll enjoy our festival newspaper, thoughtfully crafted and designed to mimic those from days gone by, so much that it "eats" your "gaze!"
Corny? Sure. But aren't we all, just a little?
I Liked you on Facebook - why didn't you Like me back?
We're really sorry, but it's likely that we couldn't.
On Facebook, there's a difference between a personal timeline and a Facebook Page (note the capital "P" there, it's important), and each allows for different actions.
The Victorian Days Facebook is a Page, not a personal timeline, which means that we can Like other Pages (capital "P"), but we are physically unable to Friend or Like personal timelines.
If you've got an actual Facebook Page and not a personal timeline, we will by all means Like you back! Otherwise, unfortunately, Facebook doesn't give us any buttons with which to do so.