Each Spring, Grand Ledge celebrates Michigan artists and artisans, local culture, and our rich Victorian heritage by inviting visitors to join us for historical demonstrations and themed activities in our beautiful downtown, overlooking the river and picturesque ledges.
This is a wonderful opportunity to discover Grand Ledge, explore our unique geography, learn about our rich history, and meet our friendly residents and shop-keepers.
Quilt Show at Victorian Days
Cathy Norton of Around the Block Quilt Shop will return this year to sponsor her wonderful Quilt Show at the Opera House. See over 50 fabulous antique and contemporary quilts on display during Victorian Days on Saturday, 30 April, from 10am to 5pm.
The quilts range in size from wall hangings and table runners to full sized bed quilts, showcasing many styles and techniques from local quilters and their ancestors.
Are you a quilter or do you own antique quilts?
We'd love to showcase your quilts! See our Quilt Show page for details on contacting Cathy Norton to get involved.
See our Quilt Show page for more information.
Register today for the
Frozen Victorian Tea Party
Children celebrate Victorian Days at a "Frozen" Tea with Elsa and Anna.
Enjoy chilly stories, yummy treats, and more. Dress as Queen Elsa or Princess Anna or your favourite character from the movie "Frozen". Your favourite doll is invited too!
See our Frozen Victorian Tea Party page for more information.
We welcome Dance Prompter
Mr Jim McKinney!
We're thrilled to announce that the exceptionally talented
Mr Jim McKinney of the Golden Griffon will be joining us as Dance Prompter this year at our Grand Victorian Ball.
Mr McKinney brings a wealth of experience and talent to our event, and we're very excited to have him. You can learn more about his accomplishments by reading his profile at the Golden Griffon Stringtet website.
The Grand Victorian Ball is on 30 April at 7pm at the historic Grand Ledge Opera House, and tickets are now available for the early price of $25. Join us for a Grand evening of dance and merriment during this year's Victorian Days Festival!
Demonstrators, Performers, Merchants, & Sutlers Needed!
We want to showcase your Victorian-themed talent, activity, or product during Victorian Days 2016! We're looking for artisans and craftspeople, performers and musicians, and other 19th-century demonstrations or merchants to participate in this year's festival.
There are no fees to apply, and you can do so easily online:
- Demonstrators & Performers sign up here
Fill out this form if you're not selling products
- Merchants & Sutlers sign up here
The deadline to register is fast approaching, so mark your calendar and register today!
Returning: Civil War Sunday!
Visit both the North and the South all weekend long on beautiful Island Park, 30 April & 1 May 2016. You'll see living history re-enactors portraying all walks of life, military and civilian, with daily life, drills, and lively skirmishes going on throughout.
Among our valued Civil War guests, we proudly welcome the members of the 4th Michigan, the 8th Arkansas & 22nd Michigan, the 12th South Carolina, the 15th Michigan, the 21st Michigan, and the 102nd USCT Co. B, plus civilian re-enactors, and we giddily anticipate the Emerald Peacock Civil War Saloon!
We're actively recruiting more groups and planning many special events for Civil War Sunday, so mark your calendar and bring the whole family! We'll be announcing specifics here on this website and on our Facebook page as the festival date approaches.
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We're currently in the planning phase for 2016, and the new Gazeeater is still in the works.
In the meantime, you can get the scoop on last year's festival in the 2015 edition of the Gazeeater, the official newspaper of the Victorian Days festival.
Visit our Gazeeater page to read the 2015 edition or browse previous versions.
Arrive at the Ball in Grand Victorian Style — by Horse-Drawn Carriage!
The Common & Gentry Carriage Co. will be on hand to give rides during the Grand Victorian Ball and, as a special treat, you may now also reserve your exclusive arrival to the ball in their beautiful vis-à-vis carriage for only $25 for a party of up to 6 small adults.
This is a very special and period-appropriate start to an elegant evening out, but reserve early — spaces are limited!
Call 616.204.3190 to reserve your arrival time.
Announcing our fourth annual Grand Victorian Ball!
The society event of the summer season, our third annual Grand Victorian Ball will certainly be an event you'll not want to miss!
The ball begins at 7pm on Saturday, 30 April at the beautiful and historic Grand Ledge Opera House.Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be in attendance, and guests may join a procession to be presented to the royal couple during the evening.
Some dances will be called by the talented and experienced dance prompter Mr Jim McKinney.
To make your evening even more special, you can also arrive at the Ball by Horse-Drawn Carriage! (Arrangements must be made in advance through The Common & Gentry Carriage Co., details on our Ball page).
And to be at your dancing best, Our Dance Studio in Grand Ledge is offering a special 4-week series of Ballroom Dance Lessons to our attendees, beginning on Thursday, 2 April (details on our Ball page).
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For more information or to participate as a demonstrator, vendor, performer, or re-enactor, see our Re-enactor HQ, Demonstrator & Performer HQ, and Merchant & Sutler HQ pages.