Each May, 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.
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The 2015 edition of the Gazeeater, the official newspaper of the Victorian Days festival, has the scoop on this year's festival! Packed with all the details you could want on the goings-on, events, and specials to be offered by local shops, this is your definitive resource for all things Victorian Days.
Visit our Gazeeater page to read the 2015 edition or browse previous versions.
This year's Gazeeater was so action-packed, we had to print our festival maps separately — so visit our Map page for a comprehensive map of festival happenings, as well.
Announcing: Civil War Sunday!
Visit both the North and the South all weekend long on beautiful Island Park, 2 & 3 May 2015. 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're pleased to announce the return of our host unit, the 8th Arkansas & 22 Michigan, and the 12th South Carolina & 4th Michigan, we proudly welcome the 102nd USCT Co. B, the 15th Michigan, the 21st Michigan, and we giddily anticipate the Emerald Peacock 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.
What the dickens is a "Chautauqua," you may ask? It's rather like a conference, 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.
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.
Gilbert & Sullivan Song Books Now Available
Our exclusive, hand-crafted Gilbert & Sullivan Song Books are now available to order for only $10! Get ready for our Sing-a-Long with this lovely keepsake filled with their most popular operettas. Proceeds help support the Victorian Days festival.
Call 517.316.6694 to order your copy today!
Are you a child who loves to sew?
Enter the Victorian Doll Outfit Sewing Contest to show off your design skills and win a great prize!
Sew a dress in the style of the Victorian Era (1837–1901) to fit an 18" doll, then display the finished project at this year's Victorian Days Festival.
Visit our Doll Outfit Sewing Contest page for more information.
Announcing our third 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, 2 May at the beautiful and historic Grand Ledge Opera House.
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).
We're looking for lead singers and soloists of all persuasions: soprano, alto, tenor, bass.
You'll not want to miss this rare chance for fun in full harmony and sing along to some of history's most well-loved and popular works, including choice selections from The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and others most cherished!
Visit our Gilbert & Sullivan Sing-a-Long page for more information.
Presented this year to celebrate the life and honour the memory of our dear friend and committee member, Miss Catherine Smith.
We want to showcase your Victorian or Civil War topic of education, talent, or expertise!
This year, we will host two Chautauqua events: a Victorian Era themed Chautauqua on Saturday, and a Civil War Chautauqua on Sunday.
Visit our Chautauqua page for more information.
What the dickens is a "Chautauqua," you may ask? It's rather like a conference, with speakers, presenters, entertainers, and sometimes musicians and other performers. Topics can include pretty much anything Victorian or Civil War related, and range from the educational and the scientific to the fun, the obscure, and even sometimes the entertainingly ludicrous.
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For more information or to participate as a demonstrator, vendor, performer, or re-enactor, see our Re-enactor HQ and Vendor & Demo HQ pages.