Downtown Northville Victorian Festival

Bring the family to this 27th annual southeast Michigan event, which celebrates the city's Victorian era history. It's all happening Sept. 18-20, 2015, bringing a parade, carnival and more.

Downtown Northville Victorian Festival

History can be a thrill for kids – especially when the learning is accompanied by a carnival and old-timey activities. For 26 years, that’s been the recipe for success for the Northville Victorian Festival, and it returns for its 27th year to commemorate the city’s heritage Sept. 18-20, 2015.

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It’s off to the Victorian era you go when you arrive in downtown Northville this weekend (after all, this is the time period Northville was founded as a village, the event release notes). Friday is the parade, beginning its route at 6:30 p.m. at West Cady and Wing streets, and weaving through the downtown area.

A can’t-miss carnival thrills at Ryde Park at Northville Downs. Swing through the festival’s art fair, brought to you by Handcrafters Unlimited. Another must-see? The chainsaw carvers! Go way back with a stop at Mill Race Historic Village, where its exhibits and activities put the emphasis on historical fun.

This year’s theme is “Bicycle Heritage: Pedaling Through Time,” which pays tribute to the significant impact bicycles had on society during the Victorian era, organizers note. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for folks decked out in period costumes!

Catch street performers, musicians and so much more entertainment at this annual fest. The event is free to enter, but your brood will want to bring cash for food, shopping and other activities if needed.

Times are as follows:

  • Friday: 4-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Note: various events and activities run at different times throughout the weekend.

For even more details on this year’s downtown Northville Victorian Festival – plus other family fun southeast Michigan events – head over to our Metro Parent events calendar.

Photos courtesy of the Northville Chamber of Commerce

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