Victorian Fair

37th Victorian Fair

Sunday, September 10, 2017

(severe weather date September 17)

Ways To Get Involved with the Fair!


Event sponsors have the opportunity to gain valuable, unique exposure at one of Melrose’s biggest and most well-attended events including participating in the Fair opening with Mayor Dolan, banners at the event, inclusion in social media and press coverage, and more. We’ve also added new benefits for 2017. Contact Lauren Grymek to learn about available sponsorship opportunities.

Be a Vendor!

Businesses of all types and industries, civic and nonprofit organizations and local groups are all welcome to be a vendor at the Fair! And, chamber members receive a discount off of the participation fee. Details and registration information will be announced this spring.


Every year local businesses donate valuable, unique prizes to the Big Ticket Raffle! This is a wonderful way to showcase your businesses services or offerings! A limited number of opportunities are available. Contact Lauren Grymek to learn more!

In collaboration with the City of Melrose, the Fair will include entertainment, performances, food, civic and nonprofit groups while showcasing Chamber businesses, local products and services. And of course it will feature the popular Big Ticket Raffle! This event will also continue to bring bring residents and families together for a day long celebration.

Vendor registration information and additional event details will be available this spring. In the meantime, please save the date and we hope you will plan to join us on September 10th!

2016 Victorian Fair Recap

The 36th annual Victorian Fair with signature sponsor LCM PLUS
was held on September 11. Some of the day’s highlights included:

  • The Big Ticket Raffle with amazing prizes donated by Chamber members. Click here to see all of the fabulous prizes and click here for a list of winners.
  • A talented line-up of entertainment and performers at Center Stage, which was once again MC’d by Marcy Holbrook. View the program here.

Photo Credits: Jeff Newman

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Fair set up begins at 4:00am  Downpours startled vendors setting up around 9:00am
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Artisans’ Marketplace at East Foster Our incredible Master of Ceremonies, Marcy Holbrook
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The Fair would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers! 2016 Signature Sponsor LCM PLUS owner, Joe Guarino, with his booth assistants!
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The Fair is underway and Main Street fills up! Food, information, and fun for everyone!
 img_1262 Finally the sun shines on the 36th Victorian Fair!

Fair History

The Melrose Victorian Fair, sponsored by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, has been a major hometown event for 36 years. A day-long celebration, the Victorian Fair has become a beloved community tradition. Established in 1981, the Fair was intended to bring community attention to the city’s renovated downtown area. Newly installed Victorian lampposts highlight the prominent architecture and the rich, turn-of-the century heritage of Melrose. Each year, the Victorian Fair attracts thousands of people to Main Street in Melrose.

Beginning at dawn on the morning of the Fair, volunteers transform downtown Melrose into a festive corridor. A two-block section of the bustling Main Street retail hub is closed to make way for the booths that line the street on both sides. Canopied booths beckon the public with games, crafts, food and prizes. And, you will never leave the Victorian Fair hungry because local restaurants prepare tasty samplings for the crowds that roam the downtown area.

Performance stages are set up at various spots featuring local performing artists as well as dances and demonstrations by Melrose children.

The day’s gala celebration is brought to a grand climax with the drawing of the Chamber’s “Big Ticket Raffle” prizes.

Fair goers, volunteers and business owners alike are united by the annual rekindling of the Yankee small-town community spirit fostered by the Melrose Victorian Fair, a true New England tradition. We hope to see you at the Fair!