Victorian Fair

38th Victorian Fair

Sunday, September 9, 2018
11:00am – 4:00pm

(severe weather date September 16)

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:


Diamond Level Sponsors:

Hallmark Health System

TD Bank

Platinum Level Sponsors:

Cassidy Landscaping

Melrose Bank

Tarpey Insurance

Whole Foods Market

Gold Level Sponsors:

Golden Living

Northern Bank & Trust Company

Promotional Solutions

Rotary Club of Melrose

Silver Level Sponsors:

AFC Urgent Care          East Boston Savings Bank

Eastern Bank

North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning

The Residence at Melrose Station          Rockland Trust

Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market          Wakefield Co-operative Bank

Bronze Level Sponsors:

Brightview Wakefield          Metro Credit Union

RE/MAX Leading Edge          Stearns and Hill’s Bistro

Sullivan & Clark

2017 Fair Highlights

Artisans’ Marketplace, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Melrose, will host local artists, ready to sell their work. This year the Marketplace will be held indoors, thanks to the generosity of the VFW at 428 Main Street.

Check out our 2017 Event Map for all highlights and a listing of all participating vendors here.

Consider biking to the Fair and use the bike valet service on West Foster Street provided by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and Mass in Motion.

Our generous chamber members have donated 13 amazing prizes to the Big Ticket Raffle. Buy your tickets for $10 each at Melrose Chamber members Miter Biter Frame Company, and Eastern Bank.

Center Stage will once again be hosted by Marcy Holbrook. Music, singers, dancers, martial arts demos, and more will entertain people of all ages. View the 2017 Line Up Here.

Vendor move in instructions and booth locations is posted on the Chamber website here.

Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help set-up, assist with event operations and break down. Email Lauren Grymek at the Chamber if you would like to donate your time and have some fun!

EMARC’s 23rd annual 5K, sponsored by Marathon Sports will take place immediately before the Fair. Lace up for a great cause and learn more, including how to register, here.

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.

Here are some memorable moments from the 2016 Fair:

Photo Credits: Jeff Newman

Fair set up begins at 4:00am  Downpours startled vendors setting up around 9:00am
Artisans’ Marketplace at East Foster Our incredible Master of Ceremonies, Marcy Holbrook
The Fair would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers! 2016 Signature Sponsor LCM PLUS owner, Joe Guarino, with his booth assistants!
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, hosted by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, has been a major hometown event for 38 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 greet 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 at Center Stage will entertain the crowds of all ages!

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

We hope to see you at the Fair!