Victorian Events

Things to do, places to go and exhibits to see in the world of Victorian art and architecture.


Ongoing until November 3, 2013

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival performs “My Fair Lady”

Ashland, Oregon

Critically recognized as the best Shakespeare troupe in North America, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has recently expanded its repertoire to include 20th century plays and beloved musicals with astonishing success. This year, Amanda Dehnert directs Lerner and Loewe’s adaption of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Call (800) 219-8161.

Editor’s Note: A friend attended a recent showing of OSF’s “My Fair Lady” and reports that it was the best she’s ever seen!


Ongoing after April 23, 2013

Tours of the Governor’s Mansion

Austin, Texas

After an arson attack in July 2008 severely damaged the Governor’s Mansion, the 1856 house and its antique furnishings underwent a complete five-year restoration. At long last, the mansion has re-opened its doors for visitors. The 20-minute tours must be reserved at least a week in advance.


July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 2013

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

De Smet, South Dakota

For 29 years, the LIW Pageant Society has hosted an outdoor live performance of the original 1951 Hallmark Playhouse radio script of The Long Winter—and this summer, the show goes on. Plus: free wagon rides for kids! Call (800) 880-3383.


July 19, 2013

The Fort Nisqually Family Fun Night

Tacoma, Washington

Pack a picnic basket and get ready for a fun-filled night of 19th-century games and music your kids will love. While you’re there, check out the “A Good Piece of Work to be Done with an Axe” exhibit (from April 27 to August 4, 2013) to learn about the pioneering woodworkers who built the first settlers’ homes in 1833.


August 8-10, 2013

The 56th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show

Manchester, New Hampshire

Antique pottery, folk art, decoys, Shaker furniture and more: each of the 68 participating dealers save their favorite finds throughout the year and reveal them to the public for the first time at the show.


August 10-11, 2013

The Victorian Art Fair

West Branch, Michigan

Handcrafters of all kinds gather to sell their Victorian-style wares at the Victorian Art Fair, which also features family-friendly games, face painting, a barbeque and performers in historic costume.


September 29, 2013

The San Francisco Victorian Home Trade Show

San Francisco, California

More than 1,000 Victorian homeowners, antiques enthusiasts, artists and tradesmen will gather at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for the first annual Victorian Home Trade Show, an event dedicated to the history, restoration, decoration and building of Victorian homes. The show promises attendees a glimpse into the rich history of one of the city’s most recognizable icons, and a look at the future of ecologically sustainable Victorian homes. For a $10 entrance fee, Victorian homeowners, historians and the simply curious can learn from the best in the business during seminars with industry experts, and watch trade demonstrations from artisans and craftsmen. For those planning to renovate or redecorate their Victorian home, the Victorian Home Trade Show is the perfect place to meet industry leaders who have a demonstrated passion for and expertise in maintaining and restoring historic homes. For more information, contact –by Julie Eng




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