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For the first time since 2017, our outdoor Victorian Fair will return to the Mansion lawn this October, with an “odd” twist! Join us for A Bizarre Victorian Bazaar: An Exhibition of Oddities and the Obscure. This one-day fair kicks off the Halloween season with an educational (and entertaining!) take on Victorian folklore, camera trickery, Spiritualism, and more.

Learn about how two girls tricked several newspaper readers into believing they had captured photos of fairies, how purported mediums conducted seances, and why some elite Victorians held mummy unwrapping parties. Have your palm read, create Victorian crafts, and much more! This fair will have activities and games for kids throughout the day. Plus, a visit from Charles Dickens, scenes from Portland Ballet’s Tales by Poe, and live music by the Shank Painters! We’ll also have the Pink Waffle food truck onsite for visitors who want to grab a bite to eat while they enjoy demonstrations and performances on the lawn.

This event is designed for visitors ages 8 and up. We encourage caregiver discretion for younger and more sensitive children.

Keep an eye on our Events webpage, and our Facebook and Instagram pages, as we announce Bazaar happenings over the coming weeks. A full schedule of events will be available onsite on the day of the event.

Victoria Mansion will not be running regular tours on October 7th, but the house will be open for event attendees to tour.