Events downtown

Oct 07

A Bizarre Victorian Bazaar
Location: 109 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine 04101, US
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event website

For the first time since 2017, Victoria Mansion’s 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 Cabinets of Curiosities, how mediums conducted seances in the 19th century, and how two girls tricked several newspaper readers into believing they had caught evidence of real fairies on camera. 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.

Tickets are $21/adults, $8/college students (with valid ID), $6/children 6-17, $3/Museums for All (SNAP/EBT cardholders with valid EBT and ID), free for children 5 and under, and free for Victoria Mansion members. Tickets available at and at Victoria Mansion’s Carriage House Gift Shop. Tickets are valid for the full day of the fair, no timed entries required. A full schedule of the day’s activities will be posted to the event webpage on by mid-September.