News & Events
News & Events

Special Events

Our special events promise to be fun for the family, so be sure to mark them on your calendar. Never been to one of our special events? Come check them out! You won’t regret it.

Click here to view the 2014 event calendar!

  • Tri-Rivers Museum Tour

    Tri-Rivers Museum Tour

    The Tri-Rivers Museum Tour is Saturday May 3 & Sunday May 4, 2014 from 11am - 5 pm both days. The Museums are located along the Flat River, Grand River and Thornapple River, provide support to each other in the Tri-River area. They invite you to come visit. Each Museum has unique qualities and invite you to visit and enjoy a time of remembering and learning.

    Paleo Joe will be at the Park on May 3 cleaning dinosaur bones in conjunction with his exhibit "Dinosaur Prep Lab: Edmontosaurus Bones on Display" which Charlton Park will be hosting between April 7 and June 27.

    Check out the event flyer here.

  • 8th Annual Charlton Park Day

    8th Annual Charlton Park Day

    The 8th Annual Charlton Park Day is Saturday May 24, 2014 from 11 am - 4 pm. Bring the whole family to Charlton Park Day. There will be free hot dogs, chips, drinks. Come on out and tour the buildings, maybe play some old fashioned games by the old school, meet some of the volunteers that will be in the buildings. Come on out for Charlton Park Day, Free Admission. This day is in honor of Irving Charlton the founder of Charlton Park. For more information call Charlton Park at 269 - 945 - 3775.

    View the event flyer here!

  • 33rd Annual Father's Day Show

    33rd Annual Father's Day Show

    33rd Annual Fathers Day Car Show is June 15, 2014 from 8am - 4pm rain or shine. This event is sponsored by the Southern Michigan Street Rod Association. All cars must be 1990 or older & must be driven in under their own power, no trailered vehicles are allowed. Admission is Adults $5.00, Kids 5 - 12 $3.00 and age 4 and under free. There will be over 800 vehicles on display.

    Please send car registration to the Southern Michigan Street Rod Association, address on form. Swap meet registration should be sent to Historic Charlton Park.

    Vendors and exhibitors - you can get the registration form here.

    View the event flyer here!

  • 6th Annual Rail Fan Festival

    6th Annual Rail Fan Festival

    Historic Charlton Park is hosting the CK&S Rail Fan Festival this year on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be guest speakers, train music, model train displays, children's activities, a collectible train swap meet, and souvenirs. For more information,view the flyer here, or visit www.cksrailfans.com.

    Vendors: please visit this link for registration information.

  • County Wide Yard Sale

    County Wide Yard Sale

    County Wide Yard Sale June 28, 2014 from 9am - 3pm for the Sales. Vendor spaces are 15x30 & space fee is $10.00 per space, $15.00 day of sale per space. Free admission to the public.

    Vendors: Please visit this link for registration information.

  • 32nd Annual 4th of July

    32nd Annual 4th of July

    32nd Annual 4th of July & Veterans Bar-B-Que is July 4, 2014 from 11:30am - 5pm. The Veterans Association Complete Pork & Chicken Bar-B-Que Buffet will run from 12:30pm - 4:30pm in the Walnut Grove. Cost for the fundraising Bar-B-Que TBA.

    Flag raising and remembrance begin before the Bar-B-Que. Games begin at 1:30pm on the village green. Everyone is encouraged to bring a home-made pie to be judged by our expert panel. Pies will then be auctioned off for the benefit of the Park. Admission and participation in the event is FREE!

    View the event flyer here!

  • 43rd Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    43rd Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    43rd Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show is July 11-12, 2013. You'll see the history of engines by the way of steam boats, tractor parades, a working sawmill and more. Admission is Adults $5.00, Kids $3.00 ages 5 - 12.

    Vendors: please visit this link for registration information.

    Event flyer coming soon!

  • Civil War Muster

    Civil War Muster

    Civil War Muster July 19-20, 2014 - see history come alive with hundreds of re-enactors depicting Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, see military demonstrations. Admission is Adults $5.00, Kids $3.00 ages 5 - 12 years, 4 and under are free.

    Re-enactors, click here to access the 2014 registration.

    Click here to see the event flyer and tentative schedule for the event.


  • Antique Outboard Motor Show/County Wide Yard Sale

    Antique Outboard Motor Show/County Wide Yard Sale

    Antique Outboard Motor Show July 26, 2014 from 9am - 2pm. Location is at the Mini-Shelter East. Free admission.

    The County Wide Yard Sale is July 26, 2014 from 9am - 3pm. Vendor spaces are 15x30 & space fee is $10.00 per space, $15.00 day of sale per space. Free admission to the public.

    Vendors: Please visit this link for registration information.

  • Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational August 8-10, 2014 the GLLI is a full weekend of longbow shooting & browsing traditional archery vendors. There will be shooting events for all ages and skill levels. Admission is Adults $5.00, Kids 16 & under free.

    Event flyer coming soon!




  • County Yard Sale/August Fest

    County Yard Sale/August Fest

    Saturday, August 16th from 9am to 4pm will be our 3rd Annual August Fest. See vintage cars of years past while touring the Village and Museum during our yard sale, swap meet, and car show. Over thirty (30) sale vendors on the grounds and food vendors will be available, so you can spend the whole day on site. Household items, tools, clothes, car parts, baked goods, arts, crafts, direct sales and much more can all be found by walking around on the big green by the park office. Free Admission to all activities for the day! Vendor spaces are still available or the yard sale & swap meet area for $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Car registration is $10 per vehicle and we will be doing awards, trophies, and door prizes.

    Vendors: Please visit this link for registration information.

  • Happy Tails Dog Run

    Happy Tails Dog Run

    The Happy Tails Dog Run will take place at Historic Charlton Park on September 13. You can opt to run/walk the 5k with or without your dog or walk one mile with your dog.

    Race information will come as it is available.



  • Walk In The Spirit Pow Wow

    Walk In The Spirit Pow Wow

    Walk in the Spirit Pow Wow September 20-21, 2014 from 10:00am - 8:30pm on Sept. 20 and from 10:00am - 5pm on Sept. 21. The public is invited to experience Native American culture through a traditional pow wow including authentic dancing and drumming, arts and crafts and native foods. Admission is Adults $5.00 and Kids $3.00 ages 5 -12.

    Event flyer coming soon!







  • Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    The Fall Harvest Festival is September 27-28, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both days. The public is invited to experience first-hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s. Admission is Adults $5.00 and Kids $3.00 ages 5 -12.

    Vendors: please visit this link for registration information.

  • All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening October 25, 2014 from 3pm - 6pm. This family oriented event begins with trick - or - treat through the Historic Village. Take a hay ride, enjoy a glass of cider. There will be the annual costume parade, followed by costume judging and awards. Admission is $3.00 per person,12 and under are FREE!

    View the event flyer here!


  • Of Christmas Past

    Of Christmas Past

    Historic Charlton Park’s turn-of-the-century village is the setting for Of Christmas Past! Come out and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and activities of the late 1800’s. On Saturday and Sunday, December 13 & 14, 2014, from noon to 5:00 p.m., you are invited to tour the village & enjoy Christmas at Historic Charlton Park.

    Adults and children are welcome to try their hands at traditional crafts and ornaments, including hand-dipped candles. Tour the village in a mule-drawn wagon (additional cost) and stop at the Carlton Center Church to listen to live music. Everyone is encouraged to sample traditional holiday fare, wassail, and fresh roasted chestnuts. The gift shop will feature an array of holiday toys, games and keepsakes for all ages. St. Nicholas will also be stopping by!

    Admission to Christmas Past is $5 for adults and $3 for children 4 to 12. There is no additional cost for crafts. For more information on the Of Christmas Past celebration, contact Historic Charlton Park at (269) 945-3775.

    View the event flyer here!