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.


Thanks everyone for a wonderful 2017! We'll see you in 2018!

  • 12th Annual Charlton Park Day

    12th Annual Charlton Park Day

    The 12th Annual Charlton Park Day is Saturday May 26, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring the whole family! 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. Free Admission. This day is in honor of Irving Charlton, the founder of Historic Charlton Park. For more information call the Park at 269 - 945 - 3775.

  • 37th Annual Fathers Day Car Show is June 17, 2018 from 8am - 4pm rain or shine. This event is sponsored by the Southern Michigan Street Rod Association. All cars must be 1993 or older & must be driven in under their own power, no trailered vehicles are allowed. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids 5 - 12 $4.00 and age 4 and under free. There will be over 800 vehicles on display.

  • 36th Annual 4th of July

    36th Annual 4th of July

    36th Annual 4th of July & Veterans Bar-B-Que is July 4, 2018 from 11:30am - 4pm, event admission is FREE! Flag raising and remembrance begin before the Bar-B-Que. Games begin at 1:00 pm on the village green. Everyone is encouraged to bring a home-made pie to be judged by our expert panel. Pies will be auctioned off to help keep this event FREE to the public!

    The Veterans Association Complete Pork & Chicken Bar-B-Que Buffet will run from 12:30 pm - 4 pm in the Walnut Grove. Cost for the fundraising Bar-B-Que to be announced at a later time.

  • 47th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    47th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    The Gas & Steam Engine Show is July 13-14, 2018. You'll see the history of steam and gas engines, tractor parades, a working sawmill and more. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids $4.00 ages 5 - 12.

  • Civil War Muster July 21-22, 2018 - 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 $6.00, Kids $4.00 ages 5 - 12 years, 4 and under are free.

  • August Fest Car Show/County-wide Yard Sale

    August Fest Car Show/County-wide Yard Sale

    On August 4, 2018, from 9 am - 1 pm, see vintage cars and motorcycles of all sorts while touring the Village and Museum during our August Fest yard sale, swap meet, and car show. Over thirty (30) sale vendors on the grounds and a food vendor will be available, so you can spend the whole day on site. Household items, tools, clothes, car parts, 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 available for 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.

  • Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational August 9-12, 2018 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 $6.00, Kids 15 & under enter and shoot for free.

  • Outdoor Youth Day

    Outdoor Youth Day

    The 5th annual Outdoor Youth Day will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 8. It is a FREE day of fun where kids can get hands-on experience in many different outdoor activities. Hiking, Archery, Bird watching, Fishing, Target Shooting, Biking, Trapping, Canoeing and Kayaking, Fly Tying, Working Dog Demonstrations and MUCH MORE! For more information call Barry Conservation District, 269-948-8056, or visit

  • Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    The Fall Harvest Festival is September 21-23, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. The public is invited to experience first-hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s. Admission is Adults $6.00 and Kids $4.00 ages 5 -12.

  • All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening is October 27, 2018 from 3pm - 6pm. This family oriented event begins with trick - or - treating through the Historic Village. Take a tram ride, enjoy a glass of cider, and find your way through the maze. There will also be a costume contest and awards. Admission is $4.00 per person,12 and under are FREE!

  • 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 8-9, 2018, from 11 a.m – 4 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 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 $6 for adults and $4 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.

​Dogs: Dogs are welcome at any time! Please keep them leashed (maximum length 6 ft.) and pick up after them. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings. Before you decide to bring your furry companion, please consult the event schedule - certain events are loud and may cause your pet undue stress.