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 2016 event calendar!

  • Thorny Apple Craftsman & Art Fair

    Thorny Apple Craftsman & Art Fair

    New this year is the Thorny Apple Craftsman & Art Fair on June 24-26, 2016 from 8-5 p.m. on June 24 and 25, and 8-4 p.m. on June 26. Thorny Apple is Michigan's Premier Craftsman & Art Fair. Professionals from across the country will gather for one weekend to display and sell their one of a kind work. Our event has something for friends and families of all ages. If you have any questions, please contact Thorny Apple here.

    Admission is $3 for parking per day.





  • 34th Annual 4th of July

    34th Annual 4th of July

    34th Annual 4th of July & Veterans Bar-B-Que is July 4, 2016 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 is TBD.



  • 45th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    45th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    The Gas & Steam Engine Show is July 8-9, 2016. You'll see the history of engines by the way of steam boats, tractor parades, a working sawmill and more. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids $4.00 ages 5 - 12.





  • Civil War Muster July 16-17, 2016 - 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. Please click the link in the headline above for a PDF of downloadable registration forms and Muster rules.





  • Antique Outboard Motor Show/County Wide Yard Sale/July Fest

    Antique Outboard Motor Show/County Wide Yard Sale/July Fest

    Antique Outboard Motor Show July 23, 2016 from 9am - 2pm. Location is at the Mini-Shelter East. Free admission.

    See vintage cars of years past while touring the Village and Museum during our July Fest 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.

  • Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational August 12-14, 2016 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 3rd annual Outdoor Youth Day will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 10. 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 www.barrycd.




  • Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    The Fall Harvest Festival is September 23-25, 2016 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.




  • Arts and Eats

    Arts and Eats

    Arts and Eats is a free self-driving tour of Allegan and Barry Counties and the surrounding rural region on October 15 and 16. Partner organizations collaborate to bring you quality experiences in art, local food, and agriculture in those little out-of-the-way places that beg to be discovered. Historic Charlton Park will be a Central Venue host multiple artists for the Barry County Artists Exhibition.

    People are invited to discover our rural areas, forests, and towns by exploring back roads and out of the way places. Visit with local artisans in their studios, see working farms featuring specialty food crops, fiber, and heritage animals. Should hunger strike, stop in one of the local gems that serve food made with ingredients from area farms and producers. Arts and Eats raises awareness and appreciation of the region's human and natural resources. The tour reminds us about the benefits of buying and consuming locally grown foods and supporting Michigan artists as entrepreneurs. The tour is an opportunity to contribute to a sense of place and to support local economies. To learn more about Arts and Eats, visit their website.

  • All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening is October 29, 2016 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 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 10 & 11, 2016, 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 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.