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The Northville Heritage Festival

September 15-17, 2017

Downtown Northville, Michigan

Held each September in beautiful Downtown Northville, the Northville Heritage Festival celebrates the rich history and small town charm of the Northville community.  

Incorporated as a village in 1867, the next ten years saw the founding of the local newspaper, The Northville Record, as well as the first diploma awarded from the local high school and the opening of Parmenter's Cider Mill, a community treasure that sits today on Baseline Road.

For the last 150 years, Northville has written a fascinating history as it's grown into the 21st century, while maintaining a cozy, friendly, community.  Much of the city's story is available by speaking with members of the Northville Historical Society and visiting Mill Race Village

The Heritage Festival, formerly known as the Northville Victorian Festival, provides an opportunity for residents of Northville, both past and present, to reminisce, enjoy and celebrate the wonderful town that we've all called home.  It's our pleasure to share our community with visitors who come to shop, dine, attend theaters, work and play.  

The Northville Chamber of Commerce presents this yearly festival proudly, and is grateful for our members, neighbors and guests who support our goal of a successful and thriving Northville.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

DAILY events 5pm - 8pm
(select events until 11pm)

Northville Schools 3rd Grade Program - 9:00am
Students from 3rd Grade classes at Northville Public Schools will participate in Victorian-related activities throughout town.

Victorian Saloon - 6:00 - 11:00pm
One of the Festival's most popular venues, this beer tent is just the place to hang out on Friday Night. Located at the corner of Cady and Wing Streets.

Live music by The Shawn Riley Band
from 7:00pm - 10:30pm.

Non- Profit Booths Open - 5:00 - 8:00pm (E. Main)
Over twenty (20) local non profit and school groups will be on East Main, providing food, games and fun. Great way to support the community non profits and school groups.

Kids Zone - 6:00 - 10:00pm (W. Main)
Good old fashioned inflatables and hand moved rides are perfect for all ages.

Victorian Parade - 6:30pm (See Parade Route)
The Festival officially starts with the Victorian Parade.

Northville 3rd graders celebrate
the history of their town.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

DAILY EVENTS

Northville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast    8 - 11:00am
Open to public.  Corner of Cady St. and Wing St.
Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Maker Faire Car Show and Beer Tent     9am - 4pm
Open to the public. The Village Workshop is located at 455 E. Cady Street, behind the  Northville Car Wash. 

Festival Craft Booths     11am - 6pm (N. Center)

Non - Profit Booths       11am - 6pm (E. Main)

Kids Zone                        11am - 10pm (W. Main)

Children's Pedal Cars              11am - 6pm (E. Main)

Historic Ford Valve Plant Tours    10am-Noon
Free tours will be given of the Water Wheel Centre - formerly Northville's historic Ford valve plant. The former manufacturing plant was the first of Henry Ford's village industries, distinguished by its water wheel. Converted into commercial, studio and office space beginning in 2005 by R&D Enterprises, it has been recognized for its innovative renovation. Tours participants will learn the history of one of Northville's iconic landmarks, its importance to our manufacturing past and the effort to retain its Albert Kahn-designed roots.  Tours are 30 minutes each beginning at 10am, the last tour will begin at 11:30am. No reservations require; participants should plan to meet at the door nearest the water wheel. The building is located at 235 East Main Street at the northeast corner of Main and Griswold.

Horse & Carriage Rides    Noon - 3pm
Take a trip around one of Northville's historic neighborhoods the old fashioned way. Pick and drop off is located at the corner of W. Main and Wing Street.

Farmer John Barnyard Express   Noon - 5pm
A festival favorite, Farmer John features a small petting farm and a family fun animal show.

City 150th Anniversary Celebration     1:00pm
Town Square will host the celebration that will feature remarks from Mayor Ken Roth and musical entertainment from the Dodworth Saxhorn Band.

Eclipse Vintage Baseball     3:00pm
See how it all started with a vintage game of baseball played at Ford Field.

Victorian Saloon     6 - 11:00pm
Saturday Night we honor our military with military appreciation. All admission proceeds will go to the local VFW.  Performing from 7:00-9:30pm is Big Ray and the Motor City Kings

 

                             

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

As part of this year’s Heritage Festival, Northville will commemorate its 150th anniversary of village incorporation. Originally part of Plymouth Township, Northville gained village status in 1867. It would not become a city until 1955.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of villagehood, Northville will celebrate like it’s 1867! A concert is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Town Square featuring the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, the band is one of America’s premier 19th century brass bands. Its musicians use only brass and percussion instruments that were built in the 1800s.

Featured in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “Baseball” and also heard in Burns’ series, “Jazz,” the band will perform following a short ceremony in Town Square.

What was the Village of Northville like in 1867? Look for banners and posters throughout downtown offering a glimpse of our historical past.

The Dodworth Saxhorn Band

The Dodworth Saxhorn Band

VARSITY LINCOLN FESTIVAL STAGE
                    mAIN AND cENTER

Amazing Clark Escape Artist     11-11:30am
Tiptop Entertainment                  11:45am-12:15pm
Comedy Juggling Show             12:30-1:00pm
Comedy Juggling Show              2:00-2:45pm

STREET ENTERTAINMENT

Stiltwalker                                      12:30-4:30pm
Juggler                                            3:15-4:00pm

 


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th

Daily Events

Baptist Church Service     10- 11:00am
Join the Northville Baptist Church as they conduct a tent revival at the corner of Wing and Cady Street.

Festival Craft Booths     11am - 4pm (N. Center)

Non - Profit Booths       11am - 4pm (E. Main)

Kids Zone                        11am - 4pm (W. Main)

Children's Pedal Cars   11am - 4pm (E. Main)

Horse & Carriage Rides    Noon - 3pm

Take a trip around one of Northville's historic neighborhoods the old fashioned way. Pick and drop off is located at the corner of W. Main and Wing Street.

Farmer John Barnyard Express   Noon - 3pm
A festival favorite, Farmer John features a small petting farm and a family fun animal show.

Mill Race Village     Noon - 4pm
A variety of events are scheduled for Sunday at Mill Race Historical Village, 215 Griswold Street, including the traditional Duck Race (3:30pm).

Eclipse Vintage Baseball     1:00pm
See how it all started with a vintage game of baseball played at Ford Field.

 

VARSITY LINCOLN FESTIVAL STAGE
                    mAIN AND cENTER

Punch & Judy Puppet Show       11-11:30am
Comedy Juggling Show              11:45am-12:30pm
Amazing Clark Comedy Magic  12:45-1:15pm
Tiptop Entertainment                   1:30-2:00pm
Comedy Juggling Show               2:15-3:00pm
The Joel Tacey Show                  3:15-4:00pm

STREET ENTERTAINMENT

Stiltwalker                                      11:30am-3:00pm
Comedy Juggler                            1 - 2:00pm

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All entertainers and times are subject to change.  Please visit the festival information booth for the latest schedule.