Skip to content

2020 Victorian Fair Cancellation

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Victorian Fair. After much consideration of the uncertainty around COVID-19 and our need to adhere to the Chamber’s responsibilities to comply with all Federal, State and Local regulations, as they may evolve from time to time, the Board concluded that our traditional event could not be celebrated as planned on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

As this year would have marked the 40th celebration of the Victorian Fair, preparations for the event had begun in January. The Chamber had looked forward to once again hosting a spectacular community event with vendors, performers, amusements, raffles, food and more. The traditional set up and operation of the Victorian Fair does not allow for proper social distancing, and part of what has made the Fair so fun and special over so many years is that it brings lots of people together for a day of celebration throughout downtown Melrose.

The Chamber Board of Directors and staff remain hopeful that we can host the 40th Victorian Fair in its usual grand style in September of 2021. We look forward to reuniting with our vendors, partners, supporters and Fair-goers at that time. Until then the Chamber’s focus will continue to be on helping our members reopen and rebound through this very difficult time.

Speaking for my colleague Jennifer Manning and myself, two people who put our hearts and souls into this event, we can’t picture wrapping up the summer without the Fair, but we know look forward to hopefully connecting with many of you soon.

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber.


Lauren Grymek
Executive Director
Melrose Chamber of Commerce


About the Fair

In collaboration with the City of Melrose, the Victorian Fair includes entertainment, performances, food, civic and nonprofit groups while showcasing Chamber businesses, local products and services. It also features the popular Big Ticket Raffle! This event will also continue to bring bring residents and families together for a day long celebration.



2019 Fair Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

MelroseWakefield Hospital


Diamond Sponsors:

Next Step Healthcare

TD Bank


Platinum Sponsors:

Cassidy Landscaping

Eastern Bank

Melrose Bank

Tarpey Insurance


Gold Sponsors:

Promotional Solutions


Silver Sponsors:

ConnectPay Payroll Services

East Boston Savings Bank

Fitness Together Melrose

Home Instead Senior Care

Metro Credit Union

North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning

Northern Bank & Trust Company

PEGASUS Design-to-Build

Rockland Trust

The Residence at Melrose Station

Turner's Seafood Grill & Market

Wakefield Co-operative Bank

Sunday, September 8, 2019

39th Victorian Fair: Dedicated to John Doherty:

The 2019 Victorian Fair is dedicated to John Doherty, Division Foreman of the Melrose Department of Public Works Parks and Forestry Divisions and Melrose resident.

John passed away in September 2018 from injuries sustained while doing the job he loved. A fourteen year veteran of the Public Works Department, John made significant, long lasting contributions all around the City of Melrose through his daily work. When you visit our beautiful parks and playing fields, the grounds of our schools and City buildings and tree canopy you are looking at John’s work and leadership. John was instrumental in helping Melrose look beautiful.

For the Chamber in particular, we are grateful to John’s dedication to our annual hanging Flower Basket program and holiday wreath initiative in order to help these beautification efforts last across many months.

If you knew John or had the pleasure of meeting him, you know what a wonderful person he was and you understand how much he is missed by his City colleagues, family and friends.


2019 Fair Information Will Be Posted Soon

  • 2019 Event Map
  • List of 2019 vendor booths
  • A map of downtown parking lots

Consider biking to the Fair and use the bike valet service on East Foster Street provided by the Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and Mass in Motion. All along East Foster you'll find our new area called "Sustainable Melrose" with booths filled with information on how you can go green and there will also be a special electric vehicle display.

Our generous chamber members have donated amazing prizes to the Big Ticket Raffle. Buy your tickets for $10 each at Melrose Chamber members Miter Biter Frame Company, and Eastern Bank. Only 500 tickets will be sold! Click here to see all of the fabulous prizes. Click here for the 2019 winners.

Center Stage will once again feature music, singers, dancers, martial arts demos, and more will entertain people of all ages. The 2019 Line Up can be found here. This year, Melrosian Julie Nolan will be our master of ceremonies at Center Stage!

2019 Vendor move in instructions and booth locations can be found here.

Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help set-up, assist with event operations and break down. Email Lauren Grymek at the Chamber if you would like to donate your time and have some fun!

Fair History

The Melrose Victorian Fair, hosted by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, has been a major hometown event for 39 years. A day-long celebration, the Victorian Fair has become a beloved community tradition.

Established in 1981, the Fair was intended to bring community attention to the city’s renovated downtown area. Newly installed Victorian lampposts highlight the prominent architecture and the rich, turn-of-the century heritage of Melrose. Each year, the Victorian Fair attracts thousands of people to Main Street in Melrose.

Beginning at dawn on the morning of the Fair, volunteers transform downtown Melrose into a festive corridor. A two-block section of the bustling Main Street retail hub is closed to make way for the booths that line the street on both sides. Canopied booths greet the public with games, crafts, food and prizes. And, you will never leave the Victorian Fair hungry because local restaurants prepare tasty samplings for the crowds that roam the downtown area.

Performance at Center Stage will entertain the crowds of all ages!

The day’s gala celebration is brought to a grand climax with the drawing of the Chamber’s “Big Ticket Raffle” prizes.

We hope to see you at the Fair!

Scroll To Top