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Greenfield Village

From the Old Car Festival to the breathtaking Holiday Nights, Greenfield Village hosts events for every interest. And every day we have rich, immersive programming and activities to make the Village come alive.

Upcoming Special Events and Exhibits at Greenfield Village

Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire® Detroit

July 30-31, 2016 | 9:30am - 6pm

Join us for one of the most unusual and mind-boggling events to ever find a home in Detroit, a place where the DIY mindset can run wild. Hundreds of exhibiting makers participate annually, offering dozens of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for all ages.

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Maker Faire® Detroit

July 30-31, 2016 | 9:30am - 6pm

Join us for one of the most unusual and mind-boggling events to ever find a home in Detroit, a place where the DIY mindset can run wild. Hundreds of exhibiting makers participate annually, offering dozens of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for all ages.
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Historic Baseball

Historic Base Ball Games

June 11 - August 21, 2016 (Saturday & Sunday) | First pitch 1:30pm

This is thrill-a-minute base ball in the glorious outdoors. Our grandstand is a grassy hillside shaded by dozens of massive walnut trees. We have live, 19th-century music by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. And every so often, a Greenfield Village passenger train pulled by a 19th-century steam locomotive chugs along the perimeter of the outfield. It’s classic.

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Historic Base Ball Games

June 11 - August 21, 2016 (Saturday & Sunday) | First pitch 1:30pm

This is thrill-a-minute base ball in the glorious outdoors. Our grandstand is a grassy hillside shaded by dozens of massive walnut trees. We have live, 19th-century music by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. And every so often, a Greenfield Village passenger train pulled by a 19th-century steam locomotive chugs along the perimeter of the outfield. It’s classic.
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Macys Second Mondays

Macy's 2nd Mondays

Second Monday of each Month | 10am – noon

Preschoolers are invited to join us for storytelling, live entertainment, and dozens of hands-on activities related to some of our most memorable artifacts — trains, dollhouses, historic games, even a ride on our amazing Herschell-Spillman carousel.

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Macy's 2nd Mondays

Second Monday of each Month | 10am – noon

Preschoolers are invited to join us for storytelling, live entertainment, and dozens of hands-on activities related to some of our most memorable artifacts — trains, dollhouses, historic games, even a ride on our amazing Herschell-Spillman carousel.
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World Tournament of Historic Baseball

World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®

August 13-14, 2016

Join us as we commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a two-day gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. Along with the games, we feature live period music, food, and much more.

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World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®

August 13-14, 2016

Join us as we commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a two-day gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. Along with the games, we feature live period music, food, and much more.
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Old Car Festival

Old Car Festival

September 10-11, 2016 | Open Saturday 'til 9pm

Join us as we celebrate the triumphs of the earliest years of the automotive industry. The streets and grounds of Greenfield Village fill with the sights, sounds, and smells of hundreds of authentic vehicles made from the 1890s through 1932. You'll also enjoy live music, dancing, and much more.

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Old Car Festival

September 10-11, 2016 | Open Saturday 'til 9pm

Join us as we celebrate the triumphs of the earliest years of the automotive industry. The streets and grounds of Greenfield Village fill with the sights, sounds, and smells of hundreds of authentic vehicles made from the 1890s through 1932. You'll also enjoy live music, dancing, and much more.
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Farmers Market

Farmers Market

September 24 and October 1, 2016

Take home your own private bounty when you visit Greenfield Village's annual open-air Farmers Market. You'll meet some of our favorite farmers and food suppliers. Enjoy local herbs, artisanal ointments, organic spices, heirloom seeds, handmade pastas, and much more.

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Farmers Market

September 24 and October 1, 2016

Take home your own private bounty when you visit Greenfield Village's annual open-air Farmers Market. You'll meet some of our favorite farmers and food suppliers. Enjoy local herbs, artisanal ointments, organic spices, heirloom seeds, handmade pastas, and much more.
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Things to Do Today at Greenfield Village

Corn Husk Doll Workshop

Burbank House (9:30am-4:30pm)

Hands-on work shop where kids of all ages can create their own corn husk doll.

$4 fee, plus Village admission.

Menlo Park Laboratory Phonograph Demonstration

Menlo Park Laboratory, Edison At Work Historic District (9:30am-5pm)

Presenters demonstrate the technology of Edison’s favorite invention at the Menlo Park Laboratory.

Firestone Farm Cooking Demonstration

Firestone Farm House, Working Farms Historic District (9:30am - 12pm)

Dinner preparations of authentic 1885 recipes featuring ingredients grown at Firestone Farm.

Games on the Green

Village Green, Main Street Historic District (9:30am-5pm)

Learn to play outdoor games from the early 1900s including graces, tops, jacks, hoop-rolling, stilts, and croquet.

Glass Blowing Demonstration

Glass Shop, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (9:30am - 5pm)

Skilled glassblowers demonstrate the art of making useful and decorative glassware using free-blown, mold-blown techniques.

Hanks Silk Mill

Hank's Silk Mill, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (9:30am-12pm)

Learn about the extraction of silk fiber from silkworm cocoons, and the story of the first silk mill in America.

Purchase a Reproduction Postcard

Phoenixville Post Office, Main Street Historic District (9:30am-5pm)

Stop in and purchase a unique reproduction historic postcard. You can even buy a stamp and drop off your mail, which will receive the special Greenfield Village postmark.

Live Puppet Theater

Near Dr. Howard's Office, Main Street Historic District ()

Join us for a live puppet performance on the Village Green in the Main Street Historic District.

Brass Candlestick Making

Armington & Sims Machine Shop, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (10:00am-4:30pm)

Join us for a great American handcrafted tradition: candlestick making. Adults and children (6 and older) can operate a 1917 lathe to make a brass candle-holder to take home.

School Days

Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4pm)

Experience what education was like in rural America inside the same one-room school Henry Ford attended. Brush up on your 19th-century civics lessons in this fun and informative 20-minute interactive program with the Scotch Settlement School teacher Miss Nardin or Mr. Chapman.

Tales from Huck Finn

Near Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (10:45am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm & 2:15pm)

Meet Huckleberry Finn, one of Mark Twain's most beloved characters, and hear a few of his memorable adventures (and even how Samuel Clemens chose his pseudonym Mark Twain!) in this high-energy 15-minute show.

Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Roundhouse Turntable Demonstration

Railroad Turntable (10:50am, 1:40pm, 3:40pm)

Try your hand at turning our 40-ton turntable, weather permitting, must be age 6 or older to operate.

“Kitchen Sink” Engine Demonstration

Outside Bagley Avenue Workshop, Henry Ford's Model T Historic District (11am & 2pm)

These special presentations are held during our Old Car Festival weekend outside the Bagley Avenue Workshop in Greenfield Village. Beginning on the hour, watch a running replica of Henry Ford’s first experimental gasoline engine from 1893.

Home from Kitty Hawk

Wright Home, Main Street Historic District (11am, 12pm, 1:45pm & 3pm)

Experience the thrill of the Wright brothers’ first flight as you're taken back to that amazing and inspiring day in this 20-minute play. Fly back in time with Orville, Wilbur, and their sister, Katharine, and enjoy a dramatic journey through their experiments, struggles, and joys. You will join them on December 23, 1903, just after the brothers return home from Kitty Hawk. The actors recount the brothers' amazing and inspiring first flights that made history on December 17 of that year and forever changed the world.

Laura’s Little Town

Near Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, & 2:45pm )

Meet young Laura Ingalls before she became a teacher in this engaging 15-minute show celebrating Little Town on the Prairie. Hear some of Laura’s favorite stories about her family’s time in DeSmet, South Dakota including the return of Nellie Oleson.

Cole Porter Medley

Town Hall, Main Street Historic District (11:30am & 3pm)

Our Greenfield Singers perform a jazzy 10-minute medley of beloved songs by an American music icon. Be sure to join us for this summer extravaganza of living history.

Customer Relations

General Store, Main Street Historic District (11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4pm)

Elizabeth Grow and her daughter, Eva, pay a friendly visit to the General Store, but soon their generation gap causes some conflicts and leads to some lively conversation in this charming 10-minute play.

Model T Medley

Near Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (11:45am & 2:30pm)

The Greenfield Singers perform a 10-minute music medley with a dash of Model T humor.

Simply Gershwin

Town Hall, Main Street Historic District (11:45am, 2pm & 3:15pm)

Celebrate the beloved music of George and Ira Gershwin in this lively 30-minute music, dance, and comedy revue performed by four talented singers/actors and one pianist.

Edison's Light Fantastic

Edison's Menlo Park Complex, Edison at Work Historic District (11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm &3:45pm)

This live one-man show gives a glimpse into the inspiring life, work and mind of Thomas Edison.

How I Got Over

Susquehanna Plantation, Porches and Parlors Historic District (12pm, 1pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm)

Experience inspiring stories, songs and slavery narratives in this powerful 20-minute show. Music and storytelling played a major role in the struggle of enslaved Africans to survive the oppression they met on plantations like Susquehanna Plantation. This dramatic presentation shares inspirational stories of endurance, hope, and empowerment.

Gunsolly Carding Mill

Gunsolly Carding Mill, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (12:05pm - 3pm)

Area farmers brought their wool to this mill to have it carded (combed) so it could be spun into thread. The mill was moved to Greenfield Village in 1929. Come see a demonstration of the traditional machines in operation.

The Village Trio at Town Hall

Town Hall, Main Street Historic District (12:30pm)

The talented soprano, mezzo, and alto sing delightful songs from the 1900s through the 1930s complete with period harmonies and nostalgic dance moves.

The Greenfield Quartet

Near Edison Statue, Edison at Work Historic District (12:45pm & 3:15pm )

The talented high tenor, tenor, baritone, and bass sing toe-tapping tunes from the 1900s through the 1930s complete with period barbershop harmonies.

Firestone Farm Wednesday Afternoon Baking

Firestone Farm House, Working Farms Historic District (1pm-4pm)

Watch Firestone ladies bake cookies every Wednesday afternoon for the farmers.

Irving Berlin Medley

Near Scotch Settlement School, Main Street Historic District (1pm, 3:30pm)

The Greenfield Singers perform a special 15-minute medley of song favorites from a renowned musical innovator.

Meet a 1905 United States Forest Ranger

William Holmes McGuffey School, Porches and Parlors Historic District (2pm)

Learn what it took for new recruits to become a United States Forest Ranger at the turn of the 20th century in this 15-minute presentation.

The Village Trio at Dr. Howard's Office

Near Dr. Howard's Office, Main Street Historic District (2:45pm)

The talented soprano, mezzo, and alto sing delightful songs from the 1900s through the 1930s complete with period harmonies and nostalgic dance moves.

Loranger Gristmill Presentation

Loranger Gristmill, Liberty Craftworks Historic District (3pm-5pm)

See how this water-powered mill converted whole corn and wheat into readily usable products.


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