Holly, MI 48442, USA
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
GA: Child $11, Adult $17; Season pass: Child $37.95, Adult $74.95, Dog $40; Royal pass: Child $80, Adult $120
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Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival!
Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee. Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more. Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience of the Michigan Renaissance Festival!
For years, the Michigan Renaissance Festival has provided Holly with a unique venue that regularly attracts more than 250,000 visitors from Michigan, surrounding states and Canada. When the Festival first began back in 1979 on the grounds of Columbiere in Clarkston, Michigan, the Renaissance Festival attracted 11,000 patrons during its 5 weekend event. Years later the Festival found a more permanent home where it currently stands, just 12 miles south of Flint on Dixie Highway. The duration of the Festival has also extended to 7 weekends, plus Labor Day Monday and Festival Friday.
The pageantry of a 16th century village is evident in the wide variety of activities. Entertainment is not only featured on seventeen stages, but in the lanes and on an interactive level with the patrons of the Renaissance festival. From peasants to royalty, the people of the village of Hollygrove visit entertain guests and provide a day to remember! Highlights include the thrilling full contact joust with armored knights and horses, the intensity of the Human Combat Chess Match and the hilarity of acts like the Washing Well Wenches and Ded Bob. Music fills the air with Crannog and other talented bands. The Realm is filled with amazing artisans who offer their unique wares and often share their skills in craft demonstrations. Beautiful glassware, crafted leather, exotic jewelry and Renaissance clothing are just a few examples of the masterpieces that can be found in the marketplace.
Visitors are advised to skip breakfast and save their appetite for the fresh baked goods, soup in a bread bowl, Scotch eggs, apple dumplings and of course, the famous turkey legs that are cooked over an open flame. The array of foods is overwhelming and sure to satisfy any cravings! It is truly fun for the whole family since the Renaissance Festival also offers games, human-powered rides, and a Children’s Realm that features a castle playscape as well as free activities for younger visitors.
The Michigan Renaissance Festival is open Weekends and Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 17 through Sept. 29.
2019 WEEKEND THEMES:
Aug 17-18: Pirates and Pets
Aug 24-25: Highland Fling
Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2: Vikings
Sept 7-8: Wonders of the World
Sept 14-15: Shamrocks and Shenanigans
Sept 21-22: Harvest Huzzah
Sept 27: Festival Friday
Sept 28-29: Sweet Endings
Events include the Game of Thrones feast, a Masquerade Ball, a royal high tea and Ladies Shopping Day.