5 Reasons to Attend the Renaissance Festival


The Michigan Renaissance Festival is back for another year of 16th century fun and excitement. Ever since the festival moved to Holly, it has attracted over 250,000 people every year and has become a late-summer/early-fall beloved tradition in Michigan.

This will be the festival’s 38th year and will feature more to do than ever before, but if you’ve never been there or have not gone in a while, you might not know what the magic is like. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are five reasons to go to the Michigan Renaissance Festival this year:

Shops & Vendors

The Michigan Renaissance Festival offers guests the chance to browse and purchase all sorts of 16th century merchandise. There are dresses, hats, toys, and unique items that you can only find at the festival. You’ll never know what you’ll find there, but you can prepare by checking out the vendor’s list here.

Medieval Food & Drink

Along with the unique merchandise available, the Michigan Renaissance Festival offers some truly awesome 16th century food and ale. There’s something to satisfy everyone’s appetite, but some of the more adventurous food items include Cheesecake on a Stick, Pie Milkshakes, Stuffed Croissant Donuts, and Chicken & Corn Waffles. The full menu of options can be seen here.

Unique Events

This year’s Michigan Renaissance Festival has plenty of unique events throughout its seven weeks, including a Feast of Fantasy, a Pub Crawl, Pig N’ Swig, and Royal High Tea offered every week. Whether you’re looking to try the best 16th century food, or go on an old fashioned (literally) pub crawl, there’s almost guaranteed something for you to do. You can purchase tickets for these and other events here.

Themed Weekends

One of the best traditions of the festival are the themed weekends, with the first weekend being a Royal Pet and Ale Fest. Other weekend themes include Highland Fling, High Seas Adventure, Harvest Huzzah, and Sweet Endings. The full schedule of themed weekends can be found here.

City Discounts

To go along with the themed weekends, the festival will also be honoring three different Michigan cities every weekend. Residents from that city will be able to enjoy three dollars off admission, so be sure to check out the schedule here and see when your city will be honored.

This is just a brief glimpse into what will be happening at this year’s Michigan Renaissance Festival. For more information, like pricing, parking, and deals be sure to check out the website and get ready for some medieval fun!