Huzzah! One of southeast Michigan’s richest traditions is back for another year of medieval fun! For nearly 40 years the Michigan Renaissance Festival has been a fun way for family and friends to celebrate the end of summer and travel back to a bygone era.
The 17-acre village in Holly transforms into a 16th century Renaissance-era England paradise full of shops, taverns, entertainment stages, and even jousting arenas. Over the course of seven weekends, guests can see hundreds of different comedy shows, musicians, games, and did we mention jousting? If you have ever been, you know how extensive the entertainment options are, and there is no shortages of ways to entertain yourself and your family.
One of the perks of this year’s Renaissance Festival are the themed weekends. Every weekend has a fun and unique theme, starting with this weekend’s Royal Pet & Ale Fest where you can bring your furry companions to the festival and learn more about pet nutrition, safety, clubs, fostering, and local vendors. Be sure to enter your dog in either the Weiner Dog Races or Pet Costume Contest to win some exclusive prizes!
The Royal Pet & Ale Fest is just the tip of the joust stick when it comes to themed weekends, however. This year’s weekends include Highland Fling, High Seas Adventure, Wonders of the World, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Harvest Huzzah, and Sweet Endings. Each weekend gives you a new opportunity to experience a fun aspect of the festival.
While entertainment and themed weekends are fun, there’s another important aspect of the Renaissance Festival we haven’t discussed yet: the food. Some of the best food vendors around will be on hand to give you the most authentic medieval meals possible, but if you’re looking for a more in depth dining experience, check out the Feast of Fantasy or Pig ’N’ Swig events. Make sure to visit the website to get more information on tickets to these events.
There are more things to do and see at the Michigan Renaissance Festival than ever before. Whether it’s your 20th time or your first time visiting the festival, there’s plenty of medieval fun to be had. Be sure to visit the official website and Facebook page to keep up to date on all of the festival’s events.