Started in 1979, the Michigan Renaissance Festival has been going strong ever since.
The festival takes place in Holly, Michigan at a 17-acre fictional village called Hollygrove, where you’re transported back to the Late Middle Ages & Early Renaissance period of the 1500’s.
Over 500 performers entertain, including jousting (“cheat to win!”) and battles. There are costumed knights, wizards, viking, pirates, all sorts of fantasy characters.
Make sure you eat a massive turkey leg and drink a big tankard of ale.
You are welcome to dress up in medieval and fantasy clothing.
Be sure to look out for:
The Queen, the Mayor of Hollygrove, Christophe the Insultor, the Ded Bob ventriloquist comedy show and more.
The official kickoff party is always at Detroit’s Eastern Market’s Shed 5. It will take place Sunday, August 4th from 10am-4pm this year.
Are you interested in working at RenFest? They hold auditions every May for actors and musicians. Call 248-634-5552.
If you have a hearty appetite, be sure to check out the Feast of Fantasy inside Blackstone Castle. This is a 6-course gourmet meal and occurs every day at 11:30am and 3:00pm. It costs $80/person and is totally worth it.
What: Michigan Renaissance Festival
When: August 17-September 29, 2019
Where: 12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI
Times: Saturday’s & Sunday’s (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)