Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly
Huzzah! The Ren-style family fun returns weekends Aug. 18-Sept. 30, 2012, with all its animated characters, hearty feasts and cool stuff to take home
Head out to the Michigan Renaissance Festival for musical and comedic entertainment, shopping and tons of food – 16th-century style! This favorite annual family fun event is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends only (Saturdays and Sundays) Aug. 18-Sept. 30, 2012 at the Hollygrove Grounds in the Oakland County town of Holly.
Vendors will be selling festive crafts including costumes, jewelry, candles and toys. You'll find glass blowers, caricature artists, potters and woodcrafters, too. Browse handmade sculptures, furniture and instruments, among plenty of other wares.
Stop to get your face painted, a henna tattoo or palm and tarot card readings. You can even get a massage – or your hair braided!
Hungry? There's a wide range of foods to satisfy your taste buds, too. From turkey drumsticks and baby back ribs to pizza, cheeseburgers and more, this fest always offers something for everyone at food vendors located throughout the grounds.
This year, Tartanic is performing a show that includes Highland bagpipes, drums and dancers. Live mermaids also join the fun, along with a mud show by the Splatter Time Players, comedic entertainment by Emry's Fleet and The Living Tree. Back again this year is the ever popular jousting presentation, the Knotty Nauticals rope-walking comedy show, Hob the singing troll, a fire-eater – and much more.
Each weekend has special theme, and special events happen daily – like a pub-crawl, royal high tea and a "Cupcake Wars" competition.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20.95 for adults, $11.95 for kids ages 5-12 and $18.95 for students and seniors ages 65 and up. Discounted tickets are available in advance at Walgreens, Kroger and online at Ticketfly. The discounted tickets are $17.95 for adults and $9.50 for kids.
For more information about the 2012 Michigan Renaissance Festival, check out the Metro Parent listing.