Searching for an event that will allow you to travel back in time to the 16th century? Attend the Michigan Renaissance Festival and explore the 17-acre village filled with games, music and everything related to this era Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 2016. The event is returning to Hollygrove Grounds in Holly for the 38th annual year.
Get lost in the magic of Hollygrove as armed knights gather their horses to participate in jousts. Check out the Freshwater Merfolk, Hob the Troll, live falcons and so much more entertainment.
The family-friendly event encourages visitors to come dressed up in their favorite Renaissance fashion. Costumes range from dressing like pirates to wizards and other fantasy characters.
Indulge in fresh baked goods, apple dumplings and mouth-watering turkey legs cooked over an open flame. After stuffing your stomach, relax over quality entertainment ranging from fire-eaters and jugglers to puppet shows.
From exotic jewelry and crafted leather to beautiful glassware, take home the perfect souvenir with you to remember the enchanting event.
Escape reality and jump into a royal fantasy including a masquerade ball and archery competition. Don’t forget to bring your camera when the queen of the jubilee arrives.
Weekend themes for 2016 are as follows:
- Aug. 20-21: Royal Pet & Ale Fest
- Aug. 27-28: Highland Fling
- Sept. 3-5: High Seas Adventure
- Sept. 10-11: Wonders of the World
- Sept. 17-18: Shamrocks & Shenanigans
- Sept. 24-25: Harvest Huzzah
- Sept. 30: Festival Friday
- Oct. 1-2: Sweet Endings
The event runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends. It is also open on Labor Day and Friday, Sept. 30. Advance admission is $19.95/adults and $11.50/children ages 5-12, while prices at the gate jump to $22.95/adults and $13.95/kids ages 5-12. Parking is free. Season passes are also available.
This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016 by Jessica Schrader.