Visiting Michigan's Renaissance Festival

Entrance to the festival.
Entrance to the festival. | Source
Leading up to the gates.
Leading up to the gates. | Source

History of the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Michigan's Renaissance Festival is an annual event held in Holly, Michigan. It was started in 1979 and is held every weekend From Mid-August to the first weekend in October. Whether you enjoy the 16th century time period or not, it is an experience to be had. From the moment you walk through the entrance, you feel like you have traveled back in time to the Renaissance period. Everyone is dressed in period costumes, some are very elaborate, and you will hear the dialect of the times being spoken. Many of the visitors also participate by dressing up.

The 17 acre site is even complete with buildings that are there to house the various events that take place each year. This is not a moving festival, but a permanent one that is held each year. The buildings are beautiful, intricate, and amazing to look at.

Renaissance Festival Grounds

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The Maypole with the buildings in the background.The paths are like streets with the the shops and restaurants lining them.One of the many eating establishments.One of the streets.
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The Maypole with the buildings in the background.
The Maypole with the buildings in the background. | Source
The paths are like streets with the the shops and restaurants lining them.
The paths are like streets with the the shops and restaurants lining them. | Source
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One of the many eating establishments.
One of the many eating establishments. | Source
One of the streets.
One of the streets. | Source

Photos of Kids' Activities

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Yes, even Shrek was there!Free crafts were available for the kids as well.Grace loved this part!Alex is peaking out of the Grace waving her new magic fairy wand over the magic pool of water.They even have a playset for the kids to burn off some energy with.The puppet stage.
Yes, even Shrek was there!
Yes, even Shrek was there! | Source
Free crafts were available for the kids as well.
Free crafts were available for the kids as well. | Source
Grace loved this part!
Grace loved this part! | Source
Alex is peaking out of the
Alex is peaking out of the | Source
Grace waving her new magic fairy wand over the magic pool of water.
Grace waving her new magic fairy wand over the magic pool of water. | Source
They even have a playset for the kids to burn off some energy with.
They even have a playset for the kids to burn off some energy with. | Source
The puppet stage.
The puppet stage. | Source

Activities for Kids at the Renaissance Festival

This is not just a place for adults. There are many things available for the kids. In fact it is a very family friendly event. There is a section that has a children's stage for various kids shows, a playground area, and a craft area for kids to create. They hold tea parties for kids and there is even a petting zoo.

Admission to the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Age
*Advance Purchase Cost
Cost at the gate
Adults
$16.95
$19.95
Children 5-12
$6.50
$10.95
Children 4 and under
Free
Free
Students/Seniors with proper id
 
$16.95
*Advance purchase tickets are available at local retailers like Kroger and Walgreens. Season passes are also available if you plan to attend the events several times.

Activities at the Renaissance Festival

There are so many things to see and do at The Renaissance Festival that you will be sure to need at least an entire day there. Every weekend there are standard activities to participate in. There are shows on each of the sixteen stages or fields, parades, jousting events, and more. There are also special themed events held each weekend. Examples of this include Beer Fest, Italian Fest, Harvest Fest, and Sweet endings. With each of these themed weekends there are special activities that are held such as pie eating contests, beer tasting, contests or special dinners.

Some of the activities are free and others cost money. Any rides that you want to go on are extra. There are also many shops that sell beautiful and unusual items. Some of the things that are sold are jewelery, costumes, perfumes and incense, toys and games from the period, and other little interesting trinkets.

Free events include watching jousting events, the parade, and most of the staged events. Often times the performers will ask for a donation but it is up to you to give or not. We were only there for a few hours due to the exhaustion of the kids and we hardly got through everything.

Interesting People at the Festival

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Fire eating show.Grace is admiring the beauty of Queen Elizabeth.A meeting with a knight!A musician playing for the crowd.
Fire eating show.
Fire eating show. | Source
Grace is admiring the beauty of Queen Elizabeth.
Grace is admiring the beauty of Queen Elizabeth. | Source
A meeting with a knight!
A meeting with a knight! | Source
A musician playing for the crowd.
A musician playing for the crowd. | Source

Food and Drink Available at the Renaissance Festival

There are many restaurants and pubs that serve food and beverages. The drinks ranges from beer or ale to pop (soda) and wine. The food is very unique and fits the time period with giant turkey legs and soup or stew in a bread basket. Of course there are modern day foods as well if these are not to your liking. In any case, the food is delicious and fun!

Where and when is the Michigan Renaissance Festival?

The hours for the festival are weekends from 10am-7pm. Getting there is easy. The festival is located on 17 acres of land in Holly, Michigan off of I-75. Simply take exit 106, Grand Blanc and follow the signs. There is usually police directing traffic to make the experience a little smoother. Parking is free.

Directions to Michigan's Renaissance Festival

A marker12500 Dixie Highway, Holly, MI 48442 -
12500 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, USA
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If you live in Michigan or are visiting the area, plan to attend this fantastic event. If you go just after it has rained, be prepared with boots. The grounds are dirt and grass so it will be muddy. Also, remember that there is a lot of walking involved. If you have small children, you may want to bring a stroller. But most of all, have fun! It is a great time for the whole family!

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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

I'm so jealous! I've wanted to go to the Michigan Ren Faire forever! Unfortunately, I never make it out there. Perhaps this next year I'll make it a point to go! I hear there's another good one in northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin that I'll have to check out.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You should definitely try to make it out this way for it, it wouldn't be too far for you. It is a blast! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

My husband and I went to one in Michigan a couple of years ago - I don't think it this one though (we were farther visiting family in another area of Michigan). It was really cool!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I believe that there is also one held in Saginaw, Michigan which is a little north of Holly. From what I understand it is not quite as elaborate as this one. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I love this festival, especially the falconer and his wonderful birds, and all the musical groups. I love Michigan!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I wish I had been there with all of you. They look like they are having so much fun. Grace's expression next to the Knight is priceless; and that serious intention with her magic wand! Wow! LOL And, lucky girl-picked for the Maypole dance. :)

Thanks for sharing. The video is wonderful. They look so tiny next to Shrek!

Rated up and all across.


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Moon Daisy 4 years ago from London

That looks really great. And the start of the video reminded me of my maypoling days at school!

I've only ever seen a renaissance fair on the Gilmore Girls, so it's good to hear about a real-life one, and it's nice to know that they do actually exist. Would love to go to one one day.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Michigan is great! The falconer Patty, that was the one I couldn't remember, thanks for adding that. There is so much to do and see at this festival. Thanks for your comments.

Yes she has some luck that girl! They had a lot of fun. Alex of course loved the jousting. Thanks for reading.

Oh Moon Daisy I LOVED watching Gilmore Girls! I had forgotten about that in the show. Yes, they do really exist and this one is amazing. If you ever get the chance, it's worth it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

It looked fun - I've never been to a Renaissance fair. Nice video and pics.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You'll have to come up during the fall one time and we can go. It's a different experience but it is great fun!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great photos and information! I love the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin and would love to check out other festivals, too.


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Great hub about my favorite festival. The live jousting and axe throwing are two of my favorite spectacles. That, and getting friends locked up in the medieval paddy wagon! Good fun for everybody.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I've never been to any other Ren Fest but this is a fantastic one to visit if you ever make it out this way randomcreative. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Always great to meet a fellow Michigander on HP Jason. This was the first time we had taken our kids and my son(3) absolutely loved the jousting and continued to pretend he was a knight jousting for many weeks after. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Gyaah!! This is so great! Cardelean, your video Hubs are the coolest!

It has been AGES since I've been to a Renaissance faire or festival. I went when I was just about your kids' age. Visiting the Hub brought back so many good memories!

The Michigan festival looks amazing. I wish the ones in the Bay Area weren't so far away. Thanks so much for sharing a peek at the fun event!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL you crack me up Simone but I will admit that I am having fun creating them. I'm so glad that this hub brought back so many great memories for you. If you're ever in Michigan in the fall, I'll be your personal guide! :)


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Homeplace Series 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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