GROVELAND TWP. – For the next seven weekends the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival gives visitors the opportunity to travel back in time to the 16th Century.
The festival began in 1979 and throughout the years has evolved into a seven-weekend event hosting over 250,000 visitors a year at its unique location 12 miles south of Flint at 12600 Dixie Highway in Holly.
There is lot to see and do within the village walls including purchase items from creative artisans, indulge in turkey legs, watch armored knights as they joust for a victory and much more.
Kathy Parker, General Manager of the Renaissance Festival, recommends all visitors attend the joust and other uncommon entertainment. She explains, “the joust is a great experience that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. As well as the Washing Well Wenches, a comedy act. There is a lot of unique entertainment, as the festival is not in a contemporary setting.”
Those who have visited the village can expect plenty of changes. Parker explains, “every year there is a lot of new things. This year we have a new jousting team that was from the History Channel realty show, as well as a painting class, new entertainment and plenty more.” Additionally, there is as an updated parking lot making it easier to park and reducing the amount of time spent in lines. Another item making lines shorter? The modified turkey leg cookers that cook the legs twice as fast, meaning shortened lines and wait times.
The 17-acre village exhibits 17 themed stages, shops and tavern, and a stunning castle. Tickets are on sale now online for $19.95 for adults and $11.50 for children (ages 5-12). Tickets at the gate are $22.95 for adults, $13.95 for children, $20.95 for seniors (over age 65), and $19.95 for students (with a valid college ID). Other ticket options are available for groups and season passes.
For more information, the village map, and to purchase tickets visit www.michrenfestnew.michrenfest.com.
2016 Themed Weekends Schedule
Aug. 20-21 Royale Pet & Ale Fest
Aug. 27-28 Highland Fling
Sept. 3, 4, 5 High Seas Adventure
Sept. 10-11 Wonders of the World
Sept. 17-18 Shamrocks &
Sept. 24-25 Harvest Huzzah
Sept. 30 Festival Friday
Oct. 1-2 Sweet Endings