The annual Michigan Renaissance Festival is a time-travel adventure into a 16th-century English village. Rub elbows with pirates, wizards, gypsies, fantasy characters and more that make up the average 250,000 attendees that take over the fictional village of Hollygrove each year, starting in August. Music, sword-swallowing, comedy, fire-juggling and, of course, the costumes of a bygone era all deliberately, magically on display.
Event favorites include Ded Bob, the Washing Well Wenches and the Tortuga Twins. Watch costumed presenters juggle, joust, sing and dance to Celtic, folk and maritime music, tell jokes and make you and your family want to return year after year — maybe even in your own costumes!
There’s so much to see and do it’s a good thing the Michigan Renaissance Festival usually lasts into October. This spectacle also presents some impressive stats: 17 acres of village space with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a castle; 17 themed stages for jousting, comedy, theater and musical performances; and 300 artisans displaying glassware, jewelry and clothing.
The Michigan Renaissance Festival has been transporting visitors back to the 16th century for nearly 40 years.