The Michigan Renaissance Fair is one of the most distinctive festivals in the Midwest. The town of Holly, Michigan, hosts the fair in the verdant shire of Hollygrove. The event, which takes place every weekend between late August and early October, celebrates and recreates all things from the Renaissance (circa 1585-1600). Jousting tournaments with knights in full armor, sword swallowers, belly dancers, and endless musical performances are just some of the features of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. The fact that the events are spread out over the course of six plus weeks (including Labor Day weekend) mean that more people have the opportunity to enjoy it.
Michigan Renaissance Fair History and Facts
The event was established in 1979 and has grown in size and popularity every subsequent year. The Michigan Renaissance Fair 2016 is slated to be bigger than ever, with over 200 booths and entertainment on 15 stages. There is an abundance of Renaissance-inspired craftwork that you can purchase in the wide-open marketplace setting. Adults and children alike will enjoy the sword fighters, comedians, musical performers, and the multitude of concessions on the premises. It is impossible to go hungry, or thirsty for that matter, as there are a number of food booths as well with both fair food and some Renaissance-style treats.
Tickets to Michigan Renaissance Fair
There is a range of options when it comes to purchasing tickets. Generally, you can purchase individual weekend passes or seasonal passes that give you full admission to every weekend for the duration of the fair. Season passes not only include admission to the fair every weekend, but also collector’s medallion that commemorates the event.
The Royal Pass is perhaps the best value. When you purchase this package you get admission to the fair every weekend, four complimentary tickets, brunch every morning, and a number of other items like T-shirts. If you plan to attend the festival on multiple weekends, the savings of this particular package can really add up. You can also bring four cans to the festival gates and receive $5 off your admission.
Directions to Michigan Renaissance Fair
Holly, Michigan is located about twenty minutes south of Flint and an hour east of Lansing. The shire of Hollygrove is situated right on the Dixie Highway, a stretch of I-75. If you are coming from Detroit, simply take I-75 to exit 101 Grange Hall Road. Take a right and follow Grange Hall to the Dixie Highway just east of 75. From the north, take Interstate 75 to the south and get off on exit 106 for the Dixie Highway. Take a left and follow for about three miles and you cannot miss it.
Lodging Near Michigan Renaissance Fair
You will find that there are a number of options for lodging as you plan for the Michigan Renaissance Festival 2016. If you prefer hotels, you will find a good selection in neighboring towns like Flint, Grand Blanc, and Burton, as well as a select few in Holly itself. Nearby options include Holiday Inn Express at 3405 Regency Park Drive and Comfort Inn at 9040 Holly Road—both in Grand Blanc. There are also several fine campgrounds in Holly, Michigan.
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