Photo by Matthew Sikorski
"Red knight's going down, down, down, down."
Hark! The Earthly realm is so
passe. Kicking it back to 1600 AD for its 40th year is the Michigan Renaissance Festival where all are invited to let their freak flags fly'th
The thematic Holly-based festival known for its elaborate pageantry, rivalry, revelry, and royalty announced the details of the upcoming event which is expected to draw upwards of 280,000 visitors. The 17-acre village hosts 17 stages as well as reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns, and, of course, a castle.
In addition to the festival mainstays like full contact jousting, a bevy of artisans, and massive turkey legs, this year's roster includes a Battle Axe Pub, daily Bow Blast archery tournament, and Triumph of the Elements — an interactive all-day puzzle-filled adventure quest. Also new to the roster, an opportunity to meet and feast like a unicorn.
The seven-weekend event boasts a new theme each week kicking off on Aug. 18 with Royal Pet and Ale Fest followed by Highland Fling, High Seas Adventure, Wonders of The World, Shamrocks and
Shenanigans, and Harvest Huzzah. The 2018 event will conclude Labor Day weekend with Sweet Endings — a chocolate and Shakespeare hybrid celebration.
The Michigan Renaissance Festival will take place starting Aug. 18 through Sept. 30; 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly; michrenfest.com; At the gate admission for adults is $23.95; $14.95 for children 5-12, children 4 and under are free.
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