Travel Back in Time at the 2018 Michigan Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye! The Michigan Renaissance Festival (Ren Fest) is returning once again to Holly, Michigan. Back for the 39th year, the Ren Fest is known for being one of Oakland County’s most unique annual festivals. Riveting jousts, colorful costumes, and delicious turkey legs are just a few things you can look forward to. The festival celebrates the end of medieval times in a fantasy world setting and is open weekends and Labor Day, beginning August 18th through September 30th. Go back in time and experience the magic of the Renaissance! 

Enjoy a 16th century experience complete with comedy acts, music, acrobatics, sword-fighting, games, people-powered rides, wares from 150 artisans, a castle playscape in the children’s realm. Of course, fabulous food and drink are bountiful!

2010 Renaissance Festival in Holly.

Each weekend has a different theme such as the Highland Fling and High Seas Adventure to make your visit even more special, and there are Daily Royal Events to look forward to as well. 

As always, the Ren Fest features a full-contact armored jousting competition, complete with knights from a few of the best representatives of Renaissance-era Europe: England, Germany, and Wales.


Attendees can participate in a wide range of activities, including an Archery Competition, BBQ Competition, Beard Competition, Belly Dance Competition, Dr. Who Costume Contest, Fencing Competition, Men in Kilts Competition, Pet Costume Contest, Tattoo Competition, Wedding Wars, and a Weiner Dog Race.

Event performers are dressed in 16th century garb, from plate suits of armor to sweeping and beautiful gowns. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as well! Adorn your best petticoat and freshen up on ye Olde English to get in the Renaissance spirit. If you don’t have a costume, don’t worry! The festival is full of shops filled with costumes, clothing, trinkets, collectables, art, and much more. 


You’ll see many favorites of history on hand, like Queen Elizabeth I and her entire royal court. The queen can be seen around the festival periodically as she loves to join her loyal subjects for joyous celebration. Be sure check out the magnificent castle!

The festival is open weekends and on Labor Day, beginning August 18th through September 30th. Parking is free and the festival goes on, rain or shine.

For pricing information, season passes, or advanced tickets, visit the 2018 Michigan Renaissance Festival website.

See you on the festival grounds, Oakland County!

For more information about the Michigan Renaissance Fest, including the schedule for themed weekends and ticket information, visit their website, follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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