Michigan Renaissance Festival

Many look forward to the Michigan Renaissance Festival held annually in Marshall Michigan. Also known as the Mayfaire Renaissance Festival, a five day event filled with entertainment, food and contests. This year the Renaissance Festival will be held from May 21st through the 30th. The festival depicts an English village from the late 16th century during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Tickets. Early bird tickets for the Mayfaire Michigan Renaissance Festival can save you considerably if you are buying for several people in your group or family. Early bird tickets are $8.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. Seasonal passes for ten days are $40.00 for adults and $16.00 for children. A one day family pass for two adults and two children ages 6 to 12 is $20.00. Regular Renaissance Festival prices are $10.00 and $5.00 for children under thirteen years old. Tickets can be bought online and picked up at the festival entrance gate.

Location. To get to the Renaissance Festival from Detroit, take interstate 94 West to exit 110, then drive south. Turn right onto Michigan Avenue after going around a large fountain.  Turn right on Exchange Street then turn left on Fair Street where you will see the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. 720 Fair St., Marshall, MI 49068.

Shows. Immerse yourself in the main events. Renaissance Festivals are renowned for their fully-armored jousting tournaments on horseback with sword fights and interactive combats that will absolutely keep the adrenaline flowing in high gear. A calendar of events can be found online to help you plan your festival trip.

Activities. Be prepared for a non-stop day filled with fun and frolicking. There are multiple sideshows including sword swallowers, comedians, talented jugglers, belly dancers and singers.

Food. Save room for fantastic gastronomical sensations. No need to bring a sack lunch, the atmosphere will be replete with nostalgic smells and aromas of delectable grilled and fried home cooking, enticing and alluring. Devour meaty entrees and calorie-filled desserts. Nibble on all-natural Welsh Miner’s Cake that are unbelievably scrumptious, taken from a 700 year old recipe. Snack all day long while trying eateries you may not see again for a long while.

Shop. Spend big time at the “Ye Olde Shoppes” that are filled with artisans and crafters with unique gift ideas and products. Many Michigan products can be found; not only local cherries and home-grown produce but one-of-a-kind treasures from craftsman and artisans that live in Michigan.

Costumes. Dress up as jesters, gypsies, musicians and dancers or come as a coordinated troubadour family. Wear unique costumes and bring your favorite musical instruments or games. Everyone is welcome to join in the gay festivities.

Dedication, pride and centuries of tradition go into the makings of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Remember to schedule this festival and take advantage of discounted ticket prices and coupons given out by food and craft vendors.

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