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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome To HollyGrove!

Calling all lords and ladies with a penchant for jests and jousts!

Have some questions about all the fun you can have at the Michigan Renaissance Festival? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of some of the most common questions we hear from our patrons. Take a look and see if you find what you’re looking for.

Welcome To HollyGrove!

Calling all lords and ladies with a penchant for jests and jousts!

Have some questions about all the fun you can have at the Michigan Renaissance Festival? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of some of the most common questions we hear from our patrons. Take a look and see if you find what you’re looking for.

Admission FAQs

We do not issue rain checks or refunds. We are open rain or shine, and all acts will be performed as scheduled unless conditions threaten the safety of the participants.

Yes. Please have your hand stamped at the gate when you leave. When you re-enter the Park, show your stamped hand for re-entry. Festival only allows same day re-entry to the grounds. Re-admission is not allowed after 7pm.

Certainly! Your dog is welcome to join you at the festival on any day that we are open this season. Please refer to the ticket prices for admission details. Your furry friend must be at least 6 months old and have current vaccination records. Kindly review our dog policy for additional information.

Regrettably, the festival is not accessible on weekdays (Monday to Friday), with the exception of one Monday each year, which is Labor Day, and one Friday each year, which is Festival Friday. You may refer to the festival season schedule to check which particular day that is.

No, but we have a costume contest that occurs every day. Check our downloadable weekly schedule under each theme weekend to review the time and location of the contest.

All stage shows including jousting are included in the admission. You may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverage, or enjoy some rides and games (costs vary).

General admission tickets for adults and children can be utilized on any one festival day throughout the season, ensuring maximum flexibility for ticket holders. As long as the ticket is used within the designated festival period, individuals may use their ticket at their convenience.

We’re a rain or shine event! All general admission tickets are valid for any single day of our festival season, so pick the day that works best for you.

Tickets & Discounts

Please refer to our tickets page for price information: Tickets Page

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted by most vendors and food booths at the festival. Moreover, ATMs are conveniently located throughout the park for your convenience. Please note that the festival does not accept personal checks or foreign currency at any of its locations.

Please refer to our discounts page for more details.

We salute our amazing first responders and military personnel/veterans with a special discount on admission to our park all season long. Festival Fridays: Free admission for you! All Other Days During the Season: Enjoy $5 off your general gate admission ticket.

First Responder personnel who qualify for discount admission include: Firefighters, EMT’s, Uniformed Police Officers, State Troopers, 911 Dispatchers, Correction Officers, Evidence Technicians, Investigators, Medical Professionals & Nurses. To take advantage of this discount, presenting proper identification demonstrating eligibility is required (e.g. Government-Issued ID, Military ID, Hospital ID, etc).

DISCOUNT COUPONS AT THESE PARTICIPATING STORES:
TBA

DISCOUNT TICKETS AT THESE PARTICIPATING STORES:
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We have a dedicated Will Call window at the Festival Box Office, located right next to the main entrance gate.

Upon arrival at this window, you will be provided with your medallion, 5 complimentary tickets, a t-shirt, and a mug all in one convenient pickup.

For those who pre-purchased Royal/Season passes, the earliest you can retrieve your passes would be during our kick-off party at the Detroit Eastern Market, Shed 5 (2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207). We host our event every year during the 1st Sunday in August at 10am. Outside of that time, we do not host any other time to allow you to pick up your pass before opening day.

Tickets can be purchased either online or at the festival box office, allowing you the flexibility to choose the method that best suits your needs.

Tip: A helpful recommendation for individuals who have bought tickets online is to present their ticket using their mobile device to the gate attendant. It is essential to ensure that the barcode is easily scannable by making it visible. To mitigate potential issues related to mobile connectivity, it is advised to capture a screenshot of the ticket that displays the barcode.

In the event that you are unable to locate the original email from etix.com after purchasing tickets online, we kindly request that you send us a message and we will be more than happy to reissue the tickets to you via email.

Common FAQs

Location: 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, MI 48442

Year: 2024 Hours

When: Weekends (Sat. & Sun)

Dates: Aug. 17 – Sept. 29th

Time: 9am – 7pm

Open One Holiday: Labor Day, Sept. 2

Open One Friday: Festival Fri., Sept. 27

Weather: Rain or Shine

Jousting happens 3 times a day. 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. This is FREE to enjoy and included with festival admission.

At the Michigan Renaissance Festival, only dogs are permitted on the premises. Dogs aged six months (no exceptions) or older, regardless of size, are welcome to join. Please note that other animals such as chickens, birds, snakes, cats, monkeys, turtles, or any other non-dog pet are strictly prohibited. For more details regarding our guidelines on bringing dogs, kindly refer to the policy section of this page.

Festival Friday is primarily designed for school-aged children, who visit the festival as part of their field trip activities. To cater to this younger demographic, the main shows that typically occur on regular weekends are toned down, and the atmosphere is generally more family-friendly. Consequently, this day is considered one of the least busy, with no feast or happy hour and only a single pub crawl scheduled. However, the evening culminates in a masquerade ball, which offers a fun and enjoyable experience for festival-goers. Festival Friday is open from 9a – 7p.

Yes. Normal hours, 9a – 7pm.

Treat your group to an unparalleled outing filled with adventure and excitement. Traverse the winding paths of our meticulously reconstructed 16th century village, explore over 80 artisanal shoppes showcasing one-of-a-kind crafts and delectable food options, partake in skillful games and take part in an assortment of human-powered rides. Be regaled by the countless costumed characters who entertain with daily performances. With seven themed weekends on offer, each presenting a fresh experience embodying unique programs, activities and more, there is something for every group to discover.

The Lost and Found facility is situated inside the gift shop, adjacent to the festival gate. In case you were unable to visit the festival’s Lost and Found location and lost an item, kindly note that our lost and found items are transported to our main office on the subsequent Monday after the festival concludes. To check if your item has been found, feel free to contact our office at 248-634-5552.

It is strictly prohibited for any patron (customer) to bring any sort of musical instruments within the festival premises.

There is no camping or overnight parking on the Festival grounds. However, there are close camping sites listed on the Groveland Oaks/Oakland County website. Also check out the KOA Camping grounds located in the area.

The event takes place amidst serene natural surroundings of grass, dirt, mud, rocks, and gravel. Visitors using wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are welcome to attend. We also have designated parking spaces and portable toilets that are easily accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Although it may be enjoyable to participate in the festival’s theme, feel free to dress in a way that will ensure you have a fulfilling festival experience.

Certainly! Kindly refer to our weddings page for comprehensive information.

You have the flexibility to decide how much money you bring with you. Our food offerings cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences, with prices varying between $3 and $20. Please be aware that vendors independently determine their own prices, which are not connected to the festival.

Dining FAQs

Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the festival gates; however you may bring in food for infants and toddlers. The Festival will allow one (1) unopened (factory sealed) 16.9 oz bottle of water per person to be brought through the front gate. No re-useable/re-fillable bottles are allowed. All flasks must be empty before entering the Festival gates! You may bring a cooler to leave in your car if you wish. If you choose to do so it must remain in your car. In addition, the festival has a standing policy allowing exit and re-entry. Don’t forget to get your hand stamped as you exit. Please note: all bags are inspected at the front gate! (This is for our employee’s and patron’s safety!)

For individuals and families dealing with food allergies, you may bring food items inside the festival gates. IMPORTANT: You must be able to verify the allergies with a note from your physician; medical back up goes a long way to help you get what you need.

If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Kindly acknowledge that our open-air theme park attracts a large number of visitors exceeding 250,000 during its operating season. This implies that all areas of the venue unavoidably contain some degree of allergy contaminants.

Due to high volume production, The Renaissance Festival food locations cannot accommodate or guarantee separation of cooking surfaces. Those guests who suffer from sensitive or life-threatening allergies (such as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs and wheat) should exercise extreme caution as foods are transported, stored and prepared in close proximity.

Mid America Festivals is providing this information for informational purposes only. Neither MAF, its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, vendors and/or employees assume responsibility for sensitivity or allergy to any food product or ingredient provided by or in our festival.
The Renaissance Festival makes every effort to accommodate the needs of our guests. If you adhere to a specific dietary regiment or have food allergies, the following Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available to guests with special dietary requirements. Please refer to the festival program booklet for locations which you receive at the gate entrance.
At the Michigan Renaissance Festival, an extensive array of diverse and exclusive food options awaits patrons. Alongside classic turkey legs and skewered delicacies, visitors can indulge in culturally diverse dishes, traditional English fare, pub-style nourishment, burgers, and an assortment of other culinary delights catering to individual preferences and budgets. See our food options.

Indeed, we are pleased to share that we have a total of three restaurants available to our patrons: The Dragon’s Den and The Dragon’s Lair, both of which offer patio seating, as well as The Dragon’s Pitt, which provides picnic tables for seating. Prices differ for each restaurant, varying from $8 to $25. Rest assured, all three locations are clearly marked on the festival map, which can be conveniently downloaded from our website or obtained upon your arrival to the festival.

Parking FAQs

To our loyal patrons, in our continuous efforts to enhance your experience at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, we have implemented a new parking policy. We have retained the services of a professional parking company to manage and staff the Festival parking operations. We believe this will result in a far superior parking experience.
 
To gain entrance to the festival, it is now mandatory for all attendees to purchase a Parking Pass. By securing your Parking Pass ahead of time, you will help to facilitate parking efficiency. We strongly recommend pre-purchasing your Parking Pass online at www.michrenfest.com/parking.
 
Parking Passes provide access for a single-day entry and cost $10 online. Passes are good for one car per entry. Pre-Purchasing this pass will secure your parking space upon arrival.
 
The fee for parking is an included benefit for all Season or Royal Pass holders.
 
We sincerely hope this update finds you well and we eagerly anticipate a truly remarkable season. Thank you from your Michigan Renaissance Festival team.

The parking lot typically opens at 8:30 am for patrons to park.

Handicap parking is available. You show your handicap sign or tell the attendant you have a plate and they will flag you to the handicap parking which is located near the front gate entrance.
Unfortunately we do not have this accommodation. Expecting mothers can be dropped off at the front gate entrance.
No, we do not have RV/Camper parking.
It is recommended to seek advice from the parking attendant regarding your intention to drop off an individual at the entrance gate. You may proceed with dropping them at the gate and subsequently park your vehicle before meeting them at the designated location.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer any form of shuttle service at this time.

Directions & Traffic

Inevitably, Festival traffic influxes can cause heavy congestion and prolonged wait times. In an effort to mitigate these difficulties, here are some recommended strategies to streamline your arrival and departure:

Please DO NOT rely on applications like Google or Waze as they may re-route you if there is traffic.

WHEN TO ARRIVE:
The majority of our patrons arrive between 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., so to avoid long lines, we invite you to arrive early so you can be at the gate. Parking is available as early as 8:30 AM.

WHAT TO BRING:
Our gates are open rain or shine. Comfortable shoes are a must!

BRING CASH:
Many booths at the Renaissance Festival only take cash. There are also ATMs located throughout the festival grounds for your convenience. While there are many ATM’S available on site in multiple locations, the lines can be long.

PLAN ON WALKING:
The Renaissance Festival covers a lot of area, with an amazing number of food vendors, artisan shops, and stages. Because it covers such a large area, plan on doing a lot of walking.

ANTICIPATE CROWDS:
Please consider visiting us during the first three weekends of the festival to avoid the increased traffic and crowds that occur during the last four weekends, which are typically our busiest time of the season. This will allow you to have a more tranquil and enjoyable experience.

CELLULAR SERVICE:
Cellular service didn’t exist in the 16th century 😉, so while VERIZON has helped significantly with service, some days with higher crowds have less reception. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Renaissance atmosphere!

We strongly advise against parking on the sides of the streets or in unauthorized areas during the festival. Any vehicles found parked illegally are subject to impoundment.

The festival can be accessed through two primary exits on the highway. These exits are the 101 Grange Hall Road when driving from I-75 South, and the 106 Dixie Hwy when coming from I-75 North.

Guest Services

Unfortunately, we do not have this accommodation. While not every shop will do so, there are some shops that will allows breast feeding individuals to use their shops to feed or pump.

Our premises are equipped with portable toilets featuring hand sanitizer dispensers. Additionally, we offer handicap accessible portable toilets for the convenience of all attendees.

Guests are welcome to bring certain items on the premises, including umbrellas, purses (which may be subject to search), backpacks (which may also be subject to search), baby bags (also subject to search), folding chairs, strollers (including those for pets) and wagons.

Please note that we do not offer rental services for strollers, wagons, or regular wheelchairs. However, we do welcome our patrons to bring their own scooters, wheelchairs, wagons, or strollers.

Certainly, our scooters known as Amigos can be rented at a cost of $50. Please note that we operate on a first-come, first-served basis and do not offer reservations. To rent one, you may proceed directly to the will call window at the festival box office located on-site.
It is recommended to seek advice from the parking attendant regarding your intention to drop off an individual at the entrance gate. You may proceed with dropping them at the gate and subsequently park your vehicle before meeting them at the designated location.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer any form of shuttle service at this time.

Unfortunately, we do not have this accommodation.

We do not have lockers or any type of storage/holding area for patrons belongings.

Unfortunately, costume rental services are not available.

Several shops have a variety of coverings, but in general, they tend to be relatively small. There are partially covered seating areas available.

Any child who is separated from their parent or guardian will be presented to a PR (Public Relations) officer and escorted to the Information Booth, located just inside the gift shop next to the front entrance. Security will remain with the child until the parents are located. If you find a child who has been separated from their group please take them to the nearest MIRF staff member or shoppe owner for assistance.

Tips to prevent unplanned separation
  • Make sure everyone in your group has contact phone numbers.

  • If you have young children we highly recommend giving the child something with your contact information on it JUST IN CASE they get separated from the group. This can be anything from a sticker with your contact number to a small card they have in their pocket.

  • Have your group pre-plan meet up times and locations if you plan to split up.

During the Festival hours, there is a fully staffed medical services team available to assist. The staffed First Aid station is situated within the Festival grounds, next to the jewel mining booth. In case of major emergencies, kindly instruct someone to contact the closest food merchant and request medical assistance. The food merchants can quickly connect to emergency personnel and MIRF staff via their radios. It is recommended to convey as much relevant information as possible about the situation.

At the park, WiFi is not available and cellular service may experience intermittent connectivity issues. We also recommend that guests print or take a screenshot of their ticket email prior to their arrival.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival allows guests to bring in one factory sealed 16oz bottle of water per person.

We unfortunately don’t have water refill stations on-site.

Entertainment

Our downloadable weekly schedules for each theme weekend are posted every Wednesday. However, please note that the schedule for the first weekend may be delayed. We kindly request that you refrain from contacting us via email, phone call, or social media to inquire about the schedule. Rest assured that it will be made available by Friday of that themed weekend at the latest.
With your admission to the Festival, access to all stage shows is included. While not required, our talented entertainers would greatly appreciate any gracious tips should you thoroughly enjoy their performances.
The festival presents a diverse range of entertainment options, catering to individuals of all ages and preferences. Certain performances are intended for mature audiences and will hence feature appropriate signage and disclaimers at the outset. In addition, we have a dedicated Kids Realm designed exclusively for children’s enjoyment.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival boasts an impressive lineup of more than 17 live stages featuring a diverse array of entertainment, from jugglers, and musicians to magicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians, and jousters. For a detailed listing of featured acts, please refer to our entertainment page.

At 12:30 PM on each festival day, the residents of HollyGrove assemble in the Valley of Aberdare to commence the Parade, making their way through the entire village to welcome all esteemed visitors of the King and Queen.

Opening ceremony begins promptly at 9:30a within the holding area of the festival. The holding area is the location where the festival box office and gates are located.

Policies

To be eligible to bring your dog to the Fest the following terms must be met.
Fill out the Dog Registration Form (DOWNLOAD FORM)

  • If you bring your dog for the day, it is $10 per dog with your own photo. If we have to take a photo of your dog, it is an extra $5.
  • Bring Proof of up-to-date vaccinations.
  • Bring your dog to Pet Registration prior to entry

 

Only Dogs will be permitted within festival gates.

  • No other pets will be allowed on festival grounds!
  • All Dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • Dog leashes can not exceed 4 feet
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs
  • Only one dog per owner will be allowed
  • Dog Owners must report any accidents to first aid immediately
  • All Dogs must have their festival tag visible at all times
  • No puppies under the age of 6 months allowed
  • ALL SERVICE ANIMALS WILL BE ADMITTED INTO THE FESTIVAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH ADA REGULATIONS.

 

SERVICE DOG OWNERS

  • Service Dog owners are not required to fill out this form, register, sign in, or pay a Pet Fee
  • Service Dog owners may enter any gate
  • Service Dogs must wear their collar with appropriate proof of required vaccinations, if anyIt is unlawful for an individual to misrepresent their pet as a Service Dog
The Festival bans guns on our premises. Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, arrows with tips are not allowed unless you are competing in the longbow competition that day. Swords, knives, dirks and daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. Axes, claymores, maces, antique firearms, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site. No drawing of any weapon at any time. Plastic and wood toy weapons are allowed without sheaths or peace bonded, but may not be wielded in a way that they might accidentally strike another guest or employee. Must be 18 years or older to carry a weapon.

Once again, please be advised that firearms are not permitted on the premises of the Renaissance Festival. While guests are welcome to wear a sword or dagger, these items must be fully sheathed and secured with a plastic zip tie (peace bound or peace tied). It is important to note that these weapons may not be drawn from their respective scabbards or sheaths at any time during the event. In addition, guests are prohibited from carrying any other objects or weapons that closely resemble real weapons or could be easily mistaken for such. Sharp or pointed objects are not allowed on any costume or accessory that may inadvertently harm fellow attendees. While bows are allowed solely for competitors, they must be unstrung when transported to and from festival events, such as the longbow competition. Please keep in mind that failing to comply with our policy may result in denied entry or removal from the festival, unless your costume or attire can be modified to meet our standards. If you have any further inquiries, kindly reach us through 248-634-5552.

Purpose: Mid-America Festivals, Corp. (“Festival”) desires to provide a positive and productive business and entertainment environment. To that end, the Festival is committed to providing a business and entertainment environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, and to provide a means of dealing with such incidents should they occur.

Policy: Harassment or discrimination, in any form, will not be tolerated at the Festival by any of its employees, vendors, or independent contractors. This includes harassment based upon a person’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance and/or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all employees, supervisors, managers and officers of the Festival, as well as to any vendor or independent contractor of the Festival. If, after appropriate investigation, harassment or discrimination is found to have occurred, the initiator will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, depending on the circumstances, up to and including termination of the employment and/or business relationship. Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law, or that of his/her relatives, friends, or associates and that:

Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive business or entertainment environment; Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; or Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities. Sexual harassment is defined in accordance with the Equal-Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidelines, issued November 10, 1980 as: Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Harassment can occur intentionally or unintentionally. Some examples of conduct that is prohibited by this policy are listed below. Please note that these are not the only examples.

Epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law; Written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law that is placed on walls, bulletin boards or elsewhere on the Festival’s premises or circulated throughout the workplace or entertainment areas;

Unwanted sexual comments, innuendoes, flirtations, propositions, or suggestions; Use of offensive words of a sexual nature describing body parts or the sexual act, telling “suggestive” jokes or stories, and conversations about sexual exploits, sexual preferences, and desires or suggestive or sexist remarks about a person’s clothing or body; Unwanted and unnecessary touching, brushing against, patting or pinching; Displaying, in the work or entertainment area, pictures, objects, cartoons, pornographic magazines, or representations of any action or subject which is sexual in nature, depicting nude, scantily clad or suggestively posed women or men and which can be perceived as offensive; Sabotaging another’s character, reputation, work effects, or property because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law; Direct and/or indirect suggestions, requests, or demands that an employee’s job security, job assignment, conditions of employment, or opportunities for advancement depend in any way on the granting of sexual favors; or Sexual relations accompanied by implied or overt threats or promises.

Procedure: Persons who believe they have been victimized through or witnessed harassment or discrimination should report those incidents so that we may promptly address the problem. You may report your concerns to any of the following: Immediate supervisor; or Any member of management; or General Manager; or The President.

All complaints of harassment and/or discrimination will be examined impartially without prejudice and without malice toward the reporting party regardless of the status of the person accused. Information provided will be released only on a need to know basis. After an investigation of the allegations, a determination will be made, and resulting action will be recommended to management. The investigation may include interviews with the individual making the charges, the accused individual and appropriate witnesses. All employees or contractors with information are required to participate in an investigation if asked to do so by the Festival. All determinations are made on an individual basis. The Festival has the discretion to apply any sanctions or a combination of sanctions to eliminate any unlawful conduct and remedy the impact of any harassment or discrimination, such as:
  • Counseling the offender;
  • Transferring the offender to another position;
  • Placing the offender on probation, with a warning of suspension or discharge for continuing or recurring offenses;
  • Placing the offender on suspension with or without pay;
  • Discharging the offender; or
  • Terminating the business relationship with the offender.
  • The Festival encourages individuals to make accurate reports of harassment and/or discrimination and provide as much information to the Festival as possible so that it may properly and thoroughly investigate the report.


The Festival will not condone retaliation against any individual who reports possible harassment or discrimination or assists in an investigation of possible harassment or discrimination.

If you have questions about whether conduct is permissible under this policy, you should discuss it with your supervisor, department manager or the Event Manager.

I HEREBY REPRESENT THAT I HAVE NEVER COMMITTED AN ACT OF VIOLENCE CAUSING INJURY OR POSING A SERIOUS RISK OR INJURY NOR ENGAGED IN INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT TOWARD A MINOR OR VULNERABLE ADULT AND THAT NO ONE WHO IS AT THE EVENT BY MY INVITATION OR UNDER MY DIRECTION HAS EVER ENGAGED IN ANY SUCH CONDUCT. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY AND OR ORGANIZATION’S AFFILIATION WITH FESTIVAL IS CONDITIONED UPON THIS REPRESENTATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF FESTIVAL DETERMINES, IN ITS SOLE JUDGMENT, THAT THIS REPRESENTATION IS FALSE, OR THAT SUCH PROHIBITED CONDUCT OCCURS AFTER THE SIGNING OF THIS CONTRACT, THEN THIS CONTRACT MAY BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY, WITHOUT NOTICE TO ME, AND WITH NO FURTHER REMUNERATION OR CONTRIBUTION DUE ME OR ORGANIZATION (EXCEPT PAYMENT FOR SERVICES ALREADY PERFORMED).

Alcohol service will only be provided to guests 21 or older who show a valid, government-issued photo ID. The Michigan Renaissance Festival reserves the right to refuse service to any individual who appears to be impaired or intoxicated. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Costumes and attire must be family-friendly and may not be offensive, obstructive, violent or otherwise objectionable.

Footwear is required at all times.

Guests wearing bulky or layered clothing may be subject to additional security screening.

Guests who do not adhere to the costume/weapons policy may be refused entry and/or removed, unless the costume or attire can be modified to meet the above standards.

We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that WE consider inappropriate or attire that could distract from the experience of other guests. Guest in violation of our dress code will be asked to leave and escorted from the park. Please dress as you would if you were going to any type of public location that adheres a proper dress code. So please no booty shorts, shorts that show your butt cheeks, no swim/bathing suits.

Men, please have your nipples covered.
Patrons over 21 years old (according to the Michigan state law) are permitted to smoke cigarettes. You may NOT smoke in pubs, enclosed buildings, vendor booths and seating areas near stages. Marijuana smoking is prohibited (NOT ALLOWED) on the Michigan Renaissance Festival grounds. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.
All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the festival without written permission from the marketing department is strictly prohibited. Any cameras with lenses over 12 inches must have prior approval from the marketing department to shoot photos on the Michigan Renaissance Festival grounds. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Notice: At this event, photos and videos may be recorded. By attending this event, you may be included in these photos and videos. Your attendance at this event grants your permission to be in these photos or videos, which may be used for marketing/promotional purposes. Thank you for your cooperation.

Admission FAQs

We do not issue rain checks or refunds. We are open rain or shine, and all acts will be performed as scheduled unless conditions threaten the safety of the participants.

Yes. Please have your hand stamped at the gate when you leave. When you re-enter the Park, show your stamped hand for re-entry. Festival only allows same day re-entry to the grounds. Re-admission is not allowed after 7pm.

Yes. Your dog may attend the festival every day we are open during our season. See ticket prices for admission. Your dog must be 6 months or older with up-to-date shot records. See the dog policy for more information.

Regrettably, the festival is not accessible on weekdays (Monday to Friday), with the exception of one Monday each year, which is Labor Day, and one Friday each year, which is Festival Friday. You may refer to the festival season schedule to check which particular day that is.

No, but we have a costume contest that occurs every day. Check our downloadable weekly schedule under each theme weekend to review the time and location of the contest.

All stage shows including jousting are included in the admission. You may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverage, or enjoy some rides and games (costs vary).

Our food selection is diverse, catering to various tastes and preferences, with prices ranging from $3 to $20. Please note that vendors set their own prices, which are not affiliated with the festival.

General admission tickets for adults and children can be utilized on any one festival day throughout the season, ensuring maximum flexibility for ticket holders. As long as the ticket is used within the designated festival period, individuals may use their ticket at their convenience.

Tickets & Discounts

Please refer to our tickets page for price information: Tickets Page

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted by most vendors and food booths at the festival. Moreover, ATMs are conveniently located throughout the park for your convenience. Please note that the festival does not accept personal checks or foreign currency at any of its locations.

Please refer to our discounts page for more details.

Yes. Active military, vets, & first responders receive $5.00 off their gate admission with the proper ID. Festival Fri., Sept. 29th, all military, vets & 1st responders get in FREE.

DISCOUNT COUPONS AT THESE PARTICIPATING STORES:
Tubby’s & Chili’s Tanning

DISCOUNT TICKETS AT THESE PARTICIPATING STORES:
Menards & Krogers

Passes can be obtained at the will call window of the festival box office, which is conveniently situated adjacent to the entrance gate of the grounds.

Tickets can be purchased either online or at the festival box office, allowing you the flexibility to choose the method that best suits your needs.

Tip: A helpful recommendation for individuals who have bought tickets online is to present their ticket using their mobile device to the gate attendant. It is essential to ensure that the barcode is easily scannable by making it visible. To mitigate potential issues related to mobile connectivity, it is advised to capture a screenshot of the ticket that displays the barcode.

In the event that you are unable to locate the original email from etix.com after purchasing tickets online, we kindly request that you send us a message and we will be more than happy to reissue the tickets to you via email.

Common FAQs

Location:
12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, MI 48442

2024 Hours:
Weekends (Sat. & Sun)
Aug. 17 – Sept. 29 • 9am – 7pm
Labor Day, Sept. 2
Festival Fri., Sept. 27
Rain or Shine

Jousting happens 3 times a day. 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. This is FREE to enjoy and included with festival admission.

Unfortunately, only dogs are permitted at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Regardless of their size, dogs aged six months or older are welcome. As per our policy, other animals such as chickens, birds, snakes, cats, monkeys, turtles, or any other non-dog pet are not allowed on the premises. For more details regarding our guidelines on bringing dogs, kindly refer to the policy section.

Festival Friday is primarily designed for school-aged children, who visit the festival as part of their field trip activities. To cater to this younger demographic, the main shows that typically occur on regular weekends are toned down, and the atmosphere is generally more family-friendly. Consequently, this day is considered one of the least busy, with no feast or happy hour and only a single pub crawl scheduled. However, the evening culminates in a masquerade ball, which offers a fun and enjoyable experience for festival-goers. Festival Friday is open from 9a – 7p.

Yes. Normal hours, 9a – 7pm.

Treat your group to an unparalleled outing filled with adventure and excitement. Traverse the winding paths of our meticulously reconstructed 16th century village, explore over 80 artisanal shoppes showcasing one-of-a-kind crafts and delectable food options, partake in skillful games and take part in an assortment of human-powered rides. Be regaled by the countless costumed characters who entertain with daily performances. With seven themed weekends on offer, each presenting a fresh experience embodying unique programs, activities and more, there is something for every group to discover.

The Lost and Found facility is situated inside the gift shop, adjacent to the festival gate. In case you were unable to visit the festival’s Lost and Found location and lost an item, kindly note that our lost and found items are transported to our main office on the subsequent Monday after the festival concludes. To check if your item has been found, feel free to contact our office at 248-634-5552.

It is strictly prohibited for any patron (customer) to bring any sort of musical instruments within the festival premises.

There is no camping or overnight parking on the Festival grounds. However, there are close camping sites listed on the Groveland Oaks/Oakland County website. Also check out the KOA Camping grounds located in the area.

The event takes place amidst serene natural surroundings of grass, dirt, mud, rocks, and gravel. Visitors using wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are welcome to attend. We also have designated parking spaces and portable toilets that are easily accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Although it may be enjoyable to participate in the festival’s theme, feel free to dress in a way that will ensure you have a fulfilling festival experience.

Certainly! Kindly refer to our weddings page for comprehensive information.

Dining FAQs

Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the festival gates; however you may bring in food for infants and toddlers. The Festival will allow one (1) unopened (factory sealed) 16.9 oz bottle of water per person to be brought through the front gate. No re-useable/re-fillable bottles are allowed. All flasks must be empty before entering the Festival gates! You may bring a cooler to leave in your car if you wish. If you choose to do so it must remain in your car. In addition, the festival has a standing policy allowing exit and re-entry. Don’t forget to get your hand stamped as you exit. Please note: all bags are inspected at the front gate! (This is for our employee’s and patron’s safety!)

For individuals and families dealing with food allergies, you may bring food items inside the festival gates. IMPORTANT: You must be able to verify the allergies with a note from your physician; medical back up goes a long way to help you get what you need.

If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Kindly acknowledge that our open-air theme park attracts a large number of visitors exceeding 250,000 during its operating season. This implies that all areas of the venue unavoidably contain some degree of allergy contaminants.

Due to high volume production, The Renaissance Festival food locations cannot accommodate or guarantee separation of cooking surfaces. Those guests who suffer from sensitive or life-threatening allergies (such as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs and wheat) should exercise extreme caution as foods are transported, stored and prepared in close proximity.

Mid America Festivals is providing this information for informational purposes only. Neither MAF, its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, vendors and/or employees assume responsibility for sensitivity or allergy to any food product or ingredient provided by or in our festival.
The Renaissance Festival makes every effort to accommodate the needs of our guests. If you adhere to a specific dietary regiment or have food allergies, the following Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available to guests with special dietary requirements. Please refer to the festival program booklet for locations which you receive at the gate entrance.
At the Michigan Renaissance Festival, an extensive array of diverse and exclusive food options awaits patrons. Alongside classic turkey legs and skewered delicacies, visitors can indulge in culturally diverse dishes, traditional English fare, pub-style nourishment, burgers, and an assortment of other culinary delights catering to individual preferences and budgets. See our food options.

Indeed, we are pleased to share that we have a total of three restaurants available to our patrons: The Dragon’s Den and The Dragon’s Lair, both of which offer patio seating, as well as The Dragon’s Pitt, which provides picnic tables for seating. Prices differ for each restaurant, varying from $8 to $25. Rest assured, all three locations are clearly marked on the festival map, which can be conveniently downloaded from our website or obtained upon your arrival to the festival.

Parking FAQs

To our loyal patrons, in our continuous efforts to enhance your experience at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, we have implemented a new parking policy. We have retained the services of a professional parking company to manage and staff the Festival parking operations. We believe this will result in a far superior parking experience.
 
To gain entrance to the festival, it is now mandatory for all attendees to purchase a Parking Pass. By securing your Parking Pass ahead of time, you will help to facilitate parking efficiency. We strongly recommend pre-purchasing your Parking Pass online at www.michrenfest.com/parking.
 
Parking Passes provide access for a single-day entry and cost $10 online. Passes are good for one car per entry. Pre-Purchasing this pass will secure your parking space upon arrival.
 
The fee for parking is an included benefit for all Season or Royal Pass holders.
 
We sincerely hope this update finds you well and we eagerly anticipate a truly remarkable season. Thank you from your Michigan Renaissance Festival team.

The parking lot typically opens at 8:30 am for patrons to park.

Handicap parking is available. You show your handicap sign or tell the attendant you have a plate and they will flag you to the handicap parking which is located near the front gate entrance.
Unfortunately we do not have this accommodation. Expecting mothers can be dropped off at the front gate entrance.
No, we do not have RV/Camper parking.
It is recommended to seek advice from the parking attendant regarding your intention to drop off an individual at the entrance gate. You may proceed with dropping them at the gate and subsequently park your vehicle before meeting them at the designated location.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer any form of shuttle service at this time.

Policies

To be eligible to bring your dog to the Fest the following terms must be met.
Fill out the Dog Registration Form (DOWNLOAD FORM)

  • If you bring your dog for the day, it is $10 per dog with your own photo. If we have to take a photo of your dog, it is an extra $5.
  • Bring Proof of Rabies Vaccination with dates in one of the following forms:
    • Proof of shots from Veterinarian
    • Tag on Pet with date of expiration
  • Bring your dog to Dog Check-In prior to entry

 

Only Dogs will be permitted within festival gates.

  • No other pets will be allowed on festival grounds!
  • All Dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • Dog leashes can not exceed 4 feet
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs
  • Only one dog per owner will be allowed
  • Dog Owners must report any accidents to first aid immediately
  • All Dogs must have their festival tag visible at all times
  • No puppies under the age of 6 months allowed
  • ALL SERVICE ANIMALS WILL BE ADMITTED INTO THE FESTIVAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH ADA REGULATIONS.

 

SERVICE DOG OWNERS

  • Service Dog owners are not required to fill out this form, register, sign in, or pay a Pet Fee
  • Service Dog owners may enter any gate
  • Service Dogs must wear their collar with appropriate proof of required vaccinations, if anyIt is unlawful for an individual to misrepresent their pet as a Service Dog
The Festival bans guns on our premises. Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, arrows with tips are not allowed unless you are competing in the longbow competition that day. Swords, knives, dirks and daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. Axes, claymores, maces, antique firearms, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site. No drawing of any weapon at any time. Plastic and wood toy weapons are allowed without sheaths or peace bonded, but may not be wielded in a way that they might accidentally strike another guest or employee. Must be 18 years or older to carry a weapon.

Once again, please be advised that firearms are not permitted on the premises of the Renaissance Festival. While guests are welcome to wear a sword or dagger, these items must be fully sheathed and secured with a plastic zip tie (peace bound or peace tied). It is important to note that these weapons may not be drawn from their respective scabbards or sheaths at any time during the event. In addition, guests are prohibited from carrying any other objects or weapons that closely resemble real weapons or could be easily mistaken for such. Sharp or pointed objects are not allowed on any costume or accessory that may inadvertently harm fellow attendees. While bows are allowed solely for competitors, they must be unstrung when transported to and from festival events, such as the longbow competition. Please keep in mind that failing to comply with our policy may result in denied entry or removal from the festival, unless your costume or attire can be modified to meet our standards. If you have any further inquiries, kindly reach us through 248-634-5552.

Purpose: Mid-America Festivals, Corp. (“Festival”) desires to provide a positive and productive business and entertainment environment. To that end, the Festival is committed to providing a business and entertainment environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, and to provide a means of dealing with such incidents should they occur.

Policy: Harassment or discrimination, in any form, will not be tolerated at the Festival by any of its employees, vendors, or independent contractors. This includes harassment based upon a person’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance and/or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all employees, supervisors, managers and officers of the Festival, as well as to any vendor or independent contractor of the Festival. If, after appropriate investigation, harassment or discrimination is found to have occurred, the initiator will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, depending on the circumstances, up to and including termination of the employment and/or business relationship. Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law, or that of his/her relatives, friends, or associates and that:

Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive business or entertainment environment; Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; or Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities. Sexual harassment is defined in accordance with the Equal-Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidelines, issued November 10, 1980 as: Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Harassment can occur intentionally or unintentionally. Some examples of conduct that is prohibited by this policy are listed below. Please note that these are not the only examples.

Epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law; Written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law that is placed on walls, bulletin boards or elsewhere on the Festival’s premises or circulated throughout the workplace or entertainment areas;

Unwanted sexual comments, innuendoes, flirtations, propositions, or suggestions; Use of offensive words of a sexual nature describing body parts or the sexual act, telling “suggestive” jokes or stories, and conversations about sexual exploits, sexual preferences, and desires or suggestive or sexist remarks about a person’s clothing or body; Unwanted and unnecessary touching, brushing against, patting or pinching; Displaying, in the work or entertainment area, pictures, objects, cartoons, pornographic magazines, or representations of any action or subject which is sexual in nature, depicting nude, scantily clad or suggestively posed women or men and which can be perceived as offensive; Sabotaging another’s character, reputation, work effects, or property because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law; Direct and/or indirect suggestions, requests, or demands that an employee’s job security, job assignment, conditions of employment, or opportunities for advancement depend in any way on the granting of sexual favors; or Sexual relations accompanied by implied or overt threats or promises.

Procedure: Persons who believe they have been victimized through or witnessed harassment or discrimination should report those incidents so that we may promptly address the problem. You may report your concerns to any of the following: Immediate supervisor; or Any member of management; or General Manager; or The President.

All complaints of harassment and/or discrimination will be examined impartially without prejudice and without malice toward the reporting party regardless of the status of the person accused. Information provided will be released only on a need to know basis. After an investigation of the allegations, a determination will be made, and resulting action will be recommended to management. The investigation may include interviews with the individual making the charges, the accused individual and appropriate witnesses. All employees or contractors with information are required to participate in an investigation if asked to do so by the Festival. All determinations are made on an individual basis. The Festival has the discretion to apply any sanctions or a combination of sanctions to eliminate any unlawful conduct and remedy the impact of any harassment or discrimination, such as:
  • Counseling the offender;
  • Transferring the offender to another position;
  • Placing the offender on probation, with a warning of suspension or discharge for continuing or recurring offenses;
  • Placing the offender on suspension with or without pay;
  • Discharging the offender; or
  • Terminating the business relationship with the offender.
  • The Festival encourages individuals to make accurate reports of harassment and/or discrimination and provide as much information to the Festival as possible so that it may properly and thoroughly investigate the report.


The Festival will not condone retaliation against any individual who reports possible harassment or discrimination or assists in an investigation of possible harassment or discrimination.

If you have questions about whether conduct is permissible under this policy, you should discuss it with your supervisor, department manager or the Event Manager.

I HEREBY REPRESENT THAT I HAVE NEVER COMMITTED AN ACT OF VIOLENCE CAUSING INJURY OR POSING A SERIOUS RISK OR INJURY NOR ENGAGED IN INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT TOWARD A MINOR OR VULNERABLE ADULT AND THAT NO ONE WHO IS AT THE EVENT BY MY INVITATION OR UNDER MY DIRECTION HAS EVER ENGAGED IN ANY SUCH CONDUCT. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY AND OR ORGANIZATION’S AFFILIATION WITH FESTIVAL IS CONDITIONED UPON THIS REPRESENTATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF FESTIVAL DETERMINES, IN ITS SOLE JUDGMENT, THAT THIS REPRESENTATION IS FALSE, OR THAT SUCH PROHIBITED CONDUCT OCCURS AFTER THE SIGNING OF THIS CONTRACT, THEN THIS CONTRACT MAY BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY, WITHOUT NOTICE TO ME, AND WITH NO FURTHER REMUNERATION OR CONTRIBUTION DUE ME OR ORGANIZATION (EXCEPT PAYMENT FOR SERVICES ALREADY PERFORMED).

Alcohol service will only be provided to guests 21 or older who show a valid, government-issued photo ID. The Michigan Renaissance Festival reserves the right to refuse service to any individual who appears to be impaired or intoxicated. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Costumes and attire must be family-friendly and may not be offensive, obstructive, violent or otherwise objectionable.

Footwear is required at all times.

Guests wearing bulky or layered clothing may be subject to additional security screening.

Guests who do not adhere to the costume/weapons policy may be refused entry and/or removed, unless the costume or attire can be modified to meet the above standards.

We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that WE consider inappropriate or attire that could distract from the experience of other guests. Guest in violation of our dress code will be asked to leave and escorted from the park. Please dress as you would if you were going to any type of public location that adheres a proper dress code. So please no booty shorts, shorts that show your butt cheeks, no swim/bathing suits.

Men, please have your nipples covered.
Patrons over 21 years old (according to the Michigan state law) are permitted to smoke cigarettes. You may NOT smoke in pubs, enclosed buildings, vendor booths and seating areas near stages. Marijuana smoking is prohibited (NOT ALLOWED) on the Michigan Renaissance Festival grounds. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.
All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the festival without written permission from the marketing department is strictly prohibited. Any cameras with lenses over 12 inches must have prior approval from the marketing department to shoot photos on the Michigan Renaissance Festival grounds. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Notice: At this event, photos and videos may be recorded. By attending this event, you may be included in these photos and videos. Your attendance at this event grants your permission to be in these photos or videos, which may be used for marketing/promotional purposes. Thank you for your cooperation.

Guest Services

Unfortunately, we do not have this accommodation. While not every shop will do so, there are some shops that will allows breast feeding individuals to use their shops to feed or pump.

Our premises are equipped with portable toilets featuring hand sanitizer dispensers. Additionally, we offer handicap accessible portable toilets for the convenience of all attendees.

Guests are welcome to bring certain items on the premises, including umbrellas, purses (which may be subject to search), backpacks (which may also be subject to search), baby bags (also subject to search), folding chairs, strollers (including those for pets) and wagons.

Please note that we do not offer rental services for strollers, wagons, or regular wheelchairs. However, we do welcome our patrons to bring their own scooters, wheelchairs, wagons, or strollers.

Certainly, our scooters known as Amigos can be rented at a cost of $50. Please note that we operate on a first-come, first-served basis and do not offer reservations. To rent one, you may proceed directly to the will call window at the festival box office located on-site.
It is recommended to seek advice from the parking attendant regarding your intention to drop off an individual at the entrance gate. You may proceed with dropping them at the gate and subsequently park your vehicle before meeting them at the designated location.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer any form of shuttle service at this time.

Unfortunately, we do not have this accommodation.

We do not have lockers or any type of storage/holding area for patrons belongings.

Unfortunately, costume rental services are not available.

Several shops have a variety of coverings, but in general, they tend to be relatively small. There are partially covered seating areas available.

Any child who is separated from their parent or guardian will be presented to a PR (Public Relations) officer and escorted to the Information Booth, located just inside the gift shop next to the front entrance. Security will remain with the child until the parents are located. If you find a child who has been separated from their group please take them to the nearest MIRF staff member or shoppe owner for assistance.

Tips to prevent unplanned separation
  • Make sure everyone in your group has contact phone numbers.

  • If you have young children we highly recommend giving the child something with your contact information on it JUST IN CASE they get separated from the group. This can be anything from a sticker with your contact number to a small card they have in their pocket.

  • Have your group pre-plan meet up times and locations if you plan to split up.

During the Festival hours, there is a fully staffed medical services team available to assist. The staffed First Aid station is situated within the Festival grounds, next to the jewel mining booth. In case of major emergencies, kindly instruct someone to contact the closest food merchant and request medical assistance. The food merchants can quickly connect to emergency personnel and MIRF staff via their radios. It is recommended to convey as much relevant information as possible about the situation.

At the park, WiFi is not available and cellular service may experience intermittent connectivity issues. We also recommend that guests print or take a screenshot of their ticket email prior to their arrival.

Entertainment

Our downloadable weekly schedules for each theme weekend are posted every Wednesday. However, please note that the schedule for the first weekend may be delayed. We kindly request that you refrain from contacting us via email, phone call, or social media to inquire about the schedule. Rest assured that it will be made available by Friday of that themed weekend at the latest.
With your admission to the Festival, access to all stage shows is included. While not required, our talented entertainers would greatly appreciate any gracious tips should you thoroughly enjoy their performances.
The festival presents a diverse range of entertainment options, catering to individuals of all ages and preferences. Certain performances are intended for mature audiences and will hence feature appropriate signage and disclaimers at the outset. In addition, we have a dedicated Kids Realm designed exclusively for children’s enjoyment.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival boasts an impressive lineup of more than 17 live stages featuring a diverse array of entertainment, from jugglers, and musicians to magicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians, and jousters. For a detailed listing of featured acts, please refer to our entertainment page.

At 12:30 PM on each festival day, the residents of HollyGrove assemble in the Valley of Aberdare to commence the Parade, making their way through the entire village to welcome all esteemed visitors of the King and Queen.

Opening ceremony begins promptly at 9:30a within the holding area of the festival. The holding area is the location where the festival box office and gates are located.

Directions & Traffic

Inevitably, Festival traffic influxes can cause heavy congestion and prolonged wait times. In an effort to mitigate these difficulties, here are some recommended strategies to streamline your arrival and departure:

Please DO NOT rely on applications like Google or Waze as they may re-route you if there is traffic.

WHEN TO ARRIVE:
The majority of our patrons arrive between 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., so to avoid long lines, we invite you to arrive early so you can be at the gate. Parking is available as early as 8:30 AM.

WHAT TO BRING:
Our gates are open rain or shine. Comfortable shoes are a must!

BRING CASH:
Many booths at the Renaissance Festival only take cash. There are also ATMs located throughout the festival grounds for your convenience. While there are many ATM’S available on site in multiple locations, the lines can be long.

PLAN ON WALKING:
The Renaissance Festival covers a lot of area, with an amazing number of food vendors, artisan shops, and stages. Because it covers such a large area, plan on doing a lot of walking.

ANTICIPATE CROWDS:
Please consider visiting us during the first three weekends of the festival to avoid the increased traffic and crowds that occur during the last four weekends, which are typically our busiest time of the season. This will allow you to have a more tranquil and enjoyable experience.

CELLULAR SERVICE:
Cellular service didn’t exist in the 16th century 😉, so while VERIZON has helped significantly with service, some days with higher crowds have less reception. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Renaissance atmosphere!

We strongly advise against parking on the sides of the streets or in unauthorized areas during the festival. Any vehicles found parked illegally are subject to impoundment.

The festival can be accessed through two primary exits on the highway. These exits are the 101 Grange Hall Road when driving from I-75 South, and the 106 Dixie Hwy when coming from I-75 North.