Huzzah! Get ready to take a time travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! We’ve put together a handy little guide with everything you need to know before you go to this year’s Fest! Learn about Theme Weekends, Discounts, and more!

Hours & Dates

10 am -7 pm

Saturdays & Sundays – Aug. 17 – Sept. 29

Labor Day (September 2)

Festival Friday (September 27)


Map of the Festival


THEMED WEEKENDS

Get excited for this year’s Themed Weekends! With each weekend catered towards a specialized theme, there’s something for everyone!


Pirate and Pet Festival

August 17 & 18

12th Annual Pet Festival

Featuring the 12th annual Pet Festival, Pirate and Pet Festival weekend is the perfect chance to enjoy the Fest with your prized pup! Pet Vendors will be on-site all day. Just make sure you download the pet registration form and make sure your check your leashed dog in at the Pet Gate. Half of all Pet Registrations Fees for the Weekend will be donated to Detroit Dog Rescue.


Weiner Dog Races

Aberdare Valley at 3:00 pm

There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition, show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.


Pet Costume Contest

Aberdare Valley at 4:00 pm

There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition, show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.


Classic K-9

Aberdare Valley at 11:30, 1:30and 3:30

Check out Classic K-9 for a pet variety show like you have never seen. From trick dogs and disc dogs to high flying action and speedy skills, guests are sure to be amazed with all the doggone skills. The agility course will also be open for guest pups to use throughout the day.


Highland Fling

August 25 & 26

Highland Heavy Games

Valley Aberdare – All Day

Brace yourself for the Highland Heavy Games, featuring the sheaf toss, hammer throw, stone put, and more! Amateur games Saturday, and Professional Games Sunday.


Flint Scottish Pipe Band

All Day

Catch the Flint Scottish Pipe Band (the oldest continuously running Pipe Band in Michigan each day throughout the festival.


Men in Kilts Competition

Igor’s Roost Stage at 3:45 pm

Got Scottish pride and a competitive spirit? Show off those legs or cheer loud for your favorite contestant in the daily Kilt Competition. Enjoy Scottish dress as we search for the Best Kilt in the Realm!


Viking Weekend

August 31 – September 2

Beard Competition

Wlydewood Stage at 2:15 pm

Do you have a beard worth boasting about? Enter the daily Beard Competition (with prizes for Longest, Fullest, Most Unique, and Best Trimmed). Prizes will be provided by Detroit Grooming Co.


Tattoo Competition

Wlydewood Stage at 12 pm

Have a tremendous tattoo? Enter the daily Tattoo Competition (with prizes for Best Color and Best Black & Gray). Prizing for the competition will be provided by Loyalty Tattoo.


Knights on Bikes

Biker Discount! Show your motorcycle license at the Festival Box Office and save $5 on one regularly priced adult admission!

Viking Encampment

Ulfgard Encampment – All Day

Stop into the Ulfgard Encampment to learn about the Viking Age, see demonstrations, participate in Viking Games and get to know the Vikings.


Wonders of the World

September 7 & 8

Belly Dance Championships

Wlydewood Stage at 1:45 pm

Watch Dancers Shimmy their way to Prizes or Participate yourself in the Belly Dance Championships! Try your hand at a 2-minute belly dance each day. Download the belly dance competition form.


Steampunk Costume Contest

Igor’s Roost Stage at 3 pm

Show off your gears and gadgets at the Festival and participate in the Steampunk Costume Contest! No Registration Necessary. Show up to the Stage to Participate.


Dr. Who Costume Contest

Igor’s Roost Stage at 4:30 pm

Calling all Dr. Who fanatics! Show up this weekend as your favorite character for a chance to win great prizes! No Registration Necessary. Show up to the Stage to Participate.


Deaf Awareness Weekend 

Interpreters will be Available all weekend throughout festival at marked locations.


Wedding Wars & Cake Dive

Wyldewood Stage – Sunday at 3 pm

Describe to us your love story and what it means to you to have your fairytale come true for your chance to participate in the Whirlwind Wedding Wars! Winners will Receive a Grand Royal Wedding for 2020 ($8000 Value)

Download the entry form.


Shamrocks & Shenanigans

September 14 & 15

Irish Heavy Games

Valley Aberdare – All Day

Do you have the strength for the Irish Heavy Games? Amateur games take place on Saturday, and Professional Games are on Sunday, with such events as the sheaf toss, hammer throw, stone put, and more!


Flint Scottish Pipe Band

Catch the Flint Scottish Pipe Band (the oldest continuously running Pipe Band in Michigan each day throughout the festival.


Men in Kilts Competition

Igor’s Roost Stage at 3:45 pm

Got Scottish pride and a competitive spirit? Show off those legs or cheer loud for your favorite contestant in the daily Kilt Competition. Enjoy Scottish dress as we search for the Best Kilt in the Realm!


Harvest Huzzah

September 21 & 22

BBQ Festival & Competition

Competition Sunday – Award Ceremony at 5pm.

Come out and indulge in delicious BBQ as local Pit Masters gear up for the Annual BBQ Competition! Interested Participating? Download the Form.


Archery Competition

Front Parking Lot at 11:00 am

Test your precision and aim during the Annual Longbow Competition. Competition is $15 and includes your ticket to the Festival! Sign up Today!


Festival Friday

Royal Masquerade Ball

September 27

Blackstone Castle from 6 pm to 10:30 pm

Join us for a fancy dress Masque Ball, Featuring a 6 course gourmet meal, champagne, music, dancing, door prizes and more! Enter your mask in the Masque Contest for a chance to win a romantic getaway for two! Ticket includes Festival Admission for the day. Event is 21 and up ONLY!

Event is Sold Out for 2019


September 28

School Day

Festival Friday has been an annual tradition at the Festival for over thirty years. The Festival is committed to making this day a valuable educational experience and an enjoyable time for learning! Students of all ages have a chance to do more than study history in a book; Festival Friday gives them a chance to live it!

Download School Day Form.

  • Students (Grades 1-6): $9.00 (Reg. $14.95)
  • Students (Grades 7-12): $11.00 (Reg. $23.95)
  • Adult Chaperones: $11.00 (Reg. $23.95)

Ladies Shopping Day

Grab your friends and join us for a day of shopping and wine! Your discount ticket includes festival admission, glass of wine and a coupon book with amazing discounts from select Festival Artisans! Purchase your ticket before September 8th and receive a gift bag full of additional goodies when you arrive!

Purchase tickets here.

Purchase tickets here.


Sweet Endings

September 28 & 29

Sweet Festival

Valley of Aberdare – All Weekend

Stop by The Valley of Aberdare for our fan favorite Sweet Festival! FREE samples will be available from local chocolatiers, bakers and other sweet makers!


Fencing Competition

Valley of Aberdare – All Weekend

En garde! Stop by the Valley of Aberdare & cheer on the competitors in our annual Fencing Competition! Sign Up Today!


DISCOUNTS

Season-Long Discounts

Active Military, Veterans & First Responders receive $5 off their gate admission with the proper ID.

THEMED WEEKEND DISCOUNTS

  • Pirate and Pet – August 17 – 18: Food Drive! Donate 4 Cans of food to receive a BOGO Ticket Offer. Blood Drive, sign up to Donate Blood to Receive a FREE Festival Ticket.
  • Highland Fling – August 24 – 25: Food Drive! Donate 4 Cans of food to receive a BOGO Ticket Offer. Blood Drive, sign up to Donate Blood to Receive a FREE Festival Ticket.
  • Viking – August 31 – September 2: Biker discount! Show your motorcycle license at the Festival Box Office and save $5 on one regularly priced adult admission! Blood Drive, sign up to Donate Blood to Receive a FREE Festival Ticket.
  • Festival Friday – September 27: all Active Military, Veterans, & First Responders receive FREE admission!

For More information visit the Michigan Renaissance Festival website.