What you need to know for the Michigan Renaissance Festival

(Photo from http://www.michrenfest.com)

HOLLY, Mich. – The Michigan Renaissance Festival is in full force late in August. Here is an overview of everything you need to know about the festival.

When: August 16 - September 28 (Festival Friday on September 26)

About: The Michigan Renaissance Festival gives you a chance to travel back to the 16th century with the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village. The village includes building reproductions of 16th-century shops, homes and castles.

Entertainment is provided on 17 themed stages, including jousting, comedy, theatre, music, games and rides.

There is also food from more than 300 artisans.

History: The festival has brought more than 250,000 visitors to Holly, Michigan for 36 years. It began in Clarkston in 1979.

Features: The Renaissance Festival features a variety of themed weekends to entertain visitors. You can see a list of themed weekends for the festival by clicking here.

More daily events are also offered, including feasts and shopping. For more specific information about those events and a list of times, click here.

A list of entertainer groups that will visit the festival to perform is right here.