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Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Lords, ladies, fairies, unicorns, elves and those who just love people-watching will congregate in Holly, Michigan for the next few weekends for the return of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 

The annual outdoor fantasy fair is known for its themed weekends. Here's what is in store for the 2019 season.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival kicks off Saturday in Holly.

Saturday-Sunday, Pirates and Pets: Bring your leashed pup (and proof of rabies vaccine) to the festival for opening weekend, which is also when guests are invited to dress in pirate gear. 

Aug. 24-25, Highland Fling: Explore a Celtic village with special vendors as well as an eight-series Highland Games. 

Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Vikings: Labor Day weekend the Ren Fest is open for three days, but watch out for village pillagers because it's viking weekend. Among the scheduled activities are a beard and mustache competition.

Sept. 7-8, Wonders of the World: Entertainers and dancers from around the world, plus the Michigan State Belly Dance Championships. 

Sept. 14-15, Shamrocks and Shenanigans: Celebrate Irish culture in late summer with more Highland Games, plus traditional Irish music and dancing. 

Sept. Sept. 21-22, Harvest Huzzah: The first official weekend of autumn, this weekend boasts a scarecrow competition and a barbecue contest. 

Sept. 27, Festival Friday: A chance for those who can't get out on weekends to experience the Renaissance Festival. It's a popular day for school field trips. 

Sept. 28-29, Sweet Endings: Besides chocolate, confections and other desserts, this weekend is also home to the annual fencing competitions. 

Each weekend the Blackstone Castle will also offer a multi-course gourmet feast. Details on purchasing tickets in advance, plus forms for the various contests held during the season can be found at

General admission is $23.95 at the gate for adults, but cost varies depending on age and discounts offered. 

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is at 12600 Dixie Highway in Holly. Call (248) 634-5552 or visit

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Come for the food. Stay for everything else the Michigan Renaissance Festival has to offer.