The 17 acres inside the Michigan Renaissance Festival? don't obey the rules of the outside world. Instead, they bring the 16th century back in vivid tapestry-color?and though the celebration only lasts a few short weeks, the festival has been a beloved local tradition for more than three decades, drawing more than 250,000 people each year.
Step through the gates, and explore recreated Renaissance-era buildings including stables and a castle. Nearby shops host more than 300 artisans, selling wares such as metal sculptures or lavish costumes. Tavern owners roast turkey legs over open flames, while entertainers continuously weave throughout the streets and perform on 17 themed stages. Comedy, music, and full-contact jousting unfolds to the delight of the crowd, which may even include Queen Elizabeth herself, assuming she remembers where she put her horse keys.
• For $12, you get one ticket for a reserved seat in the back three-quarters of the pavilion (a $19.50 before fees, or up to a $24.70 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $17, you get one VIP/Pit ticket for a reserved seat in the front quarter of the pavilion (a $25 value before fees, or up to a $35.35 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
As part of Meadow Brook Theatre's fourth annual children's series, the World Music Tour with Guy Louis embarks on a high-energy waltz around the globe. Without leaving the intimate, 500-seat theater, music fans journey from continent to continent alongside riff guru Guy Louis, whose instrumental prowess and vast knowledge of foreign tax codes help celebrate a variety of worldly cultures. Fast fretting draws out the differences and shared traits between European lutes, Indian sitars and tambouras, and modern electric guitars, and infectious beats take over in explorations of Native American and African percussion. Louis' animated performing style pulls young audiences into the action and motivates even the most bashful shadows to twist and shout.
Per its name, Royal Oak Taste Fest celebrates some of the best local cuisine as well as the chefs behind each food sample on offer. But that might be the only traditional thing about this event. The dishes here hail from the Middle East, Mexico, Italy, and just about everywhere in between. In some ways, it's a Taste of Everywhere?except Greenland, where people only ever eat ice.
The festival extends beyond food too, showcasing art from local retailers and crafters, as well as musicians whose live shows add the soundtrack to the day.
Birmingham’s Uptown Film Festival honors area filmmakers reaping the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive, which—since it was passed in 2008—has stepped to the forefront of the film industry with the creation of more than 11,000 jobs. Comedies, dramas, and documentaries from the Mitten and beyond squeeze into the projector’s cylindrical glow at the Birmingham 8 and Birmingham Palladium 12 theaters, where several films will be debuting their Michigan premieres. Festive galas and postshow parties allow cinephiles to drop spec scripts in the drinks of their favorite filmmakers, each of whom longs for an award from a discerning crew of local professionals and film critics.
When baseball season starts for the Detroit Tigers, it's time to celebrate. And at The Opening Day Festival, fans do just that?for 13 hours. The festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. But don't worry, it never gets dull. An epic roster of DJs spins back-to-back sets, and fans can always refuel in a heated beer tent with a full bar and snacks. There's baseball too, of course, playing on an array of HDTV screens. Meanwhile, party buses ferry revelers to and from six different pubs throughout the city, resolving transit concerns more effectively than a single, perseverant dragon.