Renaissance faires hearken back to a simpler time, before cars replaced horses and FAA restrictions banished dragons from the sky. Take a ride back in time with today's Groupon: for $12, you get two adult general-admission tickets to Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire at Kimball Pines County Park in Battle Creek (a $24 value). The festival runs every weekend from July 9 through August 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.
Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire, the largest of its kind in Western Michigan, transports revelers back to a venerable era of jousts, jesters, and jovial trolls, filling every day with hundreds of hours of live entertainment. Each weekend features different themed events, from the opening weekend’s Pirate Invasion to the Romantic Knights of July 30–31. The Knights of Iron joust team, led by international jousters Andre Renier and Dale Walter, exposes modern audiences to a sport that reigned as the world’s most popular pastime until baseball introduced its interinning pitcher’s duels. Little ones can laugh their way through comedy skits, puppetry, and performances by Hob the Troll and the cheeky Ric Roc Zoo.
Plentiful supplies of food and drink (not included in this Groupon) are on hand to fuel historical romps, and the items for sale at the artisan marketplace provide a way to preserve Renaissance faire memories without forcing every fellow time tourist to sit for a watercolor portrait. Renaissance faire attire is suggested.