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  1. 2014 Michigan Pirate FestivalGrand Haven, Michigan is home to the 8th annual Michigan Pirate Festival for 7 days starting Monday August 4th through Sunday the 10th.

    The Michigan Pirate Festival has partnered with the Loutit District Library for fun filled week long event throughout the Grand Haven area.

    The festival offers a week of fun, entertaining, and educational programs including a discussion series devoted to showing how real pirates lived, played, and plied their trade for good and ill from the Buccaneer Wars to the American Revolution.

    Pirate re-enactors sail into Grand Haven's waterfront, fire real cannons and muskets, and wander the streets of the city bringing all of the adventure of the Golden Age of Pirates with them. 

    I couldn't find a weapons policy on the webpage so it would be best to contact the event planners for information regarding swords and knives. However if you include any pirate swords as part of your costume make sure they are sheathed and peace tied for safety.
  2. Michigan's Upper Penisula is beautiful when summer, short as it is, is in full swing and this weekend Ishpeming Michigan (West on US 41 from Marquette) is hosting thier 15th Annual Art Faire & Renaissance Festival for one day only this Saturday August 2, 2014.

    The Festival is open from 10AM to 7PM. Being in a lesser populated area of the country makes this a smaller more intimate affair yet it grows each year and an estimated 2500 visitors are expected this Saturday.

    There will be a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Fight demostration at 10:30AM and 1PM. Each performance will be immediately followed by a Samurai Fight Demostration.

    There will also be a Kids Parade at 12:45, story telling at noon, a live Theatre Troupe at 3PM, and a costume judging at 5:30PM shortly before the festival ends.

    There a several free children's activites scheduled to keep the younger generation entertained and engaged.

    Naturally there will be plenty of medieval period food and last year's event brought over 75 vendors displaying thier various crafts and wares.

    For a true feeling of festival time in a small medieval town this event is a must see. Sunday would be an excellent day to take a day trip to the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan.

    The festival website does not cover their weapons policy so it would be a good idea to contact them but as always if you have a sword or knife as part of your costume it should always be sheathed and peace-tied for safety.
  3. The Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur Colorado is in the midst of it's 2nd to last weekend for the 2014 season.

    This weekend's theme is Music & Dance. There will be belly dancing troupes, Pipe Bands, Celtic Musicians, and Irish Dance Groups throughout the festival all day long.

    You'll enjoy watching the Joust performed by The Knigths of Noble Cause Productions each day at 11:30AM, and 2:30 & 5:30PM. You're going to want to check out the Endangered Cat Show at the Castle Rose Stage 4 times each day.  

    Plus the will be food, drink and merchants throughout the town so plan on a full day of delight, entertainment and fun.

    The Festival is open 10AM-6:30PM Saturday and Sunday rain or shine and while there are no pets allowed in the Festival there is Free Parking as always.

    So come enjoy a fun filled medieval style day of Dance, Music and more this weekend.