GVSU Grand Valley Renaissance Festival

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GVSU Grand Valley Renaissance Festival

Time: October 4, 2014 at 9am to October 5, 2014 at 6pm
Location: On the lawn under the Cook Carillon Tower and surrounding Kirkhof Center
Street: 1 Campus Dr, 008 Kirkhof Center
City/Town: Allendale, MI 49401-9401
Website or Map: http://www.facebook.com/gvren…
Phone: 616-331-2360
Event Type: renn, faire
Organized By: The shire of Duchy of Grand Valley recreating Renaissance (circa 1300-1650) since 1995.
Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2014

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Come one, come all, to the ONLY FREE FAIRE that Michigan has to offer! See period performers, live steel fighting, merchants and food vendors, plus the student cast! The Duchy of Grand Valley, along with all its merchants and entertainers, invites you to join them in the fall for a festival that will surely become a yearly tradition for you! Rain or Shine! Family Friendly!
Weekly meetings in the Kirkhof Center on GVSU's Allendale Campus. Website not always up-to-date, see "gvren" on Facebook.

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Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on September 28, 2011 at 2:36pm

  Grand Valley Renaissance Festival

16th Annual Festival – October 1 & 2, 2011 – GVSU Allendale Campus


Our very own Drago will be on site at the faire!!!

It’s almost time for the 16th annual faire! They’ve updated their Merchant and Entertainment pages with the latest information, so take a look!


Come join us for our 16th annual festival!

Date & Time

Our festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, rain or shine.  Gates open at 10am and close at dusk.

Location & Directions

We are located on Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale, MI. For directions and maps to GVSU, click here.


Our festival is free to attend and completely open to the public. In fact, we are one of the largest and longest-running free renaissance festivals in the Midwest!


Please follow the signs for parking once you arrive on campus.


The following entertainers and reenactors have been confirmed for our 2011 faire! A full schedule is forthcoming.

Gypsy Raqs

GVSU Shakespeare Festival Green Show

Steel Lotus Dance Troupe

Her Majesty’s Royal Guard

GVSU Celtic Music Club

Bell Carolers

Viking Reenactors

Robyn the Bard

Patrice Blackbottle, storyteller


The following merchants are confirmed for our 2011 festival!

Amber Hammer Creations – jewelry, historical games, divination tools

Annika’s Dungeon – chainmail jewelry, beaded veils, leather goods

The Dancing Dragon – woodburning, hex signs, art prints, painted glass

Dragon Skin Leather Works – leather goods, tapestries, candy, jewelry

Elysium Productions – masks, armor, drinking horns and bottles

Emerald Isle Bath Potions – bath products, scented items

Firehorse Art – artwork

(One of Our on site Artisans!)

Gypsy Lady – incense, jewelry, accessories

Gypsy Sisters Henna – henna tattoos, ceramic pots, clothing

Hedwig’s Corner – boxes, mortar & pestles, statuary, incense, bags, jewelry

It’s A Sister Thing – stone jewelry, soap and bath salts, accessories

Jude’s Chest – garb, jewelry, accessories

Lady Leighs – leather goods, jewelry, figurines, weapons

The Prince’s Medieva

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on September 27, 2011 at 11:42am
Friday Sep 30
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Windy, chance of showers. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s.

Saturday 1
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Sunshine. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday 2
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Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 40s.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on September 13, 2011 at 3:17pm

10am - 7pm (dusk)


All Ages FREE
Parking : FREE


Booths: 35
Stages: 2
Food: Y
Ale: N

On the lawn under the Cook Carillon Tower and surrounding Kirkhof Center, Campus Drive N at Campus Drive W; From Grand Rapids, go W on I-96 to I-196. Take the exit for Lake Michigan Boulevard towards GVSU. Follow Lake Michigan Boulevard about 15 miles. Turn L into GVSU on Campus Drive. Follow for about 1/2 mile. Park in any lots marked Unrestricted Parking (e.g. Lot C).

Faire Rules

Firearms not permitted. Blades must be kept sheathed and peace-tied.
No alcohol sold or permitted.
No pets.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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