Renaissance Faire coming to Niles in May

NILES, Mich. — Now entering its second season, the Renaissance Faire is a great way to take a trip back in time into a fantastical world full of colorful characters.

The “realm” of Niles will be transformed into a Renaissance period at Riverfront Park South on May 18 and May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, children ages five to 12 and military members.

CDBG Coordinator, Carrie Nyenhuis, who is also the faire’s organizer says families can expect educational fun at this year’s event.

“The Niles Renaissance Faire is a great way to spend the day with family,” said Nyenhuis. She adds, “It’s education rolled in fun and fantasy.”

The family-friendly event will offer a variety of vendor booths and performances including comedy shows, magic, storytelling, fairy tales, jousts as well as folk and Celtic music.

Attendees can browse wares including handcrafted jewelry, costumes, candles, ceramics, soaps, replica weapons and much more.

An assortment of food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Many shops downtown will also have unique deals during the weekend-long festival.

At the request of the Queen, several acts will be performing including singers Ric Roc and performances by Corvus Cohort, Bell and Book and Canto.

The “Jail” will also be in place to restore order and carry out justice at the behest of the Queen.

This will be the first time the realm will be holding a costume contest for those who want to dress in their best and strut around on stage.

There will also be meet-and-greets with knights, princesses, fairies and other characters.

Event organizers promise a weekend of merriment and revelry.

Applications for volunteers, performers and vendors are currently being accepted. Contact Carrie Nyenhuis by email at or by phone at 269-683-4700 ext.3021 for more.

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