Festival Season begins in Charlotte, Michigan with the 5th Annual Michigan Nordic Fire Festival.  

It is getting toward the end of cold weather season, which means Mid-Michigan’s popular and growing late-winter event, the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, is right around the corner. Held each year on the last weekend of February, the MNFF is a medieval Viking fantasy come to life, with historic re-enactments, awesome costumed participants, cool vendors and lively entertainment.

Running from Friday evening, February 28, with an opening ceremony that includes the now-traditional burning of a Viking long ship, through Sunday afternoon, March 1, the festival grounds will be packed with educational, entertainment and family-friendly activities for all ages. Whether you are looking for historically accurate demonstrations, or just want to wear a silly hat and enjoy a little revelry, you will find what you’re looking for.

Many of your favorite acts and vendors from previous years will be back in 2020, but expect more of everything. Younger visitors can take on the Viking Kids Quest, with its age-appropriate games and activities; and adult visitors can impress their friends with their Viking prowess at various games, contests and feats of strength. Back again for 2020 is the on-site Viking Mead Hall, which will be open both Friday and Saturday nights, with mead, ale and entertainment for adults 21-and-over.

The festival takes place at 620 West Shepherd Street, across from Lincoln Park in the City of Charlotte. Parking is at Charlotte High School, with free shuttle service to the festival grounds provided. The festival itself takes place both inside and outdoors, with some activities in heated tents. Visitors should come prepared for winter weather. A fun and friendly ‘survival guide’ is available on the festival website at www.michigannordicfirefestival.com. Individual tickets are $10, but a family pass can be purchased for $20 — proceeds are used to grow and fund the event. Tickets can also be purchased online at the organization’s website.