About the festival…

GVRen Cast Photo - 2015
GVRen Cast photo, 2015. Photo courtesy of MIGeekScene

The Grand Valley State University Renaissance Festival Club (or “GVRen”) was founded in 1995 by four students at Grand Valley State University.  Since that time, it has shrunk and grown as students came and went, with each successive group carrying on the tradition of the founding members–to hold a renaissance festival on campus each year for the enjoyment of club members, the university, and the community of West Michigan and beyond.

The festival in 2015 marked the 20th annual festival, an event that has been joined in the past on the organization’s yearly calendar by the short-lived Yule Market and longer-running Duke’s Ball, among other events.

Interested in attending?

Our 22nd Annual Festival will take place September 23, 2017 from 10-7 PM and September 24, 2017 from 10-5 PM.

Festival is rain or shine, so come despite or because of the weather!  We would love to see you there.

Interested in joining?

Club meetings take place in Kirkhof Center on Tuesday evenings from 8-10PM during the school year.  Once the first meeting location for the 2017-2018 school year is announced, it will be posted here.

Interested in vending?  Contact merchant director Erin Klitzke at klitzkee (at) mail (dot) gvsu (dot) edu for information and to have a merchant contract sent to you or see the contract link on our merchants page.