experience the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival
Located in Charlotte Michigan, you can visit the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival the last weekend of February (Friday to Sunday). It makes sense to have a little fire, during the cold, sometimes snowy winter in Michigan.
There is a fee to attend on Friday and Saturday, and you can purchase tickets in advanced. If you want to go into Mead Hall, there is an additional fee. Kids 5 and under are free. There is no charge to attend on Sunday.
where to park
The event takes place across from Lincoln Park, off of Shepard St. There is not a lot of parking along the street, so it’s best to take a shuttle in. The closest shuttle to the festival is at the Charlotte High School (378 State Street). You could almost walk from here, but there is a shuttle. If parking is full there, you’ll have to travel across town to Meijer which is next to I-69 towards Eaton Rapids (1167 E Clinton Trail, also called M-50). Parking is free and provided by Dean Transportation, tips are appreciated.
activities to do at the Fire Festival
Participants are encouraged to dress in their viking gear (there is a costume contest on Friday and Saturday), so don’t be surprised if you see vikings of all sorts walking among you at the festival. It reminds me of when you attend the Michigan Renaissance festival with many dressed for the occasion.
You will make sure you attend on Friday Night for the ship burning. There is a marketplace where you can stroll through. Saturday is the day with the most activities, including an axe wall, blacksmith, battle cry contest and historical beekeeping. The list is much longer on things you can do. It’s a day full of fun activities.
Period food is served as well as period appropriate music. On Friday and Saturday night, Mead can be purchased as well in Mead Hall (beer brewed with honey).
Plan to dress warm with warm boots as February weather is typically cold. This event is held outside, not in a building.