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2015 Carolina Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival reigns as region’s great costume party!
Two months of fun and games more boisterous than ever at the
Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Introduced to the Charlotte area in 1994, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is storybook village is 22 acres large and nestled within 325 acres of pristine autumn woodlands, now in its 22nd year of cheers!

When you time travel to the Carolina Renaissance Festival weekends this October and November, a big dose of cheer is to be expected. The annual festival experience has always been about escaping from your modern-day cares and strolling about the 22-acre storybook village populated with hundreds of pirates, nobles, merchants, peasants and knights.

Each Festival day is filled with an abundance of attractions appropriate for all age groups.
Twelve stages packed with costumed performers offer a unique mix of continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments. Sword swallowing, birds of prey falconry demonstrations, and the popular jousting tournament with horse mounted armored knights battling three times daily are all examples of the endless entertainment options offered. The shows are always spontaneous and you will never know what happens next, on stage or off.

Attendees are encouraged to come as they are or to join in the spirit by visiting the village in costumes of all types. Each Festival weekend has unique themed activities with many offering costume contests with prizes and discount admission opportunities. Returning popular themed weekends like Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights, Pirate’s Christmas, and Time Traveler’s Weekend embrace attendees in non-renaissance costumes such as those dressed as super heroes (and villains) and characters inspired by Harry Potter, Games of Thrones, Lord of the
Rings, and more. Those without costumes can acquire them at the village costume rental shop located just inside the Festival gates.

Also available for rent are wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs.

Each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival adds new entertainments and upgraded facilities for visitor enjoyment. 2015 additions include:
* New Queen’s Kitchen!
* New wet and wacky Washing Well Wenches!
* New Fool Hearty – Fool School & Untrained Dog Show!
* New Edgewood Theater featuring limited engagement special guests each weekend. (Visit for details).

Additional returning favorites include an extensive array of vendors offering jewelry, clothing of Renaissance and medieval fashion, handmade art and décor, pottery and blown and torched glass demonstrations, and activities for children that include people powered amusement rides and countryside faire games such as the castle climbing wall, archery and tomato tossing at a fool.

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What: The 22nd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Where: North of Charlotte between Concord & Huntersville at Hwy73 & Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 & I-85).

When: Eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from October 3rd through November 22nd. The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.

Advance Discount Tickets: $23 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $21 and $9 for children ages 5 – 12. Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Directions, High Res. Photos, Videos, & More
Visit or call toll free (877) 896-5544.


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