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2016 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 25 acres large and nestled within 325 acres of pristine autumn woodlands, now in its 23rd year of cheers! Huzzah!

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 25-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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Carolina Renaissance Festival Daily Happenings:
1) Entertainment:Twelve stages featuring comedy acts, acrobats, medieval musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, magicians and puppeteers – performing continuously for
7 ½ hours each day.

A tournament arena where skilled stunt riders, outfitted in suits of armor, ride their horses into battle during three jousts each day.

Hundreds of costumed characters.

2) Arts and Crafts: 25-acre village is filled with over 100 open-air, storybook shops and medieval tents. Crafts include: clothing, armor-making, pottery, glass blowing, stained glass, elegant jewelry and more.

Many artisans demonstrate of their handiwork throughout the day, using tools and
techniques that have been handed down through the centuries.
3) Games: Kids and adults will enjoy the challenges of archery, axe-throwing, castle
-storming, and climbing Jacob’s ladder.

They can also go on human-powered rides such as da Vinci’s Flying Machine, Voyage to the New World and the Swan Swing.

This is the place to toss tomatoes at the surly fools locked in the stocks at “Vegetable Justice”.

4) Food:The Royal Kitchens serve a vast feast with giant roasted turkey drumsticks, steak-on-a-stake, pizza, bread bowl stews, salads and more. The Cottage Bakery, the Cappuccino Inn and the Cottage Chocolate Shoppe tempt you with a variety of unique desserts. Pubs serve beer and wine.


What: The 23rd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Where: Just north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85). Exit 25 on I-77 or exits 52 or 55 on I-85.

When: The Carolina Renaissance Festival runs every Saturday and Sunday, from October 1st through November 20th. Hours: 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday rain or shine.

Advance Discount Tickets: $23 for adults, $13 for kids ages 5-12, available at Harris Teeter Stores regionwide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more. Senior (60 and over) and Adult Military discount tickets with Military ID) are $21at the gate.
Child dependents of military personnel are $11. Tickets are also available for purchase online at

Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Facilities for Disabled Guests: Designated parking for disabled guests is located by the front gate. Parking attendants will direct permitted vehicles to these spots. Disabled adapted portable toilets are located in each privy area. Wheelchairs, wagons and strollers are available for rent at the costume rental shop located just outsidethe Festival gates.

Call the Festival office at (704) 896-5555 with any questions or special needs.

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


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