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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.
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.
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
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
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.
Photos and guest performance schedule is online at
Carolina Renaissance Festival Daily Happenings:
Entertainment:Twelve stages featuring comedy acts, acrobats, medieval
musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, magicians and puppeteers –
performing continuously for
7 ½ hours each day.
arena where skilled stunt riders, outfitted in suits of armor, ride
their horses into battle during three jousts each day.
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
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.
WHEN YOU GO:
What: The 23rd
annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
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.
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
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
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
or call toll free (877) 896-5544.
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