The Renaissance Festival celebrates 20 years

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10/22/2013 -

The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and much more. The 20th annual season opened Oct. 5, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24.,2013. Hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rain or shine, no pets and free parking.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival was introduced in 1994 with six acres of exhibits, attractions and entertainment. The event has grown into a 20 acre theme park filled with charming cottages and castles, kitchens and pubs, and a most unusual collection of people-powered rides and games of skill — all nestled in 325 acres of pristine woodlands just north of Charlotte, N.C.

The Carolina event has grown to be one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide. Tree lined lanes are filled with over 100 purveyors of crafts and food, and non-stop music and comedy shows are presented on 11 stages every event day.


This is one of the most interactive entertainment shows ever created with wonderful amusements and antics ongoing all around you! You can sit back and watch, or you can become a part of the action, surrounded by over 500 costumed characters roaming the festival village. The village lanes are full of peasants singing sea-faring songs and street entertainers surprising you with tall tales and tricks, each with a role to play.

You can experience the clashing of armor and the thundering of hooves daily with full combat jousts at the King’s Tournament Arena.

New This Year

Hannibal the Liar! A true teller of tales and an incredibly accomplished sleight of hand magician, Hannibal dazzles audiences with a unique and delightful brand of entertainment; blending jaw-dropping magic with sidesplitting comedy and inspirational story telling!

The Celtic music of Lissakeole! Amazing vocalists, talented musicians, and the spirit of Ireland, all wrapped up into one extraordinary package! Lissakeole (lis-sa-key-ole in Gaelic), a four-piece, Irish band from the upstate of South Carolina, performs a wide variety of Celtic music, ranging from fast-paced jigs and reels to slow, emotional ballads. This dynamic group will take you on a marvelous journey into Ireland’s past and touch your soul with the struggles and triumphs of its people.

Cale the Juggler! Comedic fire juggling, fire breathing, and world class precarious stunts. Cale breaks down and rebuilds Newtonian Law in a fit of primed crackerjack fury. A truly unpredictable, all inclusive show suitable for all ages and everything in between!

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Leave your cares behind! Visit the Time Machine known as the Carolina Renaissance Festival!

  • Over 500 Costumed Characters
  • Jousting Tournaments
  • A feast fit for a King
  • World’s largest Rocking Horse
  • Earthquest Birds of Prey
  • 11 stages of music and comedy
  • Rides and Games
  • Over 100 Craft and Food Vendors
  • Artisan Demonstrations
  • Special Events

Opening Weekend! Oct.5-6.

Kick off the 20th anniversary season with ROYAL SAVINGS!  Adults save $22 on Opening Weekend admission by receiving two adult tickets for the price of one at the Festival Box Office. A Two for $22 coupon is required.

Kids Free Weekend! Oct. 12-13.

Save $12 with FREE child admission ages 5-12, with paid adult admission.  A Kids FREE coupon is required.  Children under five always free!

BrewFest Weekend! Oct. 19-20.

Host a toast of fine festival ale and taste the 2013 Gambrinus Cup Homebrew competition award winning brew!  Watch as a team of home brewers demonstrate their time honored craft!  Sample a selection of fine micro-brewed ale and participate in a series of RenFest Beer Games.

Adventurous costumed ladies are invited to attend the Saucy Wench Costume Contest held at The Haven (left of the Joust).  Check back soon for start time.  Ladies are encouraged to flirtatiously strut their sultry stuff to influence the judges’ votes — all in good, clean fun of course!  Prizes will be awarded. 

BrewFest activities start at 12 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights! Oct. 26-27.

Free child admission!  No Coupon required! Looking for a fun, free, and safe place to trick or treat?  Put the Renaissance Festival on your Halloween list of things to do with free event admission for all children 12 and under, free treats to be found all around the Festival village, and a Halloween Treasure Hunt with prizes!  Children and adults are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest!  All costumes are welcome!  The costume contest will be held at The Haven (left of the Joust)

Celtic Music Jams Weekend! Nov. 2-3.

Special guest musicians and Festival minstrel’s honor key individuals instrumental in driving the region’s rich Celtic Music.

Hunky Highlanders and Muscular Men are encouraged to participate in a series of challenging tests of skills and strength!  Arm wrestling competition, peasant lifting contests, and more will be held at the Haven! (Located next to the Joust). Competition times have yet to be determined.  Prizes will be awarded!

Pirates’ Christmas! Nov. 9-10.

ARRRRGH! It’s foolish pleasures and pirate’s treasures!  Special pirate entertainment scheduled all weekend long!  Start your holiday shopping early and save at the Fairhaven Village Marketplace!  Purchase $200 or more in festival arts and crafts and receive two FREE $22 Renaissance Festival Tickets valid for the remaining two weekends of this 2013 season (one offer per person)!  Dress as your favorite scurrrrvy dog and win prizes in the Pirate’s Costume Contests held at the The Haven (next to the Joust Arena).  Separate contests will be held for adults and children.  Prizes will be awarded.

Time Travelers Weekend! Nov. 16-17.

Patrons don’t need a passport to time travel to the 16th century!  Dress as your favorite time traveler or dress as a character inspired by your favorite movie, TV program, comic book, work of science fiction and/or fantasy — all are welcome — Even pirates and SteamPunks!  Participate in the time traveler’s costume contest and win prizes!

Enjoy book signings by popular local science fiction and fantasy authors! Participate in the Royal School Supply Drive by donating school supplies at the festival entrance or at Park Road Books in Charlotte and receive FREE child admission ages 5-12 (children under five always free).

Final Huzzah! Nov. 23-24.

Donate canned foods at the Festival entrance and SAVE $12 by receiving FREE child admission ages five to 12 (children under five always free). Don’t miss your last chance to take part in the merriment!  One canned food item is all it takes to receive the discount but please feel free to donate more. Chomp a turkey leg before turkey day and don’t miss the last chance to experience your best day out in history!

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