Each Festival day is filled with an abundance of attractions appropriate for all age groups. Eleven 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 wishing to wear a costume can acquire them at the village costume rental shop located just inside the Festival gates. Also available for rent for the first time are wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs.
New this year is ¡Fiesta Renaissance! weekend featuring guest performers showcasing cultural dances and comedy influenced by Spanish history. In addition, new entertainments include:
- The Angels - four heavenly beautiful, devilishly dangerous, righteously brave and wickedly clever heroines in disguise!
- The sharp wit and cunning one-upmanship of The Renaissance Men.
- Zinnia the Fairy - the forever best friend of Twig the Fairy (one of many returning Festival favorites).
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.
WHEN YOU GO:
What: The 21st annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
Where: North of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. The Festival is located on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85).
When: Eight consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from October 4th through November 23rd. The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.
Advance Discount Tickets: $21 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 RenFestInfo.com. Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $19 and $9 for children ages 5 – 12. Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.
Event Sponsors: Harris Teeter, Pepsi, & the Charlotte Observer. Additional sponsors include: Diamond Springs, Carolinas HealthCare System, Sunbelt Rentals, Valpak, Party City, Jersey Mike’s, Chick-Fil-A, Autobell Carwash, Qdoba Mexican Grill, AAA of the Carolinas, Visit Lake Norman, and Comfort Suites of Huntersville.
Information: Online at RenFestInfo.com, or call (704) 896-5544, toll free (877) 896-5544."
- A Press Release