Each year, a piece of Anne Arundel County is transformed into a 16th century English village with the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This year’s festival opens on August 29th and will feature crafts, food, live performances on eight stages, a jousting arena and games. With so many things to do, the Renaissance Festival is a family-friendly and unique way to spend a weekend. Here’s what you need to know:
Bring your appetite because the festival offers tons of yummy food at reasonable prices. You can get typical festival foods like sandwiches, fries and soft pretzels, or you can enjoy treats from the era like shepherd’s pie, meatpie on a stick and smoked turkey legs.
Wear or rent a costume
Part of the festival’s fun is that performers, vendors and patrons deck out in period attire. Expect to see historically accurate robes, dresses, stockings, hats and more! And, if you don’t happen to have 16th century pieces in your wardrobe, you can rent a costume at the gate. Women can choose from outfits like “The Lady of the Realm” and “The Wench,” and men’s selections include “The Outlaw” and “The Knight.” Children can choose from “The Little Princess” and “Robin Hood,” and rental prices range from $20.00 to $75.00.
Plan your day
From fire-eaters and jugglers to musical performances and jousting competitions, the festival offers so many activities that planning ahead is strongly recommended. Each day of the festival is packed with events like performances of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and the Swordswallower Extraordinaire. Additional special events are scheduled throughout the festival, so you may want to plan your weekend accordingly.
The Renaissance Festival is known for its jousting competitions, which take place every day. However, during this year’s festival (exact date to be announced), there will be a special competition to determine the greatest knight in the land. Consider visiting this weekend, when knights across the country will join the festival’s Free Lancers jousting company for an exciting game.
Adult admission prices range in price from $19 to $24, depending on when you go to the festival. Children and seniors enjoy special prices, too. The “Village of Revel Grove,” as the 27-acre festival village is known, will be located at the intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road in Crownsville, Maryland (about 8 miles northwest of Annapolis).