The Carolina Renaissance Festival
The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace is an out-of-this-world-experience. No, but really. Every Saturday and Sunday for about seven weeks, the Renaissance Festival takes over a part of Concord, North Carolina and turns it into a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival filled with outdoor theatre, a jousting tournament at the King’s Tournament Arena, feasts, circus entertainment and a arts and crafts marketplace. If you’re looking for your not-so-typical festival fun for all ages, this is your festival.
Started in 1994 with just six acres of exhibits, attractions and entertainment, the Renaissance Festival has grown into a medieval amusement park, a 11-stage theater and a 22-acre village marketplace that includes everything imaginable to recreate the 16th European century filled with cottages and castles, kitchen and pubs, over 500 costumed characters (you can come dressed up too!), streets full with peasants singing sea-faring songs and everything necessary to make you feel like you went back in time. This festival has become of the largest Renaissance festivals nationwide and a must-see for all visitors to North Carolina.
Walking through the streets of the festival, you are bound to find sword eating folks, musicians, magicians, fire breathers, comedians, endless array of food and shop vendors, and unlikes most festivals, the entertainment is not limited to stages. They are known for the non-stop entertainment found on the grounds of the Fair Haven Village to create an interactive street theater. Not only will you be constantly entertained, but you’ll be brought back to another world where “life was much simpler”.
Be sure to check out the jousting tournament, the festival’s most popular attraction, at the King’s Tournament Arena that seats 2,000. the jousting tournament is a recreation of grandest events of the time period. Three times daily, noble knights wear armor to charge at one another to make you really feel like you went on a time machine.
Check their website closer to the time of the event for ticket prices, ticket information and Student Day tickets!