Introduced to the Charlotte area in 1994, the Carolina Renaissance Festival contained just 6 acres of attractions. Now, as the Festival approaches its 20th year of cheers, the storybook village is 22 acres large and nestled within 325 acres of pristine autumn woodlands.
The Festival has become one of the largest renaissance events in the country and one of the largest attractions in the Carolinas. Nearly 190,000 attendees are expected to time travel to the village during its 8 weekend season, held Saturdays and Sundays, from October 5th - November 24th. The Festival is located just north of Charlotte at the Huntersville/Concord border near the intersection of 73 and Poplar Tent Road; a near equal short distance from both I-77 and I-85.
The Festival’s artisan marketplace is reminiscent of 16th century architecture and design and features over 100 merchants, crafters, and artists that create, demonstrate, and sell quality handmade wares. Eleven outdoor stages burst to life with non-stop theater, comedy, music, dance, magic, circus entertainments, and live falconry demonstrations. Hundreds of costumed villagers fill the lanes with additional entertainment. You can choose to play or sit back and enjoy the shows. Enjoy an array of country fair games, people-powered rides, and feasting fit for royalty. The Festival’s signature attraction features knights on horseback jousting three times daily inside the Queen’s tournament arena.
In addition to the popular Festival antics, 20th anniversary celebrations include special guest performances by 4 popular variety acts visiting from around the globe and performing on stage for a limited time. Photos and guest performance schedule is online.
Their Majesties’ special guests are:
-The Checkerboard Guy! A high-energy comedy and prop-centric variety show that turns audiences of all ages into heroes!
-MooNiE the Magnificent! A renaissance clown that surprises adults and children alike with exceptional juggling, daring adventures, and intelligently sophomoric comedy – all without speaking a word!
-Duke of Danger! Performing unique and ill-advised acrobatic stunts combined with good-natured humor and physical comedy. This is a family friendly show you do not want to miss!
-BrooN! A lovable “bad boy” that combines sly wit and conversational comedy with a variety of tricks and stunts that are sure to keep you entertained from start to end!
Advance Discount Tickets: $21 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at RenFestInfo.com. Senior (60 and over) and adult Military discount tickets are $19 at the gate. Child dependents of military personnel are $9. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.
Presenting 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, Donatos Pizza, AAA of the Carolinas, Visit Lake Norman, Mann Travels, Keffer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, & Comfort Suites of Huntersville.
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