Celebrating its 40th season, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is open every weekend now through October 23rd. This portal to the past is located on Crownsville Road in Crownsville just outside of Annapolis.
Each year, the unique outdoor event in Maryland progresses through the timeline of Henry VIII—now tracing his steps in 1526. You'll experience live entertainment featuring a cast of over 200 performers, handcrafted items from more than 140 merchants, and feasting options from 42 food and beverage vendors and five taverns.
What's the Maryland Renaissance Festival About?
One thing that sets the Renaissance Festival in Maryland apart from most other festivals is the ongoing storyline. This year's chapter finds Henry still married to his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Despite the festivities in Revel Grove, the King finds himself worrying about his heir and missed opportunities.
There's also the issue of his infatuation with the lovely Anne Boleyn.
Who Might Be Interested in the Maryland Renaissance Festival?
A number of performances and special events bring this story to life, but that's only part of the experience. The Maryland Renaissance Festival truly offers something for patrons young and old alike.
Enjoy musicians and dancers performing on stage and in the streets. Take in a show at the theatre. Marvel at stunning displays of skill and athleticism with magic, sword swallowing, stunts, archery, jousting, and more.
You'll also find a wide array of arts and crafts—featuring clothing, jewelry, wood working, sculpting, ceramics, blacksmithing, and a variety of others. Most of these wares are handcrafted by artisans working in 16th century-style shops—many of which were hand-built by the owners in order to display their works.
There’s even a pirate ship in the free children's play area!
What Should You Wear to the Maryland Renaissance Festival?
Costumes are not required (though they do help enhance the experience). Costume rentals are available just inside the front gate area, and many of the merchants sell festival-related clothing as well. No matter which period dress you choose, do keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, and it is outdoors.
Where's the Food?
Food and drink options abound along the pathways throughout the village. Menus feature festival favorites like smoked turkey legs and chicken on a lance, vegetarian options, and all sorts of treats of the fried, grilled, sweet, or savory varieties. Quench your thirst with a wide range of tasty beverages including ales, teas, and more.
Each patron can bring one factory-sealed bottle of water, but no other outside beverages are permitted.
While some of the artisan shops accept credit cards, all food, drink, and game areas require cash, so don't forget to make a trip to the ATM before attending!
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