Local Activities | September 5, 2013
Do you need an escape from the everyday, technology-filled routine? Do you want to take a peek at a much “simpler” time? Then, a trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival is what you need! The Maryland Renaissance Festival, which opened August 14th and is open every weekend through October 20th is located in Anne Arundel County at 1821 Crownsville Road, just outside of Annapolis. This is the 35th season for the fair, which offers a unique outdoor experience of food, entertainment, skills and demonstrations, all in trip back in time. As you enter the fair, you are transported back to King Henry VIII’s royal court of 1520 and the village called Revel Grove. You will see actors portraying members of the royal court including King Henry VIII and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Attending the traveling court are visitors from the Italian royal court. These performers take part in daily parades throughout the fair, oversee jousting tournaments and other daily entertainment activities. There are also magicians, jugglers and other performers that you can see throughout the fairgrounds. The Renaissance Festival offers special event weekends throughout the run of the show. The upcoming weekend is the “Pirate Adventure Weekend” with special pirate theme hijinks and shows. There is a Scottish Celebration on September 21st and 22nd with special Scottish performers, North Sea Gas and The Wallace Band as well as Scottish endurance games, such as caber tossing. October 5th and 6th is the Irish Celebration with Celtic performers, Barleyjuice and Shamrogues. The fair closes out with a special jousting competition on October 19th and 20th, where knights across the country can compete to see who is the best knight in the land! There is quite a lot to see and do at the Renaissance Fair from entertainment on 8 different stages to watching daily jousting exhibitions. There are performers and artisans from all over the world displaying their skills and crafts. For the children, there are puppet shows, magicians, storytellers and a special children’s play area, which includes a pirate ship! For the adults, there are comedy shows, acrobatic performances, sword swallowers, jesters, musicians, madrigals, living history demonstrations and much more. You can also test your strength and ability at special games of skill. Over 130 craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their wares including handcrafted clothing, leather goods, jewelry, stained glass and blown glass. There are also 42 different food outlets to try different foods from turkey legs, to deep-fried vegetables to ice cream and other fair food. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a great way to escape from the modern world and learn a little bit about history and culture from long ago. Plus, the festival is always a great place to people watch! You can find out more up-to-date information on shows and events at the Festival’s Facebook and Twitter Pages.