When searching for signs of autumn’s arrival one need look no further than the return of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. As sure as the changing color of the leaves, for eight consecutive weekends in October and November the Carolina Renaissance Festival brings a big dose of cheer, trumpet fanfare, clashing armor and giant roasted turkey legs.
During the medieval times, fall was the Harvest Season celebrated by festivals and fairs. This rings true as each Renaissance Festival day is filled with a bounty of attractions appropriate for all age groups.
Village purveyors offer an endless feast of bread bowl stews, premium meats on sticks, sweet treats and confections, and a favorite of all renaissance wanderers: a bag of cinnamon-roasted almonds! Festival pubs offer variety of Pepsi products, craft beer, wine, champagne, ale, honey mead, lemonade and Medieval Margaritas to compliment the day-long feast of hearty foods fit for royalty.
Twelve stages offer an abundance of costumed performers offering continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments. Sword swallowing, unbalanced acrobats, and the popular jousting tournament with horse mounted armored knights are all examples of the continuous entertainment options offered. Many of the shows are spontaneous and you will never know what happens next, on stage or off.
Shop an extensive array of craft vendors offering home décor, jewelry, clothing of renaissance and medieval fashion, blown and torched glass, handmade art and pottery. There are also activities for children of all ages that include people powered amusement rides and countryside faire games such as the castle climbing wall, archery and tomato tossing at a fool.
Each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival adds new entertainments and upgraded facilities for visitor enjoyment. 2015 additions include:
- New Queen’s Kitchen
- New Pony Rides
- New – The wet and wacky Washing Well Wenches
- The new Edgewood Theater featuring limited engagement special guests that include:
o The Tartan Terrors – Celtic Rock, Comedy & Dance! October 3 & 4.
o Fool Hearty – Fool School & Untrained Dog Show! October 10 & 11.
o The Freestylers of Piping – Bagpipes and Percussion! October 17, 18, 24 & 25.
o Moonie the Magnificent – Quietly Hilarious Adventures! October 31, November 1, 7 & 8.
o The Great Fettuccini – Circus Variety Show! November 14 & 15.
o The Lost Boys – Renaissance Rock & Roll! November 21 & 22.
WHEN YOU GO:
What: The 22nd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
Where: North of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. The Festival is located on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85).
When: Eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from October 3rd through November 22nd. The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.
Advance Discount Tickets: $23 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at carolina.renfestinfo.com. Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $21 and $9 for children ages 5 – 12. Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.
Event Sponsors: Harris Teeter, Pepsi, & the Charlotte Observer. Additional sponsors include: Sunbelt Rentals, Diamond Springs, Carolinas HealthCare System, Party City, Visit Lake Norman, Chick-Fil-A, Valpak, AAA of the Carolinas, Autobell Carwash, Jersey Mike’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fluent Language Solutions , Comfort Suites of Huntersville, Apex Technology, and Charlotte Playsets.
Information: Online at http://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com, or call (704) 896-5544, toll free (877) 896-5544.