Celebrate Halloween with a costume contest at Carolina Renaissance Festival

Already the Carolinas’ largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween!  Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and under. The Carolina Renaissance Festival takes place just outside of Concord at 16445 Poplar Tent Road Huntersville
Children and parents alike enjoy the fun and safe trick or treating experience with free treats to be found at over 100 locations throughout the Festival Village.  And don’t miss the children’s Halloween Treasure Hunt with Treasure Chest filled with prizes!  Treat bags and treasure maps will be provided free to children each day, while supplies last.

Children and adults are also encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest!  All costumes are welcome!
In addition, a full day of regular Festival entertainment is complimented by the Knights of the Living Dead zombie jousting challenge happening three times daily throughout Halloween weekend.  And don’t forget, the Festival is a great place to buy your Halloween costume or costume accessories!


The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, an 12 stage theater, a 25-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast – all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure.


Event Daily Happenings:



  • Twelve stages featuring comedy acts, acrobats, medieval musicians, singers, dancers,

storytellers, magicians and puppeteers – performing continuously for 7 ½ hours each


  • A tournament arena where skilled stunt riders, outfitted in suits of armor, ride their

horses into battle during three jousts each day.

  • Hundreds of costumed characters.


Arts and Crafts:

  • Our 25-acre village is filled with over 100 open-air, storybook shops and medieval tents. Crafts include: clothing, armor-making, pottery, glass blowing, stained glass, elegant jewelry and more.
  • Many artisans demonstrate of their handiwork throughout the day, using tools and

techniques that have been handed down through the centuries.



  • Kids and adults will enjoy the challenges of archery, ax-throwing, castle-storming, and

climbing Jacob’s ladder.

  • They can also go on human-powered rides such as da Vinci’s Flying Machine, Voyage to the New World and the Swan Swing.
  • This is the place to toss tomatoes at the surly fools locked in the stocks at “Vegetable




  • The Royal Kitchens serve a vast feast with giant roasted turkey drumsticks, steak-on-astake, pizza, bread bowl stews, salads and more. The Monk’s Bakery, the Cappuccino

Inn and the Chocolate Shoppe tempt you with a variety of unique desserts. Pubs serve

beer and wine.



Dates: The Carolina Renaissance Festival runs every Saturday and Sunday, from October 3rd through November 22nd.


Hours: 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday rain or shine.


Location: Just north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85). Exit 25 on I-77 or exits 52 or 55 on I-85.


Parking: FREE courtesy of Harris Teeter.


Advance Discount Tickets: $23 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5-12, available at Harris Teeter Stores regionwide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more. Senior (60 and over) and Adult Military discount tickets with Military ID) are $21 at the gate. Child dependents of military personnel are $9. Tickets are also available for purchase online at RenFestInfo.com


Visitor Information: Visitors should call (704) 896-5544 or toll free (877) 896-5544. Visit the Festival website at RenFestInfo.com for more information.