The Maryland Renaissance Festival held in Crownsville, Maryland just a couple miles outside of Annapolis lasted from August 27th to October 23rd of this year. Maryland’s Renaissance Festival has been running for forty years since the Festival first opened its gates in Symphony Woods, Columbia. The Festival was open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the ticket windows opening at 9:30 and the king arriving at 9:50.
The Festival consists of many events and performances from the day it opens to the day it closes. These events and performances take place on any one of its ten stages spread across “Revel Grove”. Such events and performances include music acts by various renaissance themed bands, sideshow acts like sword swallowing and illusion etc., an aerial dancer, jousting, dancing, etc. Some of the performances feature music groups like Wine & Alchemy, Cu’ Dubh, Wolgemut, and sideshow geek Swami Yo’mahmi (yo’ mommy).
There is a wide variety of food at the Renaissance Festival as well. There are many vendors who sell a variety of food from traditional carnival food like funnel cakes and French fries, to ice cream and crab cakes. There are even vendors that sell food on sticks like steak on a stake or cheesecake on a stick etc.
To go along with the Festival’s events are some themed weekends. The very first weekend the Festival was open was children’s weekend. Children’s weekend allowed people 15 and under, with the purchase of an adult ticket, to enter the park for free. There are themes for every weekend during the season, some of which include Pirate Weekend, Celtic Celebration Weekend, and many more. For more information, go to their website at rennfest.com.
There is more to the Maryland Renaissance Festival than just food, drink, and music though. There is a lot of fun too from games and fun to weddings. Yes, the Renaissance Festival does weddings. The Festival also has many games, some normal carnival games and some a little more nontraditional like axe throwing, and knife throwing. Some of the fun activities, that aren’t really considered games, include rock climbing on a castle wall, dancing around a maypole, and even a playground for the little ones.
All-in-all the Maryland Renaissance Festival is all around joy and fun for the whole family with its many family friendly activities and performances. Along with all this fun it is a great learning experience to discover new types of people and experience different cultures through the cultural performances.