Ever wonder what life was like in 16th-century England? Now in its 40th season, the Maryland Renaissance Festival (1821 Crownsville Road in Annapolis) is one of fall's most anticipated events in Anne Arundel County, offering visitors the chance to visit a recreated English village from the 1500s. Packed with music, dance, food, drinks, jousting, and even elephant rides, the festival is a great way to spend a weekend with the family. Hailed as the region's premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country with over 280,000 visitors a season, you'll discover a new world full of family-fun, entertainment, food, and much, much more Join blogger Alexandra Cannady and her son for a day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Browsing through more than 130 craft shops, forty-two food outlets, five beer stands, five taverns, and endless amusement, visitors are entertained by a wide variety of shows in the pathways. Comedians, jugglers, jesters, magicians and other actors dazzle onlookers in the crowded streets of the village. Ten major stages spread through the village showcase everything from acrobatics to live music and theatrical acts. Fully dressed in 16th century English garb and interacting with the village visitors, the performers wandering the grounds stoke the atmosphere of the 1500s.

For more information on the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and for links to purchase your tickets in advance, click here.


Videography by Darren Heater