Hear ye! Hear ye! Leave your modern woes behind and step into 16th century Revel Grove— the 27-acre village overseen by King Henry the VIII. Beginning in August and lasting through the end of October, Lords and Ladies from faraway lands gather to experience one of Maryland’s most extravagant events: The Maryland Renaissance Festival!
The streets of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Image courtesy of Judy McGuire from the Maryland Renaissance Festival
The Village People
In any other setting, it may sound less than ideal to meander the woods with beggars, hermits, wenches, pickpockets, rakes, and rogues, but at the Renaissance Festival, these are just some of the 200+ professional performers you’ll pleasantly encounter. With the Royal Court, 10 performance stages and impromptu street acts, you may also find yourself in the presence of royalty, valiant knights, magicians, minstrels, and jesters. If you too want to join in the fun, dress in costume for an instant way to get in the spirit of frivolity!
Get into the festive spirit by purchasing a wreath of your very own from one of the local peddlers. Image courtesy of Susan Carvin from the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
You can add handcrafted details to your ensemble like a flower crown or leather pouch when you peruse the shops of over 140 artisans populating the grounds. If you love the thrill of action and adventure, be sure to step into the 3,000-seat arena of the King's Court for live jousting while you cheer on the Knight of your own kingdom. There is sportsmanship aplenty at the festival with demonstrations by archers, aerialists, weapons masters, and more. With plenty of opportunities to test your medieval strength.
Be sure to step into the 3,000-seat arena of the King's Court for live jousting while you cheer on the Knight of your own kingdom. Image courtesy of Paha Chowdhury from the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
Family-Fun Entertainment for All Ages
If after all the competition you find yourself ravenous or parched, fear not– everyone eats and drinks like kings in Revel Grove. Bite into a smoked turkey leg, fresh crepe, or an apple pastry from Maryland’s fall bounty. Enjoy the portable decadence of mac & cheese on a stick or a scotch egg. Wash it all down with a toast of mead or honey wine, the perfect refreshers as Maryland weekends transition from warm summer into crisp fall.
With so much to see and such little time, why not make your trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival a weekend-long adventure? Stay in one of our many hotels after checking out 16th century England and venture into 18th century Annapolis for more family-fun things to do.
If after all the competition you find yourself ravenous or parched, fear not– everyone eats and drinks like kings in Revel Grove Image courtesy of Chellie Hyre from the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
The Renaissance Festival has something for everyone— perfect for entertaining large groups and royal subjects of all ages! The festival runs on Saturdays and Sundays from August 28- October 24, for more information visit The Maryland Renaissance Festival. We’ll see you in the Grove, Huzzah!