Maryland Renaissance Festival
Hear ye! Hear ye! Leave your modern woes behind and step into 16th-century Revel Grove— the 27-acre village overseen by King Henry 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!
Tickets Go on Sale August 1, 2023
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. Still, these are just some of the 200+ professional performers you'll pleasantly encounter at the Renaissance Festival. With the Royal Court, ten performance stages, and spontaneous 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 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, step into the 3,000-seat arena of the King's Court for live jousting while you cheer on the Knight of your 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.
Plan Your Trip
Family-Fun Entertainment for All Ages
If you find yourself ravenous or parched after all the competition, 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 refresher 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 26- October 22; for more information, visit The Maryland Renaissance Festival. We’ll see you in the Grove, Huzzah!