Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Maryland Renaissance Festival – or “Ren Fest,” as many call it – is a hoot.

Maryland Renaissance Festival - Costume
Maryland Renaissance Festival - Costume

It’s a delightful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday between the third week of August and the third week of October – especially if you are interested in history, fantasy, costuming and, of course, ale.

Located in Crownsville, near Annapolis, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is set in a 25-acre fictional 16th century English village named “Revel Grove.”

Maryland Renaissance Festival - Stage Act
Maryland Renaissance Festival - Stage Act

The Ren Fest, which opened in 1977, features stage performances located around the grounds along with shops and stalls for finding the perfect Medieval gear such as shields, helmets, ball protectors (don’t ask) and gowns – which is just what you’ve been looking for, I’m sure.

The staff are all dressed in medieval costumes and they say things like “m’lord” and “m’lady” and “that’ll be $17.50.”

Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, too. When we were there this year, probably 15% of the customers were costumed.

Maryland Renaissance Festival - Staff
Maryland Renaissance Festival - Staff

The stage shows are a highlight. Spread over about a dozen venues, there are almost 50 different acts. These are some of the best . . .

There is even a joust!

It turns out that the Maryland Renaissance Festival is one of a series of Renaissance Festivals, or Renaissance Fairs, or Renaissance Faires located around the United States. Some of the most successful Renaissance Fairs, in addition to Maryland’s, are located in . . .

Maryland Renaissance Festival - Joust
Maryland Renaissance Festival - Joust
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • Minnesota
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival - Hilby
    Maryland Renaissance Festival - Hilby

  • Michigan
  • Georgia
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Connecticut
  • North Carolina
Maryland Renaissance Festival - Stage
Maryland Renaissance Festival - Stage

Here’s a list of Renaissance Festivals and Fairs in the U.S.

In fact, if you’re really into this stuff, here’s an even more inclusive listing of Renaissance, Medieval & Pirate Faires around the country.

Do yourself a favor and check one out!

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