Maryland Renaissance Festival tickets go on sale August 1

The Maryland Renaissance Festival, a tradition for the whole family, begins its 46th season on August 27 and runs Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday through October 23 for nine weekends of thrills, feasts, crafts, entertainment and merriment in Crownsville, near Annapolis, Maryland.

The 27-acre village of Revel Grove comes alive each fall with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, a 3,000-seat arena with armored jousting on beautiful steeds, and streets filled with village characters. Join His Royal Highness King Henry VIII in the forests and glades with more than 140 artisans displaying handicrafts in their Renaissance shops, five taverns offering fresh libations and 42 food and beverage outlets offering a vast range of succulent and sweet treats to satiate even the most full of appetites.

The near-continuous entertainment on all ten stages features many returning favorite performers: Shakespeare’s Skum in its 38th year with raucous twenty-minute renditions of the bard’s most popular plays; A fool named “O” and LaLa mimes; take a noble stroll through the village with King Henry and his royal court. Minstrels, magicians, musicians, jugglers and daring feats of skill and artistry abound. Returning this season is Debracey Productions jousting troupe with a field filled with horses, men in armor, chariots, horseback riding and thrills for all ages. Additional main acts include Topsy Turvy, Markita’s One Woman Stunt Show; Piper Jones; Hey Nunnie Nunnie sings and crackles with delight; Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy amazes and confuses; the danger committee amuses itself with throwing knives and cracking whips; The London Broil concocts rare juggling done right; and in the 49th year of their wildly popular comedic sword fight and witty repartee, Puke and Snot dazzle with their fast-paced humor. Add a village full of stilt walkers, beggars, hermits, maidens, pickpockets, rakes and thieves for an entertaining experience to behold and immerse. Visit for a full list and their dates.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival’s reputation for unique and mostly handmade products by the artists themselves in their Renaissance shops is among the best in the festival business. Metalwork, woodcarving, jewelry, furniture, clothing, footwear, ceramics, stained glass, headgear, glassblowers, and many artisans on display fill the shops and workshops.

The king’s kitchens prepare a sumptuous feast of delicious and wondrous delicacies to satisfy most lords or ladies. One pound smoked turkey thighs, steak on a stake, fresh pancakes, stuffed peppers, gyros, succulent ribs, a raw sea bass of fresh seafood, sweet concoctions and tender sandwiches of chicken, fish, crab , beef and pork with generous portions of all kinds of accompaniments add to your table. Cold, smooth drinks and a range of beers, ciders and wines cleanse your palette and refresh your constitution.

For the first three weekends, August 27-September 11, the Festival is slashing prices for everyone with no coupons or special purchases required to provide family-friendly entertainment prices. Tickets from September 17 to October 23 are for peak season and remain among the lowest of any renaissance festival in the country. Prices, special event information and full schedules are available at

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