Ren Fest: The Most Wonderful Medieval Time of the Year


If I had to name one event that was my absolute most favorite in the area, it would be the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Hands. Down.

I love Ren Fest. Make that, love love LOVE it. No, I’m not one of the hardcore who dresses up and speaks in the vernacular (though I am considering going in garb this year), but I love mingling among them, admiring their elaborate period attire, listening to the delightful sound of their antiquated dialect, and watching them portray life as it was in the 16th century.

Then there’s the faire itself, which abounds with activity and entertainment that appeals to a range of ages and sensibilities. In my opinion, one can’t not like Ren Fest. (Yes, I feel so strongly about it that I used the double negative.) And for the record, my kids are just as enchanted by the medieval magic.


Anyone who’s been reading my blog for awhile likely knows this already. I’ve written about Ren Fest several times over the years and have recommended it in Weekend Round-Ups even more. So, for background on this must-go event, see this post and this one. And for a peek at what to expect and tips on making the most of the experience, see this one recapping a visit there last year.

Here’s the best part: The 2013 Maryland Renaissance Festival begins THIS weekend, August 24-25, and it will run every weekend through October 20. It’s open rain or shine from 10am – 7pm. Admission from August 24 – September 17 is $17/adults, $15/seniors, $8/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under. From September 21 – October 20, it’s $22/adults, $19/seniors, $10/ages 7-15.

*Some dates to note:
– This weekend, August 24-25 is Children’s Weekend, when all kids ages 11 and under get in for FREE!
– September 7-8 is Pirate Weekend when all are encouraged to dress in their pirate best, and you can enjoy the music of The Pyrates Royale, The Rambling Sailors, and more.
– September 21-22 is a Scottish Celebration.
– October 5-6 is an Irish Celebration.
– October 19-20 is a Jousting Competition.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is located at Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md. Directions are available on the website.


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11 Responses to Ren Fest: The Most Wonderful Medieval Time of the Year

  1. Geraldine

    Hi, ive been gearing up for this. Is the Renn Fest suitable for kids 2 and 5? I imagine a lot of walking. Will it be stroller friendly?

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Geraldine – It’s definitely suitable for 2- and 5-yr-olds. There are cute plays for little ones, pony rides, a pirate playground and giant slide, face painting, jousting matches, and more that kids will love. There is a ton of walking. If you bring a stroller, I recommend one that’s easy to navigate over dirt paths – it’s not paved at all throughout Revel Grove.

      • Geraldine

        Hi Linda,
        We just got back from the RennFest. It was absolutely awesome. We decided to do without the stroller and bravo, my kids walked the whole time we spent there, with a bit of whining here and there but on the whole, we had great fun. They loved it, we loved it.

  2. We are planning a trip to the festival tomorrow — our first. My kids, 4 and 6, can be lazy walkers but are really too big for a stroller. As a seasoned fest-er do you have any suggestions for me? Would a wagon work for transport? Is it really so big they won’t want to walk from one end to the other? Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      HI Julie – I don’t know about a wagon. It could end up being more of a pain than it’s worth. And there’s so much to see and do practically every step you take that the kids will likely be too excited to even notice the walking. I’d love to hear how it goes for you tomorrow… please let me know how you all like Ren Fest!

      • We enjoyed our time, too. My husband and I could have stayed longer but the kids lasted only about 2.5 hours. There was so much to do — more than we took in during out time there. Two things we learned: go early (it was really crowded by the time we left) and purchase your tickets ahead of time online. The ticket lines were very long and we walked right in. Thanks for all of the information — it was very useful.

  3. Caroline

    Is parking difficult? Are we crazy to arrive around 11:30 on Labor Day weekend? (Going tomorrow…)

    Thanks for all of the info!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Caroline, you are not crazy at all. We went today, and it was great! Parking wasn’t bad at all when we arrived around 11am. There’s a huge field for it outside Revel Grove ; you may have to walk a bit to the entrance, but it’s not bad. And once inside, there’s so much to do and see, you’ll have a fantastic time. Enjoy!

  4. We are currently opening an online shop that may have all the needs for renaissance enthusiast and we accept sellers as well who wants to share the experience.

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