Maryland Renaissance Festival

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1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD, USA
(410) 266-7304

Maryland Renaissance Festival Annapolis Reviews

gr8guy gr8guy
37 reviews
Maryland Renaissance Festival Jul 05, 2010
Ok, this is a MUST if you are ever in Metro Washington DC / Baltimore Maryland ok? It's the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival that runs weekends from late August to Late October.

In the summer it can be a little sticky but the fall, perfect. Get a turkey drum stick, a comfy spot and watch the jousting events. If you like people watching then you won't be disappointed. I manage to go each year and if you ever check it out, I'm 100% positive you will make it a yearly event as well.

See ya there!
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Maryland Renaissance Festival
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HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
Great great great place to go Oct 10, 2009
What a place to go! When you want something to do or just want to try something once, the Fair is the place to go (but you might get addicted and have to come every year); it has something for everyone. As far as food goes, they have steak on a stick, fried mac-and-cheese, deep fried pickles (i'm staying away from that one), crab cake sandwiches, ice cream, smoothies, and more, more galore.

You can buy almost anything from that period: a sword, a castle dress, a metal bra, a maic wand, celtic jewelry, hand-made hair pins, and tons fo other things.

You coud walk around this place for a good 4-5 hours stopping to see a joust, or looking overhead at acrobats on the silks. King Henry walks the grounds as do his court and there's a wine garden. Bringing the kdis? no problem, there's a carpet slide, a rock climbing wall, shows and face painting. There are tons or artisans and even some patrons are dressed as if they belong in the days of yore.

They are open for the 10 weeks or so right before Halloween and even have different theme weekends. For Oktoberfest, there are more drunks than usual, so that's not really the weekend you want to take the kids, but sometimes, the wine garden just get too popular, and by the end of the day, you just half to watch out for half the crowd. Some of the visitors to the Ren Fair are dressed a little too risque and then there are others that make you wonder if they looked at themselves in the mirror before they stepped out of the trailer. Some just want to be in costume and their outfit has nothing to do with the times (I saw vampires and tudors and half-naked people). If you don't want to go blind, be 'ware the girls who put there outfits on too tight and are virtually "popping" out of their costumes-their boobs are just sitting on top of their dress.
missandrea81 missandr…
147 reviews
Something to do in August through October Oct 12, 2008
We met with fellow TBers Mark (marksreynolds) and Lena (bwitch16) at the renaissance festival. The weather was beautiful at 85 degrees. Our drive out to Annapolis went by quickly. Although we were standing in traffic for 45 minutes to get to the parking lot of the festival.

Mark met us at the gate after we had bought our tickets ($18 per person). He then showed us around, to get something to drink and take in the atmosphere. The festival goes on once every year (August to October), but the renaissance town remains year around in a little piece of forest. It has an authentic feel to it. People are dressed up, not just the vendors, visitors too. Some of the costumes are more colorful then others. You'll see everything from wenches and knights to pirates and warlocks. Of course some people's outfits we're trashier then others. If I would have had a beer for every corset that was too small I wouldn't have walked out of there alive. hehe

We met up with Lena, Mark's wife, and watched a comedy show together. It consisted of two guys sword fighting and making foul jokes at each others expense. Then one of the guys was laying down on a nail bed and the other attempted to break a brick on the poor guys chest. After the show we got some food. Turkey legs seemed to be very popular since we stood in line for a while to get a taste of them. I had Steak on a Stake and curly fries.

After we ate, Mark and Lena showed us the rest of the festival. We walked around exploring all the different stands with handmade goods. Some sold art others sold costumes and swords. You can get henna tattoos made or get your hair braided. There are also more food stands with everything you could possible be hungry for. We walked through a maze and a museum with very eerie things in jars, like gremlins and fairies. We saw a hypnotist's show; He made people get really hot, almost to the point were they would have started to take their clothes off. They also had a jousting show, but we didn't stick around very long since it was in the sun and it was HOT.

Leaving took us a while since everyone seemed to be going home at the same time. The parking lot was a mess and to top it off there was an ambulance trying to get through, probably because someone had a bit too much mead and fell over one of the tree trunks.

We really enjoyed the renaissance fest as first time visitors. Mark and Lena are regulars and visit a couple of times each season, since they live close by. The only thing that I would pick on is the bathroom situation. Make sure you have a couple of hand wipes with you since there are no sinks.

I do however recommend going to this festival at least once in your life, it's great fun and something out of the ordinary.

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missandrea81 says:
Oh, I will! ;)
Posted on: Oct 20, 2008
marksreynolds says:
Very nice review Andrea, glad you guys had a good time! I'm going to write one as well (sooner or later) and post a bunch of pictures :) Feel free to steal any you like.
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008

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