The Maryland Renaissance Festival (MDRF) will return for its annual 9 weekends of merriment in Crownsville, Maryland on August 26, 2017. Set in a fictional 16th Century English Tudor village called Revel Grove on grounds totaling 25 acres, the fair will feature an estimated 130 craft shops and 42 food booths. Among all the renaissance fairs held in the United States, MDRF is the second largest.
Founder Jules Smith organized and held the first MDRF in 1977 in Columbia, Maryland. Star performers Penn & Teller and The Flying Karamazov Brothers entertained at the inaugural event. In 1985, the fair transferred to its current location in Crownsville. It was originally held as an Elizabethan fair until 1989 when the present Henry VIII of England theme was adopted.
The 1,300 participants who populate Revel Grove are comprised of 400 fair employees, 700 vendor workers, and 200 performers who are stage entertainers or period village characters. The Maryland Renaissance Fair entertains visitors with eight large theaters, four small stages inside taverns, a special children’s area, and a jousting tiltyard that seats 3,000 spectators. Elephant and camel rides are also available for a fee.
Revival of a Lost Era
Visitors will be transported to an era of knights, ladies-in-waiting, venison and tankards of mead. Traveling minstrels will enchant you with music as you stroll the fairgrounds, a curious juxtaposition of the 16th and 21st Centuries. Fairgoers are encouraged to wear or rent renaissance costumes to heighten their sense of participation. Jousting, sword swallowing, maypole dancing, archery, and other forms of English entertainment during the time of King Henry VIII await them. The MDRF also worships Shakespeare and his stage plays are performed every year. For those seeking mementoes, artisans will offer handmade goods, including jewelry, art, and clothing, for sale.
41th Season Celebration
Celebrating its 41st season, the Maryland Renaissance Festival will be open for merriment on Saturday, August 26, 2017 and the next eight following weekends. For more information regarding the festival, please visit: MDRF 2017
Your Inn Near the Fair
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is only 7 miles away, about a 16-minute drive, from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.