Reprising nine weekends of festivities in Crownsville, Maryland starting on August 25, 2018, the Maryland Renaissance Festival (MDRF) beckons ye. Located a short drive from historic Annapolis, Revel Grove, a fictional 16th century English Tudor village, will be ready to bring all who visit merriment for the 42nd year.
Set on 25 acres, the fair will feature more than 130 craft shops and 42 food booths. The 1,300-strong population of Revel Grove is made up of 700 vendors, 400 fair employees, and 200 performers who are stage entertainers or period village characters. The MDRF is the second largest of the renaissance fairs held in the USA.
In 1977, Jules Smith founded the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which was held for the first time in Columbia, Maryland. The Flying Karamazov Brothers and Penn & Teller were the star entertainers at the festival’s debut. The fair moved to its current Crownsville home in 1985. MDRF was an Elizabethan style fair till 1989, when the reign of King Henry VIII became its theme.
Those who seek Shakespearean entertainment will be pleased to find performances in eight large theaters and four small stages inside taverns. There is also room for 3,000 to view battles of knights on horseback on a jousting tiltyard. For kids, there is a special play area, and elephant and camel rides are available for a fee.
Be ready to be transported to a bygone era of knights, ladies-in-waiting, mugs of mead, and delicious forest venison. Meandering minstrels will delight you with charming tunes as you travel the fairgrounds, a befuddling mix of the 16th and 21st centuries.
You and your merry band are called to wear or rent renaissance costumes to feel more at home and in character. Prepare to be amazed by sword swallowing, maypole dancing, archery, and other forms of English amusement.
For those seeking mementoes from this period, artisans will offer handmade goods, including jewelry, art, and clothing, for sale.
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Your Inn Near the Festival
The MDRF 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.