Experience Your Best Day Out in History!

The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace Launches Its Passport to History Fun Patch Program in October

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Located just north of Charlotte, NC is a village where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life. It is a place where adults can feel and act like children while children are treated as royalty. It is a magical realm where you will forget about your daily cares. It is the Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace -operating 8 consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, October 1 through November 20, 2022.

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Queen Isabella

The Passport to History fun patch program is an interactive educational experience for children of all ages and is great for children, Y-Guides, and similar youth organizations!  Immersed into life during the Renaissance, children build character and confidence as they learn lessons of art, chivalry, honor, nobility, and just how far modern day has come.  The “passport” is an educational workbook guiding children through village activities that educate and entertain. Topics include: The Ancient Sports of Jousting, Greyhound Coursing, Archery, Renaissance Clothing, Fashion, Customs, Language, Manners and life as a Renaissance Merchant Trader.  Children that complete 5 of the 10 listed activities earn a Carolina Renaissance Festival fun patch!

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Lord Mayor

The Passport to History pack contains one Passport and one Fun Patch and is only $5.00.  It is available for purchase at the onsite Festival Box Office Will Call Window on the day of your attendance. 

“Passport to History” Fun Patch Program Details

Upon arrival, children will become immersed into 16th century history. The Festival features over 300 costumed participants, representing various entertainments of the time — including jugglers, magicians, jousting knights in armor, ropewalkers, dancers, villagers, peasants, historical characters, and a variety of musicians.

Over 140 artisans fill the village, working in mediums such as glass blowing, pottery, leather work, sculpture, and candle making, just to name a few. The crafts and entertainment combine with thematic games and foods to create a glimpse of marketplace celebrations and life in the 16th century.

Included in the workbook is a selection of activities for children that explore life in the Renaissance time period. children can choose to attend 5 of the 10 activities and must receive a stamp for each activity attended. Once children have received stamps for the completed 5 activities, they will earn their Fun Patch and are welcome to enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Village of Fairhaven.

Goals & Objectives

The Carolina Renaissance Festival Passport to History offers children an opportunity to learn through interactive entertainment. children build character and confidence as they learn lessons of chivalry, honor, nobility, and just how far the modern day has come.

At the end of the workbook is a list of suggested fun activites Parents, Troop Leaders, and Chaperones can do with their children to prepare for their trip to the Village of Fairhaven. The Passport to History begins by encouraging children to tour the Festival village and observe the following educational experiences:


Jousting Knights on Horseback 

Jousting Knights on Horseback battle at the Tournament Jousting Arena at 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:15pm.


The Ancient Art of Glass Blowing

Glass Blowing Demonstrations take place at the Glass Blowing Booth in the Woodswalk (next to the Casa Fortuna Stage) every hour on the hour beginning at 11:00am.


The Ancient Sport of Falconry

Birds of Prey Demonstrations take place at the Edgewood Theatre at 11:30, 12:45, 2:15, and 3:45.


Greyhound Coursing — The Sport of Queens

The Hounds of East Fairhaven are available for visitation all day, every day, at their booth located near the Palace Stage.


The Ancient Sport of Archery

Stop by the Stickbow Archery Tent across from the Edgewood Stage.


The History of the Screwpress Printer

Visit with William de Worde and learn about his handcrafted Screwpress Printer throughout the day by the Memory Garden located just inside the Festival gates.

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Renaissance Language with the Lord Mayor

He can be found outside the Royal Pavilion at 11am and 12 noon, overseeing the Joust at 2:30pm, and at the Lord Mayor’s Retreat at 3:30pm (next to the Mermaid Grotto).

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Knighting Ceremony with their Majesties

Participate in your very own Knighting Ceremony and have your passport stamped by the Queen. The Knighting Ceremony takes place at the Royal Pavilion at 1:30pm.


Clothing of the Renaissance with Mistress Couture

Have your passport stamped by Mistress Couture. She is available at the Lord Mayor’s Retreat throughout the day (next to the Mermaid Grotto).

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Customs & Mannerisms with Queen Isabella

Have your passport stamped by Queen Isabella who will be at the Royal Pavilion at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:00pm and attending the Joust at 12:30pm and 4:15pm.


Daily Life in the 16th Century

Demonstrations of common household tasks in the 16th Century take place all day at The Lord Mayor’s Retreat located next to the Mermaid Grotto and the Haven. Have your passport stamped by any of the “Living History” characters at the end of your visit. 


Don’t Miss! The 7 Stages of Renaissance Portraits

(Displayed to the left of the Edgewood Stage)

“The value of the technique is in seeing the potential of separating form from color, and opposing transparent with opaque areas.” Artist Phillip Thompson 

What’s New in 2022:

Tickets for the 29th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival go on sale Friday, August 5th kicking off the start of several new changes Festival organizers have planned for the upcoming season. 

Recently, the Festival announced a list of changes planned to improve traffic conditions for the 2022 event season that include a major revision of how festival admission tickets will be made available. Tickets are now event date specific, limited in availability per each event date, and sold online at the Festival website at Carolina.RenFestInfo.com while each event day ticket supply lasts. General admission tickets valid any of the event dates are no longer available at retail locations statewide as in the past. 

“This is the most significant operational change in the Festival’s near three-decade history. We encourage visitors to reserve their date and purchase tickets in advance online while they last. Tickets will be offered at the Festival on-site box office only on event days not sold out in advance,” stated Matt Siegel, the Festival’s Director of Marketing. 

The Festival is open rain or shine. Ticket holders will receive a refund should the Festival not open on an event date due to extreme unsafe weather conditions, a very rare occurrence according to Festival organizers. Additionally, the Festival’s online ticket provider works with FanShield ticket protection to present purchasers an option to buy, at a modest additional fee, an insurance policy that guarantees a refund if the purchased tickets were to be unused, under the policy’s terms and conditions. 

Last year’s reopening of the Renaissance Festival came with the impact of additional weekend traffic on an adjacent road system increasingly burdened with new residential and commercial developments now surrounding the Festival’s once rural location near the Town of Huntersville in North Mecklenburg County.

2022 plans for the fairgrounds include a revised Traffic Management Plan for nearby roadways and improved parking, staffing, and signage to expedite arriving and departing event traffic. Festival hours are also revised to open 30 minutes earlier at 9:30 AM and remain open until 5:30 PM. Parking remains free courtesy of Harris Teeter. 

Celebrating 29 Years of Cheers, the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival returns Saturdays and Sundays for eight consecutive weekends, from October 1st through November 20th. In addition to all the returning popular jousting, jesting, and juggling favorites, the Festival will be hosting several new food and entertainment offerings. 

The Festival occurs on a 250-acre farm located north of Charlotte, between Concord and Huntersville, at the junction of NC 73 and Poplar Tent Road. Tickets will be available online only at Carolina.RenFestInfo.com. 

Where: North of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. The Festival is located on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85).

When: Eight consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from October and November. The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.

Event Sponsors: The Carolina Renaissance Festival is presented by Harris Teeter and Pepsi. Additional sponsors include Atrium Health, Sunbelt Rentals, Valpak, Jersey Mike’s, Chick-Fil-A, Autobell Carwash, AAA of the Carolinas, Visit Lake Norman, Hampton Inn & Suites, Language Line Solutions, Charlotte Playsets, and Apex Technology.

Information: Online or call (704) 896-5555.



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