The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace

Student Travel

Time travel to the greatest party since Camelot! Enjoy an outdoor autumn stroll through the Village of Fairhaven where history comes alive with non-stop, day-long, immersive and interactive entertainments! The open air Artisan Market is filled with arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, falconry, mermaids, fairies, dragons, feasting and so much more!

Jousting Knights

Trumpets blaring! Armor clashing! Hooves thundering! Watch as the Queen’s bravest Knights battle for her honor 3 times daily in the shire’s tournament arena!

Shop the Artisan Market

Glass blowing, blacksmithing, cobblers, potters, candle makers, sculpting, leather work, jewelry and much more! The open air Artisan Marketplace features over 140 vendors displaying a variety of unique, hand-made wares. It’s a shopper’s paradise! With the holiday season just around the corner, the village Artisan Marketplace is the destination for an endless array of unique, one-of-a-kind gifts!

The Ancient sport of Falconry

The Royal Falconer presents a jaw-dropping array of birds-of-prey displaying the unique skills that enraptured nobles long ago and made falconry the sport of kings! Be amazed by these beautiful creatures in flight!

Feast Like Royalty

Dish up a roaring good time with fyne Festival food! Eat your way through the village as endless concessionaires offer a wide assortment of confections, premium meats on sticks, stews, and much more! Wash it all down with a craft brew or Pepsi and kill the chill with a hot drink at the Cappuccino Inn! Huzzah!

Sea Fairy Mermaids

Journey to the shire’s grotto and experience the magic and myth of the Sea Fairies! The Living Mermaids! Commissioned by the Lord Mayor for Her Majesty’s enchantment, the Sea Fairies are simply delightful!

Endless Entertainment

Each day is filled with an abundance of attractions and immersive entertainments for all ages. Fourteen stages are packed with continuous live comedy, music, dance, vaudeville and circus entertainments! The Village pathways are bursting to life with over 500 costumed villagers that interact with you for your amusement. You can choose to play or sit back and enjoy the shows!

All Day Play

Choose your adventure! The shire is packed full of games of skill and peasant-powered rides creating fun and adventure for the entire family! Ride the World’s Largest Rocking Horse! Take a spin on Da Vinci’s Flying Machine! Sail the high seas on the Voyage to the New World! Journey atop a camel! Visit the Queen’s prized animals in the Village Petting Farm! Throw a tomato at a surly peasant at Vegetable Justice or try your hand at archery! Fly high into the sky on the Pirate’s Assault Catapult! It is endless action all day long!

The 25th Carolina Renaissance Festival will be held weekends, Saturdays and Sundays from September 29th through November 18th. This information and more can be found when you call toll free; 877-896-5544, or visit us online at

What: The 25th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Where: North of Charlotte between Concord & Huntersville at Hwy73 & Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 & I-85).

When: Eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from September 29th through November 18th. The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.

Visitor Information 704.896.5555

Advance Discount Tickets: $24 for adults, $14 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at Senior (60 and over) and adult Military discount tickets are $22 at the gate. Child dependents of military personnel are $12. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.


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