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Carolina Renaissance Festival Returns with Exciting New Additions

Sep 20, 2016 09:05AM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

When searching for signs of autumn’s arrival one need look no further than the return of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.  As sure as the changing color of the leaves, for eight consecutive weekends in October and November the Carolina Renaissance Festival brings a big dose of cheer, trumpet fanfare, clashing armor and giant roasted turkey legs.

During the medieval times, fall was the Harvest Season celebrated by festivals and fairs.  This rings true as each Renaissance Festival day is filled with a bounty of attractions appropriate for all age groups.   

Village purveyors offer an endless feast of bread bowl stews, premium meats on sticks, sweet treats and confections, and a favorite of all renaissance wanderers: a bag of cinnamon-roasted almonds!  Festival pubs offer variety of Pepsi products, craft beer, wine, champagne, ale, honey mead, lemonade and Medieval Margaritas to compliment the day-long feast of hearty foods fit for royalty!

Twelve stages offer an abundance of costumed performers offering continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments.  Unbalanced acrobats, the Ancient Art of Falconry, and the popular jousting tournament with horse mounted armored knights are all examples of the continuous entertainment options offered. Many of the shows are spontaneous and you will never know what happens next, on stage or off.

Shop an extensive array of craft vendors offering home décor, jewelry, clothing of renaissance and medieval fashion, blown and torched glass, handmade art and pottery.  There are also activities for children of all ages that include people powered amusement rides and countryside faire games such as the castle climbing wall, archery and tomato tossing at a fool.

Each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival adds new entertainments and upgraded facilities for visitor enjoyment. 

New additions for 2016 include: 

  • Rick the Hypnotist!  Hypnosis is real and members of the audience become the show!  You’re never quite sure what will happen as audience volunteers are taken on a journey they’ll never forget!
     
  • Giving Tree's Interactive Drum Circles!  Children and adults alike are invited to pick up musical instruments and join in the fun of creating high energy, foot pounding rhythms!
The 23rd Carolina Renaissance Festival - where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life.  A place where adults can feel and act like children while children are treated as royalty.  A magical realm where you will forget about your daily cares and enjoy the magic of a simpler time and place.  A time traveling escape like no other!

WHEN YOU GO: 
  • What: The 23rd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
     
  • 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, Saturdays and Sundays, from October 1st through November 20th. The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.
     
  • Advance Discount Tickets: $23 for adults, $13 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at carolina.renfestinfo.com. Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $21 and $11 for children ages 5 – 12.  Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.
     
  • Event Sponsors: Harris Teeter, Pepsi, & the Charlotte Observer.  Additional sponsors include: Sunbelt Rentals, Diamond Springs, Carolinas HealthCare System, Party City, Visit Lake Norman, Chick-Fil-A, Valpak, AAA of the Carolinas, Autobell Carwash, Jersey Mike’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fluent Language Solutions, Hampton Inn & Suites - Charlotte/Huntersville, Apex Technology, and Charlotte Playsets.
     
  • Information: Online at carolina.renfestinfo.com, or call (704) 896-5544, toll free (877) 896-5544.

This information available online by clicking:  www.carolina.renfestinfo.com. 

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