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Looking for something fun to do this fall around Charlotte? Allow yourself to step into the time machine known as the Carolina Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century, European art and entertainment extravaganza that travels to North Charlotte every year, and this year marks their 20th anniversary! At the festival you can enjoy comedy and music shows at an outdoor theater or on one of eleven outdoor stages, watch some circus entertainment, shop at the arts and crafts marketplaces, explore cottages and castles, play a myriad of games of skill, experience people powered rides, and enjoy themed food (kitchens and pubs!) scattered across twenty acres of North Carolina’s finest woodlands. The village is filled with over 500 costumed characters who roam the streets as peasants, royalty, and street entertainers. Here’s a list of Ten Acts You Don’t Want To Miss At The Carolina Renaissance Festival!
Special Guest Artiste Du Jours – New acts to celebrate the 20th anniversary!
NEW! Hannibal the Liar: A true teller of tales and an incredibly accomplished sleight of hand magician, Hannibal dazzles audiences with a unique and delightful brand of entertainment; blending jaw-dropping magic with sidesplitting comedy and inspirational story telling!
NEW! Lissakeole (Celtic Music): Amazing vocalists, talented musicians, and the spirit of Ireland, all wrapped up into one extraordinary package! Lissakeole (lis-sa-key-ole in Gaelic), a four-piece, Irish band from the upstate of South Carolina, performs a wide variety of Celtic music, ranging from fast-paced jigs and reels to slow, emotional ballads. This dynamic group will take you on a marvelous journey into Ireland’s past and touch your soul with the struggles and triumphs of its people.
NEW! Cale the Juggler: Comedic fire juggling, fire breathing, and world class precarious stunts. Cale breaks down and rebuilds Newtonian Law in a fit of primed crackerjack fury. A truly unpredictable, all inclusive show suitable for all ages and everything in between!
Knights on Horseback Jousting: Aventail Productions brings alive the spectacle and pageantry of the chivalric age. Knights in shining armor perform in a 3-part display of daring deeds of bravery and skill including a realistic recreation of a joust to the death. 3 times daily!
London Broil Show: The London Broil “core audience” cheers as three comical comrades juggle a variety of implements of destruction, leaving you laughing all the way. Watch all three shows: Blades of Fury, The Story of Louie, and Jugglers on Fire featuring the “flaming fountain of fire!”
Tortuga Twins: Outrageously unpredictable and unstoppably hilarious, these three twins tell tales with the participation of the audience. Adults will enjoy the twists in familiar stories like Robin Hood.
The Village Washer Wenches: The Village Washer Wenches are a high energy music and comedy act, with some dirty laundry thrown in for good measure- and as weaponry.
Lord Marshall Laww!: Lord Marshall Laww presents: Peasant Trials! Help Lord Marshall Laww become the man that peasants love to hate! No charges, no matter how trumped up, go unpunished when the audience plays jury in this hilarious version of Renaissance Justice fit for the whole family! And NEW for 2013! Lord Marshall Laww presents: Cock & Bull Auction! Lascivious Limericks, Salacious Stories and the Rent-a-Peasant Auction…something for everybody! Match wits with the sharp-tongued Laww in this tastefully bawdy, highly interactive show. This show is rated (LC) for adult innuendo with clean language.
Lord Mayor John Bullfrog: Join the Lord Mayor John Bullfrog as he traverses amongst the people inside his fyne Village of Fairhaven to ensure fun is being had by all! Try to stump The Mayor with knowledge of all things renaissance and be amazed as he educates you on how wonderful he is and how you too can be like him! Attention children of all ages! The Mayor’s Fairy Tea Party at the Royal Pavilion is fun and educational where you can learn about how to catch a fairy!
Twig the Fairy: Twig is a curious, lively woodland sprite who embodies childlike innocence and wonder. Her bashful mannerisms and graceful flitting movement create a whimsical space that she warmly invites everyone to share. You can find Twig roaming the woodland lanes of the Village throughout the day and at her photo cart near the Dutch Door Stage at 12:30pm and 3:00pm.
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is open every Saturday and Sunday from October 5th until November 24th from 10-5:30 rain or shine. Different events are held each weekend, so click here to check out the 2013 Special Events before choosing which weekend to attend. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for kids at the gate or online (discounts available for seniors and military, with ID). Discounted tickets are available at Harris Teeter. The Carolina Renaissance Festival is located just north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85). Exit 25 on I-77 or exits 52 or 55 on I-85. Parking is free.
Check out the Carolina Renaissance Website for more information!