Each August through October, the Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. At the family fun event, held in Anne Arundel County about 30 miles from Washington, DC, you can see a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians, and listen to music and choral groups. Attendees enjoy a variety of fare from more than 40 food outlets and shop at 130 craft shops for stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, inlay, clothing, and glass-blown creations. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games.
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Dates and Hours: Open weekends, August 23 - October 19, 2014, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: The intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road in Crownsville, Maryland (about 8 miles northwest of Annapolis)
Admission: This year's pricing offers a discount if you visit early in the season. August 23 – September 15, Adults - $17.00, Seniors (62+) - $15.00, Children (7-15) - $8.00, Children 6 & under are free; September 21 – October 20, Adults - $22.00, Seniors (62+) - $19.00, Children (7-15) - $10.00, Children 6 & under are free
- At the entrance to the Maryland Renaissance Festival you will receive a guidebook with a map. The map is not very easy to follow so if you have questions ask someone in costume. You'll see people in costume everywhere and most are friendly and helpful.
- Look at the schedule and plan to attend the jousting. These demonstrations are only offered a few times a day so if you do not plan ahead you may miss it.
- Come hungry and enjoy the food. There's lots of variety and the prices are reasonable.
- Relax and enjoy some of the shows. Be aware that you can't see them all in one day, so plan accordingly.
- Spend some time people watching. It's fun and interesting to watch the costumed characters roaming the village and the craftspeople at work.