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Maryland Renaissance Festival 2014

Vist a 16th Century English Village in Crownsville, Maryland

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Jousting at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

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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

Visiting Tips

  • 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.
For more information, see the official site or call (800) 296-7304.

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