Renaissance Festival Returns This Weekend, Brings Medieval Fun To Anne Arundel


The 2023 Maryland Renaissance Festival runs on weekends from Aug. 26 through Oct. 22 at the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds. A stock photo of knights is shown above (Shutterstock)

CROWNSVILLE, MD - The Maryland Renaissance Festival returns this weekend to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville.

The festival starts its 47th season this Saturday. It will be open Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday through Oct. 22.

Each fall, the fairgrounds turn into the 27-acre Village of Revel Grove. The entire festival is designed to look, taste and sound like the middle ages.

More than 200 professional performers will bring life to 10 stages. There's a 3,000-seat arena for armored jousting matches.

Five taverns, 42 eateries and more than 140 artisans will fill the grounds.

His Highness King Henry VIII will walk among jugglers, magicians and musicians. 

A theater company, Shakespeare’s Skum, will perform 20-minute renditions of the playwright's classic dramas. Puke and Snot will host their fast-paced sword-fighting comedy. Other performances include knife-throwing and a one-woman stunt show.

Attendees will feast on one-pound smoked turkey legs and steak on a stake. Modern food like gyros, ribs, seafood and sandwiches are also available. The beverage menu features soft drinks, ales, ciders and wines.

The festival has reduced pricing with no coupons necessary for the first three weekends through Sept. 10. This is geared toward families heading to the fairgrounds.

Tickets are full price for peak season, which runs from Sept. 16 through the end of the festival. Planners said these prices are still among the lowest for any renaissance festival in the country.

Single-day adult tickets are $24 during the discount period and $30 during the peak season. There are also discounted tickets for kids, seniors and large groups.

The fairgrounds are located at 1821 Crownsville Road.

More information and tickets are available at

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