This past weekend was the opening of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, a two and half month event just outside of Washington DC. It was our first visit and I was expecting carnival rides, games and food. I was wrong. It was so much better.
As we went through the gates, I was surprised to see a tiny village from the 16th century. The shops and stages were permanent structures. Most visitors were dressed up. If you didn't bring a costume, you could rent one. I felt I just left the real world.
Although we attended several shows, wandering through the village and the shops was just as fun. I loved the buildings and the unique items you could find here.
|Lots of music and shows throughout the festival|
- Tickets are cheaper if bought online.
- Jousting is the most popular, get seats early (we got ours 15 minutes early for the first show and did fine. I imagine the later shows are more difficult to get seating.).
- Bring cash, not everyone takes credit cards.
- Food is reasonably priced. We paid $6 for a turkey leg (delicious!), $2 for soda/water.
- The shops were expensive but merchandise was unique: drinking horns, swords, artwork, furs, leather canteens, costumes, jewelry
- Go early, it was full by noon and packed by 2 pm.
- Although clean, the bathrooms are porta-potties and I hear there is a trough in the men's only area. Just thought I'd mention it.
Things to note:
You can smoke. I say this because it is the first place in a long time that I smelled a cigarette. I'm happy to say that not many people were smoking but I thought I should mention it.