Carolina Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival wideangleJousting knights, kings, queens, wenches, fairies, and even pirates, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is considered one of the best in America.  The faire takes place every weekend in October and November on a permanent a 20-acre 16th century theme park that Disney would be proud of, offering activities, comedy skits, Celtic music, food and fun.

Encompassing a broad time-frame, the festival includes historic and elaborate costuming from several eras including medieval wenches, renaissance royalty, and 17th century pirates.

Renaissance Festival people

I was surprised by the enormity and details of the olde English village grounds, and even more so by the fact that not only were the actors and vendors dressed in medieval garb, but many of the tourists (sometimes called “playtrons”) participated in the “time travel” by wearing period costumes and walking the grounds in character… having a grand olde time!  There are numerous shops selling and renting costumes on the grounds.

Renaissance Festival girl

Food vendors are everywhere, including the ever-present giant turkey legs and steak-on-a-stake.

Renaissance Festival turkey2

In addition to the food, there are also shops selling artwork, pottery, jewelry, and other handcrafts.  My purchase was fun and unique (and expensive!): iridescent, ethereal fairy wings!

Renaissance Festival wingsI’m already thinking about an accompanying costume to wear to the next year’s festival.  I want in on the fun!


  1. I play the recorder (seriously, I took lessons for 12 years!). I’d love to try being a musician at a Renaissance faire. I love the polyphonal syncopated music, but it can be hard to read the music because sometimes they didn’t bother with bar lines.
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    • luggageandlipstick says:

      I think the music is one of the best parts of the festival. It adds a very enchanting atmosphere to the whole thing!

  2. Looks like fun. I’ve never been to a Renaissance Festival, but have plans to attend one in Arizona next month with a friend. I’ll see how that compares to what I see in your pictures.
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    • luggageandlipstick says:

      It was really well done — I enjoyed myself so much that I’m actually considering going back next year in costume!

    • luggageandlipstick says:

      It was very well done. In fact, I had such a good time, I’d like to go back next year… in costume!

  3. Where is the festival?
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  4. What fun! I love the picture of the little girl!!

    • luggageandlipstick says:

      That was my favorite photo, too! She and her father were not actors, they were just “tourists” enjoying the day. They stole the show!

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