Find medieval merriment at Carolina Renaissance Festival

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Calling all time travelers: The Carolina Renaissance Festival has returned for the 2021 season. The annual event will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 2 through Nov. 21.

The festival, a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair and jousting tournament, takes place on a 325-acre site at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville.

Last year was the first time in the festival’s 25-plus-year history that the event was canceled for an entire season.


Tickets cost $27 for adults (ages 13 and older) and $17 for children ages 5-12. Tickets purchased at the gate cost $1 more ($28 and $18). Senior and military discount tickets are available at the gate by showing a valid ID. Children age 4 and younger are admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate and at Harris-Teeter stores. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Parking is free.

COVID-19 Protocols

Health and safety protocols include the requirement of face masks or coverings in indoor spaces such as festival shops and the mermaid grotto. Festival performers will be wearing face coverings when they’re unable to maintain a 20-foot distance from the audience. In addition, interactive performances have been modified to reduce physical contact. Face masks are also recommended in crowded spaces where social distancing is difficult.

For more information on the festival’s COVID-19 protocols, click here.

Special Events

Oct. 16-17: BrewFest Weekend – Learn the time-honored craft of beer brewing and sample a selection of micro-brewed ale. There will also be RenFest beer games.

Oct. 23-24: Celtic Music Weekend – Special guest musicians and festival minstrels will be playing your favorite Celtic music.

This weekend you can also donate a new or gently used coat at the festival entrance and receive a free child admission ticket. Donations benefit Steve’s Coats for Kids and WSOC-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Steve Udelson will be onsite Saturday to meet and greet attendees at the festival entrance.

Oct. 30: Deaf Awareness Day – Certified sign language interpreters will interpret stage performances at select stages inside the village. Student interpreters will also be available to assist with communication in the streets and lanes.

Discounted admission is also available to members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Stop by the Deaf Awareness information booth outside the village entrance for more information.

Oct. 30-31: Children age 12 and younger will be admitted free (no coupon required). There will be also trick or treating at locations throughout the festival village.

Nov. 6-7: Pirates’ Christmas Weekend – Enjoy special pirate entertainment all weekend. There will also be a pirate costume contest for children and adults.

Nov. 13-14: Time Travelers’ Weekend – Dress as your favorite time traveling character inspired by movies, television, comic books, science fiction or fantasy for a chance to win free tickets for a return visit and other prizes in the Time Traveler’s costume contest.

Children ages 5-12 will be admitted free with a donation of school supplies at the Parent Teacher Magazine, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Classroom Central booths at the festival entrance.

Nov. 20-21: Final Huzzah! Children can receive free admission with a canned food donation at the festival gates.

Click here for more information on the festival’s special events.

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