Feast..watch..shop..and explore all that 16th Century England had to offer at the 2016 annual Ohio Renaissance Festival!
Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.
In fact – if you’re into that kind of thing – you can dress up and play the part! I was amazed last year on the amount of visitors who dressed up and enjoyed the day being someone else – from centuries long ago.
Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!
Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.
Check out the fun themed weekends coming up soon like:
Barbarian Invasion Weekend: September 24th & 25th
Gather your hoard and raid the village! Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion are the order of the day. Are you a weakling? Compete in the Test of Strength Contest in the Games Area at 5pm and show us just how strong you are! Show us your Barbarian side and enter the Turkey Leg Eating Contest held at the reception pavilion at 4pm.
Guest Artisan: Stormwatch Jewelry featuring handcrafted Celtic designs.
Rebels, Rogues & Revelers Weekend: October 1st & 2nd
Join us for a weekend of revelry as we welcome all of the rebels and rogues! The thunderous pipes and drums of Albannach join us this weekend.
Highland Weekend: October 8th & 9th
The village puts on its kilt! Join the village in celebrating Highland heritage as villagers host special events including a Knobby Knees contest and audience participation traditional Highland Games display. Also enjoy the sounds of bagpipers as local pipe and drum bands join us. Special Guests, the Tartan Terrors feature Celtic music, dance and comedy.
Romance Weekend: October 15th & 16th
Bring your sweetie to spend Sweetest Day with us! Men, look good in tights? Enter the Men in Tights Contest to see if others agree! Ladies, show us your bloomers to win the title of Best Bloomers! Couples can renew their vows during Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremonies held at St. Peter’s Chapel twice daily. Special Guest Albannach returns to add some thunder to your Sweetest Day plans!
Trick or Treats Weekend: October 22nd & 23rd
Wear your costumes and bring the wee ones for trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids. Pumpkin decorating for the wee ones with villagers. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods one last time because after the 23rd, we’re history ‘til next year!
This years festival runs from September 3rd until October 23rd (including Labor Day) 10:30 to 6 p.m.
Get $4 off Adult and $2 off Child tickets by using Promo Code “castle” when purchasing on our secure website at www.renfestival.com. Tickets good any day of the 2016 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 3 – Oct 23). Online discount only. Not good with any other offers.
Enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets from All in a Days Work! Enter in the rafflecopter below – contest ends 9/29. Must be a U.S. resident and able to attend event on any open weekend.