September 30 – November 19
Carolina Renaissance Fest
16445 Poplar Tent Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078
Travel back in time as a 25-acre field in Huntersville transforms into the village of Fairhaven and history comes alive with castles, cottages, kitchens, and pubs to recreate a 16th-century European marketplace. With shows featuring jousting knights, falconers, and sea fairy mermaids, the festival is truly one of a kind with 14 stages of continuous live comedy, music, and dance. If that isn’t enough, the festival employs 300 costumed villagers who walk around the village and interact with guests.
Visitors can shop at the vibrant open-air artisan market bustling with over 140 vendors featuring jewelry, art, face painting, hats, astrological readings, and much more. No trip to the Renaissance Festival is complete without a turkey leg, and guests can also feast on many other delicacies while sipping on a craft beer or mead. Celebrating its 30th year, Carolina Renaissance Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Charlotte area. Tickets for the festival are $32 for adults (ages 13+) and $20 for children (ages 5-12). Children under the age of four are always free, and so is parking.
Carolina Renaissance Festival hours:
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.