Maryland Renaissance Festival Photos

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    Images of the Renaissance Fair in Crownsville, MD

    ••• Entrance and Ticket Booth. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, a jousting arena and lots of games. The colorful event features dozens of intriguing street acts and stage performances. The following photos will give you a glimpse of the annual festival.

    The Maryland Renaissance Festival is the second largest of its kind in the country. It is held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD. See a map. The English Tudor village expands 25 acres and attracts an average of 14,700 visitors each day. The annual event is fun for all ages and an interesting way to learn about Henry VIII and his Royal Court.

    For information about dates, location, and tickets, see my guide to the Maryland Renaissance Festival

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    Map and Directions to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

    Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds Map
    ••• Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds Map. Map Data © Google

    The Maryland Renaissance Festival is held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds at the intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road in Crownsville, MD (about 8 miles northwest of Annapolis). 

    From I-495 (the Capital Beltway): Take exit 19A, Route 50 East to Exit 22, Riva Road. Follow to the second light, turn right on Harry Truman Blvd. Follow 2 miles to end and turn right onto South Haven Road. Proceed north across Route 450 onto Crownsville Road. The fairgrounds are on the right. 

    See more photos of the festival on the following pages

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    Main Gate of the Maryland Renaissance Festival

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    As you enter the gate to the Maryland Renaissance Festival you are transported back in time to the 16th century. Hundreds of costumed workers will help you get in the spirit of the era of King Henry VIII.

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    Jousting

    Jousting
    ••• Jousting. © Jeff Kubina

    Jousting was a popular sport played during the Middle Ages. It is a martial competition between two mounted knights using a variety of weapons. This photo shows a demonstration of jousting at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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    16th Century English Village

    ••• Village. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. The event has been held in Crownsville, Maryland each fall since 1977.

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    Glassblowing

    ••• Glassblowing. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Visitors can watch glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day. See an expert create beautiful hand-blown mugs, vases, hanging globes, wine goblets, and much more.

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    MD Renaissance Festival Costumes

    MD Renaissance Festival Costumes
    ••• MD Renaissance Festival Costumes. © Jeff Kubina

    At the Maryland Renaissance Festival you'll see lots of costumed characters. Visitors can also rent 16th century outfits to get in the spirit of the themed festival.

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    Lyric Stage

    ••• Lyric Stage. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    The Lyric Stage is one of several venues at the Maryland Renaissance Festival providing stage acts including magic, pageantry, music and comedy.

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    Maypole

    ••• Maypole. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Visitors are invited to join in the ancient dance celebration at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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    English Village

    English Village
    ••• English Village. © Blake Patterson

    The Maryland Renaissance Festival is held on a 25-acre wooded-site that is nicely maintained and takes visitors back to the 16th century. Children enjoy wearing decorative garlands at the festival.

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    Musicians

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A variety of musicians entertain the crowd at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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    Pretzels For Sale

    ••• Pretzels for sale!. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The pretzel vendors roam through the village. A variety of feasts are available from more than 40 food vendors.

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    Hand-blown Glass

    ••• Hand-blown Glass. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    At the Maryland Renaissance Festival more than 130 craft shops offer their wares including stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, inlay, clothing, and glass-blown creations.

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    Commedia Romeo & Juliet

    Commedia Romeo & Juliet
    ••• Commedia Romeo & Juliet. © Mrs. Gemstone

    The Faction of Fools theater company did "A Commedia Romeo & Juliet" at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. 

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    Harp Musician

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A harp musician performs Renaissance and folk music. Numerous musicians roam the village and entertain the crowd.

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    Musical Traditions

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    Visitors can purchase a variety of musical instruments that date back to the 16th century.

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    Knight Preparing to Joust

    ••• Jousting at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    Jousting was a popular sport played during the Middle Ages. It is a martial competition between two mounted knights using a variety of weapons. This photo shows a knight preparing to joust at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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    Playground

    ••• Play Area at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com

    Young children enjoy romping through the play area at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. There are lots of activities for kids of all ages.

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    Costumes for Sale

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Maryland Renaissance Festival features more than 130 craft shops with stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, inlay, clothing, and glass-blown creations.

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    Tricks

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It is fun to watch the costumed characters throughout the village at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. For information about dates, location, and tickets, see my guide to the Maryland Renaissance Festival

    To learn  more about events in the area, see a guide to Annapolis Major Events.