The Carolina Renaissance Festival has announced that it will not be opening in the fall of 2020, as organizers have determined that they can not open safely.
From the press release:
Due to continuing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, autumn in the Carolinas will come and go without the time traveling celebration of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
Festival organizers had been hopeful that circumstances would improve so that the event could operate safely; however, health officials have made it clear that COVID-19 is far from over in the Carolinas. Therefore, organizers have made the difficult decision to not open the annual Festival in 2020.
“At the heart of the Renaissance Festival is a cornucopia of socially interactive experiences that is hard to compromise with the necessities of social distancing. For the health and safety of our participants, for our guests, and for everyone’s families, and the communities all will arrive from, we look to be part of the virus mitigation solution,” says Jeffrey Siegel, Festival Producer.
For many, attending the Festival is an annual fall tradition and represents a unique escape from their daily cares, a celebration of a simpler time and place where history and fantasy collide. “We will be back. The Festival village gates will open again. Our patrons and participants are counting on it,” Siegel says.
Located just north of Charlotte, NC, the Festival is one of the largest outdoor Renaissance themed events in the nation. Established in 1994, the Carolina Renaissance Festival combines 14 stages of music, comedy, and circus arts, with an arts and crafts marketplace, games, rides, jousting knights, falconry, swimming mermaids, and feasting – all rolled into a non-stop, day long family adventure. The Festival will return Saturdays and Sundays, October 2nd through November 21st, 2021.
Information on last year’s Carolina Renaissance Festival
Fantasy and history collide once again as fanciful creatures have nestled into the forests of the Festival. Journey to the grotto and experience the Living Mermaid exhibit where Fairies of the Sea enchant, delight and swim about inside a 30,000 lb. aquarium.
A new addition this year is Pirouette the Magical Dancer!
Watch Fireflicker the Curious Dragon roam about to award dragon gold to children with magic in their hearts. And fan-favorite Twig the Fairy returns, dazzling patrons with her music and fairy-dust.
Fourteen stages offer an abundance of continuous music, dance, comedy and circus entertainments. Unbalanced acrobats, the Ancient Art of Falconry and the popular jousting tournament with armored knights mounted on horseback, are more examples of the continuous entertainment options offered.
Many of the shows are spontaneous and you will never know what happens next, on stage or off.
Village purveyors offer an endless feast of bread bowl stews, premium meats on sticks, sweet treats and confections and a favorite of all renaissance wanderers: a bag of cinnamon-roasted almonds! Festival pubs offer a variety of Pepsi products, craft beer, wine, champagne, ale, honey mead, lemonade and Medieval Margaritas to compliment the day-long feast of hearty foods fit for royalty.
Shop an extensive array of craft vendors offering home décor, jewelry, clothing of renaissance and medieval fashion, blown and torched glass, handmade art and pottery.
There are also activities for children of all ages including people-powered amusement rides and countryside faire games such as the castle climbing wall, archery and tomato tossing at a fool.
Carolina Renaissance Festival is hugely popular and the highlight of many folks’ year. Just a really fun time. Don’t miss it. The festival grounds are located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids age 5-12 and free for kids under 5. You can purchase tickets at home to avoid box office lines. There are no added fees. The price includes all taxes and fees. Parking is free, courtesy of Harris Teeter.