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Tennessee Renaissance Festival to Return

Hear ye, hear ye! The annual festival returns May 6 - 29 on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day.

Did you bring your medieval robes? If not, that is alright! The 37th Annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival returns May 6 – 29, 2023. 

Travel back to 16th Century England and enjoy the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace. Artisans from all over the country display their wares from silks to swords; from gems to jewels. Flavors, aromas and tastes of specialty foods and drinks greet festival-goers as the voices of renaissance musicians and merrymakers echo through the trees. Enjoy the revelry and pageantry of the joust, along with tea and a special visit with Her Majesty, the Queen. 

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in May (6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28) and on Memorial Day (Monday, May 39).  Daily general admission tickets are $25 per adult; $10 for children ages 6-12; and children ages 5 and younger are admitted for free. Festival Passes, good for admission on all nine days of the event, are $125; and parking is free.

The festival is located at 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington. For detailed information on this year’s festival and to purchase tickets, visit tnrenfest.com. 

Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Event at the Nashville KOA Resort Campground in Tennessee

THEME WEEKENDS

  • Viking Victory: May 6th and 7th: Dress as your favorite Viking and prepare for your next siege. Odin will be pleased.
  • Fantasy and Folklore: May 13th and 14th: Enter the realm of hobbits, fairies, dragons and giants. Experience the adventure in person appearing as the main character in your fantasy world.
  • Pirate Plunder: May 20th and 21st: The hills will be swarming with rascals and rogues as a crew of scuvry pirates invade our shire of Covington Glen. See the swashbuckling and sword-brandishing of pirates galore.
  • Celtic Celebration: May 27th, 28th and 29th: Join us as we add a Celtic flair to the Faire. Enjoy the fun as we honor those early Britons – men, wear your kilts!

NEW SPECIAL EVENTS

Queen’s Tea (Reservation Required)

You are cordially invited to our Queen’s Tea in the Queen’s Tea Glen. Sit with the Queen and her court and share tea, pastries, tea sandwiches, and small deserts. The Queen’s Tea takes place on all festival days from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Queen’s Tea Glen. Advance ticket sales are required for this event. The Queen’s Tea ticket cost is separate from the cost of admission into the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. To reserve your place by clicking here.

Fairy Training (Reservation Required)

Have you dreamed of being a fairy? Our Fairy Training Camp is the perfect place to learn fairy skills and games! The magical fairy instructors will guide participants through multiple stations including fairy checkers, fairy bubbles and wing dancing and will award badges for each completed station. This experience is perfect for ages 5- 10. Fairy Training Camp takes place all festival days at 11:30 a.m. in the Fairy Garden. Advance ticket sales are required for this event. Fairy Training Camp ticket cost is separate from the cost of admission into the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. Reserve your spot by clicking here.

Fairy Habitat & Hobbit House Competition

On Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th put your creativity on full display at the Fairy Habitat / Hobbit House Contest. Judging will begin each day at 3:00 p.m.

TENNESSEE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL TIPS

For more information on Castle Park, visit wcparksandrec.com.

 

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.