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April 24, 2024

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Magic, Comedy and Music! Tennessee Renaissance Festival is Back This May

Huzzah! Opening day is Saturday, May 8. Tickets are available online only and are date specific.

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Travel back in time to the 16th century English village of Covington Glen for the 35th annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival on Saturdays and Sundays May 8 – 31

The event on the grounds of Castle Gwynn in Arrington (2124 Newcastle Rd) features jousting, a pirate show, birds of prey demonstration, knighting ceremonies, masquerade mask contests, rides, games, festive food and a village marketplace.

The village marketplace has an array of items from silks to swords and gems to jewels. There will be rides, games of skill like archery and hatchet throwing, old-timey food, beverages and souvenirs. Make sure you bring cash, because that's all the festival accepts on site.

Here is the schedule

  • May 8-9: Opening Weekend
  • May 15-16: Artisan and Crafter Weekend
  • May 22-23: Pirate Invasion Weekend
  • May 29, 30 & 31: Celtic Weekend 3 Full Days includes Memorial Day

A bus ride to and from Castle Gwynn runs 11 a.m. – 3  p.m., weather permitting on open Festival days. This is a bonus included in your admission. A Covid style mask that covers the nose and mouth, or clear face shields are required. Physical distancing is encouraged for a safer Festival experience. 

Visit to purchase tickets. Adults are $25, children (6-12) are $10, children 5 and younger are free and parking is free.


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.