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Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Crownsville, MD
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 27 2008  12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 10 2008 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Sep 24 2008 12:59 pm
Event Duration:4 hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Organizer(s):
Stacy Murphy
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:40
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

The Maryland Renaissance Festival

Adventure Weekend - it's a Pirate invasion!

Seafaring, pirates and the age of exploration. This weekend we explore beyond the shores of England. Learn about life at sea. Hear stories of great adventures. And of course, matey- there be pirates! Pirate costume contest for both adults & children. Prizes will be awarded for the best pirate costume - head to toe.

What is the Faire?

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century English village. Our village is named Revel Grove, and is set on a beautiful 25-acre wooded site with 85 acres of free parking. The village consists of craft and food booths, five pubs, ten major stages, a Jousting Arena and lots of games.

Every day is a Festival Day in Revel Grove, in honor of a visit by Henry VIII and his Royal Court. As such, the village will have entertainment, crafts, food, and frivolity fit for a king!

The gates open at 10:00 am, but you'll want to start the day with the King's Welcome outside the front gate at 9:45am. Once inside the gates, you may want to check your program for a listing of all the shows, but part of the fun of our Renaissance Festival is taking your time to stroll through the lanes and let the experience unfold before you.

Pause for a moment to listen to a musician. Watch a demonstration of glass blowing. Quench your thirst with a mug of ale and whet your appetite with a gigantic turkey leg. Pick up the latest gossip from the fishmonger. Thrill to the combat joust and then browse through the wares at one of the many fine craft booths. There's too much to do in a single day!

Performers from across the North America entertain on the Festival's many stages while the streets and woods are filled with characters to amuse and delight. Watch authentic jousting in full armor, listen to music and choral groups, thrill at jugglers, magicians, and comely wenches. Our streets and stages are filled with nonstop entertainment for all ages.

Shops, displaying the finest crafts and works of art, invite you to see their wares. Stained glass, sculptures, original jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, inlay, clothing, glass-blowing, original prints, and soft sculpture are but some of the artistry displayed.

Enjoy the shops and shows while sampling the feast of foods the Festival has to offer. Favorites include succulent Steak-on-a-Stake, massive smoked turkey legs, cool Italian ices, tasty meat pies, sweet desserts, barbequed pork pockets, Knave sandwiches, and fried cheeses. Quench you thirst with ales, mead, soft drinks, lemonade, iced tea, and assorted wines. Games of chance and skill are at every turn of the Festival. Free pony rides, a free children's activities area, a maze, and archery are only some of the offerings for fun for all ages.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a perfect family outing, in easy reach from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. We are in operation from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Come early, for a full day of fun awaits!

Because the Maryland Renaissance Festival is located just minutes away from historic Annapolis, visitors from all across the United States will find that the Maryland Renaissance Festival can be part of a wonderful vacation adventure. Spend a day or two at the Festival, then visit Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington. Don't miss the chance to experience the wonderful Maryland seafood and hospitality.

Required Items to Bring:
comfortable walking shoes
sun screen
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Pirate attire (optional)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:The Maryland Renaissance Festival is located on Crownsville Road, in Anne Arundel County in Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis, MD.

Take I-95 South to the Baltimore Beltway (I-695).
Follow the Beltway South to Exit 4 (Route 3 and I-97 South).
Stay left on I-97 South to Annapolis as it splits from Route 3.
Take Exit 5 from I-97 (Route 178 to Crownsville).
Turn right at the third light onto Crownsville Road.
(Crownsville State Hospital is at the intersection and you can only turn right.)
Follow Crownsville Road for 1-1/2 miles and the Festival is on the left.


From the Capital Beltway (495) take exit 19A, Route 50 East, the John Hanson Highway.
(If you live inside Washington, take New York Avenue East, which takes you right to 50 East to Annapolis.)
Take Exit 22 just before Annapolis and take first exit to right on Riva Road.
Follow to second light, turn right on Harry Truman Blvd.
Follow 2 miles to end and light , turn right onto South Haven Road.
Proceed north accross Route 450 onto Crownsville Road.
(There is a Quik Mart convenience store at the intersection.)
Proceed 1/2 mile and the Festival is on the right.

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