Each year the Maryland Renaissance Festival’s village of Revel Grove comes to life in the forests and glen of Crownsville, Maryland.  The countryside is transformed with more than 200 entertainers making merry amongst the 16th century shops, emporiums and eateries of King Henry VIII’s magical kingdom.  A playground of fun, frivolity and wondrous performances thrill more than 300,000 visitors each year.

The almost continuous entertainment on all ten stages features many returning favorite performers.  Shakespeare’s Skum in its 35th year with rollicking renditions of the Bard’s most popular plays in twenty minutes; returning to thrill again, Debracey Productions Joust Troupe thunders down the field with solid lances to unhorse one another; showcasing trick riding and even a combat chariot duel; the charming and beguiling talent of A Fool Named “O”, the mime; the stunning suspended artistry of Aerial Silk Fantasy;  Dario El Gaucho, originally from Argentina, with his bolas, Flamenco dancing and variety show add spice; the comedy and magic of Dinty the Moor; audience participation in the popular Fables, Fantasies and Fortunes; Less S. Moore Will Steal Your Stuff pickpocketing and magic; Renaissance Rumble, wrestling while tripping the tongue Shakespearily; Sirena with their hypnotic sea inspired music and dance; Topsy Turvy comedic contortion and acrobatics; and, the thrillingly dangerous Wheel of Death. Don’t miss the chance to mingle with nobility throughout the village including King Henry VIII and his Royal Court.

Throughout the season the most popular renaissance acts from across the country in limited run engagements bid you to visit over and over again; Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy amazes and confuses; the Danger Committee thrills with knife throwing and whip snappery; London Broil cooks up rare juggling well done; and in the 46th year of performing nationwide the enormously popular comedy sword fighting and witty repartee Puke and Snot bedazzle with their fast paced humor. Hugely popular favorites appearing at various times also include Barely Balanced comedy and acrobatics; Vixens En Garde, three women with swords and comedic story telling. Returning by popular demand for limited run are Hey Nunnie Nunnie, wickedly funny singing nuns; and, Magical Mystical Michael with magic, levitation and comedy.  Add in a village full of stilt walkers, beggars, hermits, wenches, pick pockets, rakes and rogues for an entertainment experience not only to be seen but to be immersed amongst.

Music fills the village, from sea chanties to Celtic drums you’ll move to the rhythms of more than 100 musical performers during the course of the season.  The Festival’s unique Pipe Organ; traditional a cappella groups including Larksong and Seraphim; renaissance music from Consort Anon, Renaissance Revelers, The Queen’s Singers and Thomas Tallis’ harmonious harpsicord provide the music and song to enrich your experiences throughout the realm. Spanning many styles and filling theaters with robust and enthusiastic crowds rollicking bands include the thundering drums and ancient pipes of Cu Dubh: the highly energetic Piperjones; visiting Celtic bands and the return for Celtic weekend of Barelyjuice.

All the world’s a stage and this year the Festival also performs Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with the new Company of Women and for the romantic among you, a staged production of Romeo and Juliet. For nine weekends the Maryland Renaissance Festival brings the Village of Revel Grove, a 27 acre stage, to life for the enjoyment and merriment of all those who enter it’s castle gates. The Maryland Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 AM to 700 PM Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from August 24th through October 20th for nine fun filled weekends. For more information, directions and ticketing visit www.marylandrenaissancefestival.com.