2019 Special Event Weekend & Special Guest Performers

The Festival is open weekends from August 24th to October 20th.

Every weekend is special at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, but on select weekends during our season we add a special theme to the dates for additional merriment. Details on the special events will be updated throughout the year.

American Sign Language Interpretation Days

Saturday, September 7th & Sunday, October 6th. On these days selected stage shows will be interpreted in ASL.  Visit our Entertainment Schedule page the week prior each ASL day for a listing of the shows to be interpreted. Hard copies of the schedule can be picked up at our Guest Services booth on arrival.

August 24th & 25th: Children's Weekend

Kids 15 and under, with an accompanying adult ticket purchased, are admitted free.  CHILDREN UNDER 15 DO NOT NEED A TICKET FOR August 24 & 25.

Monday, September 2nd: Seniors Day.  All seniors 62+ are admitted free.  SENIORS DO NOT NEED A TICKET FOR September 2.

September 7th & 8th: Myth & Magic Weekend! A new special event weekend celebrating the folklore and legends of the British Isles. Be amazed by magical performances featuring sleight of hand and illusions.  Enjoy the magic of Dinty the Moor, Magical, Mystical Michael, Conundrum in the pathways, and special guests including Mike Rose: History of Magic at the Gatehouse Stage at 3:30pm;  Kid's Magic with Bob at Reveler's Bower at 2:30pm & 4:30pm; Hypnosis by Bob at the Globe at 5:30pm; and Dr. Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic for lectures on "The Legend of King Arthur" (11am) and "Mythical and Magical Creatures in Harry Potter" (2:30pm) both at the Fortune Stage.  Sara and Brittany will explore the British folklore behind these beloved stories and discuss why these tales resonate so deeply with contemporary audiences.  

September 14th & 15th: Celtic Celebration! Enjoy great Celtic music by Scotland's own North Sea Gas, Barleyjuice Trio, Dublin 3, the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums,  Cu Dubh, Piper Jones, and more!

September 21st & 22nd:  Romance Weekend

       Saturday, September 21 is not just for Singles - bring the whole family and  enjoy the festival!

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Maryland Renaissance Festival

Saturday, September 21st: -  Singles Party!

Singles 21+ are invited to mix and mingle in a fun, casual party, located at the Boars Head Tavern from 10:30am to 5pm. Games include the now famous Number Message Board! Each single wears a numbered tag. See someone you'd like to know? Post a (private) message to that number on the board - send them a compliment, or perhaps escort them to your favorite festival show. This is a no pressure and enjoyable way to meet new people. And who knows, perhaps you'll meet your knight in shining armor or lady fair!

 Saturday, September 21 is not just for Singles - bring the whole family and enjoy the festival!

Sunday, September 22nd:  Renewal of Vows Ceremony. Couples are invited to renew their commitment vows to each other in this short, lovely ceremony. No reservations will be needed. 2:30pm at the Fortune Stage - near the Kissing bridge!

September 28th & 29th: Pirate Weekend! Enjoy the music of The Pyrates Royale, The Crimson Pirates, Scales & Crosstones, and the Rambling Sailors!

Argghh - dress in your pirate best to add to the spirit of the day. Stuffed parrots on shoulder, optional.

The Festival runs weekends through October 20th. No special weekend themes added in October - just great Renaissance Festival fun!