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Carolina Renaissance Festival record opening

Over 25,000 attendees enjoyed the magic, mirth, and merriment on opening weekend of the Carolina Renaissance Festival. 

A welcomed break in the recent hot weather attracted the larger than average crowds – according to Festival management. Opening Weekend also offers discounted admission for adults.

“The Renaissance Festival has always been a place where people can go to set aside their daily cares while experiencing unique entertainments, shopping, and food. The turnout this past weekend shows that at the Renaissance Festival – escapism reigns!” says Matt Siegel, marketing and entertainment director.

The Festival has seven more weekends remaining – each with its own promotional theme to accompany the usual array of amusements.  It is Halloween at the Renaissance Festival on October 26 and 27 as children enjoy free admission, trick or treating at over 100 locations inside the park, costume contests, and a Zombie Joust.  Visitors attending November 2nd & 3rd will enjoy Celtic music all weekend long and a Man of Skills contest.  Pirates invade November 11th and 12th to plunder the artisan market for booty. Those that spend over $250 in the Fairhaven Village Marketplace receive a free pair of tickets to return. 

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a twenty-five-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament, falconry, swimming mermaids and a feast – all rolled into one, non-stop day long adventure.

Dates: The Carolina Renaissance Festival is open every Saturday and Sunday, now through November 24th.

Hours: 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Location: Just north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85). Exit 25 on I-77 or exits 52 or 55 on I-85.

Parking: FREE, courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Advance Discount Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 5-12, available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more. Print your own tickets on-line at  Senior discount tickets (60 and over) and military discount tickets are $23 at the gate.

More Information: Visitors should call (704) 896-5555 or visit the Festival web site at


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