A few weekends ago was the opening weekend for Georgia Renaissance Fest! I made it our mission to make it there this year as I put it off last year and it just didn’t happen. We went on a Sunday, the weather couldn’t have been any better! Not too hot, and not too cold, juuust right! We arrived on time, just prior to opening. I really had it on my mind that it would be some open field with booths and performers walking around. To my surprise, I was taken back several hundred years and transported to the Renaissance era. If someone was dressed the part, then they acted like it.
We first made our way to the face painting booth. My son has been on a face painting kick when we go to places. Luckily for him they had a selection of art on within the range that I’m willing to pay for the service. But if you really wanted to get into it, they also had some pretty large and unique. After we were all tattooed (as my son puts it), we ran over to watch Barley Balance Acrobats! These folks were 1) pretty flexible and 2) pretty funny! They kept us laughing for sure! After we watched them trying to manipulate their bodies and throw knives in the air, we headed over to find some food.
I totally wasn’t prepared, when you go to the Renaissance Fest, please bring cash. I only had a few bucks in my purse and did not want to spend the almost $4 to get some cash out of the ATM. I did have enough for some fired macaroni though! Can’t say that it was my favorite, and I probably wouldn’t get it next time. As we were eating, we noticed there was free juggling practice.
My son dropped.
We laughed and had fun. I laughed more… but at myself of course. Juggling is one of those things that you don’t want to stop until you get it right. This was my son’s favorite part. Once I finally let it go that it just wasn’t going to happen for me at this moment,, we traveled on, on our quest to explore Ye’Old Renaissance Fest (as I type this, I’m literally saying it in my head, accent and all, haha). As we made our way around the grounds, we passed a Jousting area. It’s a wooden dragon looking bird that is attached to a zipline. The idea is, when they let the horse go, it is up to you to hit the other knight. And before all you adults get excited, it is for children. It last only seconds and was a couple of bucks, but my son got on it and had fun.
I also let him run through the maze, of which ends with a slide. He liked that too, but has definitely been talking about the juggling the most. Throughout the day there are a ton of shows, not to mention all the people who you come across that live and breathe renaissance that can be a show in their own way. There is also a TON of food! We passed more food places than anything! There are also a bunch of activities that you can do, but for a small fee (so again, you’ll want to bring extra cash). There was also a playground and an area where kids could color, that however, was at no extra charge. You can definitely spend a day here, especially on a beautiful day like we had. I can’t emphasize enough one how in character these people are. They are literally in their own world and conversed with each other as if they were in the Renaissance era. It was quite entertaining to watch.
In addition to the activities you can do, the shows you can watch and the food you can eat. There is also demonstrations of various things, for instance, glass blowing. There are a TON of stores of which you can purchase items from; clothes, accessories, toys, the list goes on. We will go back for sure next year (next time with cash, haha). We could only stay for a good 4 hours, but I can see how one can spend the day here.
Here is what you can look forward to each weekend at Georgia Renaissance Fest!
May 7 & 8: Romance Weekend – Love is in the air this weekend o Special Couples Promotion – Check back for more details o Mother’s Day Flower to 1st 100 Mom’s thru the Gate on Sunday
May 14 & 15: Highland Weekend – The Village welcomes the Scottish and Irish this weekend. Bagpipes, drums and kilted dancers abound. Bring your clan – There’s even a haggis-eating Contest. Yum! May 14th is Deaf Awareness Day – Volunteer Interpreters from Visual Signing Arts and the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf will be signing at select shows throughout the day.
May 21 & 22: Pirate’s Weekend – Pirates of all ages are welcome to compete in the Costume Contests, or play Walk The Plank Trivia. It’s a weekend full of fun & mischief.
May 28, 29 & 30: Memorial Weekend – 3 Days to Play! The Festival is open Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Monday. Bring the Family out on this holiday weekend. Check the website for ticket specials.
June 4 & 5: Final Weekend – It’s your last chance to enjoy one more turkey legge and a frothy ale. See the exciting Equus Maximum Joust Show, and all of your favorite Festival performers one more time, ‘cause after this weekend, we’re History… ‘til next year! Admission at The Gate: Adult $22 / Child Ages 6-12 $10 – Children Under 5 are always FREE – Discount Tickets Available at Participating Walgreens or Online HERE: Adult $19 / Child $8