Labor Day weekend means the kickoff of fall festival season, and, of course the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
Celebrating its 30th year of riot and revelry, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is a must-visit event with fun for the whole family.
This was our first Ren Fest, and my kids were excited.
As part of your planning I recommend visiting the Ren Fest website first. Each weekend is a new theme, and while the attractions and entertainment are largely the same each weekend, the theme does include some special events particular to the weekend’s theme. Pirates Weekend, Sept. 14-15, focuses on pirates with talk like a pirate contests and a pirate stunt show. Though if you’re more of a landlubber you might find Fantasy Weekend (Sept. 21-22) or the Halloween-themed, Tricks or Treats Weekend, more to your liking. (<— Tricks or Treats Weekend, Oct. 26-27, has FREE admission for kids 12 and under!)
The Ren Fest is all about imagination and self-expression. Which makes it the perfect opportunity to go all in with dress-up. Your young knight or fairy will fit in perfectly with all the other lords, elves, Vikings, and wizards you’ll encounter throughout the day. We found ourselves very underdressed and will definitely step up our costume game next year!
I was amazed by just how much there is to do at the Ren Fest. Definitely pick up a guide to day’s events at admission. The jousting is a must-see, and you’ll also find sword-swallowers, acrobats, jugglers, and magicians performing on one of the many stages throughout the day. Two of our favorite shows were the Mudde Show (hint, it gets muddy!) and the acrobat/comedy team, the Kamikaze Fireflies. There is aslo an abundance of merchants displaying their medieval/fantasy wares throughout the grounds.
If your kiddos are into games, the Gamer’s Grove has you covered. Sticking with the medieval theme you’ll find archery, tower climbing, knife throwing for the older kids. Young ones can enjoy fishing, frog catapult, or pong bows. Bring cash for games (they are extra) — and also $3 cash to cover parking.
With so many things to see and do, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is truly a full day adventure, and then some. This is a place for creativity and self expression, where all are truly welcome. The performers are talented, engaging and genuinely friendly. Ohio Renaissance Festival is a unique experience and it’s easy to see how it’s become a tradition for so many families.
Ohio Renaissance Festival runs weekends now though Oct. 27, 10:30 am-6 pm. To learn more about the festival, visit their website here.