Travel back in time to 16th Century England at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all lords, ladies and littles… travel back in time to 16th Century England at the Ohio Renaissance Festival this fall!

Located just minutes off of I-71 or I-75 on State Route 73, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is open on weekends from 10:30 am – 6 pm, rain or shine. There is entertainment for all ages as your family ventures through the 35-acre village enjoying authentic Renaissance entertainers, vendors and cuisine. 

Each weekend of the festival is themed. On a rainy day, my family journeyed to the Renaissance Festival on Time Travelers Weekend. With umbrellas and smiles, we passed in awe through the castle gates into the village. Many visitors were dressed in their favorite character inspired by a movie, TV series, comic book, sci-fi or fantasy work. Others were dressed in period dress of the Renaissance. 

We began our time at the festival visiting many of the 150 world-class arts and crafts vendors. From jewelry, glassblowing, weaving and so much more, we enjoyed shopping one-of-a-kind items. And the girls found beautiful crowns of flowers to wear throughout the day. 

Even though the rain was falling, there was still so much entertainment and activity to be had. The incredible staff never broke character, chatting and joking with the crowds keeping spirits up. The girls climbed aboard a dragon swinging high above the ground with laughter and cheer. And then they were challenged to complete the castle maze in record time. 

The girls enjoyed meeting real knights in shining armor and taking (free) horseback rides while paying respects to Queen Elizabeth I as she looked upon the spectators. Throughout the day, you could see street performers dancing, storytelling and more. On a typical day, there are nearly 100 shows on 14 stages. 

Finally, we took time to enjoy food and drink while listening to comedic Renaissance-inspired musicians. We ate pork fritter sandwiches and loaded chicken tater tots. We were tempted to try haggis, but decided to save that for another visit. And the kettle corn satisfied our sweet teeth! 

We had a wonderful time, and hope to attend the festival again soon. I do suggest bringing cash for parking ($3) and to shop/eat (most vendors take credit cards, and there is an ATM). Looking ahead, there are lots of fun themed weekends of note: Pirates Weekend (Sept. 15-16); Barbarian Invasion (Oct. 13-14) and Tricks or Treats Weekend (Oct. 27-28; kids 12 and under are free!). Buy tickets online or at the ticket booth: adult admission (13+) is $23, kids 5-12 are $9.50 and children under 5 are FREE. Or visit their website for more ticket prices and information. 

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