Jousting knights, the Queen, swordsmen and musicians keep Ohio Renaissance Festival lively.

AHOY! It’s Pirates Weekend at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

Grab your best sea legs, lads and lassies.

It’s time for a celebration fit for a pirate this weekend at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

This festival will transport you back to the 16th Century in an English village with knights, jousts, swordsmen, pirates, nobles, peasants and jugglers walking past you in timely costumes. 

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The 30th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends — Sept. 1 through Oct. 27.

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Here are 5 things to know and love about the Renaissance Festival:

1. FUN THEMED WEEKENDS

This 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England and has special promotions each weekend.

Pirate’s Weekend: Pirates invade the village with such attractions as the Pirate Stunt Show and Pirate Play Time. Adults and kids can also enter the “Talk Like A Pirate” contest or walk the plan. (Sept. 14-15, 2019) 

Fantasy Weekend: Don some fantasy finery and join the witches and fairies of the village. There’ll be a fantasy costume contest as well. (Sept. 21-22, 2019) 

Feast of Fools: The village would be full of various types of fools. The feast includes the Fool Olympics and King of Fools contest. (Sept. 28-29, 2019) 

Highland Weekend: The village will celebrate Scottish heritage by hosting a haggis eating contest, traditional highlander games, and a knobby knees contest. (Oct. 5-6, 2019) 

Barbarian Invasion: Join the barbaric hordes in a test of strength contest and a turkey leg eating contest. (Oct. 12-13, 2019) 

Romance Weekend: To celebrate Sweetest Day at the fest, men can enter the Men in Tights Contest while the women compete for who’s wearing the Best Bloomers. There will also be a mass renewal-of-vows ceremony for couples at the chapel. (Oct. 21-22, 2019) 

Tricks or Treats Weekend: Children 12 and younger can don their Halloween costumes, gain free admission, and trick-or-treat around the village. There will be costume contests for kids and adults and a pumpkin decorating contest for the kids. (Oct. 26-27, 2019)

Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Photo: Tom Gilliam

2. ENTERTAINMENT

There is plenty to see on 15 stages offering plenty of entertainment. Get a daily show schedule here. 

The Knights of Valour: Just to be clear. Unlike other jousts at other festivals, this is a full-contact jousting competition. Yes, you might see someone die, though we hope not. 

Pirate Comedy Stunt Show: Swashbuckling sailors invade the village for a treasure hunt with a comedy of errors.

Dueling swordsmen: Dirk and Guido teach the art of being a gentleman while using sharp rapiers and sharp wit.

Christophe the Insultor: This Elizabethan heckler will insult you, your friends, and total strangers in a highly creative and vulgar fashion. 

Moonie The Magnif’Cent: Sometimes comedy can be silent. This show combines juggling, whistling and gestures.

The Mudde Show!: The Tri-State-based Theatre in the Ground company will perform comedic versions of “Dante’s Inferno,” and “Beowulf,” “The Viking Show” and “Jerkules.”

Oops! Comedy Knife Throwing: Just think twice before you volunteer.

Cirqa Brava: The acrobatic duo, Sophia A. Balantine and Marina Petrano, will combine comedy with high-flying aerial stunts. 

Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Photo: Tom Gilliam

3. SHOPPING

The marketplace offers handmade wares including unique items created by world-class artisans.  

The Ohio Renaissance Festival artisan marketplace also features demonstrating artisans. Experience time-honored crafts such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, forging, leather tooling, candle making, coin stamping, jewelry making and boot making. 

It’s one of the most unique open-air marketplaces you’ll find around. 

Click here for a complete list of artisans.

Big Turkey legs are only part of the great food found at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

4. FOOD

Festival favorites such as giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake and bread bowl soups and stews can be found as well as delicious new items.

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The Chocolate Raven features handmade chocolates and fudge. Archibald Drake’s features an ages old Fish and Chips recipe. KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will have a menu from across the pond and down south. Wash it all down with a wide variety of beers, ales, wines, soft drinks, coffees and teas.

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Photo: Tom Gilliam

5. GROWN-UP FUN

The festival offers daily special events for those 21 and over. The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show ($20) features songs and limericks you won’t hear on the streets in an hour-long show. There’s also a Pub Crawl ($30) complete with games, trivia and more. There are also select hard cider tastings ($20 per person) and whiskey tastings ($30 per person). 

HOW TO GO

What: Ohio Renaissance Festival

When: Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends running Aug. 31 through Oct. 27.

Where: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Located just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.

Cost: Tickets: $21-23 (adults), $9.50 (kids aged 5-12), $65 (adult season pass). Children 5 and younger get in free.

Themed weekends: Pirates weekend, Sept. 14-15; Fantasy weekend, Sept. 21-22; Feast of Fools, Sept. 28-29; Highland weekend, Oct. 5-6; Barbarian Invasion, Oct. 12-13; Romance weekend, Oct. 19-20; Tricks or Treats, Oct. 26-27

More info: www.renfestival.com

     

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