The Georgia Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays & Sundays (plus Memorial Day!) now through June 2, 2013. Hours are 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. Click here for directions! Ticket information is here. Parking is FREE! Wear your walking shoes - the Festival grounds are situated on 32 acres!
Next weekend is Mother's Day & Sweet Treat Weekend:
On Mother’s Day, Moms can shop, feast and be honored on her special day! On Sunday, the first 100 Moms through the gate will receive complimentary flowers! Also check out the Royal Cupcake Wars Competition!
May 18 & 19 is Arrrgh!! It's Pirates Weekend!
Scalawags and swashbucklers abound for a Pirate Hijinks Adventure!
For our Knights and Ladies on Bikes, show your motorcycle license at the box office and get $4.00 off adult tickets! (limit 2 purchases per license)
We went on opening day this year, and traffic was pretty heavy on the road leading to the Festival. We were happy that there was no wait at the ticket area - we got inside the Festival grounds very quickly! There is so much to see - it really feels like you have stepped back in time! We saw knights, maidens, jesters, royalty and many other characters from the past. It was really cool for David to see all these folks! There were cool men on stilts that he just loved watching! Once inside we walked back a bit and found a little stand that was offering free archery lessons. David loved giving that a try! A little farther back he decided to try the Jacob's Ladder challenge. We saw two tiny tots win money, but David didn't make it all the way up!
There are games EVERYWHERE! Some of the things my son & husband tried: Knife throwing, Star throwing, Vegetable Justice (throw tomatoes at a heckler!), and the Test of Strength! They had a blast! David also did a few rides: the Corkscrew Slide, the Maze, and Junior Jousting! The rides & games cost between $1 and $5. There are ATM's on site, in case you need more cash!
David also enjoyed the kids area. It has face painting, crafts, a fun playground, and juggling classes! There is also a petting zoo!
Some of the unique food items found at the Festival included fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac n cheese on a stick, Scotch eggs, and conch fritters, root beer floats, and apple dumpling sundaes! We got smoothies and frozen lemonade to keep us cooled off.
Did you know that there are 150 shows EVERY day at the Festival?! I had no idea! Our favorite show this year was Adam Crack - Fire Whip Show. Holding 7 Guinness World Records, including the most bullwhips cracks in one minute (253!) and the fastest whip (10 targets in 4.53 seconds!) - you will be amazed at Adam & his whip!!
We always plan to see the Joust but have never been in that area at show time. One day, we will see it! We also liked Barely Balanced and also the Mud Show! There is so much to choose from entertainment-wise! Here is the schedule for the shows at the Festival....
We also enjoyed the lively music of The Rogues, who were special guests that weekend.
The shops at the Renaissance Festival are awesome. You can buy so much great stuff there. We came home with herbs, tea, flavored honey sticks, a wooden dagger and shield for David, and pocket knives for both my husband and David. If we'd had the money, I would have spent so much more! :)
Here is a listing of all of the shops at the Renaissance Festival. There are also Artisan Demonstrations!
We enjoyed a wonderful, busy day at the Festival. We can't wait til next year! Please make plans to visit this gem of a Festival; we are so lucky to have it come here to Atlanta!! To keep up with all the promotions and fun of the festival, like them on Facebook!
Disclaimer: The Georgia Renaissance Festival provided me with two passes to the Festival so I could attend the Festival and review it here on the blog. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are my own!