2016 Special Event Weekend & Special Guest Performers -
Every weekend is special at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, but on select weekends during our season we add a special theme to the dates for additional merriment. Details on the special events will be updated throughout the year.
August 27th & 28th: Children's Weekend
Kids 15 and under, with an accompanying adult ticket purchased, are admitted free.
September 3rd, 4th & 5th:
Saturday, September 3rd: Singles Day!
We host a party for singles 18+ to meet and mingle!
Join us at the White Hart Tavern from 1pm - 5pm to
play a few fun and low key introduction games, and also take
part in the famous Number Game! Each single is given a number
badge to wear. If you spy someone interesting and would like
to meet them, simply write a note addressed to their number.
Our Party Hosts will pin that note to our Message Board. Check
the message board throughout the afternoon - perhaps a
message was sent to you!
Sunday, September 4th: Renewal of Vows.
We invite couples to renew their commitment vows to each other in a short, special ceremony. Time: 1:30pm at the Globe Theatre.
No reservations needed. Couples may simply arrive at the Globe at 1:30pm and take a seat (seating limited). During the ceremony there will be a few moments when couples can quietly recite their own personal vows to each other. To add to the celebration, dress in your finest Renaissance attire. (However, costumes are optional)
Monday, September 5th: Seniors Day. All seniors 62+ are admitted free.
September 10th & 11th: Celtic Celebration!
Bagpipes and more!
On Saturday, September 10th selected stage shows will be interpreted in ASL. A full list of interpreted shows will be available online by Thursday, September 8th on our entertainment schedule page. Pick up a hard copy at Customer Service when you arrive on the 10th.
North Sea Gas
Over thirty-five years and stronger than ever!! North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
Barleyjuice is best-known for their celtic-rock energy and beloved orginals, coercing fans to sing, shout, and dance. The Barelyjuice Trio transforms that energy into a solid, more intimate version of the full group sans bass and drums. Featuring Kyf Brewer (vocals, accordion, harmonica), Keith Swanson (vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, pipes), and Alice O'Quirke (fiddle, vocals). The setlist is the same, the vocals and solos shine brightly on their own, and the energy is unexpected, leaving the most avid 'Juice fan both satisfied and astonished.
Barleyjuice Trio's festival performance is sponsored in part by Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia East/Elkridge. Please visit our Local Accommodations page for more information.
Also enjoy: Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums, performing at the Joust arena at 10:30am & 12pm each day.
And on Sunday, September 11th at 5pm at the Blackfriars Theatre, we welcome the US Naval Academy Pipes & Drums.
September 17th & 18th: 40th Anniversary Celebration.
It was forty seasons ago on September 17th and 18th that the festival first began in Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD. Come help us celebrate! No presents needed for this celebration - your presence will be presents enough.
September 24th & 25th:Pirate Weekend!
Argghh - dress in your pirate best to add to the spirit of the day. Stuffed parrots on shoulder, optional.
October 1st & 2nd: Shakespeare Celebration.
2016 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the bard's death. Help us celebrate the legacy of the greatest playwright of the English language
Enjoy a one hour production of As You Like It, presented by the Festival's Acting Company, each day at 12:30pm at the Globe Theatre. At 3:30pm on Gatehouse Stage enjoy Shakespeare's Women, a compilation of scenes and monologues featuring the Bard's memorable female characters.
Got parodies? Yes we do - Shakespeare's Skum presents their wacky versions of some of the bard's greatest plays: 2pm- Antony and Cleopatra; 3pm-Henry the 'V'; 4pm- the Skum classic, Macbeth in 20 Minutes or Less.
And in honor of the 400th anniversary, we present STREETspeare, where all 37 of his plays will be represented in 30 scenes, monologues or songs throughout the village. Pick up your STREETspeare card and location sheet at Customer Service on arrival.
The play is the thing! Enjoy!
October 22nd & 23rd: Jousting Competition.
While jousting takes place every festival day, on this weekend we have a special competition where knights from all across the country gather to determine who is the greatest champion in all of the land!
American Sign Language Interpretation Days:
Saturday, September 10th & Sunday, October 9th. On these days selected stage shows will be interpreted in ASL.
Previous years special guests have included (from left to right) Best selling author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon, UK chart topping vocal ensemble The Mediaeval Baebes, and the U.S. Naval Academy Pipes & Drums.