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. Time: TBA
Sunday, September 4th: Renewal of Vows.  We invite couples to renew their commitment vows to each other in a special ceremony. Time: TBA   
Monday, September 5th: Seniors Day.  All seniors 62+ are admitted free.

September 10th & 11th: Celtic Celebration!
Bagpipes and more!

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!

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.