10 Tips For Visiting GA Renaissance Festival
Take a journey to a time past. Where fun and history meet. Where you can be whoever you want to be. Welcome to the Georgia Renaissance Festival!
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is a personal family favorite. We have been visiting since the kids were little and don’t plan on stopping. The kids dress up and have their pick of shows and activities. While yes, some jokes can be more mature and there is lots of beer; we have never had an issue for it is truly a family friendly event.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is held in a 32-acre English Village and guests truly step back in time to the 16th Century. You will find Castles, cottages, fairies, pirates, shops, and even rides (man-powered).
Each weekend features something different as to themes.
The Georgia festival is the largest Renaissance festival in the Southeast. There is truly something for adults and children of all ages to enjoy – all day long!
A crowd favorite is the Jousting Tournament. This year’s story is different from that of the past, but still has plenty of action. Horses, sword fights, and even blood! Yes, blood. I share this to give notice for those with little ones who may not know this is a show and not real.
A few other tips/things to know before you go are:
- Outside food is not allowed. The King’s Faire is filled with delights for everyone’s taste. From Turkey legs to fried Oreos. No one will go hungry and most dietary needs can be met. If you want to be more budget cautious or have diet issues, you can exit to the parking lot for a picnic and return back in.
- It gets hot. Really hot! Please stay hydrated and remember your sunblock. There are many shady areas to take a rest when needed, but some shows are in the plain sun.
- Cash. This is the 16th century after all and credit cards were not around. Two ATM’s or Royal Banks are on the property but beware of the high fee’s. Better to come prepared.
- Speaking of cash, this brings up another thing. Tips. While not required, most shows will ask for tips at the end if you enjoyed their performance. For many, this is their full-time job and only income they make. Have some $1’s on hand for those you want to support.
- Be sure to get a map with the schedule and location of shows. The ‘park’ is large and it can be good to have a plan of action around times and locations.
- Bathrooms. There are none. Instead, you will find the Privy or Port-a-potty. New this year are the VIP air-conditioned trailers but just one at each location. Which could mean having to wait. Baby changing tables are available as well as hand washing stations.
- Dressing Up. Many do in fact attend in costume. This is my kids’ favorite thing. To quote a friend’s child “ it is the one place you can go and be whoever or whatever you want without being judged” Official cast members will have a GA, Renaissance Pin.
- Tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but you can save more money by buying them in advance.
- Arrive early. Traffic can back up all the way onto the highway on some days. Plus by being early you can park closer to the gate (great at the end of the day when kids are tired) and enjoy the daily pre-show before the official open time with a chance to take photos with some of the different characters.
- Photos. Everyone is great about letting you take a photo if you ask. So be sure to bring your camera or even use your phone. But prepare for weak phone signal and battery being drained. Maybe bring some extra batteries/external charger just in case.
Every weekend and Memorial Day, April 13th thru June 2, 2019.
Purchase tickets at the Gate: Adults: $23.95, Children (6-12): $11.95 *Children 5 and under are always free. – Discount Tickets Online at GArenfest.com: Adult $19.95 / Child $9.95
*Available Online and at the Festival Gate. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
**Family discounted tickets must be purchased together when a military discount is given. Available at the Festival Box Office ONLY!
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APRIL 13 & 14 – Opening Weekend!
Opening Weekend 2 For 1 – Buy 1 Adult Ticket-Get 1 FREE – SAVE $23.95! *
- Westeros Costume Contest – 1:00pm at the Joust Arena
We’ve GOT the best costume contest this side of the wall – and it’s happening just in time for the season premiere!
APRIL 20 & 21 – Kids Free / Easter Weekend!
Buy one Adult ticket at the gate or on our website and get up to 4 Children Admitted FREE! *
- Sunday – Dragon Egg Hunt! There are 25 golden dragon eggs hidden throughout Newcastle. Find one and bring it to the Information Booth to claim your prize! One egg per person, please!
APRIL 27 & 28 – Romance Weekend. Love is in the air this weekend!
- Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony –2:00 pm Saturday at the Wildwood Pavilion in the Olde Towne area.
Celebrate Romance Weekend by joining other couples in a mass renewal of vows ceremony conducted by the Festival’s Wedding Officiant. Register at the Information Booth inside the Front Gate before 1 pm to participate. Each couple will receive a Renewal of Vows Certificate.
- Saturday is ASL Day – Many of our stage shows will be signed by ASL interpreters. Check the schedule at the ASL Tent just inside the Front Gate.
- It’s College Weekend – Celebrate the end of the semester with $8 admission for all college students with valid College ID! Only available at the Festival Box Office.
MAY 4 & 5 – May the Fourth Be With You Weekend!
A weekend of Cosplay and Costume Contests where Fantasy meets History and Superheroes meet Royalty!
- Cosplay Costume Contest –1:00 pm Joust Arena. Dress in your best cosplay garb and compete to win great prizes! All ages welcome – Register at the Information Booth before noon to participate.
- Balance the Force Parade – 3:30 pm at the Information Booth. Light side? Dark side? Rebel? Sith? All are welcome! Meet at the Information Booth and travel to the Joust Arena.
MAY 8 Field Trip Day
MAY 11 & 12 – Pirates & Pet-Friendly Weekend.
IT IS A CELEBRATION OF SEA DOGS! This weekend, pirates of all ages will find treasure in our special contests, like the Pirate Costume Contest and Walk The Plank Trivia. It’s a weekend full of fun piratical hijinks!
- Please visit the Georgia Renaissance Festival for pet registration form and full details.
- Sea Legs Contest – 1:00 pm at the Joust Arena A good old-fashioned relay race with a few twists. Grab your First Mate and compete to win great prizes!
- Pirate Costume Contests – 1:30 pm for Adults & Children at the Pirate’s Cove. Sign up at Pirate’s Cove. The competition will be judged and prizes provided by the crew at the Pirate’s Cove!
- Pet Costume Contest – 2:00 pm at the Joust Arena. Sign up at the Pet Registration Tent outside the Front Gate!
- Walk the Plank Trivia Contest – 2:15 pm at the Garden Cottage Stage. Test your piratical knowledge and win a prize! Losers will be marooned…
- Pirate Parade -5:00 pm at the Information Booth Join the fun – Meet at the Information Booth and set sail to the Joust Arena!
MAY 18 & 19 – Wizard’s Weekend
Didn’t get an owl from that famous wizarding school? That’s alright because we’ll be celebrating all things magical this weekend with wizard-themed costume contests, magical events, and a special “Butter Buzz” mead by Atlanta’s own Monks Mead!
- Get Sorted! – 11:30 am at the Wildwood Pavilion. Find out which house suits your personality!
- Quidditch Exhibition –1:00 pm at the Joust Arena. Watch a game of Quidditch in the Joust Arena and cheer on your favorite team!
- Magical Costume Contest –2:15 pm at the Garden Cottage Stage Parade your best robes and cosplays for the judges to win prizes! Sign up at the Information Booth before 1 pm to participate.
- Wizard House Parade – 3:30 pm at the Information Booth Meet at the Information Booth and travel by foot (no flue powder allowed) to the Joust Arena!
- Quidditch Tournament – 4:00 pm at the Joust Arena. You can join in the action and play a real game!
MAY 25, 26, 27 – Memorial Day Weekend.
Three Days to Play! The Festival is open Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Monday. Bring the family out on this holiday weekend.
- Military Discount on Monday, May 27 All active and retired military get in free with military ID – plus up to 4 family members get in for just $8! Available at the Festival Box Office ONLY!**
June 1 & 2 – Highland / Final Weekend.
The Village of Newcastle welcomes the Scottish and Irish for our final weekend (and everyone else, of course!) Bagpipes, drums and kilted dancers abound, plus special contests! Bring your whole clan! Don’t miss your last chance for a turkey leg and a frothy ale! See the exciting finale of the Royal Joust, and all of your favorite Festival performers one more time, ’cause after this weekend, we’re history… ’til next year!
- Mashed Potato Eating Contest – 1:00 pm at the Joust Arena. How many mashed potatoes can you eat – without using your hands??
- Bagpipe Q&A –2:15 pm at the Wildwood Pavilion. A piper from the John Mohr Macintosh Pipe and Drum Band will demonstrate the bagpipes and answer your questions about this interesting instrument.
- Bonnie Legs Contest – 2:00 pm at the Tavern on the Hill. Join in as the best legs and knees will be on display during this uplifting contest! Do you possess a pair of exceptional gams? Find out!
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is located just minutes south of Atlanta at 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn, Georgia. Take I-85 to Exit 61- Peachtree City/Fairburn. The Festival is 2 miles west of the exit.
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