New at TN Ren Festival

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Huzzah! Get in the know for this year's medieval fair.

Every May, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival beckons families with kids of all ages to travel back to 16th century England … well, an interpretation of it at least.


Renaissance merrymakers and musicians stroll the grounds where you’ll also encounter dozens of artisans from across the country selling medieval-themed goods, jewels and gems, food and more.

There’s also a variety of man-powered rides, games and entertainment like jousting knights and a human chess match. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday in May, plus Memorial Day Monday.

Each weekend has its own theme: Community Appreciation (May 5 – 6), Artisan and Crafts (May 12 – 13), Pirate Invasion (May 19 – 20) and Celtic (May 26 – 28).


A few new things to take note of this year:

1) Admission is now $25 adults, $10 ages 6 – 12 (5 and younger are still free). During Community Appreciation Weekend, all kids 12 and younger get in free with two regular paid adults.

2) Food, beverages, rides, games and souvenirs are cash only.

3) Pets are not allowed.

4) Costume masks cannot cover the full face. Masks covering the forehead to the nose are acceptable if eyes are visible and vision is not impaired.

5) All swords must be sheathed and peace-tied with a cable tie at all times. Arrows must not have tips.

6) Firearms, working or replicas (including toy guns), are not permitted on the festival grounds, castle grounds or parking areas. Violators will be prosecuted.

The festival is located at 2124 New Castle Road in Arrington. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For the complete schedule of events, visit

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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