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Genre  Renaissance fair
Location(s)  Crownsville, Maryland
Stages  10
Inaugurated  1977
Dates  August – October
Area  25 acres (100,000 m)
Phone  +1 410-266-7304
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Attendance  15,800 daily, 300,000 season (average)
Address  1821 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
Hours  Open today · 9AM–4PMTuesday9AM–4PMWednesday9AM–4PMThursday9AM–4PMFriday9AM–4PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–4PM
Similar  Texas Renaissance Festival, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Carolina Renaissance Festival, New York Renaissance Faire, Sterling Renaissance Festival
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The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance fair located in Crownsville, Maryland. Set in a fictional 16th-century English village named Revel Grove, the festival is spread over 25 acres (100,000 m2). The second largest renaissance fair in the United States, it is open from the last weekend of August and runs for nine weekends.

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History

The fair was first held in 1977 in Columbia, Maryland. Penn and Teller and The Flying Karamazov Brothers performed at the first event. In 1985, the fair was moved to its current location in Crownsville. The festival was originally an Elizabethan fair, but in 1989 switched to being focused on Henry VIII of England.

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The English Tudor village is 25 acres (100,000 m2) of woods and fields. There are more than 130 craft shops and 42 food outlets.

More than 1,300 participants populate the village, 400 work directly for the company, 700 for the other vendors and 200 as performers on stages or as characters throughout the village. The Maryland Renaissance Festival utilizes eight major theaters, four smaller stages in taverns, a children's area and a jousting tiltyard with seating for 3,000.

The fair contains an elephant and camel that groups of fairgoers pay to ride. In 2014, Joan Jett, speaking on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote a letter asking that the rides be cancelled because of exploitation and abuse associated with using animals in this fashion. Born Free USA also protested on a road outside the fair.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival Wikipedia


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