The 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival runs throughout eight weekends from April 18-June 7.
Each weekend features something uniquely special to enhance the enjoyment of all who enter the gates of the 32-acre English Village and step back in time to the 16th Century.
Opening Weekend April 18 & 19 - BUY ONE-GET ONE FREE: The 8-weekend Anniversary Party kicks off with a Buy One Adult Ticket – Get One FREE special. These BOGO tickets can be purchased online, at Walgreens or at the Festival Gate.
Roman Weekend April 25 & 26 – Roman Toga Party & Pet Friendly Weekend: It’ll be the biggest Toga Costume Party of the 16th Century! Costumes are optional, but there will be a costume contest and a daily parade. College students can show their college ID at the Gate and get in for just $5 on this weekend only. (That’s $17 Off the regular ticket price!) College students love toga parties.
But wait…There’s more…It’s also Pet Friendly Weekend. This is the one weekend each year that patrons can bring their pets on a leash to enjoy the Festival. (Some restrictions apply – see website at www.garenfest.com for complete details.) There will be a pet costume contest, pet adoptions and of course…don’t forget the parade!
You can’t have Roman Weekend without Roman Horseback Riding! The Georgia Renaissance Festival welcomes its newest addition to the cast, Equus Maximus, the most exciting equine acrobatic production ever to appear at any outdoor Renaissance Festival. Equus Maximus will be making its only US appearance in 2015 every weekend of the 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival. These brave Knights unleash the thundering fury of the 12 amazing horses in their stable for death defying jousting tournaments, chariot races and Roman riding. You don’t want to miss this!
Kids free Weekend May 2 & 3: This weekend is an annual favorite for families. Each child ages 6-12 gets in FREE with the purchase of an accompanying adult ticket at the Gate. (Savings of $10 per Child!) Children under 5 are always FREE! Also included this weekend will be special events and activities just for kids including a kids-only costume contest, games and human-powered thrill rides, and Dream Hayven Farm’s introduction of Kira the Unicorn and all of her animal friends in the interactive animal discovery garden. A must-see for all ages.
Highland Fling Weekend – May 9 & 10: Come out and enjoy all of our guest bagpipers and Irish dancers performing this weekend as we celebrate our Celtic heritage. Bring your clan and enjoy traditional foods and ales. There’s even a Haggis Eating Contest! Special guests this weekend include the Drake Irish Dancers and the Atholl Highlander Pipe and Drum Band. The Atholl Highlanders have performed at the Georgia Renaissance Festival every year since it opened in 1986.
The Royal Cupcake Wars returns on Sunday when the elite panel of judges will taste all of the delicious cupcake entries and select the one supreme winner. Sunday is Mother’s Day and we will honor the first 100 Moms through the Gate with a flower.
Time Warp Weekend – May 16 & 17: This is by far THE BEST people-watching weekend of the 8-week season. This weekend is a cosmic reunion when History meets Fantasy and Super Heroes meet Royalty. CosPlay and Sci-Fi Super Heroes suit up and strut their stuff for the cameras as this 16th Century English Village of Newcastle becomes one big Photo Op for the weekend. Don’t be surprised if you see Storm Troopers posing for photos with The Queen. This Costume Party on steroids is open to all with daily costume contests - one for kids and one for adults. Keep an eye on the website at www.garenfest.com for coming announcements of special guest appearances at Time Warp Weekend.
Memorial Weekend – May 23, 24 & 25: 3 Days to Play! Triple your family’s pleasure on this holiday weekend. We’re open for three full days of fun. Lose yourself in the adventure and merriment at this unofficial kick-off to summer weekend. Saturday is Deaf Awareness Day – Look for special interpreters signing at select stages on Saturday.
Pirate Invasion Weekend – May 30 & 31: Drop anchor this weekend as Pirates take over the Village. It will be a sight to see and the public is invited to come to people-watch or come dressed like a pirate and join in on this seafaring adventure. There will be Pirate Costume Contests for men, women and kids, a Walk The Plank Trivia Contest and a Sea Legs Relay Race.
The Last Hazzah! – June 6 & 7: It’s the final weekend as the 30th Anniversary celebration draws to a close. It’s your last chance to enjoy a 1-1/2 pound roasted turkey leg, Steak-On-A-Stake or Chicken Fried Bacon. It’s also your last chance to take home unique, one-of-a-kind gift items, hand-crafted by more than 130 talented artisans in the Village Marketplace. See your favorite performers and the jousting knights one more time before the Villages slips back into history…until next year.