Tennessee Renaissance Festival
May 30, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until May 31, 2021
One event on May 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Travel back to 16th Century England! Our Village of Covington Glen comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace – over 60 skilled Artisans from all over the country display their wares from silks to swords; from gems to jewels. Flavors, aromas and tastes of specialty foods and drinks greet the festival-goer. Hear the sounds of Renaissance musicians and merrymakers as they echo through the trees. Color, movement, and peals of laughter welcome all to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival!
Huzzah!! We are excited for the return of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival with some changes and new procedures to enhance your experience while operating safely. We appreciate your patience as we transition and operate with these changes.
Note that all admission tickets will be date-specific and must be purchased online.
Covid-style Face Masks are required, for the safety of all
Face Masks will be required on the shuttle bus to and from Castle Gwynn
Pets are not allowed at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Cash will be required to purchase Food, Beverages, and Souvenirs
Patrons – including children – bringing or buying swords at the festival must have the sword sheathed and peace-tied with a cable tie at all times, for safety reasons. Please have your sword peace-tied with a cable tie when you arrive, for inspection at the entrance. Arrows must have tips removed. The festival reserves the right to refuse any weapon that is not properly peace-tied or otherwise deemed to be unsafe
Costume masks cannot cover the full face. Masks that cover the forehead to the nose will be acceptable if eyes can be seen and vision is not impaired. The festival reserves the right to refuse any mask that they feel is unsafe. Covid-style face masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin are required on the Festival grounds.
Firearms, working or replicas, and including toy guns, are not permitted on the festival grounds, castle grounds, or parking areas. Possession of firearms on the festival or castle grounds will result in prosecution.
Please read the Rules of the Realm for more detailed information.
Directions to the event site are at this link.
2021 Festival Weekend Events – Celebrating Our 35th Year of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival!
May 8 – 9: Opening Weekend
Bring the family and celebrate the opening of our 2021 festival and our 35th Year!
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special and entertaining outing for Mom.
May 15 – 16: Artisan and Crafts Weekend
Travel through our marketplace for treasures and unique handcrafted items from around the globe. See demonstrations of talented artisans crafting their wares. Check out the Artisans & Activities page for a full list of all our artisan shops.
Fairy House / Hobbit Habitat Contest
To encourage creativity and the arts this year we are hosting a Fairy House / Hobbit Habitat Contest. On Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th the contest will be held and the winners will be determined each day (time and location to be announced). All Fairy Houses and Hobbit Habitats must be constructed of natural materials and on a portable, sturdy base for table display. The habitat or house can be anything you wish (it must be family-appropriate). Please ensure your name and phone number are clearly labeled on your house.
Detailed information will be posted as you enter the festival, along with the habitat drop-off area.
Contest is open to two age groups: 4-14 years and 15 years and up.
May 22 – 23: Pirate Invasion Weekend
Huzzah! The hills are swarming with rascals and rogues as a crew of scuvry pirates invade our shire of Covington Glen. See the swashbuckling and sword-brandishing of pirates galore. Young Rascals and Pirates aged 12 and under can participate in the Children’s Pirate Costume Contest on both May 22nd and May 23rd. Contest location and time will be posted at our Information/T-Shirt Booth (the first tent as you enter the festival).
May 29 – 30 – 31: Celtic Weekend
Join us as we add a Celtic flair to the Faire. Enjoy the fun as we honor those early Britons – men, wear your kilts!