The Ohio Renaissance Festival
September 1st - October 28th - Open 10:30 am — 6:00 pm every festival day!
The Ohio Renaissance Festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 14 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.
Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers.
The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring world-class artisans. See demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, candle making, and jewelry making, and more.
The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob, Bourbon chicken, and a wide variety of fine ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!
Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.
Themed Weekends are a staple of the Ohio Renaissance Festival!
FAMILY & FRIENDS WEEKEND (SEPTEMBER 1 — 3)
Come out and play for an extra day! Adults are two for the price of one Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day!
TIME TRAVELERS WEEKEND (SEPTEMBER 8 — 9)
Dress as your favorite character inspired by a movie, TV series, comic book, sci-fi or fantasy work. Everyone is welcome! Costume Contests for adults and kids sponsored by The Pandora Society.
PIRATES WEEKEND (SEPTEMBER 15 — 16)
Celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with us all weekend long! Rollicking sea chanteys, the Pirate Stunt Show, and Pirate Play Time awaits ye land lubbers! Talk like a Pirate Contests (for adults and kids) will be held so enter to see if you can talk the talk or walk the plank!
FANTASY WEEKEND (SEPTEMBER 22 — 23)
All things fantastical come to life this weekend! Join the Witches of Willy Nilly and the fairies as they enchant the village. Show off your finery in the Fantasy Costume Contest sponsored by The Pandora Society.
FEAST OF FOOLS (SEPTEMBER 29 — 30)
It’s okay to be foolish this weekend! The village is filled with fools of all sizes and their foolish antics. You’d be a fool to miss the Fools Olympics and King of Fools contests!
HIGHLAND WEEKEND (OCTOBER 6 — 7)
The village puts on its kilt! Join the village in celebrating Highland heritage as villagers host special events including a Haggis Eating Contest, Knobby Knees Contest, and a traditional Highland Games competition. Special guest Albannach this weekend only.
BARBARIAN INVASION (OCTOBER 13 — 14)
Gather your hoard and raid the village! Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion are the order of the day. Are you a weakling? Compete in the Test of Strength Contest to show us just how strong you are! Enter the Turkey Leg Eating Contest to show us your Barbarian side.
ROMANCE WEEKEND (OCTOBER 20 — 21)
Celebrate Sweetest Day with us! Men, look good in tights? Enter the Men in Tights Contest to see if others agree! Ladies, show us your bloomers to win the title of Best Bloomers. Hearts a-fire as couples renew their vows in a free Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at St. Peter’s Chapel.
TRICKS OR TREATS WEEKEND (KIDS FREE) (OCTOBER 27 — 28)
Bring your wee ones 12 and under for FREE and enjoy trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods one last time because after the 28th, we’re history ‘til next year!