The Georgia Renaissance Festival will be back in the Spring of 2021 — so mark your calendars and get ready for some fun.
The festival will run from May 1 through June 13, 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day Monday) from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This festival is fun for the whole family. Don’t worry about the kids — they’ll love it! The Georgia Renaissance Festivals is easy, with plenty of kid-friendly activities that are perfectly suited for them.
What You Need To Know For 2021
In 2020, organizers had to postpone the festival due to COVID-19. This year, they’re back — but there are a few things you need to know about the 2021 festival.
Tickets. You can either purchase your tickets online in advance, or get them at the gate. In 2021, to ensure a safer entry into the festival, organizers ask that you purchase your tickets online prior to your arrival. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the Box Office.
2020 Tickets Doubled. If you purchased tickets last year for the 2020 season, they will be valid for any day of the 2021 season. Not only that, but if you use your 2020 ticket in 2021, they’ll double your order. So if you bought two tickets for the 2020 festival that was delayed — now you can get two more free. (They’ll send emails to those who are eligible.)
Mask Mandate. Guests will be required to wear masks, except when eating or drinking. When eating or drinking, they want you to be standing still or seated. Basically, don’t walk around with your mask off.
Temperature Check. Temps will be checked before entry to the festival this year.
Social Distancing. Social distancing will be in effect at all stages, artisan booths, food venues and other public gathering spots. They ask that you maintain a 6 foot space between you and others you did not arrive with. Seating may be blocked off at performance venues and tables will be spaced.
Extra hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the village, as well.
10 Reasons You Need To Go To RenFest
Now that you know what to expect in 2021, here are 10 reasons why you need to rearrange your calendar and experience this awesome festival in Fairburn!
1. Amazing costumes. You’re encouraged to dress the part, in your Renaissance regalia. No outfit? No problem! You can purchase fabulous costumes on site for all ages. You can even rent them right outside the gate.
We saw many families that looked like they stepped right out of 17th century England. Others wore modern clothes with special touches like fairy wings, headdresses, or wooden swords.
Even if you don’t want to dress up yourselves, a visit to the festival is worth every penny just for the people watching.
2. Special Themed Weekends. Each weekend you’ll find a special theme or adventure. In the past, we have seen Buy One, Get One Free weekends, Kids Free weekend, Time-Warp weekend and more.
3. Creative shows. Next to seeing everyone dressed in costume, the shows are my favorite. My oldest even told me days after our visit, that Barely Balanced was his favorite show.
From acrobats to hypnotists, and death-defying acts to birds of prey shows, there is something for everyone.
Be sure to pick up a schedule and plan your day accordingly – there is much to see and some entertainers don’t repeat shows. Also, plan to bring a tip for these special entertainers, to ensure they are able to come back each year.
4. Kids under 5 are free. Bring your littlest knights and princesses for free access during the run of RenFest. Your medieval minions that are ages 6-12 are about half-price.
5. Free playground. In order to make it a complete day of fun at the festival, the kids are going to need a break. No worries! Next to the food court you’ll find a super playground with swings, slides, picnic tables and more.
Kudos to the setup team for placing this feature in the shade. Split rail fencing on three sides makes it easy to keep an eye on the kids, while you take in a Steak-on-a-Stick or enjoy a Mead from the bar.
6. Jousting. I must admit, this is the event that evoked our curiosity the most. My oldest was eager to see the knights on horses, fighting for the princess.
There is plenty of seating for this popular event, and free with your entrance fee. For a small upcharge, you can sit near the Queen for an unobstructed view of the fight.
7. Ships, Barrels and more. Kids will love the “rides!” Go for a ride in a swinging ship, take a turn in a barrel, or get lost in an old-fashioned maze. The rides are unique, unlike any you’ll find anywhere else…and most of them are man-powered, which is a feat on its own!
Each ride ranged from $2-5. We did not encounter any rides or food vendors that took cards. Be sure to bring plenty of cash with you. ATMs are on site, but the lines are terribly long.
8. Mac n Cheese on a Stick. You’ve probably heard about the festival’s gigantic turkey leg, but there is a world of additional food to be sampled as well. Try Mac n Cheese on a stick, steak on a stick, meatballs on a stick….you get the idea.
Our boys especially loved the pretzels, beef jerky, and chicken pot pie.
9. The 150 Artisans. There are so many gorgeous artisans to watch in the demonstration area.
We love the Coin Mint, where he demos Leonardo Da Vinci’s Drop Hammer Forge (the first industrial machine). There is also spinning, weaving, glass blowing and more.
10. Pub Crawl. Ok, you don’t want to do this one with the kids…but it’s great for a day time date.
Pub Crawl tickets are $35 each, but there are only 30 for each crawl, so get them as soon as they go on sale!
They include one beer at each of three pubs, a souvenir tankard, and tons of fun! Pub Crawls happen 2x daily at 12:30pm and again at 3pm, and begin at the Brewer’s Pub.
Your “Must See” List
With all of these great things to do, see, experience, and eat — how will you keep up with it all?
Don’t worry! The Georgia Renaissance Festival offers a way for you to Customize Your Experience, which will help you keep track of everything you want to do.
Just go to the Customize Your Experience page, click on the things you want to do and eat, and they’ll email you your list to you.