Tennessee Renaissance Festival — May 17, 18, 24, 25, plus Memorial Day May 26; hours, 10 am-6 pm
Travel back to 16th century England. The 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 festivalgoer. Hear the sounds of Renaissance musicians and merrymakers as they echo through the trees. Color, movement, and peals of laughter welcome those who thrill to the challenges of games of skill and man-powered rides.
May 24, 25, 26 mark Royal Jousting Tournament Weekend — Jousters from far and wide come to vie for top honors. The Free Lancers 2014 Gath of Baal Jousting Tournament is underway with competitors from afar to compete in Full Armored Contact Jousting. The challenges and competition are Saturday and Sunday, with the final competition on Memorial Day Monday. Jousting takes place on all open days of the festival (weather permitting). This final weekend is a special tournament.
Located off Highway 96 between the towns of Franklin and Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival is easily accessible from I-24, I-65, and I-840, just 25 miles south of Nashville. The festival address is 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington, Tenn., 37014. Note: pets are not allowed at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, parking areas, or Castle Gywnn grounds, and are never to be left in parked cars. For tickets and more information, call 615-395-9950, or check the website at .
Ticket pricing: adults (ages 13 and older), one day admission is $20; child, one day admission is $ 7 for ages 6-12; children five and under are admitted free; $18 for senior citizens (ages 62 or older), active U.S. Military Service personnel (active, retired, disabled, and military reservist).
Free parking, and free admission for children five and under.