Every spring, the Village of Covington Glen outside Nashville becomes a bustling Renaissance scene. At the center is Castle Gwynn, a full-size replica of a 12th century Welsh border castle. Built in 1980 with two five-story towers, Castle Gwynn continues to grow and expand every year. At the castle, the year is 1563 and artisans and performers have come to impress Queen Elizabeth.
In addition to tours of the castle, visitors can enjoy stages of entertainment and roving musicians, more than 60 artisans, jousting tournaments, human chess matches and man-powered rides.
Kids’ activities also include a children's knighting ceremony, costume contest, arts and crafts area, and an interactive stage performance with Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
The annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival, recently voted one of the top 10 family-friendly renaissance fairs in the country by Family Vacation Critic, takes place the first four weekends in May and Memorial Day.
Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. Visit TNRenfest.com for opening weekend ticket specials.
2016 Running Dates:
May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, plus Memorial Day May 30
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.