What is a Renaissance Festival?
An informative, fun , educational and professional interactive entertainment experience that is unplugged from today’s high stress rat race. The moment you step through the gates of the Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival and into the Kingdom of Dragon Croft, the 21st Century life as we know it vanishes into the cool wooded landscape and the transition to the year 815 and to the Kingdom of Dragon Croft, begins. Visitors enter a Renaissance/ Medieval world of discovery and adventure, a place of pleasure, creativity, laughter and enchantment. They will be able to meet Historical recreation groups, Knights, Fairies, Privateers, Pirates and more. Although we take a broad sweep of history, embracing King Arthur to Robin Hood through Queen Elizabeth or about 800 - 1600 AD, our event is based in the 800's. This Festival is held once a year for a full 5 weekends ( with the first year of 2016 being a one weekend only preview event) of entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters re-creating a 9th Century European Marketplace. It's a 30+-acre village nestled in the forest and meadows, complete with castles, cottages, kitchens and pubs, filled with activities. You'll find music, comedy and theater, food and drink, fine hand-made arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, games and rides.
What are the dates and hours of the festival?
March 23rd 24th and 25th 2018
The festival is open on Friday ( student day ) and the weekend, Saturday and Sunday,
Rain or shine Festival hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
What is the cost of admission?
** Tickets are $10.00 per day, per person. Children 5-13 are a discounted $5.00. Children under 5 are always free. **
Tickets may be purchased through PayPal or with cash at the gate
What does the admission price include?
*Parking * All stage entertainment *street shows * musical productions * Tournament Jousting, *historical cooking, *Daily Royal Events * *numerous historical demonstrations* hand to hand combat demonstrations, *Birds of Prey, and falconry demonstrations
You may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverages, or enjoy some games (costs vary). .
Can we bring outside food and drink?
No outside food and drink is NOT permitted through the Festival Main Gate.. Many beverages are sold within the grounds.
There is also a wide variety of food.
Can we leave the festival and go back in later that day?
As you exit the front gate, you must have your hand stamped in order to re-enter the festival that same day.
Is the festival wheelchair accessible?
This festival is held in a natural, outdoor wooded setting. Many Wheelchairs and other accessibility devices, but not all, can deal with this terrain and are welcome. There is mostly a mild to medium grade and firmly packed ground. Since we are an outdoor event, festival pathways vary from grass, dirt and some mulched, cobbled and graveled lanes. We have disabled accessible parking and disabled-sized restrooms.
Does the festival rent wheelchairs or strollers?
No, the festival, does not rent wheelchairs or strollers, however Stone Wheel and Wagon company does rent wagons.
What if I need medical attention?
Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival provides a equipped and professionally staffed First Aid Station, which is clearly visible on the grounds & on the map.
Are pets allowed at the Festival?
Not at this time, Because of the great variety of performing animals in the Festival, no pets are allowed to be brought into the park by visitors. Guide dogs and other bona fide service animals however, are always welcome, with proper documentation of course.
Can we come in costume?
A resounding Yes! as a matter of fact it is encouraged! You are welcome to come dressed in period, medieval, renaissance, or fantasy clothing ( keep in mind that this is a family friendly event and inappropriate garb will not be permited at this event) . Medieval personal weaponry such as swords daggers ect. are permitted as long as they are properly sheathed and peace tied. Present yourself at the festival main gate, to have your peace tie checked.
If I wear a costume, can I get in free?
No, but we have a period clothing contest that occurs each day at the crown stage at 10:45 to 11:15 First prize is a commemorative medallion a seat in the royal box at the joust that day and free admission to the festival the next day.
What happens if it rains?
We are open rain or shine. It is extremely rare that we close on an event day. In the extreme event of a closing while you are attending, contact the festival ticket office on site. Rain checks MAY be considered in the event of a CLOSING. But as a general rule We do not offer refunds in the event of inclement weather
Is there an ATM Machine?
Not at this time but we are working on getting one, on-site.
What time is the Daily Parade?
The parade is held daily at 12:30 pm, starting at Oak Hall and ending at the royal jousting box
Is there on-site camping?
There is no public camping or overnight parking on the Festival grounds.
Registered faire volunteers may PRIMITIVE camp in the back of site at the roped off area
Where is the lost and found?
Anything that is turned in can be found at the Great Gate, event weekend, otherwise call the business office (251) 423-1257 Mon. – Fri. 10am-4pm,
Is the Renaissance Festival open during the week?
The Festival is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 23rd, 24th & 25th 2018
Please remember that this festival is held outdoors in a very natural setting; You may wish to bring bug spray, comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. In short the same kinds of things that you would have on hand for a day hike or a beach trip.
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