This post is brought to you in partnership with the Carolina Renaissance Festival. All opinions are our own. 

Renaissance Festivals are a uniquely American phenomenon that started in Southern California in the early 1960s and expanded across the country to several major cities. In the Charlotte region, The Carolina Renaissance Festival first opened its gates in 1994 at the location in Huntersville and has grown to be one of the largest events of its kind in the country.

Each weekend features unique live entertainment on 12 stages, jousting tournaments, falconry presentations, and artisan vendors who look forward to the opportunity to share their passion with you. The Festival is the perfect playground for those of you who like to strut about in public in your favorite historic costume.  In fact, if you should forget your costume or simply don’t have one, the Belrose Costume shop located at the Festival entrance can provide any look you want.

In addition to the standard Renaissance Festival activities, many of the weekends have specific sub-themes. Weekends such as Pirates Christmas, BrewFest and Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights, allow for The Renaissance Festival to evolve with emerging trends in pop-culture and offer something fresh for patrons.

These weekends often include free or discount admission opportunities and contests with prizes for guests to compete in. Check the Festival’s website or Social Media Channels for details on the timing of these events.

This weekend’s theme is Time Travelers Weekend.

“Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?!”

For those with costume tastes that tend toward themes that might not quite “fit” in a normal weekend at the festival, the Festival invites you to show off your alter ego during Time Travelers Weekend, Nov. 11 and 12.

It is the best people watching spectacle of the season as folks attend dressed as their favorite characters inspired by movies, TV, comic books, science fiction and/or fantasy and time travel to the Renaissance. There are characters everywhere you look! Heroes, villains, steampunks, and characters from Dr. Who!, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones – are just some examples of costumed characters invading the Village for the weekend. You might even see a Stormtrooper in a Kilt!

To add to the excitement, the Festival will present a Time Travelers Display complete with a replica DeLorean Time Machine from Back to The Future and a Doctor Who! Tardis. A portion of optional donations collected will be contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For more information on the DeLorean Time Machine, see here.

Need a few more reasons to go back (or forward) in time? We’ve got you covered!

We’re all stories, in the end.

Time Travelers Weekend also features appearances and book signings by several local authors of popular science fiction and fantasy works including: Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Misty Massey, Mary Jane Capps, Edward F. Mckeown, Jason Gilbert, Darin Kennedy, A.J. Hartley, Leann M. Rettell, Melissa McArthur and J. Matthew Saunders. This is your opportunity to get the inside scoop on their works and even purchase one of their books to add to your reading collection!

Win tickets.

Win free tickets for a return visit to the Festival along with other prizes in the Time Travelers Costume Contest. There will be family friendly fantasy based costume contests for adults as well as a separate costume contests for kids 12 and under. The contest starts at 2 p.m. at The Haven (beyond the Edgewood Theatre). Even if you’re not dressing up yourself this is a great opportunity for guests to watch our Renaissance Era judges make sense of these costumes from another realm.

Free admission for kids.

For Time Travelers weekend only, Children ages 12 and under are admitted for FREE with a donation of school supplies at the Festival entrance. Donate your supplies at the Parent Teacher Magazine and Classroom Central displays at the festival entrance or at Park Road Books in Charlotte to receive your complimentary child admission ticket. Be the amazing superhero your kids think you are and take them to the festival before it ends. Remember, kids five and under are always free.

The world of imagination is boundless! Make your way to the Carolina Renaissance Festival Nov. 11 and 12 for Time Travelers Weekend. We look forward to your trip report.

Want to learn more about the Carolina Renaissance Festival? Click here for more information.