Every weekend is a new adventure at the Georgia Renaissance Festival! The festival has just closed out its 34th year of merriment with the Highland themed weekend, going out in a blast of bagpipes.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival
The Georgia Renaissance Festival takes place every year in Fairburn, GA in the castle village of Newcastle, 32 acres filled with over 150 artisan craft shops, shows of skill, taverns, and food stalls. For eight weekends each spring, the Georgia Renaissance Festival brings a 16th century English fair to the metro-Atlanta area.
Don’t miss the 2020 season, running from April 18 through June 7.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival hosts several themed weekends throughout the season, and Highland Weekend is a particular favorite of mine.
During Highland Weekend, the village of Newcastle welcomes the Scottish and the Irish (and everyone else) with bagpipes, drums, and kilted dancers. Wearing your own kilt or tartan is highly encouraged during this weekend (and of course Kevin wore his kilt we bought in Edinburgh last year). If you don’t already own a kilt, you can visit the kilt shops in the marketplace to get fitted.
In addition to the usual Ren Fest fun of eating a giant turkey leg, watching a joust, and shopping in the Artisan Marketplace, Highland Weekend brings with it special Scotland- and Ireland-inspired events. A Mashed Potato Eating Contest challenges you to see how many potatoes you can eat without using your hands; bagpipers and drummers perform and answer your questions in a Q & A session; the Bonnie Legs Contest see who has the best legs and knees displayed beneath their kilts; and the performers like the comedy act of Hey Nunny Nunny are well prepared with commando kilt jokes.
Highland Weekend is fun for the whole clan!
Looking for more Renaissance fun? Read these:
- How to Have a Rollicking Good Time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival
- 8 Reasons to Love the Georgia Renaissance Festival