Welcome to the North Carolina Renaissance Faire!
At The North Carolina Renaissance Faire, you can step back 400 years into time and history! This full scale, interactive theater experience is like no other. The Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I!
At this 16th Century Faire, you’ll find over 110 artisans hawking their wares, you’ll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors in many distinct staging areas. You’ll see brave and bold knights competing for the favor of the Her Majesty’s Court (and for their lady’s affection) during any one of three full-contact jousts held in the Queen’s Tiltyard
The North Carolina Renaissance Faire, Inc. actively seeks out local period themed entertainments and merchants to include in our festivals. Interested parties should contact us via e-mail.
For more information on the North Carolina Renaissance Festival, please contact the General Manager or call us at 1-866-208- 6273.
Tartan Day – April 9 & 10
Tartan Day in the Official celebration of Scottish heritage and culture. Celebrated April 6 of each year, it has been recognized as an official day by the US Congress. To Learn more about Tartan Day and Scottish Heritage, please follow the link below.
Tartan Day at NCRF
We are the Official Tartan Day Celebration for the Triangle!
So, don your kilt, wear your tartan, and come out to celebrate your Scottish Heritage. Everyone’s a Scot on Tartan Day!
Highland Games – April 9 Amateur and Professional Highland Game Athletes Compete
April 10 Amateurs and Past Professional Highland Game Athletes let you have a try at the Games.
Learn Highland Games from the Pros.
Bonnie Knees Contest each day
2 PM Each day Tartan Day Weekend The Parade of the Tartans with NC State Pipes and Drums
Six years after the Battle of Bannockburn, Robert the Bruce, commissioned the abbot of the Abbey of Arbroath to write a petition to the Pope to intercede with England and recognize Scotland as a sovereign country. The Declaration was signed by 100 nobles on April 6th, 1320. Eight years after it was sent the treaty of Northampton was signed by Edward III finally acknowledging Scotland as an independent country and Robert the Bruce as its king.
The Declaration, which was the first of its kind, was used by Thomas Jefferson in his creation of the U.S. Declaration of Independence centuries later.
One of the more famous quotes from the Declaration is the ending line, “for so long as a hundred of us are left alive, we will yield in no way to foreign dominion. We fight not for glory nor for wealth nor honours; but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life.”
Canada was one of the first nations to choose April 6th as Tartan Day, to give people of Scottish Heritage s special day to celebrate that heritage. The U.S. Senate set up April 6th as Tartan Day in 1998 with Resolution 155 sponsored by Trent Lott. On March 10th 2005, Resolution 41, co-sponsored by NC Representative Mike McIntyre, reiterated the date of April 6th as Tartan Day, in the House of Representatives. President Bush signed a proclamation in 2008 declaring April 6th as Tartan Day.