I have lived in Georgia for most of my life and The Georgia Renaissance Festival is celebrating their 32nd year but this was the first year I have attended! I also figured out that it is close to home so I thought I should check it out this year!
Rose and I visited on Easter Sunday and much to my surprise it was packed at 11:00 AM when we arrived! It was a beautiful spring day in Georgia. We started off with a light lunch because you should always start with food! Rose had the fried mac n cheese on a stick. I think most anything is better on a stick. I had a chicken sandwich, it looked unimpressive but it was very good.
Of course, the festival is known for the giant turkey legs but I’m just not into them. They look good and they taste good but they are a mess to eat.
By all means, be sure to check out this death by chocolate dessert. We split it, there was plenty for each of us.
The Vegetable Justice attraction was my personal favorite. You can pay money to throw tomatoes at the guy tossing out insults left and right. There is a sign warning you that if you are easily offended then this isn’t your place. I’m not easily offended so this was like home for me, we sat for 25 minutes and laughed non-stop at this guy insulting everyone. It was fantastic.
There are theaters located all around with great shows. We watched a few of them but we also enjoyed the random things that were going on throughout the festival. For instance, this juggling guy was funny and very talented.
This juggling guy was trying to teach Rose how to juggle. There just wasn’t enough daylight for her to conquer it!
There are some things to try for free but a lot of the activities you will have to pay for. For instance, we rode this incredible barrel swing. I wish I had a picture of it but I was holding on like crazy and spinning so fast that I couldn’t focus much less take a picture. It was worth the $4.oo each. All of the rides are man powered. This ride was powered by a shirtless man bun guy that was incredibly strong. Did I mention it was worth the $4.00?
These ladies were so nice and let us try our hand at weaving but check out their expressions…I think they must undo what everyone weaves during the day! I can’t blame them!
On to our second meal / snack. The garlic bread and cheese sticks were so good. They had every kind of food there. I even saw a fried PB&J. I had the ambition to eat everything they offered just not the endless funds to pay for it. My appetite is bigger than my wallet.
I do appreciate that there is lots of seating near the food areas and if you can’t snag a seat there are lots of standing tables all around and lots of them are in the shade. Next time I will know to take a small blanket also, there seemed to be a lot of people laying on the grass enjoying their lunch and relaxing.
The festival area has lots of shade because we all know we need that in the South! Also, I wore sandals because duh, I need to look cute. Yeah…I was real cute with the dust and the dirt all over my feet. Just saying this because from the parking lot all the way through the festival you are walking on dirt, gravel and grass.
The festival runs from April 15th – June 4th on Saturday and Sundays from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm. (Plus Memorial Day) Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for themed weekends and special promotions.
When is the last time you saw a real turtle in a leather vest pulling a wheelbarrow with a tip jar? Yeah. I haven’t either until I spent Easter Sunday at the festival. You will see everything. From the moment I stepped out of the car I immediately felt underdressed. I had no costume! The people watching and the costumes are part of the fun. Let’s just say I was not bored. Not for one second.
If you prefer to rent a costume you can do that. It’s kinda cool, I looked at them and they were beautiful…I’m just too cheap. Also, did I mention how hot it was?
You can also buy costumes of every kind. I thought this one was very pretty.
The festival is located in Fairborn, Georgia and is a beautiful drive through the country and is not far outside of Atlanta.
I may have to go back to enjoy more of the food! If you are in Georgia and have not experienced the festival be sure to check it out!