• Yuletide Village 2021: Opening Weekend

    Few things capture the magic & wonder of the season quite like a sprawling village decked out in millions of lights. The ring of carols in your ear, the bustling of the outdoor market, the visit with Santa, or catching sight of Krampus. All these things are brought together at Yuletide Village, Season of Lights […]

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  • Winter Fun at Yuletide Village

    Bundle up! In just three days’ time, we will open the gates for the second year of Yuletide Village, Season of Lights! With guests from all over Ohio looking for ways to spend time with the family this holiday season, Yuletide Village offers a welcome outdoor event to the young and old alike. This venue […]

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  • Seasonal Switch – Yuletide Village

    With ORF behind us, the people behind the gate are putting all their focus on switching out their ren faire flair for yuletide pride! Yuletide Village: Season of Lights returns for its second season starting Nov 26th and continuing through Dec 18th, providing four weekends of winter wonderland fun and excitement. Last year’s inaugural event […]

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  • ORF 2021: Season of Renewal

    As the gates are closed and the regalia is put away, we say good night to the 2021 season of the Ohio Renaissance Festival for another year. After the long hiatus of 2020, we received an unprecedented amount of attention from crowds eager to come out and see what the festival had to offer. From […]

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  • Tricks or Treats: Season’s End 2021

    All good things must come to an end. As the seasons change and the year continues, so to must the Ohio Renaissance Festival close its gates. But before it does, we like to end the year in a big way. The crowds were good through Saturday, even with drizzles and chilly weather. I think people […]

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  • Feast of Fools: Comedy & Community

    Something I love about ORF is how often it surprises me. Along with the scheduled entertainment and returning seasonal acts, if you stick around a while you may find yourself coming across one of the many little ways in which the faire displays our pride. It’s not window dressing when I say ren faire is […]

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  • ROMANCE: Sweethearts at Faire

    “I am a gift-giver and also words of affirmation!!! I love to tell my partner how much they mean to me.” – Dakotah Phineas Wilkins on Love Language What better way to make bold proclamations of love than under an ivy-wrapped trellis? Want to declare your affections? Make eyes at one another over a banana […]

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  • History of Willy-Nilly: Watermelon vs. Pumpkin War

    Amid the quirky village of Willy-Nilly lies a rich history that is brought forward from season to season, resulting in some of the festival’s greatest traditions. One of the most noticeable and memorable is that of the Watermelon vs. Pumpkin War, a highly contested battle between the sweet fruits of summer and the hearty gourds […]

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  • VIKINGS: Raiding & Trading

    With three weeks left of ORF21, Viking weekend tipped the scales with plenty of fun from one end of the grounds to the other. We get some of the most enthusiastic guests during this time, with many taking the opportunity to dress in their nordic best with historical and fantasy-inspired Norse garb. They invaded with […]

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  • TIME TRAVELERS & Be Prepared

    2021 is a heck of a year for time travel and I mean that in the best way possible. Flouting the time-space continuum has always been a popular theme, with stories such as H.G. Wells The Time Machine and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court being counted among the most notable. The […]

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