• Celtic Fest Ohio 2022

    While the 1572 Roadhouse opening signals the beginning of summer, Celtic Fest Ohio is the start of our festival season out at Renaissance Park. There are multiple events each month as we move forward to the end of the year, from Muddy Princess to the 20th Century Circus, the Ohio Renaissance Festival, Brimstone Haunt, and […]

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  • Meet the Jousters: Combatant’s Keep

    The smell of horse sweat. The pounding of hooves. The anticipation as the lance lowers. The roar of the crowd… Every year, the Ohio Renaissance Festival hosts a jousting troupe at the Arena of Champions, giving our guests the opportunity to witness this age-old sport themselves. As the Queen takes the dais and the knights […]

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  • Exploring New Hobbies with Dippin’ Fun

    The term ‘hustle culture’ is something most of us have become familiar with over the last few years. The phrase denotes the sense of urgency, devoting one’s self to a ‘side hustle’, one usually based on your hobby or craft, in order to make a little extra cash. It became extremely popular over the course […]

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  • Steampunk Symposium 2022

    Every year, as the winter veil slowly begins to draw back and makes way for sunny days ahead, I find myself geared up for event season once more. I ache to get out of the house and have an adventure with a couple of my fellow Rennies as we begin the long march towards Celtic […]

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  • The Dark Side of the Holidays

    We live in a world full of diverse and wonderful traditions. While the Christmas we know and love is a fairly modern concept in the scope of history, many of its traditions and figures have been around in one incarnation or another for much longer. Entities like Santa Clause and Krampus are among the most […]

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  • A Scary Little Christmas & Interview with Krampus

    It may surprise you to know that there is a long-standing tradition of Christmas as a rather frightful time of year. For many places, the long dark of winter was just that, a time of snow, ice, and darkness that permeated the world. One only has to take a look at the folklore of Frau […]

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  • 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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  • 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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