The Lousiana Renaissance Festival is the most unique festival in Louisiana. A 16th century village springs to life and seems as though its been there forever. From approaching the huge entrance gates to the elaborate costumes and endless entertainment, you will surely feel transported to another time and place.
It’s no wonder the festival has won numerous awards. From the beginning, this distinctive festival was awarded “Best New Festival” by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals. Later, it was honored by being recognized as one of the “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Louisiana Ren Fest has truly joined the ranks of the most prestigious Renaissance Festivals and as a result, was recently named one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association.
The music varies from the ‘Bilge Pumps’, a six person singing pirate troupe, to the beautiful love songs played on a lute by ‘Craig of Farrington’. The sounds of bagpipes, wind instruments, and simple drums fill the air and each of the numerous musicians has a wonderful talent to share.
The excitement doesn’t end with the music, jugglers, comedians, and storytellers. If action is what you’re looking for, you’re sure to enjoy the real full contact jousting and birds of prey demonstration. When you’re ready to slow things down a bit, there are over 100 merchants within the village for your shopping pleasure. Relax while having your hair braided or your face painted. Enjoy the beauty of handcrafted copper artwork and exquisite jewelry. Little ones really love souvenirs from the wooden sword and shield merchants as well as rides on the wooden horse and other human powered rides.
There is truly a time and place, a comedian or musician, a juggler or puppeteer, a jouster or glass blower, a fairy or a pirate that will amuse and entertain you. Be sure to see it all at the Louisiana Renaissance Fest.
Located off Louisiana Interstate 12 at the Robert Exit, the Renaissance Festival fairgrounds are a mere 5 miles from Hammond and less than an hour's drive from New Orleans or Baton Rouge.
The 2016 incarnation will take place each Saturday and Sunday from November 5 through December 11 as well as on Friday November 25. Hours are 9:45am until dusk.