If you’ve lived on the Northshore for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about the Louisiana Renaissance Festival that takes place in Hammond every November and December. You might not have actually gone and check it out though. I went and did all the heavy lifting for you. I scoped out the shows, the food, the artisans, and the rides so I could tell you all about it. Frankly, I was impressed and can’t wait to tell you everything you need to know about the Louisiana Renaissance Festival.
The Festival is Pretty Magical
If you’ve never been, be prepared to be delighted. There is a complete village built surrounding a lake. I wanted to take pictures of everything! My son who is always nervous about everything was running around happy as can be. You definitely feel as if you’ve stepped into another world.
How to Get Louisiana Renaissance Festival Tickets
All of this is different this year due to covid-19 restrictions. Tickets MUST be purchased online. Tickets purchased before the day of are 25% off. Tickets purchased the day of are full price. All tickets carry a one dollar service fee including the free kids tickets. This year adults are $15, kids ages six to thirteen are $9. Children under six are free except for the one dollar processing fee. Everyone must have a ticket so they can manage the number of people there. There will be a limited amount sold each day, so act early if you want to guarantee a particular day for yourself. The Festival is rain or shine and there are no refunds unless the Festival has to close.
Bring Plenty of Cash
$20 may get you in, but there will be so much that you want to do/eat/buy at the festival that you’ll want to have plenty of cash on hand. Rides ran about $4/person and were perfect for smaller children. There was a wide variety of food and ton of shopping. There were also a plethora of activities for grown-ups such as sword throwing, bow-shooting, blow darts and more. I’m pretty sure my husband would get lost in there if I brought him.
You Don’t Have to Wear a Costume
Most of the people you see at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival will be in costume, but you are by no means required to wear one. I went in jeans and a t-shirt and no one batted an eye. That’s one of the great things about this festival–people are wearing pretty much anything and no one pays you any mind. If I went again I think I would want to dress up just for the fun of it. They also sell tons of medieval garb on the grounds, so if you get there and feel out of place, a corset and a fluffy skirt should fix you right up.
Check the Website for Renaissance Festival Weekend Themes
Each weekend of the Festival has a different theme. The week I attended was a pirate theme. There are also Celtic weekends, time travelers, and romance weekends. Whether you choose to participate in the themes is totally up to you, but I thought it was fun to see all the folks in their pirate gear.
The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is Very Kid Friendly
In addition to getting in free or cheaper, the Festival is very friendly for kids. They have several rides and a maze geared right for the little ones. They also have a toy and candy store on the grounds in addition to a place where you can purchase kid-sized swords and shields. They even have wagon rentals available should your little lady or knight decide they’re not up for all the walking.
Check Show Times Before You Go
There are shows running almost all day, but events like jousting, sword throwing, and the falconry show only happen once or twice so if that’s on your list of must-sees then make sure you know when and where the show will be. The Festival grounds are very large so leave plenty of time to find the show location and find a place to sit. Most shows are included in your ticket price. See each day’s schedule on the website.
Like many things in the time of Covid, there are certain restrictions in place at this year’s Festival. In addition to limiting the number of people allowed on the grounds each day, they ask that all visitors bring a mask. Masks should be worn inside the market shops and whenever you are unable to maintain a distance of six feet from other festival goers (this would most likely be when attending a show or waiting in line for a particular attraction). The Festival asks that attendees please follow these guidelines so they are able to stay open! Temperature checks will also be required upon entry and no one will be able to enter with a fever above 100.4 degrees. For those wishing to be tested for covid, a rapid test can be done on the premises if you would like to purchase one.
So there you have it. A few things you definitely should know before you head out to the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Done right this can be a day of fun for the entire family!
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