Entertainment Information

Actors, dancers, and general merry-makers!
Interested in being part of our in-house cast?
Auditions are on Saturday, February 14th, 2015.
Note: You must Pre-Register to Audition by noon on February 13th to be considered.
Come out and play with us!

Travel back to 16th Century England! Enjoy the colorful pageantry of costumed villagers, artisan and musicians, laugh with merry entertainers, and cheer for your favorite knight in a full armoured joust. Castle Gwynn, a full size replica of a twelfth century border castle, welcomes festival-goers to tour the 1st floor and castle grounds. The RoseDan-Freeman Weaponry Collection and Imogene Stones' Tapestry Collection will be on display at the castle. Come share the music, thrill at exciting stage presentations and jousting events, watch the Birds of the Gauntlet, and much more at festive Covington Glen... great entertainment for all ages and a must-see for the entire family.

The year is 1566 and we join our beloved Queen Elizabeth as England hosts the Grand Tournament of Nations, wherein we shall have competitors from around the globe compete for their country's honor and glory - each one trying to gain the coveted title of Grand Tournament Champion, for themselves and their country. Come join us in the fun and revelries that are sure to follow this Festival day.

Free Children's Activities at the Festival:

The Tennessee Renaissance Festival strives to be a family venue, and as such we offer a number of free activities for our younger patrons. Our Children's Area is sponsored by Nashville Parent - check out these opportunities for our wee lads and lasses:

  • consult your program for the time and place of the Children's Knighting Ceremony. Young lads and lasses become Ladies and Masters, so raised by Queen Elizabeth as Peers of the Realm of Covington Glen
  • also check your program for the woodland visit of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, who involve the young ones in an interactive stage performance
  • there's our Children's Arts and Crafts area! (It's off to the left when you first come in through the Bridge.)
    Art and Craft supplies are provided by News Channel 5
  • help your child dress the part and enter the Children's Costume Contest at 12:30pm in the Children's Arts and Crafts area.
  • on Pirate's Weekend young buccaneers can swashbuckle their stuff on stage in the pirate costume fashion show
  • and of course, be sure to fill your children's minds with the Castle Gwynn Educational tour (early in the day), and view the Rose-Dan Freeman collection of weaponry, Imogene Stones Tapestry Exhibit, and see the costumed Castle Knights

  • Just added!  Now you can download our Daily Entertainment Schedule, so you know who'll be where, and when!
    (Schedule is subject to change without notice.)

    Performers included in the 2014 festival:

    Castle Tours Castle Tours Available from 11am to 3pm each Festival Day. Click on Castle Gwynn Tours for details
    The Royal Joust The Free Lancers: Pure excitement and breathtaking action as fully armored Knights on horseback battle for supremacy on the Tournament Field. This year presents the International Jousting Tourney on May 26, 27 & 28 - athletes from around the world meet in true competition. Rated G.
    Please Note: Under Tennessee Law, an equine professional is not liable for any injury to or the death of a participant in equine
    activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, title 44, chapter 20.
    The Human Chess Match For the entertainment of the Queen and villagers alike, kings and pawns compete in a game of Human Chess. Sword-fighting and action abound! Rated G
    Birds of the Gauntlet Master Falconer Kitty Tolson-Caroll brings her beautiful and fascinating birds of prey to educate and entertain you. See winged predators swoop in at dazzling speeds to capture food from Kitty’s hand! Rated G.
    Paulo Garbanzo Blending comedy and amazing juggling into a show of death-defying skill, Paolo's supremacy over the laws of physics is not to be challenged! Rated PG
    Oops! Comedy Knife Throwing Show Paolo Garbonzo and Giacomo the Jester (of Empty Hats) join forces to hurl razor sharp blades at each other, risking life and limb for the entertainment of their fans! Rated PG
    The Fairies of Covington Glen Meet these mysterious creatures for fun and frivolity throughout the day and around the Festival. They can also be seen in Winter's Garden at 10am, 1:30pm, and 4pm. Rated G

    Axel the Sot He's back and better than ever! Straight from the Poop Deck, this seafaring minstrel is definitely adult comedy and NOT FOR CHILDREN. Bawdy songs, naughty jokes, toasts and stories that make you blush. Also join Axel and the rest of the performers as he MCs the Pub Sing at the end of the day. Axel's first 2 shows are rated PG+; Axel's last 2 are shows rated PG-13+.
    The Da Vinci Brothers Comedy Operas Bob DaVinci takes his audiences on a hilarious ride as they become players in his wacky view of art, history, inventions, culture, and opera parodies. Rated PG
    Empty Hats Unplugged...but Wired. This band of talented musicians comes to our village to amaze audiences with their high-energy Celtic music, both traditional and original. Rated G
    Giacomo's Ballads Giacomo of Empty Hats takes the stage by himself, to sing songs from heart. The beauty of love and romance. Rated G
    The Buckle & Swash Show These two hilarious brothers spin tales of pirates, swordfighting and comedy. Rated G
    Ik and the Fairies Join Ik the Troll and his Fairy Friends as they tell fairytails from their point of view. Come learn the truth about the tales you grew up with. Rated G
    Royal Improv Comedy Favorite performers from all over the festival come together to spontaneously create comedy from the audience's suggestions. Rated G

    Robin Hood Join Robin Hood and Maid Marian for magical storytelling, featuring audience members in starring roles. Heroes, villains, cheering, screaming, and hilarity ensue! Rated G
    Queen's Comedy Show Come watch the delegates from Ireland, Russia, Spain, France, and England as they try to decide amongst themselves what the "Challenge" shall be for the Grand Tournament of Nations. Come join the New Castle Player Interns as we present our fun and original comedic-action show - fun for the entire family. Rated G
    Rafferty the Piper The sound of the Highland Pipes will fill the air of Covington Glen - Rafferty joins with Empty Hats for special Celtic music. Performances through out the day. Rated G
    Isaac Fawlkes, Magician Watch Isaac and his sidekick Rocky astound you with feats of magic and comedy. Rated G
    The Secret Commonwealth Middle Tennessee's popular Celtic band with original and traditional music and styles of American and European Folk music. Rated G
    Note: appearing May 17 & 18, only
    Queen's Knighting Ceremony This free activity is a chance for children of all ages to meet and be knighted Queen Elizabeth herself. Rated G
    Ramblin' Rose Demetrius and friends of Empty Hats put their own special spin on music, to put a song in your heart. Rated G
    The Roses Master musician Michael Rosa is joined by lutist Teddy Johnson. Renaissance musicians who will raise your spirits and raise your smiles. Featured throughout the day. Rated G
    Tea with Lady Ettie Do not let her looks deceive you - Lady Ettie is the unquestioned expert in Renaissance fashion and etiquette - just ask her! Her shows will enlighten and amuse any audience. Rated G

    Entertainment staff: 
    David TempleEntertainment Director - entertainment@tnrenfest.com
    Esther CancasiFairy Director
    Darlett SowersCostume Director
    Krista Widmann and Cris NassoFight Directors
    Craig WilkoszArmorer
    Special thanks to the New Castle Player Interns' acting skills in entertaining our festival guests


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