We are two-thirds through the 37th Annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF). The first 6 days have featured a variety of sights, sounds, activities and experiences for thousands of patrons. As we embark upon the final weekend and the last 3 days of this year’s event; there is still an abundance of festival fun to be had. The artisans, merchants, and entertainers of Covington Glen are ready to welcome you; so grab your garb, your walking shoes, and start planning your trip today!
May 19, 2023
Blog Post #11: Visit Castle Gwynn Grounds
Visit Castle Gwynn Grounds
The grounds tour begins with Mike Freeman, castle proprietor and festival founder, giving a brief overview of Castle Gwynn’s history and details about the beginnings of TNRF in a quaint setting under a canopy of trees. Entering the castle’s carport, an in-depth video presentation offers an interior tour of the castle, which features many items made during the renaissance period. Visitors can also enjoy walking up the castle steps in between the large turrets and the rear balcony. Exploring the castle grounds reveals unique sculptures and artwork and allows for a greater appreciation of so much created from one man’s vision.
The 37th Annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF) is underway! With all the festivities in full swing, we wanted to bring you an inside look into our two on-site Special Events, Fairy Training and Queen’s Tea, and all the fun these fantastic events have to offer. We are so appreciative of how individuals have embraced these additions to the festival; and we look forward to offering them every festival day.
The merry month of May is here, and it’s finally time to celebrate the Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF)! To help prepare festivalgoers, we’ve put together a short list of tips and quick references to consider prior to attending the event.
Apr 28, 2023
Blog Post #08: TNRF Facility Upgrades
TNRF Facility Upgrades
The sights and sounds at this year’s Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF) promise to be better than ever, with updated structures, new attractions, and more accessibility. Our efforts are ongoing as we strive to maximize the enjoyment of all visitors to the festival grounds.
As the Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF) gates open to the queen’s welcome, until the Festival of Song, concludes the day, patrons are entertained by a variety of musicians, minstrels, jugglers, jesters, pirates and magicians. Prepare to experience swashbuckling, sword swallowing, magic, and more like never before. Our Entertainment Schedule offers an assortment of comedic and musical performances; combat reenactments; demonstrations; royal court interactions and much more!
Apr 06, 2023
Blog Post #06: TNRF Artisans & Merchants
TNRF Artisans & Merchants
Walking through the streets of Covington Glen, with the sights and sounds of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF) in full swing, is always a memorable moment. Acquiring uniquely crafted hand-made specialty items from the artisans and merchants set up throughout the village ensures those fun-filled memories will last a lifetime.
Mar 24, 2023
Blog Post #04: Activities, Entertainment & Events for 2023
Activities, Entertainment & Events for 2023
Each year, The Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF) seeks to provide a memorable experience by offering unique activities and experiences all ages can enjoy. 2023 promises to bring back some popular mainstays of the festival and some exciting new events.
Mar 17, 2023
Blog Post #03: TNRF Weekly Themes & Costume Showcases
TNRF Weekly Themes and Costume Showcases
A frolic through the village of Covington Glen will take you on a surreal journey where history and mythology become reality. Every year, patrons dress as their favorite renaissance character, adding to the festive atmosphere of this popular festival, and we look forward to seeing the costumes you have in store for us this year.
Mar 10, 2023
Blog Post #02: Welcome to Our New Website
Welcome to Our New Website
We proudly welcome you to the new Tennessee Renaissance Festival (TNRF) website. It is our hope that this site will serve as your quick reference guide to information regarding all aspects of this year’s festival. This post will briefly explain the site’s layout and how to navigate its pages easily. We are still making updates to the site, so please check back often for new information about this year’s event.
Mar 03, 2023
Blog Post #01: Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Our Story
The Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Our Story
A postcard of a castle on the Rhine River found in Germany by his father near the end of the Second World War is all it took for a very young Mike Freeman to dream of one day having a castle where he would live. While the fantasies of living the fairytale life fade into memories for most children, calling a majestic castle his home was more of a goal than a dream for this young man. Never wavering in his can-do attitude, Mike put his vision on paper for a high school drafting class project. From a thought, to drawing the plans, to breaking ground on the first tower; Mike, his wife and a group of ardent supporters, transformed a quiet rural area in Tennessee to a landmark destination known for a big white castle and a renaissance festival hosting over 70,000 people a year.