How to Attend the Carolina Renaissance Festival for Free

Carolina Renaissance Festival for Free
Photo by Carolina Renaissance Festival

Knights on horseback, Falconry, and the world’s largest rocking house are just a few things that you’ll find at the Carolina Renaissance Festival this year. The event will be non-stop entertainment every weekend from September 30th through November 19th. The 25-acres of festival grounds will be decorated with castles, cottages, pubs and theatres. You’ll enjoy a true retro experience between all the themed costumes, games, rides, food, and performances.

Over 200,000 people will make their way to the festival, shelling out between $14 to $140 per ticket. While the experience is certainly worth the ticket price, why not find a way to enjoy all this renaissance goodness without paying a thing?

Now that we have your attention, AllTheRooms has a list of five ways you can attend the Carolina Renaissance Festival for free.

1. Work at the festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival for Free
Photo by Carolina Renaissance Festival

Why not attend the festival and get paid to do it? The Carolina Renaissance Festival hires seasonal employees to join the revelry. You can apply for whatever position suits you, from receptionist to performer and everything in between. There’s even a job fair each year where you could be hired on the spot. And yes, you still get to dress in traditional garb while performing your duties.

2. Audition to perform

Carolina Renaissance Festival for Free
Photo by Carolina Renaissance Festival

If you have any kind of musical or acting talent, or even just a colorful personality, you can audition to be a part of the magic. The festival has casting calls for both amateurs and professionals as young as 13 years. Get the whole family involved and make it a fair to remember for everyone. Casting takes place nearby and auditionees are encouraged to apply ahead of time.

3. Be a vendor

Carolina Renaissance Festival for Free

The artisan marketplace offers everything from clothing to pottery and sculpture work. Get your goods in front of thousands of people by applying to be a vendor. While you’ll have to pay a vendor fee, you have a good chance at making your money back and securing some loyal customers. Not only that, but you’ll be right in the middle of all the action.

4. Take advantage of the discounts

Carolina Renaissance Festival for Free
Photo by Carolina Renaissance Festival

You can get your kids in free or receive 2-for-1 discounts by purchasing your tickets at the official box office and presenting coupons available from local vendors. Check the official site for a list of businesses that carry festival coupons and enjoy some major savings.

5. Win free tickets

The Carolina Renaissance Festival offers several opportunities for you to win free admission to the festival by engaging with any of their social media channels. You could win tickets for something as simple as posting a themed picture. Give it a try: this may be your lucky year.

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Christina is a California native who turned world traveler once she discovered that life should be lived on her own terms. Her true loves are nature, books, spiritual growth and street food. While these activities would typically make one a recluse, she hardly ever turns down an opportunity to meet new people. Say hello @getouttheregirl.

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