As Smith points out, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is a high-touch, not high-tech, participatory event. Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in a different era when they walk through the gates, but he also suggests some basic planning before arrival.
Come prepared to walk. It’s a rural setting with no paved paths. Though primarily set in the woods, there are portions, such as the jousting events, that take part in open areas. Keep in mind footwear, sunblock, and hats, especially if watching the joust is on your itinerary.
To that point, be forewarned, it’s impossible to see it all in one day. To avoid missing things you want to see, or to keep from being that person who walks in the gate and stands there not knowing which direction to go first, visit the festival website before your journey.
There’s food vendors, shows, artisans displaying their crafts, a sword swallower, jousting – if savoring a turkey leg and drinking ale is what you want to do, make sure to plot your course and have a plan in-hand.