Entertainment Information

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 gardens and castle grounds. Come share the music, thrill at exciting stage presentations, jousting events, and much more at festive Covington Glen - it's incredible entertainment for all ages and a must-see for the entire family.

2021 Royal Masque of Covington Glen

In honor of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, we the residents and villagers of Covington Glen are hosting a Royal Masque!.

Create, Design, and Exhibit your hand-crafted Face Mask and attend the late afternoon Hammerbeam Pub Sing each open day where we will decree and award a "Winner of the Best Royal Mask".


  • Mask must cover both nose and mouth.
  • Eyes must be visible
  • Mask must be hand-crafted by the wearer
  • No full-face masks or costume heads

    A winner will be announced each afternoon during the Pub Sing and a prize will be awarded.

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    (Schedule is subject to change without notice.)

    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, including the woodland visit of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, who involve the young ones in an interactive stage performance. And on Pirate's Weekend young buccaneers can swashbuckle their stuff on stage in the pirate costume fashion show.

  • Performers included in the 2021 festival:

    Castle Tours Castle Tours (grounds and gardens) are available from 11am to 3pm each Festival Day (weather permitting). Click on Castle Gwynn Tours for details
    The Royal Joust The Free Lancers: Pure excitement and breathtaking action as armored Knights on horseback battle for supremacy on the Tournament Field. Three shows daily.  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.
    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.   Rated G.
    Birds of Prey
    Join Master Falconer Ash Cary for an amazing and educational birds of prey demonstration showcasing hawks, owls, and falcons. Hear about each species' adaptations, their impact on the eco-system, and why we need to protect them, as well as a bit of the history of the sport of falconry and how we train our birds.  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 to make you blush. Also join Axel and the rest of the performers as he emcees the Pub Sing at the end of the day. Axel's first 2 shows are rated PG; Axel's last 2 are shows rated R...
    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.
    Buckle & Swash Comedy sword-fighting show! Where Captain Red and his first mate spin tales of pirates and their misadventures on the high sea. Come join the crew and become a part of pirate history. ARRRRRR...!  Rated G.
    Royal Improv Comedy Buckle & Swash team up with colorful characters from around Covington Glen, to entertain you with interactive side-splitting improv comedy. One show daily.  Rated G.
    The Bardbarians A ragtag band of musical mercenaries that will make you laugh AND cry as they enthusiastically butcher the songs you know and love.  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.
    Rafferty the Piper The sound of the Highland Pipes will fill the air of Covington Glen as Rafferty performs his unique piping skills. Rafferty joins with Empty Hats for special Celtic music.  Rated G.
    Isaac Fawlkes, Magician Fawlkes’ blend of comedy and magic is perfect for the entire family. His first responsibility as an entertainer is to entertain the audience and make sure everybody has a good time. And when Isaac Fawlkes takes the stage, everybody does.  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
    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.
    Celticopia Demetrius and friends of Empty Hats put their own special spin on music, to put a song in your heart.  Rated G.


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