Mirth & Magic: 2023 Mississippi RenFest!

Camille Reddick
October 6, 2023

Say "good morrow" to fanfare and fantasy when the Mississippi Renaissance Festival marches into Gulfport this fall! The 2023 festival will take place on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Gulfport, MS. Attendees can look forward to two days of interactive experiences and live entertainment. The roster includes live music, interesting demonstrations, dance troupes, pulse-pounding tournaments, and so much more!

The Lore and Magic of Gulfport's Renaissance Festival

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No festival brings to life myths and legends like this one! Attendees will travel back in time to 1306 A.D. to get a feel for what life was like under the reign of King Edward I. In the realm of the Harrison County Fairgrounds, a fierce battle between King Edward I and Robert the Bruce plays out at the same time that side allegiances to Viking King Haakon V Magnusson spring up.

What You'll See at Gulfport's Big Renaissance Festival

This year, the Mississippi Renaissance Festival will offer more excitement than ever before. The event will feature a total of five stages. Make your way to Scotland's Town Square, England's Town Square, Norway's Town Square, Main Street, and Pirate Alley to enjoy different flavors, wares, and sounds! Be entertained by performances and daring feats from mermaids, pirates, and fire throwers. A jousting team will be on hand to dazzle guests with incredible demonstrations. Live music will be provided by Emerald Accent, Pair of Pirates, and many more festival favorites! This all-ages event will also feature a fun petting zoo, an attraction called the Grimm's Forest Adventure, and other fun activities for gallants and maidens!

Calling all believers in magic! One especially notable attraction at this year's festival is a magical unicorn photo booth. Equestrian Chaos and Celisse's School for Equestrian Arts are offering an opportunity for festival attendees to be photographed with tiny unicorns.

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There will be plenty to feast on at this beloved fair! Food will be provided by 10 popular local food trucks that are famous for loaded fries, funnel cakes, burgers, fried chicken, jerk chicken, pizza, and so much more. The list of committed food vendors includes Frye-Daze, Creole Soul, Meatbawl's, Smoke & Geaux, and Archie's Hot Dog Island.

Planning Your Trip to Mississippi's Best Renaissance Festival

This two-day event will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. The address of Harrison County Fairgrounds is 15321 County Farm Road in Gulfport, MS. When purchasing tickets online, attendees can choose from $20 adult general admission, $10 kids general admission, $30 adult weekend general admission, and $16 kids weekend general admission. All kids under age 7 will be admitted for free.

Making the Most of Your Festival Experience

There's no official dress code for the 2023 Mississippi Renaissance Festival. Of course, costumes are welcomed. If you're looking for smart ways to make room for your chemise blouse, suit of armor, or cavalier hat, this rundown of the best travel packing tips and hacks will come in handy! Don't forget to leave some extra room in the suitcase for outfits you can wear while enjoying the many popular attractions found on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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