Since 1977, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century English village on a beautiful 25-acre wooded site. The village consists of craft and food booths, five pubs, eight major stages, a Jousting Arena and lots of games. Listen to a musician, watch a demonstration of glass blowing, quench your thirst, whet your appetite, pick up the latest gossip from the fishmonger, thrill to the combat joust and browse the many fine craft booths. Performers from across the North America entertain on the Festival's many stages while the streets and woods are filled with characters to amuse and delight. Games of chance and skill are at every turn of the Festival. Free pony rides, a free children's activities area, a maze, and archery are only some of the offerings for fun for all ages.