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The Carolina Renaissance Festival

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Bountiful cleavage? Giant turkey legs? Guys in tights sword-fighting? You can find it all at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, a unique 16th century, European-style party that’s been a Charlotte tradition since 1994. Spread over 20 acres and populated with hundreds of costumed participants, the festival combines outdoor theater, music, circus entertainment, arts and crafts, a bounty of food and even a jousting tournament, always a crowd favorite.

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