Being the nerd I am, I had to go to the Maryland Renaissance Faire. The New York one in Sterling Forest was pretty decent so I decided to check this one out too. By comparison, the MD fair took up less area but had more food and activities per square acre. Overall, both were pretty good. Recently I found out about one near Austin and one near Dallas, TX but after having been to several, I did not end up going. The turkey legs are the highlights of the trips. A renaissance fair is usually a weekend nerdy event in which ordinary folks dress up in medieval European costumes, a.k.a cosplay. Through the grounds, usually in a wooded area, people walk around admiring each other. There are many stages for different shows running all day long. Most of the shows are hilarious or historical. Vendor stands are set up side by side with many of those carnival games but with extra twists. You may find archery, throwing axes, throwing knives, and other more dangerous variations of games at these booths. Other booths sell specialty foods. Some sell your typical hamburger or chicken fingers but others sell foods that fit more with the theme of the event. The locations usually feature a fairy tale forest where you may find mythical creatures lurking around. Expect to stay at least half a day at these festivals though I would recommend one day since you are driving out of your way to attend. These festivals usually run for several weeks with different special events on different weekends. Many are held in small towns located near larger cities due to the chosen forest locations. Not every state has one but some states host multiple ones at different locations. Enjoy!