Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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The Carolina Renaissance Festival is always so much fun but we all know the traffic is absolutely ridiculous. The last time I went it took me two and a half hours to get in the parking lot. Nuts! Well, this year some big changes are happening because of the traffic situation.

According to WCCB, residents in the area were not happy with so much traffic around. And I don’t blame them! Some folks, including those who purchased homes during the event’s pandemic closure and possibly unaware they were located adjacent to a popular fairground established in 1994, organized to express serious concerns for traffic on festival event weekends.

Festival organizers met with community representatives and decided to try and come up with a plan that would make the local residents happy and not affect the festival. And festival organizers have come up with a very different plan for this year’s event.

Tickets will be sold online and they’ll be for a specific date, while supplies last. You’ll only be able to get tickets at the festival’s on-site box office on an event day if a date is not sold out in advance. Purchasing advance large group tickets and season passes will remain available. If a date isn’t sold out, then tickets will be available at the festival’s on-site box office.

The new admission ticket program limits the number of tickets available to be redeemed for attendance on each event day. This will make sure the festival knows how many people will have tickets for each day. Buying date-specific tickets will lessen the traffic issues in and around the event.

Another change is the time of the festival. In past years it opened at 10 a.m. This year it will open at 9:30 a.m. The Carolina Renaissance Festival runs weekends October 1 through November 20, and it’s located at the junction of NC 73 and Poplar Tent Road.

By the way, if you’d like to be a part of this year’s festival, auditions are happening later this month!