The Louisiana Renaissance Festival takes place every November and December in Hammond, Louisiana, about an hour drive from New Orleans. For six weekends visitors can enjoy Renaissance art, music, and theatre in a fictional 16th-century English village of Albright. It features seven stages with interactive entertainment, more than 600 shops and booths selling arts and crafts like ceramic horns, jewelry, renaissance apparel, perfumes, and other goods. Dozens of vendors, taverns, and pubs offer traditional food like soups in bread bowls, turkey legs, and pies along with refreshing drinks. The fair attracts about 25,000 people annually.
The Louisiana Renaissance Festival took place for the first time in 2000, drawing Renaissance enthusiasts from all over the state. The fair operates on weekends and Friday after Thanksgiving. It closes with a spectacular firework display over the lake.
The atmosphere of Albright is romantic, adventurous, and magical. Hundreds of performers present over 50 shows and many demonstrations every day. Joust Arena hosts exciting jousting competitions between noble knights as well as daily Falconry Shows with hawks, falcons, and owls flying freely during the demonstration.