The Tennessee Renaissance Festival has returned for its 36th year; however, this year marks the first festival presented by the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department.
County officials announced April 25 dates for the festival, spanning every Saturday and Sunday in May. Prior to WCPR operation, the festival was privately managed by the Freeman family, who also founded the festival, according to Williamson County officials. The festival grounds, located along I-840 on the edge of Williamson County in Arrington, have been renamed Castle Park.
As part of negotiations with the Freeman family, the county has agreed to preserve the land as park property and has taken over the rights to the festival. They county intends to add other programs, events and rental opportunities to the grounds in the future, according to a release from the county.
Past attendees may notice a few changes to this year’s event. Alcohol sales will no longer be permitted, per county event requirements. A full list of requirements and more information can be found at http://tnrenfest.com/info.htm