Heh?! What in the world is a Renaissance Festival?
Picture this: Knights battle for the Queen’s favor in Renaissance-era jousting tournament. Vendors hawk their wares. Glassblowers make custom mead goblets, while the crowd watches. The children are enjoying activities and rides. And the entertainers make the crowds laugh, cry, or fear.
That’s a pretty close description of what you’ll find at just about any Renaissance festival. It’s an event people go to where everyone is dressed up in olden clothes (including some of the attendees), and pretend to be back in the Queen Elizabethan times.
It is all so elaborate that the grounds, buildings, arts, everything is made to look like the period. And people even talk in funny, old accents.
“Sit you down and have a laugh!”
If you’re not familiar with Renaissance festivals and fairs, you’re missing out. They’re great fun! Tim and I have been going to them for years. In fact, that was one big thing we missed in Puerto Rico, our yearly Renaissance Festival.
So, naturally when we learned that Arizona has a big one, we went to check it out. You can see the Ren Fest website here.
We were not disappointed! It was much like the Michigan Ren Fest, lots of period-dressed people. Awesome Renaissance-era’ish buildings. Lots of happy people everywhere.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a full-on experience of Elizabethan England, complete with 16th-century games, rides, shows, arts, food, music, and dance.
For us, the shows were the most fun. Our favorite two are the Ded Bob Show and the Washing Well Wenches Show. They are for adults (seriously, lots of raunchy humor) and they are hilarious. The Ded Bob we saw here in Arizona was fantastic!
The weather was a bit hot with afternoon hitting more than 90 degrees but there was plenty of rest in the shade (most of the shows have shade cover) and there are lots of drinks to buy.
Drink Plenty Of Liquids!
The Arizona Renaissance Festival experience is spread out throughout several weekends in February and March. And each weekend has a theme. Think Celtic weekend, or Pirates weekend, or Fairy weekend – you get the idea…
There is no shortage of shopping opportunities at the festival either. You will find anything from jewelry, hairpins, armor, to honey and pottery. It’s great fun if you like shopping. We mostly go for the shows but the point is that there is something for everyone here.
Don’t miss sampling tasty food like smoked turkey legs, friar’s fritters, bread bowls full of stew, and many more delicious delights. There is even a wine tasting!
The highlight for me were the Renaissance Festival pickles. You think that’s weird? Well, I love anything pickled and the ones they sell at the festivals are usually fantastic. Made in giant ceramic barrels and they taste just like the ones my grandma used to make.
The Renaissance Festivals are a unique place for a wedding too. And occasionally, you will see a wedding proposal or the wedding itself. How fun!
If you’ve never done it before, check out the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Where else can you rub elbows with the Queen and her knights? There is something for everyone here, the naughty, the nice, and young and old!