The Main Street Merchants' Bazaar will run from 10:30AM to 4:30PM both days.
From 7PM to 10PM Friday is Pirate Whitley’s Ghost Walk & Hunt ($15 per person) and there is also a free viewing of the movie "The Goonies" in the Palmyra Village Park at dusk (approximately 8:30 to 8:45PM).
Saturday has even more events including the Jolly Roger 5K Run & Jog at 9AM, Pirate Central, Historic Palmyra Pirate Tales, a scavenger hunt, a pirate puppy parade, a ghost tour ($5) and a Hawaiian Luau Jam ($25).
Palmyra is a place for all seasons so there is plenty more to check out while you're in town including several historical museums with discounted entry during Pirate Weekend.
Registration for the Jolly Roger Walk & Jog is from 7AM to 9AM.
Grand Haven, Michigan is home to the 8th annual Michigan Pirate Festival for 7 days starting Monday August 4th through Sunday the 10th.
The Michigan Pirate Festival has partnered with the Loutit District Library for fun filled week long event throughout the Grand Haven area.
The festival offers a week of fun, entertaining, and educational programs including a discussion series devoted to showing how real pirates lived, played, and plied their trade for good and ill from the Buccaneer Wars to the American Revolution.
Pirate re-enactors sail into Grand Haven's waterfront, fire real cannons and muskets, and wander the streets of the city bringing all of the adventure of the Golden Age of Pirates with them.
I couldn't find a weapons policy on the webpage so it would be best to contact the event planners for information regarding swords and knives. However if you include any pirate swords as part of your costume make sure they are sheathed and peace tied for safety.
This weekend's theme is Music & Dance. There will be belly dancing troupes, Pipe Bands, Celtic Musicians, and Irish Dance Groups throughout the festival all day long.
You'll enjoy watching the Joust performed by The Knigths of Noble Cause Productions each day at 11:30AM, and 2:30 & 5:30PM. You're going to want to check out the Endangered Cat Show at the Castle Rose Stage 4 times each day.
Plus the will be food, drink and merchants throughout the town so plan on a full day of delight, entertainment and fun.
The Festival is open 10AM-6:30PM Saturday and Sunday rain or shine and while there are no pets allowed in the Festival there is Free Parking as always.
So come enjoy a fun filled medieval style day of Dance, Music and more this weekend.
June brings Graduation celebrations and Father's Day. I remember my graduation open house in 1980. I received "a lot of money" and it was greatly appreciated as I was traveling to Europe that summer. However I also received a unique gift that day. A sailboat made from copper my cousin Gary Piper gave me. Long after the money was gone I had that sailboat. It was finally lost in a house fire over 20 years later.
So if you have a graduation open house to attend you may want to be the one who gives the gift that is kept, remembered and treasured for years to come. There are a lot of unique gifts but the right knife or sword might be the decoration or tool to give someone they will always remember.
This month is also the time to celebrate the Father's of these fine young adults graduating High School and college. Yes the third Sunday of every year, June 15th this year, is Father's Day. The time we take to honor the masculine half of parents. A man can always use a knife in his tool collection even if they already have one or two. :)
In honor of these two celebrations Excalibur Brothers is having a Graduation and Father's Day Sale. For a limited time you will receive 15% off your order before shipping charges. Plus if your order after discount is $199.01 or more and you live in the 48 contiguous United States you will receive free ground shipping.
There are a lot of great gift ideas for both Dads and Grads.
The 2014 Bay Area Renaissance Festival is in full swing at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) in Tampa, FL. This is the festival's 22nd year and once again each weekend has a different theme.
The festival started on February 22 and is open 10AM to 6PM every Saturday and Sunday through April 6, 2014 plus Friday April 4, 2014.
Since St. Patrick's Day is Monday March 17 this weekend's theme is naturally Shamrocks & Shenanigans and is billed as Tampa's largest St. Patrick's Day party.
You'll be able watch a variety of Highland Games that were popular during Medieval Times in Ireland as well as enjoy a variety of Irish music and dance.
There will be a Breamar Stone Throw, an open stone throw, a heavy weight toss for distance competition, Caber toss among many other events culminating with an awards ceremony at 4:45PM.
You'll also get the chance to shop at some amazing Irish Vendors and sample a variety of Celtic food while at the festival this weekend.
Tickets are only $19.95 at the gate for Teens & Adults ($16.95 if purchased online in advance) and $11.95 ($8.95 in advance) for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are free. There is a $10 charge for dog admission (Registration Required)
To learn more about the Bay Area Renaissance Festival and the various themed weekends check out this YouTube video produced by the festival organizers.
According to the website firearms are banned on the festival grounds. Swords, knives, dirks and daggers are allowed as part of your costume but must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. No drawing of weapons is allowed during the festival and you must be 18 to include a weapon with your costume. It also states that axes, claymores, maces, antique firearms, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site.
If you'd like to see more examples of what to expect when attending the faire check out this YouTube sword fighting contest video.
This annual event helps raise funds for The Lions Club of Lakewood, NJ. They supply vision and hearing screenings, eyeglasses and hearing airds for the needy as well as scholarships for graduation high school seniors.
The Lakewood Lions and the SCA first transformed the park into “Ye Village of Pine Park in the Barony of Carillion in the East Kingdom” on September of 1981.
Harken back to medieval times and see what life was like during the Europen Middle Ages. Throughout the day there will be archery competitions, Knights in hand to hand combat, weapon throwing competitions, fencing and yes even several rounds of jousting.
It's a great way to have some fun and give back to the community at the same time. This is a truly affordable event as well. Adults are only $10.00, Children 6-12 only $1.00 and wee ones under 5 years of age are free.
Check out this YouTube video of the jousting match from the 2010 event.
The website doesn't have a FAQS page or discuss their weapons policy so it would be best to contact them before you include and swords or knives as part of your costume. As always it's best to peace tie any medieval weapons you want to wear.
I finally got to go to the Gasparilla Parade this year. I've visited Florida in January several times over the last few years but never had the opportunity to attend the event. So this year I made sure to bring my camera.
It took me a little bit of time to learn how to remove the audio from the video as someone in the background was being rather rude and offensive (at least until they saw we had children with us) so I didn't want to expose you to that language.
I found some royalty free music that was rather upbeat to replace it with. I hope you enjoy this video and we look forward to providing you with several more over the next month.
We'd like to thank everyone who came buy and visited or purchased from Excalibur Brothers over the Holiday weekend and especially on Cyber Monday. Due to the overwhelming response we have decided to extend our sale until Midnight at Thursday November 29, 2012.
It's folks like you that give us reason to be thankful for being in business. No matter what your sword or knife needs we hope we have something you will want and love. If it weren't for you we simply would be in business. This means we strive to offer the best service possible and if something isn't right we will make it right. Your satisfaction comes first.
If you ever have a question, comment or complaint feel free to call me directly on our toll free line 1-877-220-3259 and for Lawrence (I might even be the one answering the phone) and I will be happy to talk with you personally.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you and I look forward to serving you again soon.
Just a reminder that Excalibur Brothers is offering 10% off all orders for Cyber Monday. We also have several extra special deals on the home page where you save not only 10% off our everyday sale price but an additional $10-$25 depending on the item chosen.
After the ordeal of Black Friday those who still haven't found all the great deals that they wanted are encouraged to "shop small" and support small businesses both local and online.
Small businesses offer a unique advantage over the big box stores in that while you may not find the latest and great electronic gadgets and gizmos at super low prices you will get great deals on items not found in those impersonal super stores. Plus you'll receive great personalized service from owners and employees who actually care about their customers.
Small businesses are the backbone of the American and world economy. While figures may differ depending on the source used it's commonly agreed that small business (companies with fewer than 500 employees) employ over 50% of the US workforce and may account for up to 75% of those in the job market. The difference is that many one person or owner operated companies get missed by many of the statistics if there is no payroll data being reported to the government.
Excalibur Brothers is pleased to be in the small business category. What this means is that Excalibur Brothers is small enough to care about their customers and visitors. We know that you the customer are vital to the survival of our business and that we must take care of you in a professional and courteous manner or we will not survive. So we offer great service, competitive pricing, fast shipping and the promise that if and when a problem arises with your order that it will be taken care of to your complete satisfaction.
Customer satisfaction takes priority over "making a buck" at Excalibur Brothers. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase or we will make it right. We are so confident that you will love your new sword, knife or medieval gothic novelties that we back it with a 10 day no questions asked satisfaction guarantee. We don't charge a restocking fee like many companies and while return shipping is the responsibility of the customer we even refund any ground shipping you may have paid when you placed the order. In the unlikely event of a damaged or defective item we even pay the shipping to have the item returned and replaced.
So to celebrate being in the Small Business category we encourge you to "Shop Small" today November 24, 2012 as part of the Small Business Saturday event sponsored by American Express. During our Small Business Saturday Sale we are offering 10% off our everyday sale prices and even have a few extra special items that you will save from $10 to $25. We'd love to be able to offer 75% off our prices like the "Big Box" stores but the truth is we don't mark our product up enough to be able to mark them down that much. That means everyday you are getting the best prices we can offer and still make a fair profit and stay in business.
So today and everyday remember to "Shop Small" and keep the American economy growing.
Thanks for visiting and shopping with Excalibur Brothers.
This is the final weekend of the 9th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. The fair runs from 9AM to 6PM this Saturday and Sunday November 17 & 18, 2012 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds come rain or shine.
You'll experience knights in shining armor, jousting, sword fighting, minstrels and belly dancers. Naturally you'll be able to feast on giant turkey legs and other delectible treats from medieval times. There will be rides and games for the kids and 11 stages of entertainment with over 75 shows daily.
Don't forget to visit the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food stands and snack booths. Check out the official commercial courtesy of YouTube and the Sarasota Medieval Fair.
Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume to really get the feel of the fair but if you include any bladed weapons with your costume they must be sheathed and peace-tied for safety.
Excalibur Brothers is excited to announce that you can now purchase your favorite swords and knives and take up to 6 months to pay for them. During the checkout process simply choose PayPal as your billing option and then choose the "Bill Me Later" option.
Plus from now through November 30, 2012 if your order totals more than $99 you can have no payments AND no interest for 6 months. (Credit approval is required and balance must be paid within 6 months to avoid accruing interest on the purchase)
If you are already a "Bill Me Later" customer you don't even have to apply. This is just in time for Christmas too.
Even if you are only shopping for yourself and wanted that really cool sword you thought you'd need to save money for you can order it and make payments instead of trying to save it all up ahead of time.
Now more than ever Excalibur Brothers offers you the products you want at competitive prices with fast shipping and now financing available. Thank for shopping at Excalibur Brothers.com
Friday night is Festival Pub Night from 6:00PM to 10:00 PM and admission is $8 per person but the first 50 people receive free admission. Saturday the festival gates are open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM and Sunday's hours are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM with a closing ceremony at 4:00PM.
There will be musical performances all day long, as well as Bagpipe Bands, Celtic Merchants & Eateries, Scottish Clans, Heritage & Cultural Booths, Highland Athletics & more.
Admission on the weekend is $15 for ages 16 to 64. Ages 6 - 15 are only $5 per day while children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Seniors 65 and older are only $10 per day and all adults can get a Saturday/Sunday 2 day pass for $20.00
To get a feel for the type of music you can expect check out this YouTube video of The Out of Kilters at last years event.
The 13th Annual City of Farmington's Renaissance Faire is taking place this weekend in Farmington, NM at the Rocky Reach Landing in Animas Park off Browning Parkway.
Admission to this event is free and there is parking available for only $3.00.
There will be lots of food, fun and entertainment. The faire is open on Saturday from 10AM to 7Pm and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM.
Check out this YouTube video of Las Gitanas gypsy dancers from last year's event.
I could not find a weapons policy on the website so it would be best to contact the event coordinators to find out the actual policy but as always if you include swords and knives as part of your costume make sure you have them sheathed and peace tied for safety.
The days are growing shorter and the nights are getting colder. This always signals the end of renaissance faires and medieval festivals in the northern states. But there are a few weekends left to hang out and have fun. One example is the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
The faire is still running this Saturday and Sunday October 13-14, 2012 and next weekend October 20 & 21, 2012. The event is open 10:30AM to 6:00PM both days. If you buy tickets online they are only $16.99 for teens and adults a savings of $3.00 off the gate price. Children ages 5-12 are only $8.99 a savings of $1.00 off the gate price.
There will be tons of entertainment including live music, stage shows and even a full armored joust. Plus this weekend's theme is Oktoberfest so there will be plenty of beer and brats at the village pubs as well as the annual pumpkin decorating contest.
Check out this YouTube video from the jousting and sword fighting events earlier this year.
A few notes about the festival. No pets are allowed, you may not bring outside food or beverage into the village and all weapons must be tied in a sheath at all times.
Hi I'm Lawrence Piper the owner of Excalibur Brothers.
It's Halloween time, my favorite time of year. Not only because you get to dress up in costume and be someone else. Not only because there is always candy, parties and plenty of festivites. But also because it's my birthday on Halloween.
Perhaps you've seen this picture on the home page. This was me a couple of years ago. I used a normal Knight's costume found during Halloween season at one of the specialty costume stores that pop up. But I added one of the 22-9900 Medieval Knight's Helmets, a chainmail coif that has since been discontinued and a 20-9064OL Braveheart Medieval Sword.
This Halloween is even more special because this is my 50th birthday and being a true Hobbit and LOTR fan I want to give everyone who comes to my birthday party a small present in true hobbit fashion. That's right if you buy something now through Halloween October 31, 2012 you will an additional surprise item included with your order automatically. If you spend more than $199 and your order is shipped in the lower 48 states you get free ground shipping as well.
So stop on in, look around, you're sure to find something for your Halloween costume and it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas presents for the knife, sword and medieval enthusiast in your life.
The final weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival begins today Friday Sept 28, 2012 and end this Sunday September 30, 2012. The festival is open from 9AM to 7PM Rain or Shine.
There will be 16 stages of live entertainment, over 250 artisans and crafters and Live Armored Jousting. The Joust is held 3 times daily at 11AM, 1PM and 4PM.
The final weekend's theme is Shamrocks & Shenanigans where the realm will be celebrating all things Irish. Admission is only $18.95 for teens and adults and $10.50 for children ages 5-12.
Check out this YouTube video from the Jousting Event earlier this year.
The website does not list a weapons policy on their FAQS page so make sure to check with them before including them as part of your costume. There is a costume contest each morning at 9AM near the main gate and first price is free admission to the faire that day.
Admission is only $10 for teens and adults at the gate and you can save $2.00 if you order in advance online. But today is the last day advance tickets will be available. If you don't get them today you will be paying full price at the gate.
While there are many shows to chose from one of the main events of the faire is the full contact jousting that takes place every year. This year there will even be two contestents from the History Channel show "Full Metal Jousting" as well as the host of the show Shane Adams.
Last year's 2011 Faire was even featured on a PBS program. Check it out.
If you plan to bring weapons such as swords, knives and axes they must be sheathed and peace tied for safety. If you are caught removing the weapons you will be asked to leave. Bows are also allow but you may not bring real arrows and under no circumstances are real firearms allowed.
If you need a weapon for your costume make sure to check out the swords, knives and battle axes categories of our site.
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is in full swing once again boasting a 36 year run. The festival which began September 1st, 2012 is open Saturdays & Sundays through October 14 plus Columbus Day Friday October 12.
Every weekend has a special theme and this weekend is the 6th annual Pet Festival featuring Page the Elephant. There will be a dog show, pet costume contest as well as pet vendors and rescue groups. Other events include a Men in Tights competition, Master/Pet Look-alike contest and a Hot "Dog" eating contest.
Teen & Adult tickets can be purchased at the gate for $19.95 and children 5-12 are only $10.95. If you purchase tickets online in advance they are $16.95 & $9.45 respectively. Students & Seniors are only $17.50 regardless of when purchased.
Also this weekend if you bring 5 cans of food for the Harvester's Food Network and receive $5.00 off admission at the gate.
Check out this YouTube video of this years Jousting Event.
According to website swords, knives & weapons are strictly prohibited from being part of your costume so make sure you come unarmed.
The New York Renaissance Faire is celebrating it's 35th anniversary this year. The faire operates every Saturday and Sunday from August 4th until September 23, 2012 from 10AM to 7PM rain or shine.
You'll enjoy a variety of entertainment from musical groups & acrobats to magicians and pirates. Admission at the gate is $22 for teens and adults and $11 for children ages 5-12. Adults can save $2 and children $1 per day if you purchase your tickets online at the ren faire's website.
This Saturday September 8th is even more special as it is the 3rd Annual ASL Day. The faire will have American Sign Language interpreters available at 6 different stages to translate the happenings to those with hearing problems.
You can even make plans to get married at the ren faire. Check out this YouTube video of one of the 2011 wedding ceremonies.
Don't forget if you use swords and knives as part of your Ren Faire costume make sure they are peace tied for safety. If you need a sword to give your costume that authentic finishing touch be sure to check out Excalibur Brother's medieval sword replicas here: http://www.excaliburbrothers.com/swords/medieval-swords
Excalibur Brothers is honoring all the hard work and effort that goes into producing the various Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals by declaring August as Ren Faire Month.
To celebrate the event and to honor all the hard workers and dedicated visitors Excalibur Brothers is offering 10% off all orders (excluding shipping charges) the entire month of August, 2012.
For those in the western part of the United States the San Jose Renaissance Faire is this weekend August 4th & 5th, 2012. Hours are 10AM to 6PM Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. Admission is just $18 for adults, $13 for teens 13-17 and those 62 years of age and over. Children ages 6 to 12 are only $8 and children under 6 years of age are free.
Check out this YouTube video promoting this year's event:
We are very disappointed to hear of the demise of such a young event and hope this is not a continuing trend. We love the various renaissance festivals and medieval faires around the country and look forward to exploring them further as time goes on.
We wanted to bring this to your attention in case you had plans to attend and had not heard of the events demise.
Unfortunately the Grand Canyon Renaissance Faire in Williams Arizona that was scheduled for Jun 29 - July 3, 2012 has been rescheduled until next year 2013. Actual dates have not been announced.
If you had plans to attend the event the event coordinators sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. While they were looking forward to a wonderful event this year certain circumstances would have compromised the quality of the event and the decision was made to postpone for a year.
Do you live in Northern California?
Is your Dad a medieval entusiast?
Looking for the perfect last minute Father's Day gift?
Check out the Northern California Pirate Festival at the Vallejo Waterfront in Vallejo California.
The 6th annual event is taking place this Father's Day weekend June 16th & 17th, 2012 and best of all it's FREE admission. That's a rare occurence in the world of pirate, medieval and renaissance festivals.
Check out this YouTube video from last years event.
The website doesn't state a weapons policy so make sure to check with the event coordinators before including any pirate swords or knives as part of your costume.
The 36th Annual Colorado Renaissance Festival begins this weekend June 9, 2012 and runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6:30PM, rain or shine, until July 29, 2012.
Adult admission is $18.95 at the gate and Children 5-12 are only $8.00 (Children under 5 are free). You can also order online and save $3.00 and $1.00 respectively on adult and childrens tickets. The only drawback is the tickets are mailed rather than downloadable.
Check out this YouTube video of the Jousting Tournament taken during the 2011 event.
Don't forget to check out our medieval swords section for a full selection of replica and tournament ready swords.
I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day this 4th of July. Hope you have a safe and fun filled day.
Excalibur Brother's is running an Independence Day sale on their swords and knives. Get 15% off all orders over $50.
Here's a quick little YouTube video of the finale of the Fireworks Show last night in Jenks Sooner, OK. Looking forward to our local ones tonight.