Michigan's Upper Penisula is beautiful when summer, short as it is, is in full swing and this weekend Ishpeming Michigan (West on US 41 from Marquette) is hosting thier 15th Annual Art Faire & Renaissance Festival for one day only this Saturday August 2, 2014.
The Festival is open from 10AM to 7PM. Being in a lesser populated area of the country makes this a smaller more intimate affair yet it grows each year and an estimated 2500 visitors are expected this Saturday.
There will be a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Fight demostration at 10:30AM and 1PM. Each performance will be immediately followed by a Samurai Fight Demostration.
There will also be a Kids Parade at 12:45, story telling at noon, a live Theatre Troupe at 3PM, and a costume judging at 5:30PM shortly before the festival ends.
There a several free children's activites scheduled to keep the younger generation entertained and engaged.
Naturally there will be plenty of medieval period food and last year's event brought over 75 vendors displaying thier various crafts and wares.
For a true feeling of festival time in a small medieval town this event is a must see. Sunday would be an excellent day to take a day trip to the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan.
The festival website does not cover their weapons policy so it would be a good idea to contact them but as always if you have a sword or knife as part of your costume it should always be 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.
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.
There will be a Cosplay Costume Contest, pirates, fairies and knights. You'll also see firebreathers, jugglers, musicians and dancers from across the realm. There will also be plenty of medieval food and artisan crafts at the vendors.
The FAQS page states that weapons are allowed as long as they are peace-tied to prevent the weapon from being drawn. Here's the quote from the website.
Make sure that your blade is properly bound so as not to be drawn by anyone else. You may not draw your blades or medieval replica weapons at the festival. Exposed blades and weaponry are expressly forbidden. Violators will be asked to place their blades/replica weapons in their vehicle or will be expelled without refund at the discretion of the festival staff.
Admission this year is only $11 for adults and $5 for children under 12. You can also save up to $7.50 if you purchase your tickets online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.