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  1. 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.
  2. The 32nd Annual Lakewood Renaissance Faire is being held next weekend Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2013.

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. The 11th Annual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire takes place this weekend Friday Nov 2, 2012 through Sunday Nov 4, 2012 at the Hikory Point Recreation Facility of Tavares, Florida.

    The faire features jousting, fire-eaters, jugglers, pirates and more. Over 100 performers and 60 artisans join together to give you a taste of Medieval life in the 16th century.

    Admission is just $13 for ages 12 and up and children 4-11 are only $7.00. Best of all all the proceeds from the ren faire benefit the Education Foundation of Lake County, Florida.

    Check out this YouTube video put out by Lake County Florida that tells more about the faire.



    The website does not specify a weapons policy so please check with the faire coordinator before including any swords, knives, axes or other bladed weapons as  part of your costume.

    If you are looking for a great medieval sword to include with your costume make sure to check out our medieval swords page at http://www.excaliburbrothers.com/swords/medieval-swords
  5. 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.

    As a side note if you are looking for a great sword that will withstand the stresses and trials of Ren Faire combat checkout out the blunt Hanwei Tinker Re-Enactor's Longsword here:  http://www.excaliburbrothers.com/product/SH2395
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The 8th Annual Fishers Renaissance Faire is being held this weekend September 29-30, 2012.

    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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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

    You can also find some tournament ready blunt sword by Tinker & CAS Hanwei on our funtional medieval sword page here: http://www.excaliburbrothers.com/swords/functional-medieval-swords
  11. The 2012 Michigan Renaissance Festival is in full swing again in Holly, Michigan. The faire is running every weekend through September 30, 2012 plus Friday September 14, 2012.

    There are different theme's every weekend. This Labor Day weekend's theme was High Seas Adventure and next weekend's theme is Wonders of The World.

    Check out this YouTube video from this years opening weekend.
  12. 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:


  13. Once again an organization has been forced to cancel a renaissance festival due to lack of sponsorship.

    This time it was the 2nd Annual Missouri Renaissance Festival scheduled for next weekend July 20-21, 2012 at Morse Park in Neosho, Missouri.

    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.
  14. 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.

    For more detail check out their website http://gcrenfaire.com/
  15. 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.
  16. Check out this video from The Brandon Patch about the 2011 Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Fun for all.

    If you need a medieval sword for the festival check out the huge selection here at Excalibur Brothers.