Renaissance Festival - Arizona 2015
'AZ Ren Faire' Celebrates 27 Years Of Cheers
December 15, 2014
Celebrating 27 years of cheers, the Arizona Renaissance Festival opens every weekend on Saturday and Sunday, from Feb. 7 through March 29, 2015 and Presidents' Day, Mon., Feb. 16, 2015. Ye Olde Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. And, there's always free parking.
The AZ Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, attraction with a 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, and jousting tournament - all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. The Renaissance Festival is held near Apache Junction, Ariz., - between Phoenix and Tucson.
For visitor information call (520) 463-2700 or visit RenFestInfo.com
The Pleasure Feast
A most special event within this giant event is The Pleasure Feast. This is a one-and-a-half hour, five-course medieval feast with live music and comedy entertainment, fine food and ample drink, plus festival gifts and souvenirs. With limited seating twice daily, advance feast reservations are recommended.
Interaction On The Street
The most unique experience at the Renaissance Festival is the interaction with actors on the street who make everyone a part of the Village at Play.
Kids will love the interactive games and people-powered rides, Da Vinci's Flying Machine, The Slider Joust, Piccolo Pony- a rocking horse bigger than an elephant! There is also the Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, the Maze, Archery Range and much more!
Those washer wenches don't just act silly on the stage; they make sure their audience members make fools of themselves too. The King is not just some guy in a crown; when you meet royalty at the Festival, it is hard not to bow with everyone else.
Maybe you will be asked to carry a secret message for the Lord Sheriff, or you may find yourself the object of a poet's admiration or scorn. Don't shy away from these encounters - you'll have so much more fun if you jump right in! Find out what events are happening this year at the Az Ren Fest.
Renaissance Faire Costumes
Visitors can choose from over 100 medieval costumes in children, adult and plus sizes. There are clearance prices on some costumes. See more Renaissance Shoppe Costumes at BuyCostumes.com
What To Do At The Festival
There are so many things to do at the AZ Renaissance Festival that one needs to spend an entire day to experience the full event. Browse over 200 elaborately adorned shops offering an array of traditional goods surrounded among 13 stages of entertainment.
Walk among more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, and musicians who roam the medieval replica village providing entertainment.
The Renaissance Festival experience is meeting and interacting with these colorful characters, shopping for arts and crafts, and taking in a selection of over 150 shows every event day.
There is a great variety of food for feasting, and a bevy of beverages including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, turkey legs, honey mead, beers and ales, along with soft drinks and lemonade.
Renaissance Street Shows And Entertainment
One of the most popular attractions at the AZ Ren Fest is the live jousting tournaments held three times daily, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio.
The 16th century Festival is home to many popular traditions including chomping down on a giant roasted turkey leg, and also features demonstrations of time-honored crafts such as weaving, glass blowing, blacksmithing and pottery throwing.
Thank You, Robert Zucker
Photos and text courtesy of the Arizona Renaissance Festival and Robert Zucker, EMOL.org