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With Spring in full swing, it's time for knights and maidens across the land to start celebrating in style.
Luckily, The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire -- a seven-week bacchanal at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA -- has all your merriment needs covered. To celebrate its 53rd anniversary, the newly expanded faire ups the ante with a dazzling world of jousting knights, medieval themed bands and 1,500 costumed performers all seamlessly spread through the recreated realm of Elizabethan England. Add an interactive role playing game, pub crawls and internationally trained chefs, and it's no wonder why The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is an annual highlight for fun-seeking families.
With 40 performance groups gracing 16 stages spread across 20 beautiful lake-side acres, entertainment is sure to be at the forefront of this vibrant festival, with enough variety to entertain everyone from hipsters to history buffs to fantasy fans. Mingle with the motley denizens of this mysterious world as you walk through Deptford, the recreated royal shipyard city. You'll spot jugglers and dancers, magicians and hypnotists, plus vaudeville acts galore that will have you howling with laughter and marveling at the stunts on display. There's even an adrenaline-charged jousting tournament, where seasoned pros will compete for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (yes, she will be on hand greeting guests!) in an authentic Pas D'Armes.
Looking for that one-of-a-kind exotic leather corset or that manly drinking horn you've always wanted? Then be sure to hit the Marketplace, where over 125 artisans will demonstrate their skill at blowing glass, forging iron and crafting jewelry, all of which will be for sale. You can even learn a craft yourself by attending one of the many workshops, like Celtic drawing or basket weaving, and Children will delight in having their face painted, their hair braided or finding a new puppet friend.
Or escape your world by joining RenQuest! The epic saga brings the worldwide popularity of multiplayer online role-playing games into the live action dimension of the Renaissance fair, and offers gamers the chance to test their role-playing prowess beyond the realm of their computer screens. This season boasts a brand new storyline sure to engage all.
FOOD & DRYNKE
All this merriment is sure to work up an orc-sized appetite. Luckily, The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire has enough delicious food and drink to satiate any cravings. Food is prepared by 23 vendors, meaning you can indulge in some fish and chips or sausages. Not in the mood for meat? Vegetarian warriors will enjoy vegetarian and vegan entrees. Parched? Join the pub crawl, departing twice a day, to sample some of the kingdom's finest ales while joining in bawdy songs alongside wenches, or keep it sophisticated with afternoon tea in the Queen's court.
The 53rd annual Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire runs every weekend through May 17. Tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for children. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Renfair.com.