The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is a fair like no other. At no other fair will you get to experience the spirit of the Renaissance, a period in history when individuals celebrated the awakening of an idea.

Starting on Saturday, April 4 and lasting until Sunday, May 17 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire will allow visitors to experience the Renaissance period with artisans, entertainment, food, games, rides and so much more!

There will be activities for everyone and some are perfect for children, including the “Gnome Quest,” “Merlin's School of Magic” and "The Giant's Treasure." In addition, there will be a plethora of arts & crafts and costumes that will take you back in time to this cultural, historical period.

Renaissance enthusiasts should note that this year’s event promises numerous new entertainment performances and shows:

Pub Crawl: Laugh, sing and stumble your way through the Faire in a guided tour of their finest pubs! The Pub Crawl visits 6 pubs - and you receive one drink at each location - anything on tap! Including cider! There are two crawls daily: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Crown and Anchor Pub to begin your crawl.

Pirate Weekend (April 11 & 12): Dress as your inner pirate and enter our Costume Contest! Sign up at the Guest Services booth at the top of the Food Court. All contestants will gather and toast in the Food Court Area from 3:30 to 4pm. While the Pirate Party Pursues, anonymous judging will occur. They’ll close the gathering with a group photo. The winners of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s Pirate Booty will be announced at 5pm.

Time Traveler Weekend (April 18 & 19): Sign up at the Guest Services booth at the top of the Food Court. All contestants will gather and toast in the Food Court Area from 3:30 to 4pm. While the Time Travelers meet and greet, anonymous judging will occur. They’ll close the gathering with a group photo. The winners of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s Steam Punk Awards will be announced at 5pm.

Bacchanal (May 16 & 17): Local and regional Home and Craft Brewers venture to the faire to demonstrate and educate you with a sample of their hearty concoctions.

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Yummy culinary delights will be available at many booths throughout the grounds. A Fish & Chips booth will serve up all your favorite seafood combos: fish and chips, oysters and chips, calamari and chips, shrimp and chips, shrimp cocktails, oyster sliders and oyster shooters. You can also indulge in traditional English Renaissance staples like turkey legs, sausage, bread, cheese and more.

To top off the Renaissance culinary experience, visitors can get their mouths on yummy, delectable sweets like caramel apple dippers, "dirty" cupcakes (chocolate cupcakes with an Oreos baked inside!), churros, sweet peach fritters, French crepes, cream puffs, gourmet sorbet and so much more!

So, if you’re someone who appreciates culture and history along with good entertainment and scrumptious food (or if you’re just a total Renaissance/medieval buff), then the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is where you need to be.

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire takes place on Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale from Saturday, April 4 through Sunday, May 17.

Download the coupon to save $2.50 off an adult admission.

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