If you’re looking for a weekend of jousting, revelry, mingling with the royal court along with a variety of food and entertainment then you do not want to miss the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire running weekends through May 22 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale, CA. 2016 marks the 54th anniversary of this whimsical celebration filled with over 1,500 costumed performers and artisans.
Recreating that fabled day in 1574 where the world descended upon the English Seaport of Deptford to entertain Queen Elizabeth – you’ll find a village with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. Find yourself transported back in time as you stroll the village surrounded by jokers and jesters, regal ladies and acrobats performing their daring feats alongside you. Enjoy the entertainment of internationally acclaimed musicians and entertainers or witness the magic of jousting knights performing before your eyes!
Sixteen stages of entertainment featuring more than 40 performance groups such as magicians, dancers, jousters, witty shows, musicians, storytellers, jugglers and improvisation troupes mean there is truly something for everyone. The Clan Tynker Family Circus will leave your entire family laughing at their slapstick antics and pranks. Aaron Bonk’s fire whips and sword show will amaze you and leave you speechless. If you’ve never witnessed the beauty and suspense of The Jousters as they shatter lances against each other you will not want to miss their act! Local favorites including the Poxy Boggards, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Belles of Bedlham and Sportive Tricks also join to entertain the crowds.
If shopping is your preferred form of entertainment, the village marketplace is perfect for you. Over 125 artisans fill the marketplace with hand blown glass, delicate jewelry, authentic renaissance clothing and other crafts. Artists will demonstrate their unique talents as you witness them forging iron, blowing glass or fashioning unique pieces from leather. Children will love the booths featuring face painting, hair braiding or adorable puppets. Visitors can also try their hand at creating their own Celtic drawings, beadwork or trying out basket weaving through classes offered for all ages at Queen’s College.
Foodies can take pleasure in enjoying some of the finest festival food in the country. The Original Renaissance fair brings together local and internationally trained chefs in twenty-three food booths. From a roasted turkey leg to fish and chips and Vegetarian and Vegan options – the choices are endless. The Pub Crawl is not to be missed either. Twice a day revelers wander through five village pubs to tell jokes, make toasts and play games while enjoying the company of Deptford’s many characters.
The most unique feature at Ren Faire is RenQuest. Ren Quest is takes multiplayer online role-playing games into live action. It’s a live action fantasy play where you’re immersed in the Renaissance fair helping Grace O’Malley and her gang solve the puzzle and seek the treasures that await! The adventures that take place in Deptford far surpass any virtual reality!
The Original Renaissance Faire takes place weekends April 2nd through May 15th, 10 am - 7 pm –Rain or Shine. The Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale is the lakeside setting for our village of Deptford. Tickets are $28.95 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12, children 4 and under are always free. Discounted tickets are available online at www.renfaire.com. Group, Senior, Military, Student and AAA discounts are also available. A Vehicle Entry fee of $10 is charged upon entry to the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area by Los Angeles County.
More information can be found by visiting www.renfaire.com.
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