Fantasy fans and fun seekers gather annually under the banner of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Through March 31st, you can join in the fun. Here’s how to make it the best weekend you’ve spent this year!
Once through the gates, guests have a massive fairground to explore, with every corner filled with performers, musicians, artists, and games. Be sure to grab a map, which also includes performance schedules for the 14 stages scattered through the grounds. Some entertainers wander the paths, so keep a lookout for pop-up performances. You may even find yourselves a part of the royal family’s intrigue, at the wrong end of a world-famous whip-cracker’s bullwhip, or cheering for the queen’s favorite at the joust!
Some festival goers may want things on the milder side. While there are certainly surprises around every corner, refer to the map and show schedule to help keep your visit to your preferred content rating. Shows on the schedule are labeled LC for “Loose Cannon” and contain adult content.
Also, young children may find the extensive grounds an exhausting walk. Strollers are available for rent at the front gate, though bringing your own wagon, stroller, or other child carrier can be helpful for longer visits. Older children can join in games like the maze, take on challenges like the rock wall climb, or try one of several low tech/high fun attractions scattered through the park. Be sure to bring cash in small bills for some of these extra games, as well as for food and drink.
Those looking for a more exclusive experience can purchase tickets for The Pleasure Feast. Guests of the royal court can look forward to an exciting feast and exclusive entertainment with the royals. While tickets do sell out quick, there are still seats available for the later days of the festival, and tickets can be purchased on the AZ Renaissance Festival website (http://arizona.renfestinfo.com). Just look for the links for The Pleasure Feast.
Whether jousts are at the top of the list, or exclusive artisan works are your quest, or even if your interests lie in the visual and musical wonders of the festival, you will not be disappointed. Dressing up is wholly optional, though encouraged. For any looking to dress up without the commitment of a purchase, costume rentals are available, though for an extra fee. The main goal is old-fashioned revelry, not complete authenticity. Come laugh, eat, dance, and huzzah with the best of them at the Renaissance Festival!
Tickets can be purchased at Fry’s, online, or at the door.