California Renaissance fairs are very popular events. There are several Renaissance Fairs in California during the late summer and autumn season. Queen Elizabeth I and her Royal Court will be very busy recreating history at the various Renaissance fairs in California.
Queen Elizabeth I and Her Majesties Royal Court will be joined by gallant knights in armor, jugglers, jesters, fair maidens, bawdy wenches, gypsies, magical creatures, rogues and all manner of colorful costumed characters in the Renaissance Fairs. Characters are dressed in medieval clothing and Elizabethan garments. Visitors are welcome to participate by dressing in a Renaissance Costume.
Northern California Renaissance Fair
September 8 – October 14, 2007 weekends
Renaissance Village comes to life with diverse group of characters, gossiping washerwomen, bellowing town criers, sword fighters and mischievous fools. The little village of Willingtown comes to life at the annual Market Fair. The highlight of the fair is full contact jousting in the Tournament of Horses Arena.
The day is full of non-stop entertainment. Street and stages boast music from tradition Morris and English Country to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal. Royal Garden stages plays out the original form of Renaissance theater. The villagers prepare for a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I and Privateer Sir Francis Drake.
Six stages boast non-stop entertainment. Celebrate the harvest at the Marketplace., where master artisans offer the latest designs and hand made artwork. Artisans produce blown glass, armor, chain mail, keen blades, romantic clothing, leather-work, wood work, sculpture and much more.
“Enjoy sipping a glass of ale while visiting the fine marketplace. Food vendors serve snacks and meals and beverages. $25. Weekend pass $35. Lodging and hotels in Hollister include Best Western San Benito Inn, Hollister Inn, The Peacock Inn and Ridgemark Guest Cottages.
Big Bear City Renaissance Fair
Fawnskin, California (north shore of Big Bear Lake)
August 11-19, 2007
The Renaissance Fair is in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains in southern California, in the vicinity of Los Angeles. The 16th century Renaissance Fair features Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Court, jousting knights on horseback, archery, belly dancers, living history encampments, juggles, musicians, singers, minstrels and a living history encampment. Adults $15.
California City Renaissance Festival
California City, CA
October 20-21, 2007
See daring knights, maidens, peasants and nobility. Eat the food, imbibe the ale and go craft shopping. $3.
Queen Elizabeth I and her Royal Court invite one and all to celebrate the Harvest season. Semi formal dinner benefits the Arts Commission. $10.
The Escondido Renaissance Fair and Shakespeare in the Park – Fall
Thousand Oaks, CA
October 27 – November 4, 2007 weekends
The Age of Chivalry will be recreated by the “Village of Falcon Bridge” 16th century England is recreated by the villagers and Queen Elizabeth and her Royal Court. The Court is looking for a suiter for Her Royal Highness. Activities include continuous presentations of Will Shakespeare’s new plays, music, jugglers and costumed actors. Merchants will be selling their unique wares. $15.
Folsom Renaissance Fair and Tournament
October 10-21, 2007
Golden Gate Renaissance Fair
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
August 25-26, 2007
Pageantry and entertainment including stilt walkers, jugglers, fire eaters, jesters, swordsmen, food and drink. Recreates the period in history when Queens Jane Gray and Mary Tudor and Princess Elizabeth struggle for power and the crown. $15.
Jousting Championships and Renaissance Fair
Angels Camp, CA
September 22-23, 2007
Over 1,,000 costumed reenactors, jesters, jugglers, belly dancers, armored combat, entertainers, and jousting tournaments. The jousting competition takes place every September in Angels Camp. Music with pipes, drums and traditional Irish sounds. The Celtic Marketplace offers all types of wares, food and drink.
San Diego Renaissance Fair
San Diego, CA
August 4-5, 2007
Balboa Park is the location for this recreation of history.
Truckee Renaissance Fair
Information subject to change.