List of Renaissance fairs

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This is a list of Renaissance fairs worldwide.

America[edit]

United States[edit]

Below are the US fairs which regularly have at least a two-week or better run. Most are open weekends-only during the periods indicated. Note: states are listed first and dates are codified to facilitate searching by state and by date.

Name State Location & Site Type Setting Info Year Opened Area & Other Info Annual Season Attendance Reported Reference/External Link
Arizona Renaissance Festival Arizona Gold Canyon; permanent site Village of Fairhaven; 1989 30 acres; 13 stages; (02a) early February – mid March 265,000 (2004 season) Royal Faires – Arizona
Bay Area Renaissance Festival Florida Museum of Science & IndustryTampa; permanent site Village of Futtleworth; King Henry VIII, Germanic mercenaries, Celts, some fantasy elements 1979 pet friendly; (02b) mid-February – early April up to 80,000 in 1990s Bay Area RenFest
BlackRock Medieval Festival Michigan Olde World Village, near Augusta; permanent site Village of Garran Hollow; Viking Queen and Duke, Pirates and other characters 2012 30+ acres, 5 stages (07b) mid-July - early August BlackRock Medieval Festival
Bristol Renaissance Faire Wisconsin Kenosha; permanent site 1574 Bristol, England; Tudor, some fantasy aspects 1977 30 acres; 16 stages (07a) July – Labor Day weekend 198,000 (season)[1][2] Bristol RenFair
Camelot Days Medieval Festival Florida Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, Hollywood; non-permanent site Arthurian times 2003 pets allowed; (11b) mid-November 4,000 (2012)[3] Camelot Days
Canterbury Renaissance Faire Oregon Silverton 16th century village of "Canterbury"; Elizabethan England 2009 (07b) mid-July 10,000[4] Canterbury Faire
Carolina Renaissance Festival North Carolina Huntersville; permanent Fictional "Fairhaven" 1994 22 acres (10a) October – mid-November 160,000 (2010 season)[5] Royal Faires – Carolina
Colorado Renaissance Festival Colorado Larkspur; permanent 16th century Tudor village; pirates, fantasy elements 1975 60 fair acres; 338 total acres including camping (06a) June – July 200,000 (2011 season)[6] Colorado Renaissance
Connecticut Renaissance Faire (Fall) Connecticut Norwich King Henry VIII (England village of "Norwichshire") 1999 (09c) late Sep. – late Oct. 30,000 (season) CT Faire
Connecticut Renaissance Faire (Spring) Connecticut Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford; semi-permanent Robin Hood (England circa 1150 A.D.); Sleeping Beauty; fantasy elements encouraged 2010 five stages; parking (05a) late May – early June 2,000/day; three weekends[7] Robin Hoods Faire
Des Moines Renaissance Faire Iowa Festival Park, Des Moines; permanent 16th century "Canterbury-on-Sherwood"; pirates, barbarians, fantasy 2002 (09a) Labor day weekend – late September 12,000 (season) Des Moines Renaissance Faire
Door County Fantasy Renaissance Faire Wisconsin Egg Harbor Shire of "Enchanted"; Arthurian, Elizabethan and fantasy elements 2011 (06c) late June – early July Door Co. Renaissance
Florida Renaissance Festival – Deerfield Beach Florida Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach 16th century renaissance 1993 (02a) February – March (including Presidents' Day) 90,000[3] Florida RenFest
Florida Renaissance Festival – Miami Florida Cauley Square Historic Village, Miami; semi-permanent Early 16th century renaissance village" 2009 (04a) April 45,000+[3] Florida RenFest
Four Kingdoms Renaissance and Pyrate Faire Illinois KOA Camelot Campgrounds, Rock Island Multi-setting: Tudor, fantasy, pirate, Viking 2005 (10b) mid-October Four Kingdoms
Four Winds Canterbury Faire Texas Troup; permanent 1633 A.D. in Nottinghamshire and Paris; cavaliers (re: Three Musketeers) 1994 338 total acres; camping (03a) early March – late April Four Winds
Georgia Renaissance Festival Georgia Fairburn; permanent The village of "Newcastle" during the reign of King Henry VIII 1985 32 acres (04b) mid-April – June 250,000 (2004 season)[8] Georgia Ren Fest
Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace Ohio Rock Creek; permanent The 13th century forest kingdom of "Avaloch"; historic, fantasy, super-heroes, futuristic 1992 13 fair acres (07a) July – mid-August 45,000 (2007 season) Medieval Faire
Great Plains Renaissance Festivals Kansas Wichita 1300 A.D. in the shire of "Talonterra" 2004 (04b) mid-April and (10b) mid-October Great Plains
Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire Missouri Wentzville; permanent "Petit Lyon", France during a 16th-century visit from King François I 1998 (05b) mid-May – mid-June 25,000 St. Louis Renaissance
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Florida Alachua County Fairgrounds, Gainesville; permanent Village of "Hoggetowne" during King Arthur's reign 1987 (01c) late January – early February 50,000 (2011 season)[9] Hoggetowne Fair
Iowa Renaissance Festival Iowa Middle Amana Park, Amana Colonies "Medici Grove"; Tudor, fantasy, pirates 1994 (05c) Spring – Memorial Day Weekend 65,000 (season) Iowa RenFest
Kansas City Renaissance Festival Kansas Bonner Springs; permanent 1536 in "Canterbury"; Henry VIII, pirates, some fantasy and Robin Hood 1977 16 acres (09a) September – mid-October 192,000 (2008 season)[10] Kansas City RenFest
Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival Kentucky Eminence; permanent Fictional "Briarwood", Scotland during the 14th century reign of King Robert the Bruce 2005 113 acres (06a) early June – early July 25,000 Highlands Ren Faire
King Richard's Faire Massachusetts Carver; permanent 16th century marketplace of "Carvershire" 1982 80 acres (09a) September – late October King Richard's Faire
Koroneburg Old World Festival California Crossroads Riverview Park, Corona Baron Heinrich von Lauffer's estate in a European village circa 1450-1600 1997 (05b) mid-May – mid-June Koroneburg Old World Festival
Louisiana Renaissance Festival Louisiana Hammond Fall harvest in the 16th century English village of "Albright" 1999 (11a) early November – mid-December 25,000 (2007 season)[11] Louisiana Renaissance
Maryland Renaissance Festival Maryland Crownsville; permanent Fictional Tudor village of "Revel Grove" 1977 25 faire acres; 85 parking acres (08c) late August – late October 280,000 (2012 season)[12] Maryland Renaissance Festival
Mayfaire Renaissance Festival Michigan Marshall 16th Century English village; some fantasy elements 2003 (05a) Last two weekends in May including Memorial Day MayFaire Renaissance Festival
Michigan Renaissance Festival Michigan Holly; permanent "Hollygrove" village, late 16th century England 1979 100 acres (total), 17 acres (festival grounds) (08b) mid-August – end of September 230,000 (2004 season)[8] Michigan Renaissance Festival
Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival Michigan Frankenmuth/Vassar, Michigan; permanent Queen Anna of Bohemia with Martin Luther and various mythical and fantasy characters 2008 5 fair acres; 12 parking acres (06a) June Mid-Michigan RenFest
Middlefaire Renaissance Festival Texas Hillsboro; permanent 1652 A.D. in "Wiltonshire"; buccaneers, baroque characters, fantasy elements 2006 21 acres; camping (06a) early June: Texas Pirate Festival,
(07b) mid July: Magical & Medieval Fantasy Faire, and
(10c) late October – mid November: Middlefaire
3,500 Texas Middlefaire Events
Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire Connecticut Warsaw Park, Ansonia Year unknown, in the Anleighshire, Kingdom of Cuulayne; under fictional King Tonitrus; fantasy immersion 2011 parking (06b) mid-June – early July Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire
Minnesota Renaissance Festival Minnesota Shakopee; permanent 16th Century "England-like" fantasy kingdom 1971 22 acres (08b) mid-August – September 320,000 (2011 season)[13] Renaissance Fest
New York Renaissance Faire New York Tuxedo; permanent The fictional town of "Sterling" in late 16th century Elizabethan England 1978 65 acres (08a) August – September 140,000 (2010 season)[14] Ren Faire – NY
North Carolina Renaissance Faire North Carolina Knightdale; permanent 1575 in the Elizabethan village of "Kingston-upon-Hull" 1995 22 fair acres (04a) early – mid-April 25,000 North Carolina Ren Faire
Northern California Renaissance Faire California Hollister; permanent Fictional town of "Willingtown"; 14th thru 16th centuries 2003 11 acres (09b) mid-September – mid-October 150,000[15] NoCal RenFaire
Northwest Renaissance Festival Washington Nine Mile Falls 1520, in the Tudor village of "Pleasance" 1995 (07a) early July – early August Northwest Renaissance Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival Ohio Harveysburg; permanent 1572 A.D. in the English village of "Willy-Nilly on the Wash;" during the reign of Elizabeth I 1990 30 acres (09a) September – late-October 165,000 (season) Renaissance Festival
Oklahoma Renaissance Festival Oklahoma Muskogee; permanent Mid 1500s Tudor dynasty, "Castleton" border town of Scotland & England,multiple country quarters (Italian,Celtic) 1995 30 fair acres; 40 acres parking (05a) May thru first weekend of June 85,000 (2014 season) The Castle of Muskogee
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Pennsylvania Mount Hope Estate Manheim; permanent 1589 English shire of "Mount Hope"; features Marlowe, Shakespeare and Elizabeth I 1981 35 acres (08a) August – September – October 250,000 (season)[2] Penn Faire
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival Pennsylvania West Newton; permanent "Morelandshire;" during the 16th century 1994 20 fair acres; 280 parking acres (08c) late August – September 55,000 (2005 season) Pittsburgh RenFest
Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California California Irwindale The market at "Port Deptford"; late 16th century 1962 (oldest) 20 acres[16] (04a) April – late May 200,000 (2004 season)[8] SoCal RenFair
Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire Florida Lakes Park, Ft. Myers 900 – 1300 A.D. 1996 (01b) mid-January – late January Medieval Faire
Sarasota Medieval Fair Florida Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota 1381 A.D. 2005 (11b) mid-November 25,000 (2011 season)[17] Sarasota MedFair
Scarborough Renaissance Festival Texas Waxahachie; permanent 1533 Scarborough, under the reign of King Henry VIII 1981 35 acres (04a) early April – Memorial Day 200,000 (2010 season)[18] Scarborough Fair
Sherwood Forest Faire Texas Paige; permanent site 1190, Sherwood Forest; under the reign of Richard the Lion Hearted; some fantasy elements 2010 some camping acreage (02b) mid-February – early April Sherwood Forest Faire
Sterling Renaissance Festival New York Sterling; permanent The fictional village of "Warwick;" 1585 England 1976 65 acres; some camping areas (06a) July - August 140,000 (2010 season)[19] Sterling, NY Festival
Tennessee Renaissance Festival Tennessee Arrington-Triune; permanent 16th-century town of "Covington Glen;" features a full-sized replica "border castle", known as "Castell Gwynn" 1985 68 acres (05a) May 45,000 (2008 season) Tennessee RenFest
Texas Renaissance Festival Texas Plantersville; permanent "New Market" village; 3rd – 16th Century; Roman, Celtic, pirates, fantasy 1974 53 faire acres; 170 camping/parking acres (10a) October – November 606,694 (2010 season)[20] TRF
Three Barons Renaissance Faire Alaska Anchorage; permanent The Italian, Arabic and English camps at the village of "Hillshire;" pirates, fantasy 1992 (06a) early June 3 Barons
Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire Utah Marriott-Slaterville; permanent 1500-1650 in medieval "Hawkhurst;" some fantasy elements 2006 52 acres (05a) May 25,000 (2011 season)[21] Utah RenFest
Valhalla Renaissance Faire California South Lake Tahoe 1580 Elizabethan England; nobility, pirates, barbarians 1993 7 acres (05c) Memorial day weekend – mid-June 49,000 (2010 season)[22] ValhallaFaire
Virginia Renaissance Faire Virginia Spotsylvania; permanent Elizabethan village of "Stafford" in the 1580s; pirates, Celts; inventors 2002 (05b) mid-May – mid-June 10,000 (season) Virginia Renaissance Faire
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Washington Bonney Lake The 1574 village of "Merriwick", England; pirates, carnival, some fantasy elements 2010 150 Acres (apprx.) (08a) August 30,000 (2011 season est.) Midsummer Faire
Wild Rose Renaissance Faire Pennsylvania Columbus, Warren County Middle Ages; pirates, Celts 2007 (06a) early – mid-June Wild Rose

Canada[edit]

Most Canadian events are only one or two days in duration. Only those older than 10 years are listed here.

Name Location Setting Year Opened Area Season Average Seasonal Attendance Reference / External Link
Robin in the Hood Gibson Park, Elmira, Ontario, Canada; (non-permanent) Fictional Elmira; King Richard, Prince John, and Robin Hood 2000 two days; mid-May Robin in the Hood Fair
Royal Medieval Faire[23] Waterloo Park West, Waterloo, Ontario; (repeating non-permanent) Fictional Kingdom of Mearth; Celts and swordsman 1997 one day; late September 5,500 (2009 season) Royal Faire
Montreal Medieval Fair (Salon de la Passion Medievale)[24] Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec; (repeating non-permanent) 2001 Three days; early May Salon Medieval

Australia[edit]

Most Australian events are only one or two days in duration. Those older than 10 years are listed here.

Name Location Setting Year Opened Area Season Average Seasonal Attendance Reference / External Link
Abbey Tournament and Medieval Festival Abbey Museum, Brisbane, Australia 600 – 1600 A.D.; authentic 1990 late June – early July 37,000 (season) Tournament
Balingup Medieval Carnivale Balingup, Western Australia, Australia "Balingup Village" 1996 late August Balingup MedFest

Europe[edit]

Name Location Setting Year Opened Area Season Average Seasonal Attendance Reference / External Link
European Renaissance and Carnival of Venice (Festival Europeo di Rievocazioni Storiche) Venice, Italy Historic "Venezia" in the Middle Ages; many fantasy elements as it is also part of the Carnival of Venice. 1979 at the Piazza San Marco February
castlefest lisse keukenhof 1 holland medieval scenes games and much more with fantasy 2004 Troughout the castle grounds of castle keukenhof earley August http://castlefest.nl/news/
Jorvik Viking Festival York, England Viking town of "Jorvik" in 948 A.D. 1984 At the site of old Viking settlement of Jorvik mid-January and mid-February 40,000 (2011 season)[25] Viking Fest
Kaltenberger Knights Tournament (Ritterturnier) Kaltenberg Castle, Geltendorf, Bavaria, Germany 14th century medieval marketplace; authentic 1980 Throughout the castle grounds. early – late July 120,000 (2010 season)[26] Ritterturnier
Medieval Market of Turku Old Great Square, City of Turku, Finland A medieval marketplace in A.D. 1418 late June 100,000 (2005 season)[27] Medieval Market
Medieval Rose Festival Rhodes, Greece It's 1309 thru 1523 A.D. on the "Island of Rhodos"; some fantasy elements 2005 late May – early July Medieval Rhodes
Medieval Week on Gotland (Medeltidsveckan pa Gotland) Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden 1361 A.D. in the Middle Ages market town of "Visby"; authentic 1984 The entire island early – mid-August Medeltidsveckan
Montelago Celtic Festival (Il Festival di Montelago) Marche, Serravalle di Chienti, Italy Late Middle Ages fantasy Celtic villages, lectures and games 2002 Upland of Taverne, Serravalle, Macerata First weekend of August Montelago Celtic Festival website
Santa Maria Medieval Journey (Viagem Medieval em Terra de Santa Maria) Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro, Portugal The early 15th century in the village of "Feira" marketplace and castle; authentic In the Feira castle and surrounding city streets late July – early August Santa Maria Feira Medieval (Portuguese)
Duke John's Festival (Hertug Hans Festival) Haderslev, South Jutland, Denmark Duke John II's reign in Haderslev, and the bringing of reformation to Denmark The town center of Haderslev Early June Homepage

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note: Attendance peaked in 1990 at 400,000 visitors in seven weekends.
  2. ^ a b De Groot, Jerome (2008). Consuming History. Taylor & Francis. p. 120. ISBN 0-415-39945-9. 
  3. ^ a b c Medieval Faires; p. 33
  4. ^ Faire List; Renaissance Magazine; accessed October 2013
  5. ^ Johnson, Lukas (November 10, 2010). "Travel back in time". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Faires.com Event Record
  7. ^ http://articles.courant.com/2014-05-19/entertainment/hc-robin-hood-springtime-festival-20140519_1_festival-fun-jester Entertainment—HC Robin Hood Springtime Festival]; May 19, 2014 article; The courant; accessed June 2014
  8. ^ a b c Grendler, Paul F. (2006). The European Renaissance in American life. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98486-9. 
  9. ^ Ren Fair Event 56
  10. ^ http://www.basehorinfo.com/news/2008/oct/23/festival-touts-successful-season/
  11. ^ RenFair 78
  12. ^ Ren Fest Background
  13. ^ Holtz, Kristin (August 18, 2010). "Renaissance Festival celebrating 40th year". Shakopee Valley News. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Sunkin, Alyssa (August 6, 2010). "Renaissance Faire's returning, forsooth!". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Renaissance Faires and Festivals", Aug. 14, 2012, Renaissance Magazine.
  16. ^ Renfair info
  17. ^ SaraFair
  18. ^ "Festival Facts". Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  19. ^ Sunkin, Alyssa (August 6, 2010). "Renaissance Faire's returning, forsooth!". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Texas Ren Fest sees record attendance". Houston Business Journal. November 30, 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2011. "The final attendance count of 606,694 was up 24% from 2011 attendance, which welcomed over 490,000 patrons." 
  21. ^ RenFest 149
  22. ^ Ren Fair #150
  23. ^ Royal Medieval Faire...; Wednesday, September, 18, 2013; article page; Waterloo Chronicle online; retrieved March 2014.
  24. ^ French: Le Salon passion médiéval 2013; April 24, 2013; article; Villiers, Evelyne; The Telegram online; retrieved March 2014.
  25. ^ Partners Grp UK
  26. ^ Destination Munich
  27. ^ Turku Event

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