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List of Renaissance Fairs

This is a list of Renaissance fairs worldwide.

America

United States

Included below are the fairs in the United States which are either notably long running or which regularly have had at least a two-week or better run. Generally, renaissance fairs are open weekends-only during the periods indicated. States are listed first and dates are codified to facilitate searching by state and by date.

Name State Local site & buildings 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 (eight weekends) 265,000 (2004 season) Arizona RenFest
Bay Area Renaissance Festival Florida Museum of Science & IndustryTampa; permanent site Village of Fiddlesworth; King Henry VIII, Germanic mercenaries, Celts, some fantasy elements 1979 pet friendly (02b) mid-February - early April (seven weekends) 80,000 (in 1990s) Bay Area RenFest
Bristol Renaissance Faire Wisconsin Bristol; permanent site 1574 Bristol, England; Tudor, some fantasy aspects; RenQuest RPG[1] 1972[2] 16 stages; 30 fair acres (third largest in U.S.)[1] (07a) July - Labor Day weekend (nine weekends) 198,000 (season)[3][4] 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)[5] Camelot Days
Canterbury Renaissance Faire Oregon 6569 Valley View Rd, Silverton Village of "Canterbury"; Elizabethan England (1558-1603) 2009 4 stages, 6+ acres[6] (07b) mid-July 10,000[7] Canterbury Faire
Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival North Carolina Huntersville; permanent Fictional "Fairhaven" 1994 12 stages, 25 acres (10a) October - mid-November 160,000 (2010 season)[8] Carolina Renaissance Festival
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)[9] Colorado Renaissance
Connecticut Renaissance Faire (Fall) Connecticut Lebanon Queen Elizabeth (England village of "Lebonshire"); Event Weekends (Cosplay, Doctor Who, Romance) 1999 (09c) early Sep. - mid Oct. 30,000 (season) CT Faire
Robin Hoods Faire (Spring) Massachusetts Lancaster Robin Hood (England circa 1150 A.D.); fantasy elements encouraged 2010 five stages; parking (05a) mid May 2,000/day; three weekends[10] Robin Hoods 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[5] Florida RenFest
Florida Renaissance Festival - Miami Florida Cauley Square Historic Village, Miami; semi-permanent Early 16th-century Renaissance village 2009 (04a) April 45,000+[5] Florida RenFest
Georgia Renaissance Festival Georgia Fairburn; permanent The village of "Newcastle" during the reign of King Henry VIII 1986 32 acres (04b) mid-April - June 250,000 (2004 season)[11] Georgia Ren Fest
Grand Junction Renaissance Faire Colorado Watson Island, Grand Junction; non-permanent "Juniper Grove" Renaissance village; Vikings, Pirates, Fantasy Elements 2016 15 acres One weekend - late April/early May 4,000 Grand Junction Renaissance Faire
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-September - mid-October 25,000 St. Louis Renaissance Faire
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)[12] Hoggetowne Fair
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)[13] 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 (total), 9.9 festival acres (approx.) (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)[14] 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)[15] Maryland Renaissance Festival
Medieval Fair of Norman Oklahoma Norman; temporary c. 1350 London, under the reign of King Edward III; some fantasy elements 1977 10 acres (04a) one weekend early April 350,000 (2015 season)[16] Medieval Fair of Norman
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)[11] 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)[17] Renaissance Fest
New Jersey Renaissance Faire New Jersey Liberty Lake Day Camp and picnic grove,
Bordentown; permanent
16th-century fictional village of Crossford in Northumberland; combines historical and fictional "visitors from time" with fantasy and magic, such as Shakespeare, Robin Hood, King Arthur. etc. 2009 60 acres (including 7 acre lake) Last weekend in May, first two weekends in June 10,000 average[18] - 12,500 (2015 season) New Jersey Renaissance Faire
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)[19] 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 Derbyshire village of "Willingtown"; mid 1500's 2004 11 acres (09b) mid-September - mid-October 150,000[20] NorCal RenFaire
Northwest Renaissance Festival Washington Nine Mile Falls 1520, in the Tudor village of "Pleasance" 1995 (07a) early July - early August Northwest Renaissance Festival
Nottingham Festival California Simi Valley; non-permanent Nottingham, Elizabethan England 2013 November Nottingham 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 1559 during the reign of Elizabeth I "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
Oregon Renaissance Faire Oregon Canby, Oregon; temporary 1563 during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots "Vale of Dunrose" 2016 10 fair acres; 20 acres parking June 18 & 19, 2016 First Season 2016 Oregon Renaissance Faire
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Pennsylvania Mount Hope Estate Manheim; permanent 1589 English shire of "Mount Hope"; features Marlowe, Shakespeare and [[Elizabeth I], since 2014 an early Tudor Henry VIII theme ] 1981 35 acres (08a) August - September - October 250,000 (season)[4] 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 Festival of Nebraska Nebraska Papillion, Nebraska; permanent site Elizabethan England; fantasy elements including enchanted forest 2015 80 acre site; 20+ festival acres, 5 stages, parking (05a) Early May 6,000+ (2015 season) Renaissance Festival of Nebraska
Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California California Irwindale The market at "Port Deptford"; late 16th century 1962 (oldest) 20 acres[21] (04a) April - late May 200,000 (2004 season)[11] 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)[22] 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)[23] 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) early March - late April 90,000 (2016 season) Sherwood Forest Faire
Siouxland Renaissance Festival South Dakota W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, Sd Shrewsbury, England 1575, the 17th year of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth's reign 2001 6 stages, parking, camping at fairgrounds First Weekend of June 3,500 http://siouxlandrenfest.com
Spring Escondido Renaissance Faire Felicita County Park Escondido, California; semi-permanent The Shire of Escondido; Her Majesty, Queen "Elizabeth Gloriana" 2000 53 acres April and May 5,000 Old Tyme Productions
Sterling Renaissance Festival New York Sterling; permanent The fictional village of "Warwick;" 1585 England 1976 65 acres; 12 stages; some camping areas[24] (07a) July - August 140,000 (2010 season)[25] 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 Todd Mission; permanent The King's "New Market Village;" 3rd-16th century; Roman, Scots,Celts, pirates, fantasy 1974 25 stages; 55 fair acres; 200+ camping acres; parking; (10a) October - November (nine weekends) 678,500 (2016 season)[26] TRF
Three Barons Renaissance Faire Alaska 3400 East Tudor Rd, Anchorage; semi-permanent The Italian, Arabic, and English camps at the village of "Hillshire;" pirates, fantasy 1992 No pets; (06a) first two full weekends in June 3 Barons
Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire Utah Marriott-Slaterville; semi-permanent 1500-1650 in medieval "Hawkhurst;" some fantasy elements 2006 52 acres (05a) May -- 4 weekends and Memorial Day 25,000 (2011 season)[27] Utah RenFest
Valhalla Renaissance Faire California Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe; semi-permanent 1580 Elizabethan England; nobility, pirates, barbarians 1993 3 stages; 7 acres (05c) Memorial day weekend - mid-June 49,000 (2010 season)[28] ValhallaFaire
Vermont Renaissance Faire Vermont Weeks Hill Road, Mayo Events Field, Stowe, Vermont; semi-permanent The Shire; nobility, Vikings 2016 two stages late-June; one weekend 6,000 (inaugural Summer Faire weekend)[] Vermont Renaissance Faire
Virginia Renaissance Faire Virginia Spotsylvania; semi-permanent Elizabethan village of "Stafford" in the 1580s; pirates, Celts; inventors 2002 No pets; (05b) mid-May - mid-June 20,000 (2014 season) Virginia Renaissance Faire
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Washington The Kelley Farm, Bonney Lake; permanent site The 1577 village of "Merriwick", Elizabethan England; pirates, carnival, fantasy elements 2010 Pets allowed; six stages; 150 acres (approx.); campsites available (08a) August 45,000 (2015) Midsummer Faire
Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire Washington Columbia Park, Kennewick, Washington Elizabethan/Shakespearean Era celebration, circa 1585, vendors, performances, jousting 1989 8 stages (09b) mid-September 5,000 (2016)[29] Ye Merrie Greenwood Players

Canada

Most Canadian events are only one or two days in duration. Those older than 10 years (and notable) 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[30] 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)[31] Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec (repeating non-permanent) 2001 three days; early May Salon Medieval

Australia and New Zealand

Most Australian events are only one or two days in duration. Notable Renaissance and Medieval events (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

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, Netherlands Medieval scenes, games and more, related to renaissance and fantasy 2004 Throughout the castle grounds of castle Keukenhof early 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)[32] 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)[33] Ritterturnier
Medieval Market of Turku City of Turku, Finland A medieval marketplace in the 14th and 15th centuries 1996 Old Great Square late June 100,000 (2005 season)[34] 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 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
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
Federicus Altamura, Italy The king Frederick II visits the city with his entourage 2012[35] Historic city center last weekend of April (three days) Federicus
Renesansni festival Koprivnica (Renaissance fair Koprivnica) Koprivnica, Croatia 4 day historical mega spectacle Renaissance Festival kerning late medieval historical facts and originality of Koprivnica, Drava and the Croatian cultural heritage values 2005 Koprivnica fortress walls late August 50,000 Renesanski festival Koprivnica
Zeitreise ins Mittelalter Eggenburg Eggenburg, Austria Cultural medieval festival; yearly changing topic (2015: The Reception of the Middle Ages; 2016: Myths and Legends; 2017: The 500 Anniversary of the Reformation) 1995 In the historic center of Eggenburg Second weekend of September 30,000 Zeitreise ins Mittelalter Eggenburg

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Renaissance Magazine - Bristol; article; Ren Mag online; accessed July 2015;
  2. ^ "LEONARDO'S, INC. v. GREATHALL, LTD. | Leagle.com". www.leagle.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Note: Attendance peaked in 1990 at 400,000 visitors in seven weekends.
  4. ^ a b De Groot, Jerome (2008). Consuming History. Taylor & Francis. p. 120. ISBN 0-415-39945-9. 
  5. ^ a b c Medieval Faires; p. 33
  6. ^ Our Town report; online, ourtownlive.com
  7. ^ Faire List; Renaissance Magazine; accessed October 2013
  8. ^ Johnson, Lukas (November 10, 2010). "Travel back in time". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2010. 
  9. ^ Faires.com Event Record
  10. ^ Entertainment - HC Robin Hood Springtime Festival; May 19, 2014; article; The Courant online; accessed June 2014
  11. ^ a b c Grendler, Paul F. (2006). The European Renaissance in American life. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98486-9. 
  12. ^ Ren Fair Event 56
  13. ^ http://www.basehorinfo.com/news/2008/oct/23/festival-touts-successful-season/
  14. ^ RenFair 78
  15. ^ Ren Fest Background
  16. ^ "Norman Medieval Fair begins March 27 and brings a large variety of entertainment to all". OUDaily.com. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ Holtz, Kristin (August 18, 2010). "Renaissance Festival celebrating 40th year". Shakopee Valley News. Retrieved 2010. 
  18. ^ "Faires & Festivals". www.renaissancemagazine.com. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Sunkin, Alyssa (August 6, 2010). "Renaissance Faire's returning, forsooth!". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 2010. 
  20. ^ "Renaissance Faires and Festivals", Aug. 14, 2012, Renaissance Magazine.
  21. ^ Renfair info
  22. ^ SaraFair
  23. ^ "Festival Facts". Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Retrieved 2010. 
  24. ^ Renaissance Magazine; article; Ren Mag online
  25. ^ Sunkin, Alyssa (August 6, 2010). "Renaissance Faire's returning, forsooth!". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 2010. 
  26. ^ 42nd Annual Texas Renaissance Festival Sets New All-time Record; article; Friday, December 02, 2016; The Texas Tribune online; retrieved December 2016
  27. ^ RenFest 149
  28. ^ Ren Fair #150
  29. ^ "Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire". festivalnet.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  30. ^ Royal Medieval Faire...; Wednesday, September 18, 2013; article page; Waterloo Chronicle online; retrieved March 2014.
  31. ^ French: Le Salon passion médiéval 2013; April 24, 2013; article; Villiers, Evelyne; The Telegram online; retrieved March 2014.
  32. ^ Partners Grp UK
  33. ^ Destination Munich
  34. ^ Turku Event
  35. ^ http://www.federicus.it/progetto/la-festa/

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