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Pleasure Is In Order At The Arizona Renaissance Festival

16 February 2017  
The Jousting Tournament draws large crowds at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Ron Williams

Faire Runs Every Weekend Thru April 2

Hurray, or should I say "Huzzah!", for the 29th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. So put your cares aside and make the short trip for a day of festive fun.

You will find life in the 16th century, with a festive atmosphere in this 30 acre medieval playground. There are 200 craft shops and 13 stages of nonstop entertainment.

Topping the list of entertainment is the Jousting Tournament. There are three performances a day in the 5,000 seat arena. There is plenty of good entertainment throughout the day. New this year is Cirque du Sewer-Acrobat with Acro-Rats. No need to worry, those furry little creatures are restricted to stage appearances only. If bagpipes and drums get you going, then be sure to catch musical group Tartanic. They always draw a large crowd wherever they play. Concerned about spiritual matters, then you may want to partake in the religious comedy experience with the two sisters of Hey Nunnie Nunnie. Zilch the Storyteller will make you think twice with his tweaked fairy tales. The Clan Tynker Family Circus is always family friendly entertainment. There are many other acts to check out, so be sure to grab a free program as you enter for places and showtimes. 

There is plenty of food and drink to enjoy to enhance the entertainment. I would suggest a turkey leg! Be sure to have the ability to take some pictures, as there are many photo ops throughout the venue. You can make reservations for The Pleasure Feast, a one and a half-hour extravaganza! Savor five courses of fine food and drink, with a side order of raucous live entertainment, all set in an Old-World manor hall.

A good place to chill for a bit on a bench, is while listening to Sarah Mullen and her tranquil harp music. Keep an eye out for the Green Man, who is mysteriously tree like. This is a good photo op.

A Medieval Arts and Crafts Fair with over 200 storybook shops, charming carts, plus artisan demonstrations of the fine skills of blacksmithing, glassblowing, pottery, jewelry, weaving, and woodcarving. A unique shopping experience indeed. So be sure to take some time to browse for a souvenir or two.

Kids will love the interactive games and people powered rides. Look for the Piccolo Pony, which is larger thn an elephant! There is also Da Vinci's Flying Machine, the Slider Joust, the Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, Knighting Ceremonies, and many more. There is also living mermaids, The Sea Fairies.

Consider dressing up to make your festival experience complete. There is a shop near the main gate to get what you will need for the day, that is if you choose not to come in costume. One other key component is sunscreen. Be sure to have that handy.

Each weekend has a theme, so plan your attire accordingly. February 18, 19, and 20, is Regal Royals and Fiesta Renaissance! February 25 and 26 is High Seas Adventures! March 4 and 5 is Fairytale Masquerade! March 11 and 12 is Time Travelers! March 18 and 19 is Celtic Weekend! March 24 and 25 is Magic & Merriment! The final weekend of April 1 and 2 is No Jesting-It's the Final Huzzah!

The Renaissance Festival is every Saturday and Sunday, plus President's Day, rain or shine through April 2. Hours of operation are 10am to 6pm. Adult admission at the gate is $24, children ages 5-12 are $14. Parking is FREE. Tickets are $2 less at Fry's Grocery Stores, and $1 less online. Seniors 60 and older are $21.

Located at 12601 E. US Highway 60, Gold Canyon. From Phoenix, take US Highway 60 East. From Tucson, take Highway 79 through Florence, to Florence Jct., then West 7 miles to the Festival Village. More information at




Ron Williams

Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.