California Festivals


 

California Renaissance Festivals


April

IRWINDALE   Renaissance Pleasure Faire April 4 - May 17, 2015
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 E. Arrow Highway
Irwindale, CA
renfair.com
Saturdays & Sundays   10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
Call: (626) 969-4750

FREMONT  Tartan Day April 18, 2015, 10 a.m.
Ardenwood Historical Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA
eastbayscots.org
$6-12
Celebrating all things Scotland, this event usually includes: Scottish Heavy Athletics Nor-Cal Shinty Scrimmage Historical Re-Enactors Clan Tents, European Martial Arts, Scottish and Irish-themed shopping, Scottish Animals - Celtic Lurchers and  Childrens Glen

SAN JOSE Fantasy Faire  San Jose Fantasy Faire  April 11-12, 2015, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (5 p.m. Sunday)
San Jose CA
Tickets are $18 general admission, held at Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, CA  sjfantasy.com
Activities include: Magical creatures, Ground fighting, Mermaid slush, Pirate fun, Tea with Mad Hatter, Fairy hunting, Bocce Games, Archery,  Steampunk and fun shenanigans.

ESCONDIDO   Spring Renaissance Faire  April 25 & 26, May 2 & 3, 2014
Cost: $18 admission, $30 weekend pass
$5 parking
Pirate Village, Queen Elizabeth & Court, Gypsy Encampments, Food & Beverage Vendors, Street Entertainers, Three Stages with Shows, Live Battle Re-enactments, Musicians.
Fall Renaissance Faire  October, November
Felicita County Park
742 Clarence Lane
Escondido, CA
goldcoastfestivals.com

May

CORONA

Koroneburg Old World Festival  May 9 - June 21, 2015
 Crossroads Riverview Park
14600 Baron Rd, Corona, CA
renaissanceinfo.com

Every Saturday & Sunday during the season. The event will also be open on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015! Present any 2015 weekend Pass and get in on Memorial Day for free.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Saturdays: 11am to 7pm
Sundays: 11am to 6pm
Memorial Day: 11am to 6pm
One-Day Adult Pass: $18
One-Day Senior/Child: $15
Weekend Adult Pass: $25
Weekend Senior/Child Pass: $20
Run of Festival - Adult: $75
$5 parking

FRESNO
Pirate Festival  May 16-17, 2015
Roeding Park
N Motel Drive, Fresno, CA
facebook.com

LOWER LAKE

Lake Renaissance Festival  Memorial Day Weekend  May 23-24, 2015
Tuscan Village/Terrill Cellars Winery
16175 Main St.
Lower Lake, CA
lakerenfest.weebly.com
lakerenfest@yahoo.com
 (707) 295-0975 vendors

Come and be swept away to 16th century Italy where nobles and rogues, damsels and pirates interact amongst the grapevines and fruit trees of the beautiful Tuscan Village! Food, drink, merchants and entertainment galore! And the cost, only $8 with children under 10 FREE! Also $3 off for seniors and anyone that comes in costume!

VISALIA

Tulare County Renaissance Festival  May 2-3, 2015
Plaza Park
W Airport Dr & S Plaza St
Visalia, CA
facebook.com/TCRF1
$10, $7 child
Featuring The Knights of Mayhem full contact jousting, Martial Arts Sword Tournaments, Scottish Highland Games Demo, two stages of entertainment, and a wide variety of crafters and artisans selling their wares and some great food.

June

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Valhalla Renaissance Faire
May 30-31 and June 5, 6 & 7, 2015
Camp Richardson Resort
1900 Jameson Beach Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA
valhallafaire.com
$18 admission
Four stages of continuous entertainment, Action packed shows, Music, Dancing, jesters, 900 costumed actors, Shakespearian vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery tournaments and much more. Shop over 100 merchants selling a wide array of arts and crafts, one of a kind jewelry items, woodcrafts artwork, ceramics, clothing, historic weapons and leather goods and  hard hitting joust.

VALLEJO

Northern California Pirate Festival  June 20-21, 2015
Vallejo Waterfront
289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA
norcalpiratefestival.com

July

SAN LUIS OBISPO

Central Coast Renaissance Festival   July 18-19, 2015
Laguna Lake Park
San Luis Obispo, CA
ccrenfaire.com
Tickets $17 adult, $25 pass 2 day (old prices)
$6 parking
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Over  800 costumed participants turn beautiful Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo into an English Renaissance village for this summer’s ultimate fantasy entertainment. An English Renaissance village invites you to step into the year 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I was England’s magnificent monarch. This is the age of legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords, Ladies, rogues and scoundrels whom you’ll see going about the village. Remember to remove your hat as Her Majesty parades though the streets with her stunning Royal Court, accompanied by her handsome foot soldiers and hand maidens. Attend the Royal Joust. Over 50 of the finest craftsmen sell the most unique crafts and goods you’ve ever seen. From hand thrown pottery to drinking vessels, there is something for every taste and budget. Gentlemen always enjoy shopping from the sword and leather merchants, while ladies can’t resist the array of fine clothing and jewelry. You can even have your hair braided into the most beautiful designs and get a henna tattoo.

August

BIG BEAR CITY

Big Bear City Renaissance Faire Aug. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2014
Pedersens Mill
39115 Rim of the World Dr.
Fawnskin, CA
bbvrsinc.org

Big Bear City Renaissance Faire -- The shire of The Enchanted Shire recreating Renaissance (circa 1558-1603). Located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, an exciting atmosphere of a 16th Century Renaissance...read more>

SAN JOSE
San Jose Renaissance Faire  August 1-2, 2015

10:00am - 6:00pm sat / 5:00pm sun Guadalupe River Park, San Jose, CA ​ Admission: $18 for adults * $13 for seniors 62+, military, ages 13-17 * $8 for children 6-12 * Under 6 FREE Parking - $5  @ Guadalupe River Green, San Jose, CA
sanjosefaire.com

September

ARCATA

Excalibur Medieval Tournament Sept. 27-28, October 4-5, 2014
Mad River Community Hospital
3800 Janes Rd.
Arcata, CA
excaliburfaire.org

HOLLISTER

Northern California Renaissance Faire September 19 - October 18, 2015
Casa De Fruita
10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister, CA
norcalrenfaire.com

SEBASTOPOL

Much Ado About Sebastopol  September 26-27, 2015
Ives Park
7400 Willow St, Sebastopol, CA
muchadoaboutsebastopol.com

Games include: Tarot Reading Learn what is deep within your unconscious mind with Braid Tarot. Archery Try your hand with bow and arrow - novice and experts alike. Twilziewop Pillow fighting on a low balance beam. Rat-a-pult Launch stuffed rats using a small trebuchet. Dunk Tank Give it your best shot - try to dunk town and school leaders. Hair Braiding Treat yourself or your child to a beautiful braids by LiLy's Salon (Sebastopol). Rounders 16th century British version of baseball. Giant Jenga Be the last player to cause the tower to fall (free). Spire Toss Similar to ring toss using 'Spires' as target poles. Castle Siege Use bean bags to “attack” the enemy on the other side of a plywood castle. Fortune Bucket Learn your Elizabethan fortune. Tug of War Try your hand at pulling your adversary off a low box.

October

GRASS VALLEY

KVMR Celtic Festival October 2-4, 2015
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA
kvmrcelticfestival.org

BAKERSFIELD

Great Western War
October 7-12, 2015
Bakersfield, CA
caid-gww.org

BLUE LAKE

Medieval Festival of Courage  Oct. 3-4, 2015
Christie's Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
2870 Glendale Drive
Blue Lake, CA
medievalfestivalofcourage.org

Recreating Renaissance (circa 800-1500s) since 2003.
The 11th Annual Medieval Festival of Courage. Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Come Live Your Dream! At Christie’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze in Blue Lake off Hwy 299 – Glendale Drive 95525
Admission: $5, $3 age 12 and under.
Featuring The Knights of Mayhem Full Contact Tournament Jousting Sat. & Sun. 12:30 pm and 3:30 p.m.

CALIFORNIA CITY

California City Renaissance Festival October 18-19, 2014
Central Park
10460 Heather Avenue,
California City, CA
calcityrenfair.org

FOLSOM

Folsom Renaissance Faire October 18-19, 2014
Folsom City Lions Park
Stafford Street at Natoma Street
Folsom, CA
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$16 adult, $4 parking
folsomfaire.com

SONORA

All Hallows Fantasy Faire October 25-26, 2014
Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Sonora, CA
allhallowsfaire.com

November

SAN FRANCISCO

Great Dickens Christmas Fair  November 22 - December 21, 2014
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Avenue, San Francisco, CA
dickensfair.com

WATSONVILLE  2014

Michael Gardner and the Board of Charity Events Productions:

 There have been several questions and I wanted to give everyone the OFFICIAL word. The Santa Cruz Scottish Festival is cancelled for 2014. We staged the event for 7 years (going back to the Dragonslayers Ren Faire), and, for a number of reasons, we decided the business model wasn't working. We'll be spending the next few months trying to re-evaluate and re-working to determine if the event is worth the cost and effort. Thank you for your loyalty and I hope you will keep checking back.

Scottish Renaissance Festival June 15-16, 2013 10am to 6pm
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA
Explore the History, Myth, & Legend of 16th century Scotland! Enjoy the Excitement & Competition of the Highland Games! Learn the regional differences of Scotch whisky with prizes for winners who can identify them. Saturday Night Ceilid-- dinner, music, dancing, stories, and a few surprises.

 

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