Looking for an uplifting good time?
Pinal County, AZ – It’s easy! Take a trip back in time to the wildly popular and entertaining Arizona Renaissance Festival. The annual faire begins at 10 am every Saturday, Sunday, and on Presidents’ Day Monday, from February 11th thru April 1 st.
Today’s audience wants to be more then spectators. They want to participate and be surrounded by their entertainment as they seek to escape the everyday world. At the Festival, the audience is a special guest in another place and time.
This Festival transports visitors to an European style country fair filled with an agreeable rabble of knights, rogues, royalty and craftsmen, all roaming throughout a 30-acre charm filled village with 200 quaint shops, 12 stages of non-stop entertainment, an arena for full-contact armored jousting, kitchens, pubs, and people powered games and rides.
All the Festival is a stage with a cast featuring more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, and musicians. These are the amazing people who populate this bustling fair to ensure a good time for the nearly 250,000 visitors who mingle into the endlessly wacky and unpredictable medieval mayhem.
The Renaissance Festival experience is meeting and interacting with these colorful characters, shopping for arts and crafts, and taking in a selection of over 150 shows every event day. There is a great variety of food for feasting, and a bevy of beverages including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, honey mead, beers and ales, along with soft drinks and lemonade.
A popular attraction at the Festival are the live jousting tournaments held three times daily, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio.
The 16th century Festival is home to many popular traditions including chomping down on a giant roasted turkey leg, and also features demonstrations of time honored crafts such as weaving, jewelry making, glass blowing, blacksmithing and pottery throwing.
A most special event within this giant event is The Pleasure Feast. This is a one and a half hour five course medieval feast with live music and comedy entertainment, all you can eat and drink, plus festival souvenir. With limited seating twice daily, advance feast reservations are recommended.
|WHEN YOU GO:
What: The 24th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival
Where: East of Apache Junction on US Highway 60, near the Superstition Mountains.
When: Eight consecutive weekends (Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents’ Day Monday) from February 11 through April 1, 2012. The Festival runs from 10a.m. until 6:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Tickets: Advanced discount tickets available for purchase and print at home on-line www.RenFestInfo.com or at Fry’s are $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5 – 12, children under 5 are always FREE. Tickets purchased at the Festival Box Office are $2 more. Discounts tickets for seniors (60 and older) are $19, only available at the Festival Box Office. Parking is FREE courtesy of Fry’s.