A Renaissance Festival/Medieval Faire
Welcome to the Renaissance/Medieval Faire season! For all of us who love history, cultural celebrations, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, or just getting costumed, this is our time. There are many such faires, including Pirate celebrations that decorate Florida’s landscape from January through March. There are foods, music, juggling, mead, and various other forms of entertainment for the whole family. Go in costume to have a sense of belonging to the shire. Our favorite foods include smoked turkey leg, soup in a bread bowl, and Scotch eggs. Our favorite entertainment
includes, Empty Hats, Johnny Phoenix, Barely Balanced, and the Di Vinci brothers. Shops sell jewelry, toys, costumes, artwork, leather goods, etc. Florida festivals are in Tampa, Gainesville, Ft. Myers, Deerfield, Hollywood, Sarasota, Lady Lake, and Pensacola. Check your area to see what festivals may be nearby.
Say “Good day to thee” when you enter the city gates, and “Fare thee well” as you leave. Check out the websites for dates, prices, vendors, and entertainment. Each faire has its own flavor and its own story. You may find yourself in the 11th century with William the Conqueror and the Vikings, or in the 1500’s chatting with Henry the 8th. In the shire you may see fairies, beggars, or even Looney Lucy. There are rides for the kids and games to play for young and old alike. Many faires have a special children’s area. See the sites below for more information.