Renaissance Pleasure Faire

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Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Photograph: Courtesy Renaissance Pleasure Fair
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The hour stands before another springtime, and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is nigh. Good mistresses and masters, prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the return of the oldest Ren Faire in the country, a spectacle that cov'reth 20 Irwindale acres with Elizabethan libations and amusement: fully armored joust tournaments and tea parties with the Queen along with beguiling stage acts, rides, games, delicious edibles and ales abound. The fesitivies will transpire each weekend at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area (15501 E Arrow Highway) from April 8 through May 21. Procureth day or season passes in advance by visiting ye olde online box office. And no, we can't stop talking like this.

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Event phone: 626-969-4750
Event website: http://www.renfair.com/socal/
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This is the only Renaissance faire I've ever attended, so I don't really have much to compare it to. But I had a great time here. The theming was much cooler than I expected and the site is surprisingly scenic. My favorite part, though, was just how dedicated the staff, vendors and costumed-visitors are to the theme; there's a real sense of community. The performances are a little hit or miss to justify the high ticket price, but the jousting is tons of fun. The food is a little underwhelming (except for the frozen apple smoothies) and overpriced, and parking can be tough during opening, closing and special event weekends.