Renaissance Faire Fans: Make Your Plans for Upcoming NorCal Fest

Tickets go on sale in August for the event running weekends from Sept. 13 to Oct. 12 in Hollister.

Photograph by Jim and Samantha Dowdall, official photographers of the Northern California Renaissance Faire.
Photograph by Jim and Samantha Dowdall, official photographers of the Northern California Renaissance Faire.

News from the folks at the Northern California Renaissance Faire:

Travel back to a time of knights, feasts, and festivities during the Northern California Renaissance Faire, happening every weekend starting September 13th through October 12th at Casa de Fruta in Hollister.

Spend the day feasting on a turkey leg or shopping for new wares in the authentic Renaissance marketplace. Entertainment will include dance performances, concerts, and, of course, full contact jousting tournaments. 

The Faire is filled with many delightful pleasures and artisan treasures for young and old alike. Visit the Marketplace to see all the master artisans who offer the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, leather-work, woodwork, jewelry and much more.  

Activities, period-themed rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. Feast your eyes upon pleasures such as face painting, hair-braiding, comedy shows and fortune tellers.  You might even be challenged to test your accuracy with a bow and arrow or axe throwing game. 

Keep an eye out for courageous knights strapped into their heavy suits of armor as they fight for the Queen’s favor during battles of skill and might. Full contact jousting tournaments are performed twice a day in the World Tournament of Champions arena. 

Let your creativity run wild by immersing yourself in Renaissance society. Dress the part by renting a costume inside the gates of The Belrose and throw out as many Huzzahs and Aye’s as you can. The Belrose offers authentic Renaissance garments to complement all taste styles and spanning the social status. You can become anyone you want from prim and proper princesses to swashbuckling pirates to colorful gypsies or royalty. 

Jovial peasants, men in tights, and gleeful maidens roam the streets while you sip an ale or cider. Not thirsty? Have no fear for you can sink your teeth in a gigantic turkey leg or other delectable foods in this enchanted wonderland. 

Advance tickets will be available in August, and anyone who purchases online tickets before September 13th will receive $5 off admission. Children 12 and under will be admitted FREE entrance for all five weekends, and during opening weekend, general ticket pricing is “Two-For-One.” 

For tickets and additional information, visit www.norcalrenfaire.com or call 408.847.FAIR.


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