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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Go Back in Time for Labor Day

Renaissance Faires are taking people back in time during weekends all throughout August and September, but there are a handful that will do so over Labor Day Weekend as well. You can still catch a few on the West Coast this weekend – one in Big Bear, California and one in Washington State (see the video above!).

Through the end of August you can catch the Illinois Renaissance Festival or catch a flight to England for Jousting Tournaments that take place at a real castle – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn in fact! Their website boasts that “Spectators will be treated to a tumultuous display of action, stunts, falls and fights as the Knights of Royal England bring the medieval sport of jousting to life.”

But only some in the Midwest and the East Coast will let you dress in Renaissance style and transport you back in time for the long Labor Day weekend.
  • Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Shakopee, Minnesota
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire - Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts
  • New York Renaissance Faire – Tuxedo, NY
  • Captain Redbeards Feast - Honeoye, New York
Their website says that the Captain and his “krewe” and guests will enjoy live music with a reggae/Caribbean and folk music flair, a market place where starving pirates and vendors sell and trade their wares, services, vittles, and grog. Parrot Bay for the wee buccaneers, plus plenty of pirate games and entertainment… and of course, TREASURE
  • The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - Manheim, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival - West Newton, Pennsylvania
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival - Crownsville, Maryland
Faires.com will tell you which time period to aim for to be as authentic as you can be. For example, some focus on Elizabethan eras, while others have a theme that focuses on Pirates or Henry the VIII.
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