Who here as been to one?
Did you dress up?
Would you recommend them to others?
Best one (location) you've attended?
I go a dozen times a year to the Maryland Ren Fest, and then to the Va Fest as well. Any chance to go I'm there. I love to dress up and have invested about six grand in costumes. I've gotten my family involved. It's a community of like minded individuals who are friendly, warm, welcoming, accepting, and usually drunk. Lol! It's the best time of the year! I look forward to it achingly, and get very sad when it ends. It's the music, the people, the beautiful surroundings, and wearing a corset is amazing#
Friends of mine dress up for them, we don't but get to go free in exchange for putting on displays.
This one is popular here, but it is more for the Renaissance crowd.
This one is actually more interesting,
It covers warfare through the ages.
Again, our crew doesn't get into period costume, too dangerous, they are all kitted out in cut proof materials and kevlar padding.
Society for Creative AnAchronism has been around 40+ years my daughter had a sca wedding tall cone headdress with veil 20 feet long ...eating 500 year old recipes. ...Cayuga County NY RENAISSANCE grounds are permanent but only open above Lake Ontario 2 months in summer. ...calls all women : " wenches " which I condemn nor do I sword fight with duct tape swords. ....making your own chain mail is kinda cool for winter wear retains body heat in arctic cold under a light jacket over a bodystocking. ....the religious shit is worthless. ..but a friend of mine dressed as a monk saying: " bless you child YOU MAY SIN "
I have been going to the original Renaissance Faire in southern California for many years. I lived in Agoura when it was at it's original location at Paramount Ranch in Agoura and would often go several times in a season. I did dress up back then and I knew many of the performers that worked there. I continued to go every year after it moved to different locations. It was always a good time. Like most things, though, it changed over the years, became less authentic, more commercial and more expensive. Last year I moved away from the Los Angeles area and it was the first year in many that I did not attend. It is going on right now, but I likely will not go this year, either. If you have never been to one I do recommend going to one. Don't dress up the first time unless the dressing up is the reason you are going. Get the feel of your local faire and then dress up when you return.
I've been to several. There is a large, annually recurring one here that moved to a location several years ago that is so out-of-the-way as to make it much less appealing. There's another one that takes place (coming up soon) at Camp Richardson Resort at South Lake Tahoe. Still a healthy drive, but I can turn that into an overnighter at the lake. I've done that one too and it was nice. I'm interested in dressing up, but do to it properly is expensive. LOL! Another event I love attending is the Dickens Fair. They do a large one over several weekends in Nov-Dec leading up to X-mas eve. It's held at a large venue near San Francisco with lots of paid actors who add a lot of atmosphere. Here are some links:
Renaissance faires are good fun. Many years ago in another life I performed Shakespeare in the park at two, four Summers in a row. Both were in Washington State. The one in Gig Harbor was bigger, probably more of a party, but the one in Richland was better organized and a little less stressful.
Most of the performers/vendors/etc work on a circuit so typically you see the same offerings no matter which one you attend.