Arizona Renaissance Festival 2017

Huzzah! Get Ye to the Arizona Faire

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••• Jousting!. Arizona Renaissance Festival

Every year a part of Apache Junction, Arizona is transformed into a 16th Century European Country Faire when the Arizona Renaissance Festival opens to the public during the months of February and March.

What is the Arizona Renaissance Festival?

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a wonderful combination of amusement park, shows, comedy, music, feats of daring, street performers, shopping, and indulging.

The Festival is spread out over 30 acres, and it is easy to spend an entire day there.

When is it?

Arizona Renaissance Festival will be open every Saturday and Sunday from February 11, 2017 through April 2, 2017. It will also be open on President's Day, Monday, February 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Renaissance Festival is open rain or shine.

Student Days are Tuesday, February 28 (elementary schools) and Thursday, March 2 (junior and senior high schools) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These days are set aside especially for educators to highlight the historical aspects of the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

Where is it?

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is located seven miles east of Apache Junction on US Highway 60. That's in the southeastern section of the Greater Phoenix area. You will see signs directing you to the Festival as you approach the Gold Canyon area. For some people, this location may be far to drive; you won't find any public transportation to this attraction.

Here is a chart with some approximate driving times and distances to Apache Junction. Parking is free.

How do I get tickets and how much are they?

Tickets purchased at the gate are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors (60+) and military, $14 for children 5-12, $11 for child dependents of active and/or retired adult military personnel and/or their spouses.

Children must provide dependent military ID. Children under 5 are free.

Purchase tickets in advance online and save $1 on adult and child tickets.

The admission price includes parking, all entertainment shows, including the Tournament Jousting and Birds of Prey show. It does not include the purchase arts and craft items, food or beverages, or rides and games.

You can also buy a season pass that's valid for any festival day except student days: $135 for an adult pass, $70 for a child pass (ages 5-12), $155 adult pass with VIP parking. Some restrictions apply.

Are there any discount coupons?

Advance discount tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival are available at Fry's Stores and Fry's Marketplace, $22 for adults, $12 for children 5-12. There are no senior tickets at Fry's.

Check the following businesses for discount coupons: Wendy's, Hall of Frames, Cobblestone Auto Spa, and Phoenix Flower Shops. If you get a coupon, bring it to the box office (you can't buy tickets online with a coupon).

Where To Stay Nearby

The closest community is in Apache Junction. It is called Gold Canyon. The Gold Canyon Golf Resort and the Best Western are the recommended hotels. Read reviews and check availability at TripAdvisor.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, visit the Arizona Renaissance Festival online or call for information 520-463-2700.

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When you first arrive at the Arizona Renaissance Festival it is best to pick up a Schedule of Events, and make a few plans. There may be some scheduled shows that are most important to you, like the Jousting Tournament, and you'll want to plan your day around those events.

Watch the video: Arizona Renaissance Festival!

13 Stages of Entertainment

All day long, from opening at 10 a.m. to close at 6 p.m., there are shows going on at the many stages of entertainment at the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

Most shows are between 30 and 45 minutes in length, but you are free to come and go as you please. The focus for the stage shows at the Arizona Renaissance Festival is music, merriment, and mirth. Most of the shows are suitable for all ages. There are a few shows, however, that are noted in the schedule with a bold "LC" next to them. That denotes "Loose Cannon." That means that you can pretty much expect raunchy and lewd content, so if you don't appreciate that kind of humor, or you don't want to subject your kids to it, wander elsewhere.

Two of the performers that are Loose Cannons are perennial favorites of Arizona Renaissance Festival attendees. Zilch, the Torysteller is one. That's right. Torysteller. He stells the tories and you letter bisten carefully. He's pretty fast, and the comedy can be very subtle (even many adults don't get the jokes), so most children won't understand anyway.

Then there's Ded Bob. How does one describe Ded Bob? I won't even try, but I will tell you that Ded Bob isn't quite a subtle as Zilch, and Ded Bob's humor will most certainly involve body parts. (Hey Audience!)

Did I forget to mention the Tortuga Twins? There are three of them. But that shouldn't surprise you...and they're all Loose Cannons.

Adam Crack will again appear at the 2017 Arizona Renaissance Festival. Adam, Whip Cracker Extraordinaire, holds nine world records for whip cracking -- who knows what he might achieve at this year's faire!

Street Performers

Elaborately costumed performers and artisans roam the town's streets portraying historical and fanciful characters, and interacting with all the visitors. King Henry and his Royal Court, duelists and Ladies, musicians and even the Knights' chargers wear authentic garb from the Renaissance era.

What or who is the Green Man? Why are those women singing and washing clothes? Is that juggler following me? Is that a parade, or are we being attacked by evil Knights?

Jousting

A day at the Renaissance Festival would not be complete without a visit to the King's Tournament Area to see the brave knights joust for royal recognition. Jousting is held three times daily in the King's Tournament Arena: 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Music and Stories

The Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale performs right near the jousting arena. Melangell sings ancient songs and tells stories of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Sarah Mullen will entertain you by playing her harp, NeidFyre will serenade you with the fiddle, and the high energy band Tartanic will entertain with an edgy Celtic performance.

And ... you guessed it ... that's not all.

Games and Rides

There are contests and rides for people of all ages. Most of them require an additional fee. Prices are clearly posted, and cash is accepted, so there's no standing on additional lines for tickets. Some rides for the little ones are free. There are a few animal rides, and a petting zoo. The games here are a bit unusual! How about testing your skill at axe throwing? Or maybe you'd rather throw a tomato at an insulting peasant at Vegetable Justice. If you're with a friend that you'd like to embarrass, you can certainly get the job done at the Village Pillory: torture at a reasonable price.

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A variety of craftsmen, artisans and food purveyors are on hand at the Arizona Renaissance Festival to add to your merriment. There are demonstrations of weaving, armor-making, and other activities that were typical of the period. More than 200 vendors will be there to display and sell their wares. This is a great place to get unusual gifts, like goblets or swords.

Watch the video: Arizona Renaissance Festival!

When you are ready to eat like the King himself, you'll find fare suited for royalty at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. The King's giant Roasted Turkey Legg is always a popular choice. Frankly, I seem to be drawn to foods that allow me to eat with one hand, so I can take pictures with the other hand. Naturally, then, my favorites were the Sausage on a Stick, and the Chocolate Covered Banana on a Stick. I couldn't find any diet soda on a stick. Maybe next year.

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The Pleasure Feast is a 1-1/2 hour meal and show, where you'll be pampered with a five-course meal, lively (and often raunchy) entertainment, and receive a souvenir of the event. Every day of the Festival there are two Pleasure Feasts, one at noon and one at 2:30 p.m. You can read my review of the Pleasure Feast.

What it Costs

Tickets for the Pleasure Feast are $73.95 each plus tax. That includes general admission to the Renaissance Festival, but not the tip.

Arizona Renaissance Festival Pleasure Feast Tips

  • The ticket price for the Pleasure Feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival is steep, but don't forget that it includes admission to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, tax, entertainment, and a souvenir. The food is served over a period of 1-1/2 hours.
  • I rarely see children at this event. The entertainment can be crude and raunchy, and is probably unsuitable for kids (or even prudish adults). There is no discounted price or special meal for children.
  • The seats at the Pleasure Feast have no arms or backs, and space is tight.
  • Seats are assigned. The Pleasure Feast is not a dining experience where you'll be able to have quiet confidential chit chat with your dining partner, while looking longingly into each other's eyes. You'll be sitting side by side, and next to other Feasters.
  • You might have to straddle a table leg at your assigned seat.
  • Beer and wine are included in the Pleasure Feast price.
  • Reservations in advance are strongly recommended. Seating is limited. It is sometimes possible to walk up to the Pleasure Feast window and get tickets for that day but don't count on it.
  • If you have special dietary needs, they must know about them in advance. They may not be able to honor walk-ups with special meal requests.
  • We were not offered containers to take leftovers home.
  • Bring cash. Tips are not included in the price of the Pleasure Feast, and tipping, just as if you were at a restaurant, is appropriate if the service is good (which it will be).
  • If you intend to drink a lot of wine or beer — it flows pretty freely — I'd sign up for the early meal so that you have plenty of time to walk it off at the Faire before you go to your car. A designated driver is a good idea.
  • Come to the Pleasure Feast with an open mind, a mood for silliness (and R-rated or X-rated humor), a willingness to participate, and an appetite.

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Here are some hints and tips that I have found might help make your day at the Arizona Renaissance Festival a most pleasant experience.

Watch the video: Arizona Renaissance Festival!

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You'll be wandering around about 30 acres of non-paved grounds.
  • Don't try to do and see everything in one day. You can't do it, and you'll just get frustrated. Pick out a few events or shows that are important to you, plan around them, and take the rest of the day as it comes.
  • No outside food or drink is permitted.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available to rent, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You may come dressed in costume. Many people do. Costumes are also available for rental. Costume swords and daggers are permitted as long as they are properly sheathed.
  • Bring cash for food, games, and rides. Cash tips are appropriate at the Pleasure Feast. Tips are also appreciated by many of the performers. There are ATMs at the Festival.
  • Leave shopping until the end of your day, so you don't have to carry around your goodies. If you want to deposit your treasures in your car and come back, they will stamp your hand at the main entrance.
  • You can enter or leave shows at any time, even when they are in progress. No one minds. Well, watch out for Ded Bob....
  • Over the years, the Arizona Renaissance Festival has grown significantly. The few stages, with seats of bales of hay, have been replaced by many stages, with benches. Yes, there are still a few bales left!
  • Bring your camera!
  • Remember that an outdoor venue like this can get pretty hot on a sunny day in March. There are various areas of shade on the grounds, and the stages all have shade cover, but don't forget to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Don't know what a privy is? That's what knights and damsels refer to as a restroom.
  • The Arizona Renaissance Festival has a separate area for those of you who might want to have a unique wedding.
  • Looking for a job at the Arizona Renaissance Festival? Call 520-463-2600.

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Page 2: Arizona Renaissance Festival Entertainment
Page 3: Arizona Renaissance Festival Food and Shopping
Page 4: The Pleasure Feast
Page 5: FAQ, Tips, and Hints

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.