For seven weekends a year the monarchy reigns, and lords and ladies take over a piece of LA real estate for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, the largest Renaissance festival in Southern California. The Faire adds new activities and special events every year with theme weekend, costume contests, and food and drink events.
The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
When: April 6 through May 19, 2019 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA at the intersection of the 605 and 210 freeways, Irwindale exit off the 605.
Cost: $27.95 online or $29.95 at the gate, Children 5-12 $13.00 online/$15 gate, Children 4 and under are free. $1 per ticket service charge online. Additional fees for games, rides and food. Discount coupons are available from the website. Discount tickets also available from participating Walgreens stores.
The venue is set up along one main path that snakes back and forth, so you can see everything if you make it from one end to the other.
Thirteen stages offer theatre, comedy, dance, music and swordplay performances, including a children's stage and some adults-only offerings. You can ride the Maypole Carousel, Moon Swing, or Giant Rocking Horse or try your hand at archery, sword fighting, stick juggling, and many other rides and games. Artisan booths house craftsmen and women making and selling pots, swords, and chain mail.
Glass-blowing demonstrations happen on the hour. Encampments of costume-clad actors line the main thoroughfare where various parades and processions, including Queen Elizabeth I and her Court, pass by on their way to the Jousting Arena, where armored knights battle on horseback, cheered on by the crowd.
Fans of live-action role-play games can participate in the RenQuest live fantasy games set up for different age groups from young kids to adults (requires a separate ticket).
There are a few beverage booths scattered around, but virtually all the food vendors are in the Food Court, about one-third of the way down the trail. Food prices ranged from $5 to $17, with most items in the $6.50 to $10 range.
Each year special ticketed events are added which may include pub crawls, wine tastings, tea with the queen, or other unique opportunities.
There are also themed weekends that may include costume themes (Time Travel Weekend, Pirates Weekend) or discount admission (free kids weekend, military weekend). If you want to fully join in the medieval spirit, costumes are available for rent inside the gate.
The Koroneburg Old World Renaissance Festival in Corona
As soon as the Renaissance Pleasure Fair ends, the nearby Koroneburg Old World Renaissance Festival kicks off at Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona in Riverside County. The park has a permanent renaissance village on site, making it the perfect location for this family-friendly event. The fun at Koroneburg runs from the last weekend in May through the last weekend in June and includes Memorial Day Monday. The renaissance village is set among abundant shade trees, cut off from modern civilization, so you really feel like you've stepped back in time.
Koroneburg Old World Renaissance Festival is produced by the Loyal Order of Reenactment Enthusiasts, who periodically (usually a month or so before the festival) present weekend reenactment and language workshops to better prepare the whole family to participate in the fun.
When: May 25 through June 23, 2019 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 Baron Road, Corona, CA 92880.
Cost: Adults $25, Children (5-11) $15, Children 4 and under are free. Police/Military $20. $2.09 per ticket service charge online. Additional fees for games, rides and food. $3 Discount coupon is available from the website or check Goldstar for discount tickets and season passes.
Parking: $5 regular parking, $10 preferred
Information was accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change. Please check the event information for the most current information.