Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Opening Weekend at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

It's almost that time again for the magical gates of the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire to open. The Faire runs from April 6th through May 19th at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA. This weekend is the opening weekend and you can attend with this 2 for 1 coupon to save 50% off regularly priced tickets (or $2.50 off every weekend after that)!

I will be there with a magical group of six different Dragons on May 5th to participate in the Mythical Costume Contest on Fantasy weekend.

Get your tickets for the fair here:

Here is the 2013 Special Event Schedule: 

Every Day
The Pub Crawl!
Join us for a riotous brewfest of cold spirits, lusty wenches, bawdy songs, and drinking games as you receive an entertainment-filled, personal guided tour of the shire's finest pubs!

**The revelry will begin at 11:30am and again at 1:00pm 
**Inquire at the Box Office or at Crown and Anchor Pub near the main entrance.
**Limited number of tickets per crawl, one crawl per person per day.
Ticket price is $40.00 per person.  Price includes an exclusive commemorative pin and one (1) beverage of your choice at each of the five pubs (Valid only during the Pub Crawl).
Every Day
**NEW**  The Unrulie Foolie Tea:  Join the Court of Misrule for tea and have a crazy MAD time!  Be prepared for fun and zanny antics as the Mistress of Misrule and her Court stir a little sugar into the mix of your day.  The Daily Unrulie Foolie Tea is at 2 PM in the St. Cuthbert Guild Yard where authentic English scones, tea sandwiches, tarts and tea are served. Gluten free options are available. Reservations are required. Admission is $21 for adults and $10 for children and includes a commemorative teapot.
Tea With the Queen: Elizabeth I – whose reign is noted as the start of the English Renaissance period – greets fairgoers throughout the day and also holds audience at a royal tea. Tea with the Queen is at 4:00 PM in the St. Cuthbert Guild Yard where authentic English scones, tea sandwiches, tarts and tea are served. Reservations are required. Admission is $21 for adults and $10 for children and includes a commemorative teapot. 
To make reservations for both Tea Times, please visit
Advanced reservations are limited to 25 people in order to save room for people who want to sign up at the Faire itself. Reservations require a $5.00 per person non-refundable deposit. Credit cards are accepted online, cash and checks only on site. Reservations can be made up to the Friday before planned attendance and reservations are based on first come first served.
Weekend 1, April 6 & 7, 2013
Opening Weekend!  Welcome to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire where fantasy rules and whimsical delights take flight; where worlds co-exist and dreams come to life!
Weekend 2, April 13 & 14, 2013
Kids Free Weekend - No coupon required. All children age 12 and younger are FREE.
Military Appreciation Weekend - Discounted entry for our Servicemen and Veterans.  Please present this coupon and show ID at box office.

Scouts Weekend – Join us for Scouts Weekend, where you may complete requirements for badges with our village.  There will be a list of activities available (some activities may require additional fees).  There will be 400 limited edition Scout Days patches for purchase at our Scout Days information booth.   A Discounted Entry for Scouts and Leaders in uniform will be available at the box office.

Plein Air Painting - Truly a Renaissance event, we’re offering 15 artists (each day) an opportunity to create works outdoors, from dawn to dusk, among teeming crowds and amazing characters, wherever and whenever they chose in the beautiful setting of  Deptford Seaport.   Completed, framed works will be available for purchase at the Plein Air Auction, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 in the Wine Tasting Garden.

Marketplace Weekend
For every $250 you spend with our merchants or artisans during Marketplace Weekend, you will receive 2 FREE tickets to come back to the Faire before 5/5/13 (a $50 value). IT'S THAT EASY.  Offer does not apply to games, rides, food, beverage or the Renaissance Collection Stores. Special Receipts must be presented to receive tickets.

Masterpiece Awards Competition -FoF Garden
Our artisans will be putting up a sample of their craft to be judged, but you might win as well!  Drop by the Friends of Faire Garden and vote to decide which artisan will win The Masterpiece Award this weekend. 
Weekend 3, April 20 & 21, 2013
Friday, April 19 - School Day (9:30am - 3:30pm) This is the wondrous day when we welcome our local schools to our village.  Students and Chaperones will have an opportunity to experience the arts, history, hands-on creativity and educational living history events along with the ability to make purchases from our many artisans and taste the scrumptious delights of the faire.  They venture in to have fun and leave with a broadened knowledge!

Steampunk/Time Traveler Weekend - We invite our guests to dress up in your finest time-traveling attire. Whether you're the legionnaire, the engineer or the clockwork servant, we're looking forward to celebrating with you!

Plein Air Painting - Second weekend of Plein Air painting with 15 invited artist creating works in our realm wherever and whenever they chose within our glorious village of Deptford.  Completed, framed works will be available for purchase at the Plein Air Auction, Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12 in the Wine Tasting Garden.
Weekend 4, April 27 & 28, 2013
Swashbuckling Weekend
Dress as your inner pirate!  Join Captain Sir Francis Drake for a toast to life on the sea!  Buy an ale at the Cuckoo's Nest (next to the Rogue's Reef Stage) and bring your favorite toast or story of the sea to share!
1PM Each of the Swashbuckler Days
Weekend 5, May 4 & 5, 2013
Find Your Fantasy Weekend See what lies in our Village of Deptford.  Explore our Guilds and neighborhoods to Find Your Fantasy!

Saturday – Gay Day & May Day
Stop by the INSTINCT MAGAZINE ramada located by the Guest Services booth located near the faire's food court to register to win a stay at the Luxor hotel and dinner for two at Excalibur in Las Vegas!

Sunday – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us!

Costume Contest Weekend 11am-1pm in the Special Events Ramada located in RenQuest to register and receive your contestant number.  Each Day’s Winners will be announced at 3:30 that same day at the Queen’s Court Glade

Saturday: Mythical Costume Contest  
Characters of Legend & Lore
Fantasy of other worlds
Children of all kinds
Sunday: Historical Costume Contest
Adult Nobility
Adult Middle Class
Adult Peasant
Children - Nobility, Middle Class & Peasant
Costume Contest Entry Requirements:
Historical costumes must represent the Elizabethan era: 1559-1603 AD. They should be made of natural, non-synthetic fabrics. Accessories such as jewelry, pouches, baskets, shoes, boots, hats, etc. must be appropriate to the period and the social class you are representing.  Costumes for Character of Legend, Lore, and Fantasy may vary from these guidelines.
All the costumes must be worn by their designer/maker unless explicit approval is obtained in advance from the competition officials, who will be available in the RenQuest Special Events Ramada. The only exception to this is children’s costumes.
Please note: This is an amateur competition. Full time professional costumers may not enter. Full time employees of Renaissance Entertainment Productions and their families are not permitted to enter the competition.
Weekend 6, May 11 & 12, 2013
Wenches Weekend
In celebration of Wenches Weekend our version of “Ladies Night” –all weekend long, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is hosting “A Taste of the Faire,” a self- hosted Wine Tasting through five of our pubs.  Tickets are $25 dollars and are to be purchased at the Crown and Anchor Pub near the main entrance of faire.  Upon purchase you will receive a punch card that entitles you to five tastes of wine at predetermined ale stands, each of which will be featuring a different wine!

Sunday - Mother's Day -Bring yourself (and Mom!) to the Cat and Fiddle Pub to enjoy Mother’s Day Mimosas!

Plein Air Painting Silent Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday.  The renowned artists have worked over the course of two weekends, painting the excitement of the faire.  The opportunity to purchase their fine works of art will conclude on Sunday during a Live Auction. Time & location of the auction will be available at the box office.
Weekend 7, May 18 & 19, 2013
Home Brew and Craft Brew Demonstration -Local and Regional Home and Craft Brewers venture to the faire to demonstrate and educate while offering you a sample of their hearty concoctions.

Sunday:  Join us as we celebrate the final day of our 51st Anniversary Season carrying on the tradition of our Closing Day Parade.

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