The 35th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns to San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park on July 20 & 21.
Festival guests will enjoy four stages of entertainment including authentic music, dance, plays, comedy skits, acrobatics, parades, a pirate bird act and free-flying falconry. Street performers are everywhere.
For the first time on the Central Coast is a full force armored combat demonstration. Members of this group have performed on The History Channel’s “Knight Fight.” Contests include one-on-one single combat, as well as brutal team battles of 5 against 5, which will be contested until one team is driven from the field. Using steel swords, axes, and pole arms, combatants are permitted to strike with weapons, shields, fists, and feet. Shows are held twice daily, at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
Young guests enjoy face painting, games, a magic show, archery and a pirate ship they can board for great photo opportunities. They can attend Buccaneer Boot Camp to learn swashbuckling with balloon swords. Sunday is “Pirate Day” with a treasure hunt. A costume contest for kids is held both days and every entry gets a prize.
Shoppers love the unique artisan marketplace offering everything from hand thrown pottery to swords, jewelry, goblets, leather goods, masks, fine art and every Renaissance clothing item from hats to full outfits, including kilts.
Meat pies, turkey legs, Greek, German, Thai, English, Scottish and Celtic foods will satisfy hungry diners and freshly squeezed lemonade, teas, beer, ale and wine are so refreshing. Fruit tarts, cakes, ice cream, root beer floats, hand made chocolates, cookies, scones and aebleskivers make a fine finish to a meal.
Adult tickets are $20, seniors (65+) and age 6-15 are $15, under age six are free. Parking on site is $8 per car, but reduced to $5 if there are four or more in a vehicle, so carpooling is rewarded. Disabled parking is free and there is a free bike valet. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM both days.
Advance tickets and more information at CCRenFaire.com.
No outside alcohol or pets allowed.