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Arizona Renaissance Festival Information FAQ

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast all rolled into one non-stopm day-long family adventure.



WHAT TO EXPECT: One of the largest events of its kind in the nation, the Arizona Renaissance Festival is a time to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th Century European Country Faire.

Explore the bustling marketplace and mingle and interact with nearly 2000 costumed characters with their endless mayhem and merriment. Just a part of the attraction are 13 stages of music and comedy shows, demonstrations of the ancient art of falconry, and a 4,500-seat arena for atonements of jousting.

Wear comfortable shoes, come rain or shine, and expect to find more than a full day's worth of entertainment. Continuous performances are held nearly every half-hour on the dozen stages spread throughout the beautifully decorated themed park. "Huzzah!" is the cheer of the day.

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13-stages featuring comedy acts, acrobats, medieval musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, magicians and puppeteers performing continuous for 8 hours a day.

A tournament arena where skilled stunt riders, outfitted in suits of armor, ride their horses into battle during three jousts a day

Arts and Crafts

The Festival village lanes are lined with nearly 200 bright, rustic shops, studios and galleries filled with arts and crafts sales and demonstrations, plus the royal kitchens, pubs and a variety of unique games and people-powered amusement rides spread throughout 30 acres.

Many artisan put on demonstrations of their handiwork throughout the day, using tools and techniques that have been handed down through the Centuries.

Food

The Royal Kitchens serve roasted turkey drumsticks, steak-on-a-stake, pizza, bread bowls, salads, stews and more. The Monk's Bakery, the Cappuccino Inn and the Chocolate Shoppe tempt your diet plan with a variety of unique desserts. Pubs serve beer, wine and soft drinks.

Where:

Map of the AZ Renaissance Festival. Print and zoom. The Renaissance Festival is located near the foothills of the Superstition Mountains on State Highway 60, east of Apache Junction, just east of Gold Canyon Golf Resort.

From Phoenix; follow the Superstition Freeway (U.S. Highway 60) and continue east past Apache Junction, just past the Gold Canyon Golf Resort, following the signs to the Festival Gate.

From Tucson; take Oracle Road to the Pinal Pioneer Parkway (State Highway 79) to Florence Junction, turn west on U.S. Highway 60 and follow the signs 7 miles to the Festival gate.

You know you have stepped back in time when you discover event parking is free, courtesy of Fry's Food & Drug stores.

No pets, please. Wear comfortable shoes.

Facilities for Disabled Guests: Designated parking for disabled guests is located by the front gate. Parking attendants will direct permitted vehicles to these spots. Disabled adapted portable toilets are located in each privy area. Wheelchair rental is available. Guide dogs are welcome. Call the Festival office at 520-463-2700 with questions or special needs.



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