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2020 Arizona Renaissance Festival Closed for Season

The 2021 Season WIll Be Announced Later in the Year

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2018The Arizona Renaissance Festival has closed for the rest of the season due to the coronavirus spread, as per Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's mandate. Check back for updates on the 2021 Arizona Renaissance event.

The Az Ren Fest is one of the largest entertainment events of its kind in the United States. Travel to a re-creation of a 30-acre 16th century European village this winter and spring 2020!

The Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast – all rolled into one non-stop, day-long adventure! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is held in early spring on Saturdays and Sundays and Presidents' Day. The 2021 Az Ren Fest season will be announced later this year.

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This web section provides new and updated information for this year's renaissance festival family entertainment and events.

The Renaissance Festival is held near Apache Junction, Arizona- between Phoenix and Tucson. Get a map and directions to the festival grounds. Check the latest Apache Junction & Renaissance Weather reports with updated rain maps and temperatures.

The Arizona Renaissance is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a Pleasure Feast -- all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure! Walk through our gates to be transported back to a simpler, more jovial, time.

There are multiple stages of nonstop entertainment; music, comedy, falconry, dance, mermaids and acrobatics. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and mingle with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.

Explore the village marketplace with over 200 storybook shops, studios and galleries filled with unique arts and crafts, handmade wares, kitchens and pubs, games and people-powered rides. Participate in interactive kids games and people-powered rides; Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, The Slider Joust, Piccolo Pony—a rocking horse bigger than an elephant! The Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, the Maze, Archery Range and much more!


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The live jousting tournaments are one of the festival’s most popular attractions. Armored nights on charging steeds take up their lances and battle for the queen’s honor. Cheer on your favorite armored knight at one of the three daily jousting tournaments in the 5,000-seat arena.

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In addition to the revelry, the festival offers food fit for a King. Attend the Pleasure Feast and be treated like a true Royal while you savor five courses of fine food, ample drynk, and enjoy an hour and a half of raucous Renaissance entertainment at its best!

The Pleasure Feast is a one-and-a-half hour five course medieval feast with live music and comedy entertainment, fine food and ample drink, plus festival gifts and souvenirs. With limited seating twice daily, advance feast reservations are recommended. Food is plentiful and available throughout the village.

ååThe menu is diverse with such offerings as steak-on-a-stake, vegetable and meat pies, pastas, bread bowls filled with hearty stews and more. And who can forget the smoked turkey legs?! The desserts are decadent. Try the crepes or a variety of other sweet treat surprises! The Pleasure Feast, held twice daily, includes admission to the Festival.

The most unique experience at the Renaissance Festival is the interaction with actors on the street who make everyone a part of the VILLAGE AT PLAY.

Kids will love the interactive games and people-powered rides; Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, The Slider Joust, Piccolo Pony— a rocking horse bigger than an elephant! There is also the Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, the Maze, Archery Range and much more!

Those washer wenches don’t just act silly on the stage, they make sure their audience members make fools of themselves too. The King is not just some guy in a crown; when you meet royalty at the Festival, it is hard not to bow with everyone else.

Maybe you will be asked to carry a secret message for the Lord Sheriff, or you may find yourself the object of a poet's admiration or scorn. Don’t shy away from these encounters...you’ll have so much more fun if you jump right in! Find out what events are happening this year at the Az Ren Fest.

What to do at the AZ Renaissance Festival

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There are so many things to do at the AZ Renaissance Festival that one needs to spend an entire day to experience the full event.

Browse over 200 elaborately adorned shops offering an array of traditional goods surrounded among 14 stages of entertainment.

Walk among more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, and musicians who roam the medieval replica village providing entertainment.

The Renaissance Festival experience is meeting and interacting with these colorful characters, shopping for arts and crafts, and taking in a selection of over 150 shows every event day.

There is a great variety of food for feasting, and a bevy of beverages including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, turkey legs, honey mead, beers and ales, along with soft drinks and lemonade.

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One of the most popular attractions at the AZ Ren Fest is the live jousting tournaments held three times daily, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio.

The 16th century Festival is home to many popular traditions including chomping down on a giant roasted turkey leg, and also features demonstrations of time honored crafts such as weaving, glass blowing, blacksmithing and pottery throwing. Find out more about this year's events, entertainment and watch videos at the AZ Renaissance Festival.

Treasures of Santa Catalina Mountains by Robert ZuckerNew book on "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

The legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission in the Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, Arizona have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. Now, learn the full history behind the legends of the infamous Iron Door Mine, the Mission of Santa Catalina and the Lost City of the Catalinas. This book also covers the history of American mining in Oracle and the Catalinas- including the famous Buffalo Bill Cody's mine Campo Bonito. Read sample chapters, download a free PDF sample of the book and watch videos from the "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains."

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