Only 16 more days until the jousting begins! The Florida Renaissance Festival is back for the 23rd year I am super excited to head back in time. There is fun for everyone from the wee little ones to the not so wee big ones. There will be music, story telling and a few new acts which are totally new this year. My absolute favorite show is the one put on by the duo better known as The Duelists. They put on a hysterical comedic sword fight that is sure to have you laughing and in stitches for hours after.
For just a short period you can come out and relive the 16th century in all of its fun and glory. You can catch The Florida Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach every weekend through mid-March.
“We are the time capsule that people imagine in their dreams. Bringing the fantasy characters they envisioned to life,” said Bobby Rodriguez, founder of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “From the youngest child to those adults young at heart, we have fun and entertainment for all ages. Either witness it or be part of the different weekend fantasy themes, as there is a festival role for everyone at the Florida Renaissance Festival.”
Visitors are encouraged to come dressed the part. Don’t have the wardrobe? Fret not, lots of costumes and accessories can be purchased from the many craft posts throughout the festival. Majestic timeless goods likes blown glass, wooden toys and hammered pewter can also be found in the village to be taken home as souvenirs. We still have items we bought a few years ago like dragon pens and sword necklaces.
Bring your appetites, food will be available in abundance. From ale and cider to quench your thirst to turkey legs and Queen’s buns to fill your bellies you are sure to find some festival favorites to satisfy your cravings.
Magicians and sword fighters and knights on horseback, oh my! Rides for kids? They’ve got you covered. Shows for the family? They’ve got that too! Have some fun with the bulls-eye as you take a shot at archery (hubby’s favorite) or test your strength and show off that medieval magic that makes all the wenches swoon.
They’ve even got some new acts for 2015:
Cast in Bronze will bring the haunting beauty of the carillon to more patrons by demonstrating its versatility with other instruments. The carillons of Cast in Bronze consist of 35 bells each with a total of four tons each.
Cirque du Sewer is the world’s only girl and rat circus performing feats of balance with her impressively trained vermin. The rats jump through flaming hoops, complete obstacle courses, and join Melissa on her slack rope for a death-defying finale.
Also new this year is the Florida Renaissance Festival Pub Crawl! Ask for more info and sign-up to join at the Box Office!
2015 Renaissance Festival Theme weekends:
- Swashbucklers & Sirens Weekend– February 7 and 8 – The village is overrun with rogues and scallywags on this Pirate-themed weekend. Can beauty tame the savage scoundrel? Hopefully we will see enough pirate queens and mermaids to find out!
- Time Travelers Weekend– February 14, 15 and 16 – Calling all adventurers from across the millennia! This weekend is for you! Bring our your brassiest Victorian “gears” and join us on “Steampunk Saturday.” On Sunday, no one will keep the Doctors away…be they one of the 12 or Doc Brown himself, the village opens itself up to time traveling pioneers, aliens, Brown coats, Federations and Empires. And don’t miss Cosplay Monday, where anything goes! Anime? Superheroes?
- Wenches Weekend – “Bodacious Bodices” – February 21 and 22 – Pamper your inner bad-girl this weekend, where the ladies are the lords and rule the land. Bold and bawdy, this weekend belongs to the lasses and their ample assets.
- Voyage to the Orient– February 28 and March 1 – This weekend brings us to the Far East! While Europe was experiencing the advent of the Renaissance, rich cultural traditions had been prominent for centuries on the other side of the world. Journey with us to discover the Orient of Marco Polo’s time and experience the sights and sounds of Shogun, Samurai, and the unbroken Ming dynasty that ruled China for almost 300 years.
- Dragons & Wizards and Thrones, Oh My! – March 7 and 8 – One does not simply walk into Mordor, but you can walk directly out of the pages of your favorite books! From the Red Wedding to the Shire, join us as we fill our village with Hobbits, Wizards, Dragons, White Walkers, Fairies and Elves.
- Kilts & Colleens – St Patrick’s Weekend – March 14 and 15 – Celebrate the luck and culture of the Irish, the Scottish and the Celtic traditions of the North Seas! Grab your kilt and get your Celt on! Show your Celtic pride!
Over two million people have attended the festival in the last two decades creating everlasting family memories. It is a true cultural learning experience for all ages. Based on life during the 16th Century you will find over 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
We’ve not only attended in earlier years as a family but have also visited the festival for school trips with J-bird. I am so excited to attend again this year and to take the girls again. I can’t wait to stop by the craft tables so they can pick up some handmade goods.
Pricing is as follows: Adults $21, Children 6-11 $9, Children 5 and under are FREE. Season passes (these will get you special perks) and group tickets are also available at discounted rates. There is a $1.50/pp park entrance fee charged by Broward County Parks. Once inside parking is free; however, VIP (and highly recommended, especially on busy days – all the time!) front of the line parking is available for an extra $15 (discounted with a season pass). Senior Citizens age 65 and older and Military in uniform have the option to purchase discount tickets at the gate box office with appropriate I.D. and credentials.
Gates open at 10am beginning February 7th and the festivities run until sundown every weekend (including, Monday February 16th, President’s Day) until March 15th.
Have you ever attended a Renaissance Festival? What did you like best?
Learn more about the Florida Renaissance Festival by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter and Instagram! You can also download their festival mobile app by searching for Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. Prefer to speak to a wench? Call them at 1-800-3-REN-FES.