Oktoberfest: A Final Huzzah! – 2013 Pittsburgh Ren Fest

Knight JoustingIt’s been another great year at the 2013 Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival; 5 wonderful weekends so far and the sixth and last for the year is this weekend September 28 & 29, 2013.

Every weekend at the festival is slightly different as there is a theme to each weekend.

The final weekend is no different.

It’s an Oktoberfest! Make merry, say goodbye to this years festival and welcome in the month of October in true Bavarian style.

Here’s the websites official description of this weekend’s theme.

“Willkommen”(a Hearty Welcome), as you join your Village Hosts King Henry and Queen Katherine in an Oktoberfest Celebration and a Farewell to the Festival Season. Tantalize your taste buds with Traditional German Favorites such as Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Chocolates! German Music, Dancing, Lederhosen and Tavern Wenches will delight one and all with a fun-filled taste of Bavaria. Come Eat, Drink, and Make Merry with us at the Castle!

The festival is open 10:30AM to 6:30PM rain or shine both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are only $16.95 for teens and adults and $8.00  for children 5-12. Children under 5 are free. You can save $3.00 on a teen/adult ticket and $1.00 on children’s tickets by purchasing them in advance at your local Walgreen’s store.

The website does say you are welcome to come dressing in costume and they do have costumes available for rental. Costume swords and daggers are permitted as long as they are properly sheathed and peace-tied. You must present yourself to Safety Services Personnel at the Festival Main Gate.

Here is a YouTube video of the jousting event earlier this season.



Sweet Endings – Final Weekend 2013 Michigan Renaissance Festival

It’s time for Sweet Endings. That’s the theme of the final weekend at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, MI.

There’s going to be a Chocolate Festival, Cupcake Crusades, a fencing competition and a juggling competition.

Here’s this weekend’s complete schedule it’s sure to be a great time for all. Plus there will be Kid’s Trick or Treating Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

The gates to the ren faire are open from 10AM to 7PM rain or shine and there is free parking provided.

Gate prices are $20.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 5-12 and $18.95 for seniors.

Advance tickets are available at your local Kroger, Walgreens or Menard’s at $17.95 for adults and seniors and $9.50 for children ages 5-12.

Children under age 5 are free.

Here’s a YouTube video of some of the folks you’ll find wandering the faire. It’s from just a few weekends ago and was posted on August 27, 2013

 This is probably one of the most extensive weapon’s policies I’ve seen on a website. It’s found at the very bottom of the right hand column on any page. It reads:

The Festival bans guns on our premises. Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, arrows with tips are not allowed unless you are competing in the longbow competition that day. Swords, knives, dirks and daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. Axes, claymores, maces, antique firearms, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site. No drawing of any weapon at any time. Must be 18 years or older to carry a weapon. If you have additional questions, please contact the Festival Office at (248) 634-5552 for more information.



Shamrocks & Shenanigans – Final Weekend 2013 Minnesota Renaissance Festival –

Bagpiper - Shamrocks & ShenanigansIt’s time again for Shamrocks & Shenanigans, but this time it’s at the 2013 Minnesota Renaissance Festival‘s final weekend. Michigan’s festival had Shamrocks & Shenanigans a few weekends ago and they are having their final weekend too and we’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

This is the 43rd season for this festival and it is quite impressive. There will be live jousting daily at 11AM 1PM & 4PM. You can chose from 16 stages of live entertainment, 250 artisan vendors not mention lot’s of food and fun.

Ticket’s are $21.95 at the gate and 18.95 in advance. Children 5-12 are $12.95 or $10.95 in advance. Seniors are $19.95 at the gate with no advance discount. ??? Just buy an $18.95 ticket in advance I guess. :)

This will be the 4th year for the festivals new Barbeque Competition so you don’t want to miss this final weekend and maybe get a taste of the winning recipe. :)

Here’s a YouTube video of the jousting event taken earlier this year and posted on August 18, 2013.

I couldn’t find any information about costume weapons on the website so it would be best to contact them before including them with your garb. However if you decide to risk it make sure any swords and knives are peace tied to prevent them from being drawn.



Green Hill Medieval Faire and Highland Games

Medieval ArcherThe 11th Annual Green Hill Medieval Faire and Highland Games takes place this weekend September 28 & 29, 2013 at Green Hill Park in Roanoke County near Salem, Virginia.

The gates are open from 10AM to 6PM Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. There will be a masquerade ball each day an hour and a half before closing. You’ll also be able to participate in a free archery contest on both days.

Admission is only $5.00 per person, children under 5 and those attending the faire in medieval costumes or attire will receive free admission.

The notice on the home page states period weapons are permitted but must be peace-tied for safety.  However there will be no  alcohol, coolers or pets allowed.

There will be a variety of performers, entertainment, vendors and food available for your pleasure. It’s a fun way to learn about medieval times and see what life was like in medieval Europe.

Here’s a YouTube video taken during last years event. I found the description of the video amusing. It states, “Fun day in the late Summer sun in Salem VA. Lots of Yanks with fake medieval English accents, fake swords and other fun stuff for the clan. Thoroughly enjoyed being told by at least three stall owners that my English accent was very convincing.”



3rd Annual Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire

Knights in Sword FightThe 3rd annual Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire is happening this weekend September 21 & 22, 2013.

Gates will be open 10AM to 6PM on Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. The event takes place at the Smith Lake Recreation Area 1200 Honeycutt Road,  Fayetteville, NC 28311

Admission is only $5.00 per CARLOAD not per person. But neither period or modern weaponry is permitted so don’t plan to bring your medieval swords this time around. The is also no outside alcohol, coolers or pets allowed.

There will be plenty to enjoy however with jousting, belly dancers, sword swallowers and more. Not to mention wonder array of food and crafts you’ll find at the vendors.

Here’s a YouTube video taken during a jousting match during the 2011 event.