Renaissance Festival

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A renaissance festival, faire or fair is are public gathering which aim to emulate specific historic periods for the entertainment of their guests

Many are commerical in nature, with many residing as permanent theme parks, while many try their best to create an authentic mood. Entertainment can range from music, theatre, arts and similar entertainments enjoyed in the chosen periods.

Popular periods include the time during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, other take place in much earlier tiems such as The Vikings, or later such as 18th Century pirates.

Audience participation is a big key, with many if not most guests in fancy dress themselves, some renaissance festivals and fair also tolerate the fantasy elements such as witches, wizards and similar magical beings.

Although these types of events can be found worldwide, it is a huge American phenomenon, with the following events amongst the highly popular:

Texas Renaissance Festival

Theme: 16th Century

Season: October - November

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Theme: 16th Century "England-like" fantasy kingdom

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Alabama Renaissance Faire

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Season: October

Connecticut Renaissance Faire

Theme: Arthurian Legend

Season: Fall Harvest

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Theme: Revel Grove Village

Season: August - October

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Theme: Multi-setting

Season: Late winter to early spring

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Theme: 16th-century English village

Season: August – October

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Theme: During the reign of King Henry VIII

Season: April - June

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Theme: Hollygrove village, 16th century England

Season: August - September

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Theme: 1533, under the reign of King Henry VIII

Season: April - Memorial Day

Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California

Theme: The market faire at Port Deptford, 1580s

Season: April - May

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Theme: Bristol, England 1574 with many fantasy aspects

Season: July - September

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Theme: 16th century English village, during the reign of Elizabeth I

Season: August - October

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Theme: Fairhaven

Season: October — November

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

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Season: September - October

New York Renaissance Faire

Theme: Elizabethan England

Season: August - September