Longing for childhood days of make believe? Mythic heroes slaying dragons, steel clad warriors jousting atop mighty steeds, and knights in shining armor saving damsels in distress…these things can all be found at the Arizona Renaissance Festival!
Arizona’s annual festival is one of the largest in the nation, held on weekends in February and March. You will enter a fanciful European style village constructed on a 30-acre site just below the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix and just under 2 hours northwest of Tucson.
Merchants hawk their wares, selling everything from clothing to custom ceramics. Observe in awe at the demonstrations displaying skills of blacksmithing, jewelry making, glassblowing, and pottery throwing. Over 200 artisans are housed in the market lanes filled with storybook shops.
There are thirteen open-air stages where you can listen to raucous music and roaring comedy. Catch the swordplay and wordplay of festival favorites Don Juan and Miguel. It’s hard to miss the wild antics of The Tortuga Twins (three unrelated men in tights), and amusing to decipher Zilch the Tory Steller (the misspelling, like his miss-speaking is intentional). On or off the stage, you are bound to rub shoulders with delightful characters.
A variety of food and drynk is available to satisfy your appetite: bread bowls, stews, steak-on-a-stake, roasted chicken and more. In the midst of this enormous feast you’ll find the “King of festival foods” – the huge roasted turkey leg. Pubs serve beers, wine, and soft drynks to quench your thirst.
And lots to do for kids! A Festival favorite with children is Mother (and Father) Goose brought to life, with costumed ducks and geese, Maggie, Mimi, and Matilda. Kids will cheer for their favorite knight at the 5,000 seat jousting arena or try their hand at archery. Children delight in the return of a falcon, the King of sports, at the Falconer’s Heath. Kids also, love riding the people-powered Da Vinci’s Steam ship, the Swan Swing, Christopher Columbus’ “Voyage to the New World,” the Slider Joust, as well as, the Piccolo Pony, a rocking horse bigger than an elephant. In addition to the people-powered rides, the Festival offers interactive games like the dragon climbing tower, the castle siege, Jacobs’ Ladder, a maze, and an archery range. Those bolder of heart may feed the dragon or play King of the log.
- LOCATION: East of Apache Junction on US Highway 60, near the Superstition Mountains
- DATE: Eight consecutive weekends (Saturdays + Sundays) from February 7 through March 29
- TIME: 10:00am-6:00pm, rain or shine
- COST: Advance Tickets are $20 for adults & $10 for kids ages 5-12 at Fry’s Food Stores statewide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $2 more. Senior discount tickets (60 and over) are $19 only available at the box office.
One lucky TucsonTopian (that’s you!) will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival.
Enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. The deadline is Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:59pm.
***The winner is Rosemary W. Congratulations!***