Renaissance Faires in California 2022

by | Oct 15, 2020 | Costumes and Cloaks

With a Side Order of Medieval, Celtic, Pirate and Dickens’ Faires

Things are looking positive for CA Ren Faires in 2022. Several are happening!! BTW, I update this post several times a year.

There are approximately 20 Renaissance Fairs in CA each year, though unfortunately some are in flux currently. Nevertheless, you can definitely find a Ren Fair for each month.

Also, if you are inclined to travel, there are also Renaissance Faires throughout the US and in Europe each year. It’s a national and European phenomenon, that began in Los Angeles in the 1960’s. More about that later.

June 2022

CORONA: Koroneburg Old World Festivalweekends May 28 through June 2022 🙂
Crossroads Riverview Park Tickets Available Now

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Valhalla Renaissance Faire (Not Happening in 2022)

VALLEJO: Northern California Pirate Festival June 15-16 (Not Happening in 2022)
Vallejo Waterfront

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Raven Fox Hooded Men’s Cloak with POCKETS in Ranger Green / Available in Black, Red, Green and Brown

July – August 2022

HANFORD: Kings Fair June 9 – 12, 2022
Hanford Civic Park – Ticket Pricing On Site 

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Central Coast Renaissance Festival – July 16-17, 2022
Laguna Lake Park – Tickets for Sale Now 
English Renaissance village for this summer’s fantasy entertainment.

BIG BEAR CITY: Big Bear City Renaissance Faire (Not Happening in 2022)
Meadow Park, Big Bear Lake, CA
The shire of The Enchanted Shire recreating Renaissance (circa 1558-1603).

SAN JOSE: San Jose Renaissance Faire — August 3-4 (Not Happening in 2022)
Discovery Meadow Park


Ren Fairs CA

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September – October 2022

FOLSOM: Folsom Renaissance FaireSeptember 24 & 25
Folsom City Lions Park – Tickets for Sale Now 

IDYLLWILD: Idyllwild Ren FaireSeptember 24 & 25 2022 – Ticket Info on Site

HOLLISTERNorthern California Renaissance FaireSeptember 23th -October 23, 2022
Casa De Fruta – Tickets for Sale Now 

GRASS VALLEY: KVMR Celtic Festival – September 10, 2022
Pioneer Park, Nevada City, CA Ticket Info on Site

BLUE LAKE: 11th Annual Medieval Festival of CourageOctober 1 & 2, 2022
At Christie Ranch in Blue Lake, Humbolt, CA – Info on Site

November – December 2022

FRESNO: Kearney Renaissance Faire, November 13 & 14 (Not Happening in 2022)

SAN FRANCISCO: Great Dickens Christmas Fair November 19 – December 18 – 5 Weekends 
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls – Tickets Available in September

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Raven Fox Hooded Men’s Cloak with POCKETS in Ranger Green / Available in Black, Red, Green and Brown

——————– End of 2022    Dates for 2023 will be updated in the last Quarter of 2022

March – April 2023

ROSEVILLE: Kingdom of Herron’s Edge of Spring Fantasy Fair 
Placer Valley Event Center @The Grounds
Celtic and Fantasy-Themed Bands, Fantasy, Steampunk, Apocalyptic, and medieval Realms, Bicycle Jousting, Knights in Armored Combat

CALVERAS: Celtic Faire March 11, 12, 13 
Calaveras County Fairgrounds
Angels Camp, CA

HESPERIA: High Desert Pirate Renaissance Festival March 19-20
Hesperia Lake Park, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Rd, Hesperia, CA 92345 
Celebrates the Golden Age of Pirates

IRWINDALEThe Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Saturdays and Sundays April 9 – May 22
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area minutes outside of Pasadena, CA 

VISALIA: Tulare County Renaissance Festival April 9-10
Plaza Park, Visalia 
Featuring The Knights of Mayhem

May – June 2023

ESCONDIDO Renaissance Faire April 30-May 1 and May 7-8
Felicita County Park

FRESNO: Pirate Festival May 14-15
Kearney Park, Fresno

SHASTA: Feather Falls Renaissance Faire — Memorial Day Weekend May 28 – 29
Feather Falls Casino & Lodge
Free Weekend Faire with Renaissance historical re-enactment, as well as fairies, mermaids, pirates, Vikings, and more!

Renaissance Faires Go Back to the 60’s

The idea for Renaissance Faires originated with an LA schoolteacher. She had the idea to throw a Renaissance-theme party for her high school students. The following year she and her husband, a movie art director, threw a Renaissance fair as a fundraiser for a local public radio station. That fundraising event grew into the Original Renaissance Faire that today plays out over 7 weekends every year in Southern CA and sparked interest in Renaissance Faires across the US.

Renaissance Faire California

As to entertainment, you’ll be treated to jousting, carousing, and on-stage and spontaneous street performances of all kinds. Don’t expect to go hungry. Food vendors sell meat pies, tea and tea sandwiches, scones, tarts, turkey legs, and beef ribs to approximately match the time period. (As well as all kinds of contemporary American fair foods.) Many attendees are costumed, in addition to the paid actors. Additionally, all faires have vendors of Medieval or Renaissance cloaks, trinkets and gifts.

New Twists on the Ren Faire Theme

The Original Southern California RenFaire ups the ante with RenQuests. Guests travel throughout the faire grounds to decipher clues, solve problems, perform daring tasks, and avoid dastardly villains. It’s a unique immersive, interactive adventure — a festival-wide escape room, if you will.

Renaissance Faire California

Renaissance Faires Themes

The majority of Renaissance Faire’s focus on the Reign of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. That’s also known as the 1500’s AD and same as the first RenFaire in Los Angeles. Some Faires go back in time to Viking Times, Medieval Times, Robin Hood (1100’s AD), Chaucer (1300’s) or Arthurian Times. A few faires vary the location and take you to olden Scotland, France, Italy or Germany. And there’s at least one faire that goes forward in time, forward from the Renaissance that is! That’s the delightful San Francisco’s Great Dickens Christmas Faire!

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