Renaissance Faires in California 2022

by | Oct 15, 2020 | Costumes and Cloaks

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

In a non-COVID year, it’s possible to attend a California Renaissance Faire nearly every weekend of the year! I’m in the process of checking and updating this list for 2022 🙂 And as we all know, events are subject to change.

There are 22 faires and festivals statewide. Some of these faires have different historic themes such as Medieval, Celtic, Pirate, Fairy and Dickens.

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.

November – December 2021

FRESNO: Kearney Renaissance Faire, November 13 & 14, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO: Great Dickens Christmas Fair November 21, – December 20, 2021
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls Happening in 2021 as a Drive Thru and Online:


March – April 2022

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

HESPERIA: High Desert Pirate Festival (On hold)
Hesperia Lake Park
Celebrates the Golden Age of Pirates

BAKERSFIELDMedieval California Festival (On hold)
Kern County Museum Grounds
Celebrating the times of King Charles and Queen Caroline, Knights, and Medieval Times

IRWINDALEThe Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Saturdays and Sundays April 9 – May 22, 2022 – Tickets On Sale Now
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area minutes outside of Pasadena, CA

FREMONT: Tartan Day April (On hold)
Ardenwood Historical Farm
Celebrating all things Scottish and Celtic

ESCONDIDO Spring Renaissance Faire April & May
Felicita County Park

(Returning 2022) VISALIA: Tulare County Renaissance Festival April 13-14
Featuring The Knights of Mayhem

May – June 2022

FRESNO: Pirate Festival
Roeding Park

CORONA: Koroneburg Old World Festival May 25-June 24
Crossroads Riverview Park

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Valhalla Renaissance Faire  June 6-7
Camp Richardson Resort

VALLEJO: Northern California Pirate Festival June 15-16
Vallejo Waterfront

July – August 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Central Coast Renaissance Festival
Laguna Lake Park
English Renaissance village for this summer’s fantasy entertainment.

BIG BEAR CITY: Big Bear City Renaissance Faire
Pedersens Mill
The shire of The Enchanted Shire recreating Renaissance (circa 1558-1603).

SAN JOSE: San Jose Renaissance Faire August 3-4
Discovery Meadow Park

PLYMOUTH: Midsummers Fairytale Celtic Ren Fair August 21-22, 2021
Amador County Fairgrounds

September – October 2022

OROVILLE: Feather Falls Renaissance Faire Sept. 11 & 12, 2021
Feather Falls Casino & Lodge
Free Weekend Faire with Renaissance historical re-enactment, as well as fairies, mermaids, pirates, Vikings, and more!

FOLSOM: Folsom Renaissance Faire September 25-26, 2021
Folsom City Lions Park

LOMPOC: Lompoc Renaissance Faire
River Park

IDYLLWILD: Idyllwild Ren Faire September 24, 25, & 26, 2021

HOLLISTERNorthern California Renaissance Faire September 18th -October 24, 2021
Casa De Fruta

HANFORD: Kings Fair October
Hanford Civic Park

(Returning 2022) GRASS VALLEY: KVMR Celtic Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds

BLUE LAKE: 11th Annual Medieval Festival of Courage October

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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