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.
CORONA: Koroneburg Old World Festival – weekends May 28 through June 2022 🙂
Crossroads Riverview Park
renfestcorona.com 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)
July – August 2022
SAN LUIS OBISPO: Central Coast Renaissance Festival – July 16-17, 2022
Laguna Lake Park
ccrenfaire.com – 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
September – October 2022
FOLSOM: Folsom Renaissance Faire – September 24 & 25
Folsom City Lions Park
folsomfaire.com – Tickets for Sale Now
IDYLLWILD: Idyllwild Ren Faire – September 24 & 25 2022
idyllwildrenfaire.com – Ticket Info on Site
HOLLISTER: Northern California Renaissance Faire – September 23th -October 23, 2022
Casa De Fruta
norcalrenfaire.com – Tickets for Sale Now
GRASS VALLEY: KVMR Celtic Festival – September 10, 2022
Pioneer Park, Nevada City, CA
kvmrcelticfestival.org – Ticket Info on Site
BLUE LAKE: 11th Annual Medieval Festival of Courage – October 1 & 2, 2022
At Christie Ranch in Blue Lake, Humbolt, CA
medievalfestivalofcourage.org – 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
dickensfair.com – Tickets Available in September
——————– 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
IRWINDALE: The 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.
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 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!