California Renaissance Faires 2024

by | Feb 10, 2023 | Renaissance Faire

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

Updated January 22, 2024

For the 2024 season there are 15 California Renaissance Faires that have officially announced their dates. During the pandemic, California lost approximately 5 Renaissance Faires. It’s good fortune that so many have been able to continue on.

I’ve included the names, dates, locations and websites for California Renaissance Faires 2024 below.

Also, if you are inclined to travel around the country, 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.

 

March – April 2023

CALVERAS: 37th Annual Celtic Faire March 8, 9, and 10, 2024
Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA
Featuring a medieval tournament with horseback riding stunts, jousting and hand-to-hand combat with swords and other medieval weapons. The Celtic Faire celebrates the cultures of Brittany (Breizh), Cornwall (Kernow), Wales (Cymru), Scotland (Alba), Ireland (Éire), Isle of Man (Mannin, or Ellan Vannin) Galicia (Galiza), and Asturias, (Asturies).

Friday, March 8th, is a special educational day focused on history and culture. The focus is on families and students and thus no alcohol is served.

HESPERIA: High Desert Pirate Faire with a Renaissance Flair March 18 and 19, 2024
Hesperia Lake Park, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Rd, Hesperia, CA 92345
“With a Renaissance Flair” means you are also welcome to dress as 16th century “Elizabethan Era” (1558–1603), however as this is a fantasy faire, you are welcome to come as a dragon, fairy or mermaid.

IRWINDALE: The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Saturdays and Sundays April 6 – May 19, 2024

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area minutes outside of Pasadena, CA
The Renaissance Faire that started them all — this faire attracts a quarter-million people annually, reenacting a 1580s English market faire.

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@dressmeupscotty from Instagram in a Raven Fox Capes Signature Cloak in Riding Hood Red

 

VISALIA: Tulare County Renaissance Festival April 13-14, and 20-21, 2024
Plaza Park, Visalia, CA
Featuring The Knights of Mayhem. Come cheer on your favorite knight as he competes for the queen’s honor in an exciting full-armored joust.

ROSEVILLE: Kingdom of Herron’s Edge of Spring Fantasy Fair (postponed since 2020)
Placer Valley Event Center @The Grounds
Celtic and Fantasy-Themed Bands, Fantasy, Steampunk, Apocalyptic, and Medieval Realms, Bicycle Jousting, Knights in Armored Combat

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What to Wear to Renaissance Faire

@itssewbecca in a Raven Fox Capes Signature Hooded Cloak in Ranger Green, Length 60″; has POCKETS, machine washable, available in 3 Lengths.

May – June 2023

GRASS VALLEY: KVMR Celtic Festival
May 3, 4, and 5, 2024
Nevada County Fair Grounds, Nevada City, CA

FRESNO: Pirate Festival May 18 – 19, 2024
Kearney Park, Fresno, CA
Interactive, educational, and entertainment about varied pirate and privateer eras.

SHASTA: Renaissance and Fantasy Faire
Memorial Day Weekend May 25 – 26, 2024
Shasta District Fairgrounds, Anderson, CA
Renaissance historical re-enactment. Climb aboard the Viking ship, play games with the pirates, meet fairies, ogres, mermaids and more!

CORONA: Koroneburg Old World Festival
Weekends May 25-27 through June 23, 2024 Crossroads Riverview Park, Corona, CA
Features a beautiful facsimile of a 16th Century German village.

VALLEJO: Northern California Pirate Festival
(postponed since 2020)

Vallejo Waterfront

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CA Renaissance Faires

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

July – August 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO: 37th Central Coast Renaissance Festival July 15-16, 2023
Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, CA
It is the year 1585 and Queen Elizabeth I is England’s magnificent monarch. Here you’ll find legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords, and Ladies. See knights in full battle armor fighting with steel swords, axes, and pole arms.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Valhalla Renaissance Faire August 24-25, 2024
Good News! After a three-year hiatus, the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is set to make a triumphant return for the 2024 season. Step back in time and immerse yourself in a world of chivalry, enchantment, and merriment over the weekend of August 24-25, 2024, at the Tahoe Valley Campground. And there will be Jousting!

BIG BEAR CITY: Big Bear City Renaissance Faire (Postponed since 2020)
Big Bear Lake, CA
The shire of The Enchanted Shire recreating Renaissance (circa 1558-1603).

SAN JOSE: 9th San Jose Renaissance and Fantasy Faire (Postponed since 2020)
Discovery Meadow Park, San Jose, CA

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Raven Fox Hooded Women’s Cloak with POCKETS in Robin Hood Red / Available in Black, Red, Green and Brown

 

September – October 2023

FOLSOM: Folsom Renaissance Faire (2024 Date To Be Announced)
Folsom City Lions Park, Folsom, CA

MOUNTAIN CENTER: Idyllwild Renaissance Faire September 27,28, & 29
Hurley Creek Park, 56375 CA-74, Mountain Center, CA (near Lake Hemet, CA)
Visit the Spanish Renaissance in the Shire of Idyllwild

HOLLISTERNorthern California Renaissance FaireSeptember – October (2024 Dates To Be Announced)
Casa De Fruta, Hollister, CA

BLUE LAKE: 11th Annual Medieval Festival of Courage October 7 – 8, 2023 (2024 Date to Be Announced)
Perigot Park and Blue Lake Arena in Blue Lake, CA (Humboldt County)

ESCONDIDO: Renaissance Faire Oct 26-27 and Nov 2-7, 2024
Felicita County Park
Travel back in time and witness the Battle of Hastings, fought on the 14th of October, 1066. This re-enactment captures the battle between William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy) and Harold Godwinson (King of England).

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

 

November – December 2023

SAN FRANCISCO: Great Dickens Christmas Fair November 23 – December 22, 2024
Cow Palace, Daly City, CA
Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theaters, pubs, dance parties, and little shops filled with hand-made holiday gifts. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city with hundreds of lively characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens.

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.

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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.

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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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