Entertainment Magazine: Arizona: Renaissance Festival
The 2013 Arizona Renaissance Festival
Celebrating 25 Years of Cheers the Arizona Renaissance Festival will be open every Saturday and Sunday, February 9, through March 31, 2013. The AZ Ren Fest is also open on Presidents' Day Monday, February 18, 2013.
The AZ Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, attraction with a 12-stage theater, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, and jousting tournament -- all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure located just outside of Phoenix.
The Renaissance Festival is held near Apache Junction, Arizona- between Phoenix and Tucson.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Saturday and Sunday,
February 9 - March 31, 2013
including Presidents’ Day Mon., Feb. 18, 2013
10:00 am to 6:00 pm Rain or Shine • No Pets
Always Free Parking
What to do this year at the AZ Renaissance Festival
On Feb. 23: Adam Winrich, nine-time Guinness World Record holder and Whip Cracker Extraordinaire, will attempt to add a tenth Guinness record to his list of feats; most flowers cracked from the mouth in one minute at the Arizona Renaissance Festival on Saturday, FEBRUARY 23rd at 11:30 a.m. at the Falconer’s Heath.
Walk among more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, and musicians who roam the medieval replica village.
Browse over 200 elaborately adorned shops offering an array of traditional goods surrounded among 12 stages of entertainment.
The Renaissance Festival experience is meeting and interacting with these colorful characters, shopping for arts and crafts, and taking in a selection of over 150 shows every event day.
There is a great variety of food for feasting, and a bevy of beverages including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, turkey legs, honey mead, beers and ales, along with soft drinks and lemonade.
Find out more about this year's events, entertainment and watch videos at the AZ Renaissance Festival.
New street shows and entertainment
This year, check out the new stage and new street shows with music, comedy and jousting.
One of the most popular attractions at the AZ Ren Fest is the live jousting tournaments held three times daily, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio.
The 16th century Festival is home to many popular traditions including chomping down on a giant roasted turkey leg, and also features demonstrations of time honored crafts such as weaving, glass blowing, blacksmithing and pottery throwing.
Advance tickets discounts
Advance tickets will save time when purchased on-line at RenFestInfo.com, or save on admission prices with discount tickets purchased at Fry’s Food and Drugstores statewide.
Discount ticket prices for adult are $20.00, children ages 5-12 are $10.00 each. Children under 5 are always FREE. Tickets purchased at the Festival Gate are two dollars more.
Senior discount tickets are $19.00 for those 60 and older, available only on Festival days at the front gate ticket booth. Parking is always free courtesy of Fry’s.
New attractions and special activities happening at this year's ARF
Weddings performed at the ARF
Main Events at this year's festival
A most special event within this giant event is The Pleasure Feast. This is a two hour six course medieval feast with live music and comedy entertainment, all you can eat and drink, plus festival gifts and souvenirs. With limited seating twice daily, advance feast reservations are recommended.
The most unique experience at the Renaissance Festival is the interaction with actors on the street who make everyone a part of the VILLAGE AT PLAY.
Kids will love the interactive games and people-powered rides; Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, The Slider Joust, Piccolo Pony a rocking horse bigger than an elephant! There is also the Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, the Maze, Archery Range and much more!
Those washer wenches don’t just act silly on the stage, they make sure their audience members make fools of themselves too. The King is not just some guy in a crown; when you meet royalty at the Festival, it is hard not to bow with everyone else.
Maybe you will be asked to carry a secret message for the Lord Sheriff, or you may find yourself the object of a poet's admiration or scorn. Don’t shy away from these encounters...you’ll have so much more fun if you jump right in!
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