The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire (Irwindale)

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The juggling, acrobatic, bawdy, jousting, grog-drinking, singing, dancing, and self-described “rollicking romp” festival returns to town. In short, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale is back for an astounding 51st year!

Renaissance Lady With over 1,200 costumed artisans and performers, you are guaranteed to be entertained. Whether you gasp as you hear the “Belles of Bedlam” perform their suggestive songs, roll your eyes at the pirate with the anchor on his back complaining that his ship left without him, or cheer at the amazing aerial acrobats- you can’t deny being entertained.

New shows this year include the “Queens Show”- watch her verbally spar with the Duke of Norfolk, “Doctor Kaboom”- if Bill Nye had a crazy side, the “Kamikaze Fireflies”- think vaudeville with acrobats and pure craziness (featured on “The Tonight Show”), and “Hey Nunnie Nunnie!”- a much bolder version of the Flying nun (they also offers counseling but accept their advice with caution!!!). They will also have opening and closing ceremonies every morning & night!Suspended Reality

Let’s not forget our old talents, returning with already proven Renaissance Faire hits. Brandon Scott, “The Wizard of Wonder”, the hilarious “Manly Men in Tights”, the aerial dance troupe “Suspended Reality”, and Broon, the bowling ball juggling, fire eating, comical stuntman himself!

FantastiksMy favorite performances at the Renaissance Faire are the interactive performing artists! You’ll be insulted by “The Frenchies”, complain about your husbands with the Washer Women, dance the “Danse Macabre”, and you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive “Fantastikals”, fairies or spirits who wordlessly wander the faire.

Feel free to bring the kids, who will have a blast in the Kids Kids KingdomKingdom. Kids (and kids at heart) can participate in “Merlins School of Magic”, puppet shows, crafts, rides, and a gnome quest in addition to the games and cute knighting ceremony already part of the faire.

If you crave more of a challenge try one of the adult games where you can throw a javelin, take a fencing lesson, launch a toad, or finally settle old grudges at the dueling canons.

ShopsFor those shoppers who go crazy over beautiful and unique items, this is paradise!  Everything from hand forged jewelry and weapons made my Master Artisans to amazing leather craft, children’s toys, costumes, and artwork.

Don’t leave without trying the fare! Of course there are turkey legs, steamed artichokes, and corn on the cob for you traditionalists, as well as Artichoke“Steak on a stake”, pulled pork sandwiches, and tri tip chili for those carnivores! Feeling a little adventurous? Try the Piroshkis , delicious Balsamic salmon on a bun (grilled to order!),Quail,  or the Oyster Shooters. Last year, “Grill ‘em all”, winners of the ‘The Great Food Truck Race’, made an appearance! The dessert options are plentiful. Root beer floats, strawberry cream scones, peanut brittle, fudge, Bavarian cream marshmallows, churros, and much more!

The new layout was a huge hit last year and made finding your way around much easier. You are not stuck to one main path, but can easily wander throughout the Faire, returning to your favorite booths or discovering new ones. Bring the whole family and don’t miss the 51st Annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire beginning April 6th and ending May 19, 2013! Tickets are available through the website, or at the gate. Check the website for certain discounts and coupons. Tickets: $25/adults  $15/kids (5-12). Children 4 and under are free. Runs weekends only!