Announcements from Outside the Gate: November 17 – 18, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

Great Dickens Christmas Faire (https://dickensfair.com/), in Daly City, California, opens its 36th season

“The Great Dickens Christmas Fair was originally produced by Ron and Phyllis Patterson in 1970, inspired by their successful Renaissance Pleasure Faire, which they brought to the San Francisco Bay Area during the Summer of Love in 1967. The next generation, Kevin and Leslie Patterson, now joined by their grown sons Andrew and Michael, have produced the Fair since 2000, continuing a 50-year family tradition of deeply immersive, historically authentic environmental theater.

“What a wonder it has been to create the Great Dickens Christmas Fair for 35 seasons,” says Executive Director Kevin Patterson. “We ring in the holiday spirit with a talented community of more than 800 performers bringing to life the imagination and times of Charles Dickens. The delight and surprise of our guests adds to the scene – where merriment is how we measure our success.”

The 2018 Great Dickens Christmas Fair opens Saturday, November 17th, and continues six weekends through Sunday, December 23 including the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Do join us, won’t you?”

*****

ONGOING

Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge (http://www.dickensvictorianvillage.com/), in Cambridge, Ohio, continues daily through December 31.

“Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season.”

*****

It’s Celtic Weekend at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (http://www.larf.org/), in Hammond, Louisiana

“Bring out your inner Celt — this ancient bloodline included Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Mann, and even extended into parts of England, Spain and France. Wear your colors with the pride, any way you want: kilt or derby, sash or shirt. Tartan ear protection wouldn’t be amiss — the weekend features a bagpipe and drum competition on both days. Competitions are free to enjoy with paid admission into the park. Click here for the entry form for this EUSPBA-sanctioned event. We also have a daily costume contest at 3:00pm”

http://www.larf.net/experience-fest/theme-weekend/celtic-weekend

*****

It’s Highland Fling at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas

“The pipes are calling you to don your kilt and tartan, grab your bonnie lass or laddie, and join the King and Queen for a celebration of the joys of Scotland. Enjoy a Scotch egg, dance a reel to the pipe music of Tartanic or Drones-n-Drums, find a wee something special in our over 400 shoppes, or try your luck in our themed contests- the Bonnie Knees Costume Contest, or the Haggis Eating Contest.”

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Camelot Days Medieval Faire (https://camelotdays.com/), in Hollywood, Florida, brings its 16th season to a close

“Camelot Days is bringing the days of yore back to TY Park. Centrally located off of I-95 and Sheridan in Hollywood, Florida, Camelot Days allows you to relive the magic of the past.

Explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, knights and jesters. Cheer for your favorite side at the living chess game and joust! Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. Enjoy challenging games and entertaining shows for all ages!

*****

Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/), in Huntersville, North Carolina, brings its 25th season to a close with Final Huzzah!

“Chomp a Turkey Leg before Turkey Day and don’t miss the last chance of the year to experience your best day out in History! Donate canned foods at the Festival entrance and SAVE $15 by receiving FREE child admission ages 5-12 (children under 5 always free). Don’t miss your last chance to take part in the merriment! One canned food item is all it takes to receive the discount but please feel free to donate more.

Costume Contest! Win $1,000! Stop by the iHeart Radio and 96.9 The Kat display located outside the Village gates from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for details on how to enter the contest and win. Huzzah!”

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

Cayman Islands’ Pirate Week Festival (https://www.piratesweekfestival.com/) comes to a close on Little Cayman, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

“This festival is as exciting as it sounds, and you will find yourself in the old-world full of pirate adventures. Celebrating its pirate history, the festival is a spectacle that is hosted in the month of November. Visitors will be part of street dances, costume contests, sporting competitions, and much more. You can also be part of mock pirate invasions! The festival is held in various parts of the island, namely, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, and Little Cayman.”

*****

15th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair (https://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/), in Sarasota, Florida, comes to a close

Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths. There are 11 stages holding over 95 shows daily! It’s a fun filled weekend full of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, delightful shows and all around family fun! Huzzah!

*****

ONE WEEKEND

Gulf Coast (Mobile) RenFaire/Pirate Festival (http://gcrf.us/), in Robertsdale, Alabama

Each year in the Third week of November The Mobile Renaissance Fair is celebrated as a fun and learning experience of the middle ages. It is a time when young and old dress up as renaissance characters (not required) and head out for a an exciting weekend full of history, music, food, arts, crafts, and games.With 5 stages of constant Live Entertainment and a Real Jousting tournament, Live Shows, Medieval Games of Skill, Historic learning demonstrations and streets scattered with Noble Knights, Goddess Princesses, Dragon Slayers, Mighty Kings, Wizards and many more Medieval Characters you can’t go wrong with this action packed weekend at the Mobile Renaissance Fair November 17-18 2018 at the Medieval Village in Robertsdale, Alabama

*****

Remember to check the Calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or here on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and Follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

Next week will be a busy one for all of us, with special events and the holiday this week, and many festivals open on Black Friday.  Remember to pace yourselves, rest, hydrate, and allow yourself to enjoy time spent with loved ones.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

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Announcements from Outside the Gate: November 10 – 11, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

Camelot Days Medieval Faire (https://camelotdays.com/), in Hollywood, Florida. opens its 16th season

“Camelot Days is bringing the days of yore back to TY Park. Centrally located off of I-95 and Sheridan in Hollywood, Florida, Camelot Days allows you to relive the magic of the past.

Explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, knights and jesters. Cheer for your favorite side at the living chess game and joust! Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. Enjoy challenging games and entertaining shows for all ages!”

*****

ONGOING

It’s a Time Travelers Weekend at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/), in Huntersville, North Carolina

“You don’t need a passport to Time Travel to the 16th Century! Come as you are or dress as your favorite time traveling character inspired by movies, TV, comic books, science fiction and/or fantasy – all costume genres welcome!

Journey through our Time Travelers Display featuring the DeLorean Time Machine replica from Back To The Future and Doctor Who! Tardis. A portion of optional donations collected will be contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For more information on the DeLorean Time Machine, see here http://www.deloreantimemachine.com/

Enjoy book signings by popular local science fiction and fantasy authors! Click here for a detailed list of authors participating in the event!

Children ages 5-12 are FREE with a donation of school supplies at the Parent Teacher Magazine and Classroom Central booth at the Festival entrance or at Park Road Books in Charlotte. (Children under 5 always free).” `

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge (http://www.dickensvictorianvillage.com/), in Cambridge, Ohio, continues its 13th season, daily through December 31.

“Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season.

From November through mid January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society.

*****

It’s Heroes & Pirates at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (http://www.larf.org/), in Hammond, Louisiana

“A great way to spend your Veterans Day weekend, whether you’re a hero or a pirate!

PIRATES: Come in your swashbuckling best and meet up with your brother and sister pirates from all over the region. Note: Pillaging and plundering are off-limits this weekend.

HEROES:  Veterans, First Responders, and Scouts may be eligible for half off full price admission purchased in person during this theme weekend.  Let the human at our ticket booth know before you pay. Veterans & First Responders will need a current valid form of photo ID indicating they are/were military. All Scouts will need to be present and in uniform, (that includes adults in uniform and Scout T-shirts if the den is wearing matching scout T-shirt that day).

Some pirates were also heroes — Jean Lafitte’s pirates won the Battle of New Orleans for the USA!  We were outnumbered three to one, we had 4,732 fighting on our side, they had 14,450. Yet we outperformed them eight to one: for every person we lost they lost eight.  Thanks to our front line made up of Jean Lafitte’s pirates. All of the Lafitte pirates were given a pardon an no longer hunted by the USA.

And be sure to peg-leg it over to our daily costume contest (2:45 p.m., Queen Stage) — No loot, but lots of bragging rites for the winner, and a nearby pub for those wanting to moan and groan about losing!  It is a fan acclamation competition, whoever gets the most cheering wins.

SCOUT CAMPING option: With at least a two-week notice we allow scouts to camp free in exchange for about an hour of community service at the faire.  Volunteer opportunities depend on our needs and their age and the leaders. Examples: pick up trash, gather sticks for firewood, direct cars to parking, help take tickets at the front gate.

One month after the Texas Renaissance Festival Pirate Weekend.

This weekend, veterans, active military, First Responders, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts get 50% off at the ticket booth when purchasing in person, Scouts should be in uniform, if not in uniform must have a valid ID (veteran or first responder).

It is Pirates & Heroes weekend at the RenFest. We love to have fun with our pirates and there will be a great many visiting pirates this weekend. BUT!

We also salute heroes this weekend.  We are offering discounts to scouts, veterans, and first responders this weekend.”

http://www.larf.net/experience-fest/theme-weekend/heroes-pirates

****

Pirates Weekend Festival (https://www.piratesweekfestival.com/), in Grand Cayman, this Thursday through Sunday

“November 2 to 4, 2018 (Cayman Brac)

November 8 to 12, 2018 (Grand Cayman)

November 16 to 18, 2018 (Little Cayman)

*****

15th Annual Sarasota Medieval Faire (https://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/), in Sarasota, Florida, continues its three week run

“Huzzah & Cheers! Welcome one, Welcome all to three weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at this year’s Sarasota Medieval Fair! Join us at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Nov. 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18, 2018 from 10am to 5:30pm rain or shine! Each weekend of the festival this year will feature a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts. Plus, don’t miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, Cu Dubh, Wheel of Death, the Knights of Valour, the Human Combat Chess Match, and many more! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths.”

*****

The Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas, begins its week with School Days, and then it’s Roman Bacchanal for the weekend

School Days:

Tuesday- Theatre Day

Wednesday- Music Day

The Texas Renaissance Festival invites all public, private,and home school educators and students to join us for the 13th Annual School Days, when our faire is open only to teachers and students! Students step back in time as they enter the sights and sounds of New Market Village, an authentic recreation of a 16th century European village. Students will interact with hundreds of costumed characters representing the courts, culture, art, science, and literature of the Renaissance Period.

https://www.texrenfest.com/school-days/

Roman Bacchanal

The King and Queen invite you to the biggest toga party this side of the Coliseum! Do as the Romans do and revel in this celebration of romance and amore! Explore the delights of the Florence Market, enjoy a pizza and beer at the Pizzeria Il Fiorno or the Italian Village. Compete in the Roman themed costume contest or the spaghetti eating contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Salute!”

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire (https://lakerenfaire.com/), in Tavares, Florida, brings its 16th season to a close

“The Lady of the Lake Renaissance Faire began in 2002, offering visitors an opportunity to step back in time to a magical, enchanting fantasy land created to represent an authentic European village.

The Faire is an established member of a National Renaissance Faire circuit and features over 100 performers, representing various entertainments of the time – Knights in armor, gypsies, fire-eaters, pirates, dancers, merchants, peasants, historical characters and a variety of musicians.

Artisans fill the village, working in mediums such as pottery, leather work, sculpture, and candle making. The crafts and entertainment combine with thematic games and foods to create a glimpse of marketplace celebrations of life in the 16th century. All proceeds from the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire benefit the Education Foundation of Lake County, Florida, a 501(3)(c) organization.

*****

ONE WEEKEND

The 36th Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festival (http://www.dickenschristmasshow.com/), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, opens this Thursday and runs through Sunday

This national award-winning event provides a magical shopping experience like none other. You are sure to find something for everyone on your list, including the most discriminating. In addition to the show, check our festival highlights…

Festival of Trees….Marvel at 50 magnificent trees, each uniquely dressed in holiday splendor and available for silent bid just in time for the holidays. Proceeds benefit the Sons of Italy.

Festival of Wreaths…An array of hand crafted holiday wreaths are available for silent bid that are sure to enhance any doorway. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis childrens programs.

Festival of Tables…These beautiful holiday centerpieces ranging from traditional to highly stylistic are available for silent bid with all proceeds benefiting WARM animal rescue mission.

Festival of Worlds..Experience amazing foods of select countries from around the world with proceeds going to various local non-profit organizations

Santa’s Castle…Have your photograph taken with Santa in an old English Castle. Proceeds to benefit Fostering Hope.

Don’t forget to add one of our elegant Victorian Tea recreations or our Historic Holiday Tours to complete your day with history, folklore and traditions. for more information or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.DickensChristmasShow.com”

*****
FaerieCon 2018 (http://faeriecon.com/), in Hunt Valley, Maryland, celebrating its 12th season

“Wing wearing faerie lovers of all ages from as far away as California, Massachusetts, and Europe will converge on the Wyndam Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore on November 4-6 for the 10th Anniversary of FAERIE CON, to experience a weekend of story art, music, costumes and the most fantastic shopping experience on the East Coast. For those who want to come in costume, each day of FAERIE CON is themed: Friday is “Good Faeries” Day, Saturday is “Bad Faeries” Day and Sunday is “Family Day” when children are admitted free. FAERIE CON features a diverse Faerie Marketplace of over 80 vendors filled with faerie books, art, jewelry, faerie fashion, beautiful handcrafts and live music all day. Fans of faerie and fantasy can meet and get books signed by bestselling artists and authors: this year’s guests include best-selling authors,and internationally acclaimed faerie and fantasy artists During the day, FAERIE CON guests can attend artist panels, presentations and workshops, listen to musical performances, attend a faerie fashion show and costume contest and enjoy the walk around musicians and storytellers that weave throughout the hall. At night, FAERIE CON presents the most anticipated “dance party” events of the weekend: two Faerie Masquerade Balls in the Hunt Valley Inn Ballroom. Why are faeries so popular? “In these challenging times, people enjoy escaping to a world of fantasy. And faeries are not just for children; it’s a lifestyle that appeals to all ages and has its own unique philosophy and iconography. Families love to come to FAERIE CON: there is something for everyone. Guests enjoy the rare opportunity to meet their favorite artists and authors, shopping for one of a kind arts, crafts, fantastic clothing and jewelry and then dancing to amazing international bands at the Masquerade Balls.The Modern Master of Faerie, Brian Froud sums it up best: “To deal with faeries is not a retreat into fantasy, but a re-engagement with life. To dress as a faerie, donning wings, is to actively join in the dance, to be connected to creative spirit. Art, dance, friendship, music: all these move easily across the boundaries, transcending language, race, and time. Such activities extend a joyful hand across the threshold. At FAERIE CON, we ring the bells of faerie invitation. The people come. More importantly, the faeries come too.”

*****

Kearney Renaissance Faire (http://twofayreladies.com/), in Fresno, California, celebrating its 21st season

“See the majesty of the joust, the pumpkins flying across fairsite from a 20 foot trebuchet. Shop the many vendors and taste the food. Drink the ale and see stage shows on two stages. Come for the price of a movie ticket and spend the whole day.”

*****

Mythical & Medieval Fest (http://mythicalmedievalfest.com/), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, celebrating its 5th season

“The Mythical & Medieval Fest is a Renaissance themed festival to raise money for Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams. Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams is local non-profit in Myrtle Beach, SC that provides positive activities to children that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected and reside in group homes or shelters.

Our noble charity will provide you with a whimsical realm filled with a fairy forest, medieval combat, princesses, artisan’s village area, fire show and so much more. This event is geared toward the whole family. We have free activities like ax throwing, Viking toss and fight circle. Parents put your shillings away because all the shows and live music is included with your paid admission. Sit on a hay bale and listen to musicians strum their guitars or play their flutes or watch blacksmiths form a bracelet from hard steel and glass blowers melt glass into a beautiful pendant.

There are plenty of fun games and surprises that kids of all ages will love. Come for fun and bring your appetite because you’ll find plenty of food options that your entire family will enjoy, share a turkey leg because we all know you can’t eat one by yourself. Everyone is a character so don’t forget your costume, imagination, and your willingness to support a great cause.

With 2018 only being our 5th year we are still a very young festival with humble beginnings but clearly growing into something amazing. Please check back to this web site or our Facebook page for dates of our next Mythical & Medieval Fest. We can’t wait for you to see what we come up with next.

Please no pets allowed. Services animals are always welcome.

Thank you to all of our last year’s sponsors and community support.”

*****

Steampunk the Thames (https://www.steampunkthethames.org/), in Thames, New Zealand

“The objectives of our new organisation are:

To explore the Victorian, engineering, industrial, scientific and technological heritage and future of Thames through the arts.

To encourage the public expression of steampunk and associated genres, encompassing many different artistic media and art forms.

Support and encourage education, mentoring and training opportunities of arts within the community.

Support, promote and expose art and artists of any and every description for the benefit of the community and members of the Society.

To strengthen and build community through steampunk themed initiatives and projects.

We have come together because we believe that the arts matter; that their practice can transform our lives and promote our community as a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.”

*****

Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or here on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

________________________________

 

Announcements from Outside the Gate: November 10 – 11, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

Camelot Days Medieval Faire (https://camelotdays.com/), in Hollywood, Florida. opens its 16th season

“Camelot Days is bringing the days of yore back to TY Park. Centrally located off of I-95 and Sheridan in Hollywood, Florida, Camelot Days allows you to relive the magic of the past.

Explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, knights and jesters. Cheer for your favorite side at the living chess game and joust! Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. Enjoy challenging games and entertaining shows for all ages!”

*****

ONGOING

It’s a Time Travelers Weekend at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/), in Huntersville, North Carolina

“You don’t need a passport to Time Travel to the 16th Century! Come as you are or dress as your favorite time traveling character inspired by movies, TV, comic books, science fiction and/or fantasy – all costume genres welcome!

Journey through our Time Travelers Display featuring the DeLorean Time Machine replica from Back To The Future and Doctor Who! Tardis. A portion of optional donations collected will be contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For more information on the DeLorean Time Machine, see here http://www.deloreantimemachine.com/

Enjoy book signings by popular local science fiction and fantasy authors! Click here for a detailed list of authors participating in the event!

Children ages 5-12 are FREE with a donation of school supplies at the Parent Teacher Magazine and Classroom Central booth at the Festival entrance or at Park Road Books in Charlotte. (Children under 5 always free).” `

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge (http://www.dickensvictorianvillage.com/), in Cambridge, Ohio, continues its 13th season, daily through December 31.

“Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season.

From November through mid January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society.

*****

It’s Heroes & Pirates at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (http://www.larf.org/), in Hammond, Louisiana

“A great way to spend your Veterans Day weekend, whether you’re a hero or a pirate!

PIRATES: Come in your swashbuckling best and meet up with your brother and sister pirates from all over the region. Note: Pillaging and plundering are off-limits this weekend.

HEROES:  Veterans, First Responders, and Scouts may be eligible for half off full price admission purchased in person during this theme weekend.  Let the human at our ticket booth know before you pay. Veterans & First Responders will need a current valid form of photo ID indicating they are/were military. All Scouts will need to be present and in uniform, (that includes adults in uniform and Scout T-shirts if the den is wearing matching scout T-shirt that day).

Some pirates were also heroes — Jean Lafitte’s pirates won the Battle of New Orleans for the USA!  We were outnumbered three to one, we had 4,732 fighting on our side, they had 14,450. Yet we outperformed them eight to one: for every person we lost they lost eight.  Thanks to our front line made up of Jean Lafitte’s pirates. All of the Lafitte pirates were given a pardon an no longer hunted by the USA.

And be sure to peg-leg it over to our daily costume contest (2:45 p.m., Queen Stage) — No loot, but lots of bragging rites for the winner, and a nearby pub for those wanting to moan and groan about losing!  It is a fan acclamation competition, whoever gets the most cheering wins.

SCOUT CAMPING option: With at least a two-week notice we allow scouts to camp free in exchange for about an hour of community service at the faire.  Volunteer opportunities depend on our needs and their age and the leaders. Examples: pick up trash, gather sticks for firewood, direct cars to parking, help take tickets at the front gate.

One month after the Texas Renaissance Festival Pirate Weekend.

This weekend, veterans, active military, First Responders, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts get 50% off at the ticket booth when purchasing in person, Scouts should be in uniform, if not in uniform must have a valid ID (veteran or first responder).

It is Pirates & Heroes weekend at the RenFest. We love to have fun with our pirates and there will be a great many visiting pirates this weekend. BUT!

We also salute heroes this weekend.  We are offering discounts to scouts, veterans, and first responders this weekend.”

http://www.larf.net/experience-fest/theme-weekend/heroes-pirates

****

Pirates Weekend Festival (https://www.piratesweekfestival.com/), in Grand Cayman, this Thursday through Sunday

“November 2 to 4, 2018 (Cayman Brac)

November 8 to 12, 2018 (Grand Cayman)

November 16 to 18, 2018 (Little Cayman)

*****

15th Annual Sarasota Medieval Faire (https://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/), in Sarasota, Florida, continues its three week run

“Huzzah & Cheers! Welcome one, Welcome all to three weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at this year’s Sarasota Medieval Fair! Join us at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Nov. 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18, 2018 from 10am to 5:30pm rain or shine! Each weekend of the festival this year will feature a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts. Plus, don’t miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, Cu Dubh, Wheel of Death, the Knights of Valour, the Human Combat Chess Match, and many more! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths.”

*****

The Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas, begins its week with School Days, and then it’s Roman Bacchanal for the weekend

School Days:

Tuesday- Theatre Day

Wednesday- Music Day

The Texas Renaissance Festival invites all public, private,and home school educators and students to join us for the 13th Annual School Days, when our faire is open only to teachers and students! Students step back in time as they enter the sights and sounds of New Market Village, an authentic recreation of a 16th century European village. Students will interact with hundreds of costumed characters representing the courts, culture, art, science, and literature of the Renaissance Period.

https://www.texrenfest.com/school-days/

Roman Bacchanal

The King and Queen invite you to the biggest toga party this side of the Coliseum! Do as the Romans do and revel in this celebration of romance and amore! Explore the delights of the Florence Market, enjoy a pizza and beer at the Pizzeria Il Fiorno or the Italian Village. Compete in the Roman themed costume contest or the spaghetti eating contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Salute!”

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire (https://lakerenfaire.com/), in Tavares, Florida, brings its 16th season to a close

“The Lady of the Lake Renaissance Faire began in 2002, offering visitors an opportunity to step back in time to a magical, enchanting fantasy land created to represent an authentic European village.

The Faire is an established member of a National Renaissance Faire circuit and features over 100 performers, representing various entertainments of the time – Knights in armor, gypsies, fire-eaters, pirates, dancers, merchants, peasants, historical characters and a variety of musicians.

Artisans fill the village, working in mediums such as pottery, leather work, sculpture, and candle making. The crafts and entertainment combine with thematic games and foods to create a glimpse of marketplace celebrations of life in the 16th century. All proceeds from the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire benefit the Education Foundation of Lake County, Florida, a 501(3)(c) organization.

*****

ONE WEEKEND

The 36th Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festival (http://www.dickenschristmasshow.com/), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, opens this Thursday and runs through Sunday

This national award-winning event provides a magical shopping experience like none other. You are sure to find something for everyone on your list, including the most discriminating. In addition to the show, check our festival highlights…

Festival of Trees….Marvel at 50 magnificent trees, each uniquely dressed in holiday splendor and available for silent bid just in time for the holidays. Proceeds benefit the Sons of Italy.

Festival of Wreaths…An array of hand crafted holiday wreaths are available for silent bid that are sure to enhance any doorway. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis childrens programs.

Festival of Tables…These beautiful holiday centerpieces ranging from traditional to highly stylistic are available for silent bid with all proceeds benefiting WARM animal rescue mission.

Festival of Worlds..Experience amazing foods of select countries from around the world with proceeds going to various local non-profit organizations

Santa’s Castle…Have your photograph taken with Santa in an old English Castle. Proceeds to benefit Fostering Hope.

Don’t forget to add one of our elegant Victorian Tea recreations or our Historic Holiday Tours to complete your day with history, folklore and traditions. for more information or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.DickensChristmasShow.com”

*****
FaerieCon 2018 (http://faeriecon.com/), in Hunt Valley, Maryland, celebrating its 12th season

“Wing wearing faerie lovers of all ages from as far away as California, Massachusetts, and Europe will converge on the Wyndam Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore on November 4-6 for the 10th Anniversary of FAERIE CON, to experience a weekend of story art, music, costumes and the most fantastic shopping experience on the East Coast. For those who want to come in costume, each day of FAERIE CON is themed: Friday is “Good Faeries” Day, Saturday is “Bad Faeries” Day and Sunday is “Family Day” when children are admitted free. FAERIE CON features a diverse Faerie Marketplace of over 80 vendors filled with faerie books, art, jewelry, faerie fashion, beautiful handcrafts and live music all day. Fans of faerie and fantasy can meet and get books signed by bestselling artists and authors: this year’s guests include best-selling authors,and internationally acclaimed faerie and fantasy artists During the day, FAERIE CON guests can attend artist panels, presentations and workshops, listen to musical performances, attend a faerie fashion show and costume contest and enjoy the walk around musicians and storytellers that weave throughout the hall. At night, FAERIE CON presents the most anticipated “dance party” events of the weekend: two Faerie Masquerade Balls in the Hunt Valley Inn Ballroom. Why are faeries so popular? “In these challenging times, people enjoy escaping to a world of fantasy. And faeries are not just for children; it’s a lifestyle that appeals to all ages and has its own unique philosophy and iconography. Families love to come to FAERIE CON: there is something for everyone. Guests enjoy the rare opportunity to meet their favorite artists and authors, shopping for one of a kind arts, crafts, fantastic clothing and jewelry and then dancing to amazing international bands at the Masquerade Balls.The Modern Master of Faerie, Brian Froud sums it up best: “To deal with faeries is not a retreat into fantasy, but a re-engagement with life. To dress as a faerie, donning wings, is to actively join in the dance, to be connected to creative spirit. Art, dance, friendship, music: all these move easily across the boundaries, transcending language, race, and time. Such activities extend a joyful hand across the threshold. At FAERIE CON, we ring the bells of faerie invitation. The people come. More importantly, the faeries come too.”

*****

Kearney Renaissance Faire (http://twofayreladies.com/), in Fresno, California, celebrating its 21st season

“See the majesty of the joust, the pumpkins flying across fairsite from a 20 foot trebuchet. Shop the many vendors and taste the food. Drink the ale and see stage shows on two stages. Come for the price of a movie ticket and spend the whole day.”

*****

Mythical & Medieval Fest (http://mythicalmedievalfest.com/), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, celebrating its 5th season

“The Mythical & Medieval Fest is a Renaissance themed festival to raise money for Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams. Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams is local non-profit in Myrtle Beach, SC that provides positive activities to children that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected and reside in group homes or shelters.

Our noble charity will provide you with a whimsical realm filled with a fairy forest, medieval combat, princesses, artisan’s village area, fire show and so much more. This event is geared toward the whole family. We have free activities like ax throwing, Viking toss and fight circle. Parents put your shillings away because all the shows and live music is included with your paid admission. Sit on a hay bale and listen to musicians strum their guitars or play their flutes or watch blacksmiths form a bracelet from hard steel and glass blowers melt glass into a beautiful pendant.

There are plenty of fun games and surprises that kids of all ages will love. Come for fun and bring your appetite because you’ll find plenty of food options that your entire family will enjoy, share a turkey leg because we all know you can’t eat one by yourself. Everyone is a character so don’t forget your costume, imagination, and your willingness to support a great cause.

With 2018 only being our 5th year we are still a very young festival with humble beginnings but clearly growing into something amazing. Please check back to this web site or our Facebook page for dates of our next Mythical & Medieval Fest. We can’t wait for you to see what we come up with next.

Please no pets allowed. Services animals are always welcome.

Thank you to all of our last year’s sponsors and community support.”

*****

Steampunk the Thames (https://www.steampunkthethames.org/), in Thames, New Zealand

“The objectives of our new organisation are:

To explore the Victorian, engineering, industrial, scientific and technological heritage and future of Thames through the arts.

To encourage the public expression of steampunk and associated genres, encompassing many different artistic media and art forms.

Support and encourage education, mentoring and training opportunities of arts within the community.

Support, promote and expose art and artists of any and every description for the benefit of the community and members of the Society.

To strengthen and build community through steampunk themed initiatives and projects.

We have come together because we believe that the arts matter; that their practice can transform our lives and promote our community as a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.”

*****

Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or here on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

________________________________

 

Announcements from Outside the Gate: October 27 – 28, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

Escondido Renaissance Faire (https://www.oldetymeproductions.com/), in Escondido, California

Escondido Renaissance Faire- An Escondido Tradition for over 20 years! Come out and enjoy the past- history live! We bring the past to you twice a year!

*****

ONGOING

The Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/) has Student Days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, followed by Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights for the weekend

Student Days https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/student-tickets-info/): 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday: Elementary & Middle Schools, Wednesday: Middle School, Thursday: Middle & High Schools.  Please choose the date that best matches the group’s average grade level.

The Festival will open on three special weekdays to accommodate students and teachers who wish to enjoy a very distinctive field trip opportunity.  Costumed characters delight audiences with staged presentations, village artisans provide craft demonstrations and living history troops, such as The Queen’s Court, bring the 16th Century to life. 14 stages are scheduled with music, dance and comedy acts every half hour.  Craft demonstrations are on-going throughout the day. A major Festival feature is the re-creation of jousting tournaments with knights in armor performing on horseback in the Queen’s Tournament Arena. Our Student Days Program was created to highlight the educational aspects of the Festival and to give school groups a chance to join the fun!!!

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights Already the Carolinas’ largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween! Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and under.

Children and parents alike enjoy the fun and safe trick or treating experience with free treats to be found at over 100 locations throughout the Festival Village. And don’t miss the children’s Halloween Treasure Hunt with Treasure Chest filled with prizes! Stop by the 107.9 The Link display outside the front gate to pick up your treat bags and treasure maps provided free to children each day, while supplies last.

Win Free Tickets for a Return Visit (and other prizes too)! Children and adults are also encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest! All costumes are welcome!

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

It’s All Hallows Eve at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas

“Ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night arrive for some scary good fun in New Market Village! Little goblins will enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village, while the very brave may dare a trip into the terrors inside Slayer’s Castle. Enter our Halloween costume contest or the Kettle Korn eating contest for a chance to win “spooktacular” prizes.

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Ohio Renaissance Festival (https://www.renfestival.com/), in Waynesville, Ohio, brings its 29th season to a close with Tricks or Treats Weekend (Kids Free)

“Bring your wee ones 12 and under for FREE and enjoy trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods one last time because after the 28th, we’re history ‘til next year!”

https://www.renfestival.com/the-event/themed-weekends/

*****

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html), in Manheim, Pennsylvania, brings its 38th season to a close with Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights III

“Join the good Shire folk for a grand celebration of Autumn and the Harvest in true Mount Hope style! Mystery and mayhem will ensue as All Hallows Eve draws nigh, and the boundaries between the mortal world and the spirit realm grow thin;. some unexpected guests may even be joining the festivities.”

(http://www.parenfaire.com/images/pdfs/dailywrits/DailyWrit13-HDSKIII-WEB.pdf)

*****

ONE WEEKEND

Alabama Renaissance Faire (http://www.alrenfaire.org/), in Florence, Alabama, celebrating its 32nd year

The Renaissance Faire has always been a “Free to Enter” event, we charge no entry fee,that has not changed in our 32 years of operation. It is our goal to always remain a “Free to Enter” event. you only need pay for thy food and drink and anything else you may wish to purchase.

*****

10th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire (http://www.allhallowsfaire.com/), in Sonora, California

The Original 10th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two day all inclusive costume play Celtic New Year’s Celebration! Keeping the All-Hallows tradition this year we will have a magnificent fire show and The Burning of the Harvestman. The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a modern Halloween. Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire! Music is always one of the favorites at the faire and this year will be more crazy & eclectic!

*****

2018 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree – 300th Anniversary (https://www.visitocracokenc.com/event/2018-blackbeards-pirate-jamboree/), in Ocracoke, North Carolina, this Thursday through Sunday (5th season)

Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree is an annual, three-day event highlighted by an all-day, family friendly, Pirate Encampment by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew on Ocracoke. See what Pirate Life was truly like in this true to life 17th and 18th encampment. Wear your costumes and enjoy activities such as: a Scallywag School for Kids, Strolling Minstrels, Sword Fights, Black Powder Demonstrations, The Pirate Bazaar, Beer Garden, and other Pirate activities. The Event culminates with a 3 Ship Pirate Battle on Silver Lake – watch the cannons roar as Black Beard meets his fate.

*****

7th Annual Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Festival & Mermaid Splash (https://www.bbpiratefest.com/), in Boynton Beach, Florida

Come join the fun as pirates invade downtown Boynton Beach with swashbucklin’ adventures for the whole family! This FREE event will feature live music, stunt shows, cannons, pirate encampments, live mermaids, kid’s activities, costume contests, a treasure hunt, and much more!

*****

Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games (http://vacelticfestival.com/), in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will once again play host to the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games on October 27 and 28. The event has become a Richmond tradition that raises funds for local Richmond charities. Over the past five years, the festival has raised over $500,000.

The Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games has all things Celtic, including highland dancing, Irish feis, massed bands, piping and drumming competitions, hurling, axe throwing, and harp and fiddle competitions. The Vendor Village is home to jewelry, traditional Celtic food, pottery, and the always popular, kilts. For an additional fee you can participate in whiskey tastings, which includes a tasting glass, instruction, and interactive session on the proper way to nose and taste single malt Scotch whisky.

Event attendees will be treated to the musical stylings of The Fighting Jamesons and Albannach on the main stage. Additional bands will perform throughout the weekend. Since Halloween is a few days after the event, kids can dress up in costume and trick or treat with the various societies who will be attendance.

Friends and family can enjoy this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets can be purchased by visiting richmondraceway.com. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Cullather Brain Tumor & Quality of Life Center, Richmond Raceway Cares, and other local charities.

*****

Inaugural Felixstowe Steampunk Halloween Festival at Landguard Fort (http://www.crewe-steampunk-convivial.co.uk/), in Felixstowe, UK

What more fitting setting for a Steampunk Halloween Festival than the most haunted place in the whole region? Dare you take that challenge, dare you come and join the spooky shenanigans? Seances, illusions, magicians – all part and parcel of the entertainment on offer for those brave enough…..

*****

Kiefer Medieval Faire (https://kiefer-medieval-faire.blog/), in Kiefer, Oklahoma, celebrating its third season

Our theme is Fairy Tales Out of Time, because Time is the one thing that never stays the same, it will always feature in our faire. The underlying theme is “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” as well as any other Time Travelor in Fairy..Rip Van Winkle, Arthur and his Knights and many more.

Lots of new things, lots of old things, check back and read up on your favorite performers and vendors and see if your favorite “thing” will be at the faire!

*****

ONE DAY

3rd Annual Feast of the Goblin King (https://www.facebook.com/GoblinKingFeast/), in Hartville, Missouri, on Saturday

“When the Village of Hart Grove falls to Sleep, see who comes out to Creep. Come join the Goblin King for his Feast!”

The Goblin King will open the portal to his realm at 4 pm. Come join us for a Renaissance Faire done Goblin style. Dine with the Goblin King and his Court at 6 pm. Enjoy the entertainment by the creatures of his Realm until the clock strikes 10 pm when all will end.

You will join the Goblin King and Court for a food and entertainment. After you dine with the glorious Goblin King take a stroll through the Village and enjoy the shenanigans of his subject as they sing and dance the night away.

*****

Please note that the Carolina Caledonian Festival, scheduled for this weekend, has been canceled.

October 19, 2018, from the website:
“Regretfully, there will be no 2018 Carolina Caledonian Fest We hope to regroup for 2019.
Thank you for your interest.”
https://www.caledonianfest.com/

*****

Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

________________________________

Announcements from Outside the Gate: October 27 – 28, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

Escondido Renaissance Faire (https://www.oldetymeproductions.com/), in Escondido, California

Escondido Renaissance Faire- An Escondido Tradition for over 20 years! Come out and enjoy the past- history live! We bring the past to you twice a year!

*****

ONGOING

The Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/) has Student Days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, followed by Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights for the weekend

Student Days https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/student-tickets-info/): 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday: Elementary & Middle Schools, Wednesday: Middle School, Thursday: Middle & High Schools.  Please choose the date that best matches the group’s average grade level.

The Festival will open on three special weekdays to accommodate students and teachers who wish to enjoy a very distinctive field trip opportunity.  Costumed characters delight audiences with staged presentations, village artisans provide craft demonstrations and living history troops, such as The Queen’s Court, bring the 16th Century to life. 14 stages are scheduled with music, dance and comedy acts every half hour.  Craft demonstrations are on-going throughout the day. A major Festival feature is the re-creation of jousting tournaments with knights in armor performing on horseback in the Queen’s Tournament Arena. Our Student Days Program was created to highlight the educational aspects of the Festival and to give school groups a chance to join the fun!!!

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights Already the Carolinas’ largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween! Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and under.

Children and parents alike enjoy the fun and safe trick or treating experience with free treats to be found at over 100 locations throughout the Festival Village. And don’t miss the children’s Halloween Treasure Hunt with Treasure Chest filled with prizes! Stop by the 107.9 The Link display outside the front gate to pick up your treat bags and treasure maps provided free to children each day, while supplies last.

Win Free Tickets for a Return Visit (and other prizes too)! Children and adults are also encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest! All costumes are welcome!

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

It’s All Hallows Eve at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas

“Ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night arrive for some scary good fun in New Market Village! Little goblins will enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village, while the very brave may dare a trip into the terrors inside Slayer’s Castle. Enter our Halloween costume contest or the Kettle Korn eating contest for a chance to win “spooktacular” prizes.

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Ohio Renaissance Festival (https://www.renfestival.com/), in Waynesville, Ohio, brings its 29th season to a close with Tricks or Treats Weekend (Kids Free)

“Bring your wee ones 12 and under for FREE and enjoy trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods one last time because after the 28th, we’re history ‘til next year!”

https://www.renfestival.com/the-event/themed-weekends/

*****

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html), in Manheim, Pennsylvania, brings its 38th season to a close with Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights III

“Join the good Shire folk for a grand celebration of Autumn and the Harvest in true Mount Hope style! Mystery and mayhem will ensue as All Hallows Eve draws nigh, and the boundaries between the mortal world and the spirit realm grow thin;. some unexpected guests may even be joining the festivities.”

(http://www.parenfaire.com/images/pdfs/dailywrits/DailyWrit13-HDSKIII-WEB.pdf)

*****

ONE WEEKEND

Alabama Renaissance Faire (http://www.alrenfaire.org/), in Florence, Alabama, celebrating its 32nd year

The Renaissance Faire has always been a “Free to Enter” event, we charge no entry fee,that has not changed in our 32 years of operation. It is our goal to always remain a “Free to Enter” event. you only need pay for thy food and drink and anything else you may wish to purchase.

*****

10th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire (http://www.allhallowsfaire.com/), in Sonora, California

The Original 10th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two day all inclusive costume play Celtic New Year’s Celebration! Keeping the All-Hallows tradition this year we will have a magnificent fire show and The Burning of the Harvestman. The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a modern Halloween. Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire! Music is always one of the favorites at the faire and this year will be more crazy & eclectic!

*****

2018 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree – 300th Anniversary (https://www.visitocracokenc.com/event/2018-blackbeards-pirate-jamboree/), in Ocracoke, North Carolina, this Thursday through Sunday (5th season)

Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree is an annual, three-day event highlighted by an all-day, family friendly, Pirate Encampment by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew on Ocracoke. See what Pirate Life was truly like in this true to life 17th and 18th encampment. Wear your costumes and enjoy activities such as: a Scallywag School for Kids, Strolling Minstrels, Sword Fights, Black Powder Demonstrations, The Pirate Bazaar, Beer Garden, and other Pirate activities. The Event culminates with a 3 Ship Pirate Battle on Silver Lake – watch the cannons roar as Black Beard meets his fate.

*****

7th Annual Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Festival & Mermaid Splash (https://www.bbpiratefest.com/), in Boynton Beach, Florida

Come join the fun as pirates invade downtown Boynton Beach with swashbucklin’ adventures for the whole family! This FREE event will feature live music, stunt shows, cannons, pirate encampments, live mermaids, kid’s activities, costume contests, a treasure hunt, and much more!

*****

Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games (http://vacelticfestival.com/), in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will once again play host to the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games on October 27 and 28. The event has become a Richmond tradition that raises funds for local Richmond charities. Over the past five years, the festival has raised over $500,000.

The Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games has all things Celtic, including highland dancing, Irish feis, massed bands, piping and drumming competitions, hurling, axe throwing, and harp and fiddle competitions. The Vendor Village is home to jewelry, traditional Celtic food, pottery, and the always popular, kilts. For an additional fee you can participate in whiskey tastings, which includes a tasting glass, instruction, and interactive session on the proper way to nose and taste single malt Scotch whisky.

Event attendees will be treated to the musical stylings of The Fighting Jamesons and Albannach on the main stage. Additional bands will perform throughout the weekend. Since Halloween is a few days after the event, kids can dress up in costume and trick or treat with the various societies who will be attendance.

Friends and family can enjoy this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets can be purchased by visiting richmondraceway.com. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Cullather Brain Tumor & Quality of Life Center, Richmond Raceway Cares, and other local charities.

*****

Inaugural Felixstowe Steampunk Halloween Festival at Landguard Fort (http://www.crewe-steampunk-convivial.co.uk/), in Felixstowe, UK

What more fitting setting for a Steampunk Halloween Festival than the most haunted place in the whole region? Dare you take that challenge, dare you come and join the spooky shenanigans? Seances, illusions, magicians – all part and parcel of the entertainment on offer for those brave enough…..

*****

Kiefer Medieval Faire (https://kiefer-medieval-faire.blog/), in Kiefer, Oklahoma, celebrating its third season

Our theme is Fairy Tales Out of Time, because Time is the one thing that never stays the same, it will always feature in our faire. The underlying theme is “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” as well as any other Time Travelor in Fairy..Rip Van Winkle, Arthur and his Knights and many more.

Lots of new things, lots of old things, check back and read up on your favorite performers and vendors and see if your favorite “thing” will be at the faire!

*****

ONE DAY

3rd Annual Feast of the Goblin King (https://www.facebook.com/GoblinKingFeast/), in Hartville, Missouri, on Saturday

“When the Village of Hart Grove falls to Sleep, see who comes out to Creep. Come join the Goblin King for his Feast!”

The Goblin King will open the portal to his realm at 4 pm. Come join us for a Renaissance Faire done Goblin style. Dine with the Goblin King and his Court at 6 pm. Enjoy the entertainment by the creatures of his Realm until the clock strikes 10 pm when all will end.

You will join the Goblin King and Court for a food and entertainment. After you dine with the glorious Goblin King take a stroll through the Village and enjoy the shenanigans of his subject as they sing and dance the night away.

*****

Please note that the Carolina Caledonian Festival, scheduled for this weekend, has been canceled.

October 19, 2018, from the website:
“Regretfully, there will be no 2018 Carolina Caledonian Fest We hope to regroup for 2019.
Thank you for your interest.”
https://www.caledonianfest.com/

*****

Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

________________________________

Announcements from Outside the Gate: October 13 – 14, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

The 4th Annual Mid-South Renaissance Faire (https://midsouthrenfaire.com/), in Millington, Tennessee

“It is the summer of 1576 and the hot crowded city of London has prompted the nobles to visit the wide open spaces of England’s hills and fields.  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, is on progress through the countryside. The Queen’s entourage has stopped in the quaint little Shire of Shelby for some much needed relaxation.  The local villagers, wanting to welcome their beloved Queen, have chosen to hold a festival in her honor. They have persuaded only the finest in local and foreign merchants to make camp and sell their wares.  Join us in the Queen’s entertainment and revelry as we celebrate Her Majesty’s visit. Shout Huzzah as the jousters enter into combat, join musicians in a merry song, test yourself with games of skill and chance, find familiar and exotic foods, join the nobles in courtly dance, pillage with the pirates, laugh at our fools, be amazed by our magicians and, most importantly, let fun abound in The Shire of Shelby!

WHAT IS A RENAISSANCE FAIRE!?:  A renaissance faire is a public family-friendly outdoor gathering that emulates the Renaissance historical period for the amusement of its guests.  Our faire’s theme will be the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Come to the faire and travel back in time to the Elizabeth era. Learn Elizabethan dances, be knighted by the Queen herself, eat a giant turkey leg, browse the merchant rows, enjoy the performers, sail the seas with the Mid-South Buccaneers, and of course, cheer on your favorite jouster on horseback.  Hip Hip! Huzzah! Hip Hip! Huzzah!”

*****

ONGOING

It’s BrewFest Weekend! at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/), in Huntersville, North Carolina

“Hoist a toast of fine festival ale! Taste the 2018 Gambrinus Cup award winning homebrew! Learn the time honored craft of beer brewing! Sample a selection of fine micro-brewed ale! Play a series of RenFest Beer Games!

Adventurous costumed ladies are invited to flirtatiously strut their stuff in the Saucy Maiden Costume Contest! All in good, clean fun of course! Prizes will be awarded.

BrewFest activities start at 12:00pm at the New Haven (behind Edgewood Stage). Sampling sales end at 3:15, sampling last call is 3:30, and activities end at 4:00 PM.

Costume Contest! Win $1,000! Stop by the iHeart Radio display located outside the Village gates from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for details on how to enter the contest and win. Huzzah!”

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

It’s The Wee Ones Costume Parade: Prince, Princesses, Pirates and Fairies Parade at King Richard’s Faire (https://kingrichardsfaire.net/) , in Carver, Massachusetts

“WEE ONES COSTUME PARADE Saturday, October 13th Rain Date: Sunday, October 14th

Ages 11 & under Royals & Rogues, Fairies & Fun!

Princesses, warlocks, wizards, pirates, & princesses galore will parade on our King’s Stage and pose for photos with King Richard and Queen Anne!

It’s great to be the King and to prove it…guests are encouraged to attend all weekend long in their favorite Royal attire! You’ll always be treated like royalty when you step through our gates or shop for wares from one of our many talented artisans. Even the youngest royals can get in on the action during this weekend’s family friendly event!

Hear ye, Hear ye!

All children 11 years and younger, are welcome to participate in this royal extravaganza! No pre-registration required, event is limited to the first 50 children in line. Eligible children can line up at the front of the stage just prior to the start of the event, starting at 3:45pm.

Each child will be majestically escorted onto the stage as they are presented to their most royal majesties and the crowd. Once presented, they will have the opportunity to take a photo with the King and Queen.

Children will be instructed in the code of chivalry and the gracious art of courtly manners. Each participating child will receive a special memento from the event. Disqualification: Children over the age of 11.”

https://kingrichardsfaire.net/weekend-events/

*****

The Maryland Renaissance Festival (http://www.rennfest.com/), continues in Crownsville, Maryland

*****

It’s Masquerade at the Northern California Renaissance Faire (https://www.norcalrenfaire.com/), in Hollister, California

Celebrate with the Queen and her court as they don their finery for a Royal Masque. Wear your favorite mask or have one painted on and join the revels. The Queen will award a prize for her favorite mask each afternoon.

*****

It’s Barbarian Invasion at the Ohio Renaissance Festival (https://www.renfestival.com/), in Waynesville, Ohio

“Gather your hoard and raid the village! Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion are the order of the day. Are you a weakling? Compete in the Test of Strength Contest to show us just how strong you are! Enter the Turkey Leg Eating Contest to show us your Barbarian side.”


*****

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html) holds the last two of its four School Days this Wednesday and Thursday, and then celebrates Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights I on the weekend.

School Days: Bring your class to School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire! Encounter hundreds of colorfully costumed characters, witness handcrafted demonstrations, become pawns in the Royal Chess Match and more! Throughout your day, enjoy fresh food from our 20 Royal Kitchens, serving up everything from Chicken Tenders to Turkey Legs, while your group members master the art of juggling, learn and perform a song for Her Majesty, and marvel at the unique live shows!”

http://www.parenfaire.com/education/schooldays/index.php

“Three weekends of mystery and mayhem kick off this weekend as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. Join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages.

Please check back for schedule information.”

http://www.parenfaire.com/themedweekends.html#about

*****

 

It’s Barbarian Invasion at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas

“Join the Great Hoard and pillage the village for two days of uncivilized fun. The King and Queen invite you to feast, drink, and plunder during this barbaric rumpus. Claim your spoils in our many shoppes or prove yourself the best at our many games and tests of strength and skill. The Barbarian Inn has just what a great warrior needs to relax, with ale and tales of glory. Don’t forget the Worst Dressed Barbarian costume contest and the Turkey Leg Eating contest.”

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Celtic Colours International Festival (https://celtic-colours.com/), in Sydney, Nova Scotia, brings its 9 day run to a close on Saturday, October 13

Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, we offer a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.

*****

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire (https://ctfaire.com/), in Lebanon, Connecticut, brings its 20th season to a close with All Hallows Weekend

“All Hallows is the weekend of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Celebrate Halloween with us on our All Hallows Weekend and stay until the final moments when our show meets its season’s end. There’s a lot of fun going on during our final weekend. Get to the show before it’s too late.”

https://ctfaire.com/hallows-weekend/#.W6A_AGhKi00

*****

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival (http://www.kcrenfest.com/), in Bonner Springs, Kansas, brings its 42nd season to a close with Harvest Huzzah

The final Huzzah to our 42nd Festival Season!

Check your Broadsheet for Contest Times – All Contests held in the Tradewinds unless otherwise noted.

Pumpkin Scramble

Costume Contests: Themed like Best Kilt and Steampunk – Children’s Contests & Adult Contests so wear your best and take away great prizes!

Root Beer Chug

Sausage Eating Competition

http://www.kcrenfest.com/harvesthuzzah-2/

*****

 

The St Louis Renaissance Festival (http://www.stlrenfest.com/), in Wentzville, Missouri, brings its 20th season to a close with Final Huzzah!

“Come celebrate our final weekend of the 20th Anniversary! Dress in Steampunk attire, as a Wizard, a Fantasy or Fairy Tale character, or indulge in our romance side of the weekend with Vow Renewals and Weddings! There’s something for everyone as we wrap up 2018. Be sure to check out our Daily Royal Events as well!”

http://www.stlrenfest.com/final-huzzah/

*****

ONE WEEKEND

A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians (http://www.agatheringofroguesandruffians.com/), in Baraboo, Wisconsin, celebrating its 11th season

“Shakespeare on the Edge of Monroe invites you to our Annual Gathering of Rogues and Ruffians, a Renaissance Faire on the second full weekend of October held on the grounds of Circus World in Baraboo WI.

2 days of great fun & carousing!

We are a small faire, perfect for a day trip, and you can’t beat the price of $10, 12 and under $5 (children 3 & under free). Weekend pass: $16 for adults/$8 for youth. NO SUNDAY SALES OF WEEKEND PASSES.

You will find performers of all kinds waiting to entertain you. Singers, musicians, jugglers, thespians and others that defy description. Military and other reenactors will show off their great weaponry and the joys of living during the enlightened Renaissance times. There is so much to do, no one will leave disappointed.

Young Lords and Ladies can enjoy the Kids Kingdom where they can try to siege the castle or attack a ship with a Catapult.

The whole family can try their hand at throwing Knives & Axes or take in a game of Spanish Towers.

The more aged in the group can enjoy a beer at our Beer Garden while taking in one of our many great Entertainers or Artisans from around the region. Our Beer Garden will include a large variety of beers, featuring some our local New Glarus brews!”

*****

1st Annual Aberystwyth Steampunk Spectacular (https://abersteampunk.co.uk/en/), in Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Welcome to the inaugural Aberystwyth Steampunk Spectacular. We hope you will join us for a splendid weekend of Steampunk activities, fun and entertainment based at this quintessential Victorian seaside resort in Ceredigion Mid-Wales. The weekend activities and attractions are all located within walking distance within Aberystwyth, and is ideally suited for promenading along the Aberystwyth seafront. Old College is the main venue for all indoor activities with various Steampunk traders plying their goods in the Quad, dare you take part in tea duelling? Victorian attractions are also available at the Vale of Rheidol railway with Saturday evening entertainment at the old time music hall themed theatre at Ceredigion museum.

*****

25th Annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival (http://www.lvrenfair.com/), in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday through Sunday

“For the 25th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation present the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, October 12, 13 & 14, 2018

The festival is open from 10am to 10pm Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 10am to 5pm Sunday, Oct. 14.

Admission is $13 per day for adults and $8 per day for seniors ages 60 and older and children ages 6 to 12, ages 5 and younger are free. Weekend passes are $30 for adults and $20 for children, ages 6 to 12, and seniors, ages 60 and older. Combo packs are available that include: a 3-day admission pass, an event T-shirt and 18×24 commemorative posters. Weekend passes must be redeemed at the event box office for a wristband.

Box office will open one hour prior to festival hours each day.”

*****

Harvest Faire (http://www.harvestfaire.org/), in Newport News, Virginia, celebrating its 24th season Friday through Sunday

Harvest Faire is a modern interpretation of a late 15th century European fall harvest celebration and tournament. Entertainers and a market mix with the sounds of good-natured martial competition and the smells of period cooking. Watch a craftsperson plying their trade, try your hand at games of chance and skill, and cheer for the warrior of your choice at the Field of Honors. Wander through 6 acres of village on a 22 acre site.

Harvest Faire is produced and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Harvest Faire, the Virginia Peninsula’s oldest Renaissance Festival, will return to Newport News to celebrate its 24th season October 12-14, 2018. The Faire is held at Endview Plantation, 362 Yorktown Rd. Come and enjoy medieval combat and encampments, knights on horseback, live music and dance, merchants, food and period games. You don’t need to wear a costume and we don’t mind if you do wear one.

*****

Heavener Runestone Viking Festival (https://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.20827), in Heavener, Oklahoma, celebrating its 14th season

A mixture of viking living and viking battles. A huge selection of your favorite festival foods. Music, magic, demos, viking games and more.
Categories

*****

Idaho Renaissance Faire (https://idahorenfaire.org/), in Kuna, Idaho, celebrating its 8th season

“The mission of the Idaho Renaissance Faire is to promote public interest and information relating to the living history of the Renaissance era. It is further to provide local and regional craftsman, artisans, and performers of venue for the public display of their talents.”

*****

KiltFest New Jersey (http://www.kiltfestnj.com/), in Bordentown, New Jersey

“Kilt Fest is New Jersey’s premier Celtic Festival featuring a Highland Games, Kilt Run, Music, Food, Beer and Craic.”

*****

Oxnard Steampunk Fest (http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/), in Oxnard, California

“What is Steampunk you ask?? It is a blend of the Victorian Era and technology with a bit of Science Fiction and Fantasy….think of airships, goggles, jet packs, corsets, top hats, parasols, combined with imagination and a wee bit of whimsy. Enjoy the fun with your kids, friends, and the rest of your family at Heritage Square.

Enjoy the mad, mad world of Steampunk!”

*****

Seaside Highland Games (http://seaside-games.com/), in Ventura, California, celebrating its 16th season

“The Seaside Highland Games were organized to fill the void of a Scottish presence in California’s Central Coast and to round out the year of Scottish Games activities. The SHG is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized for the educational purposes of sharing Scottish history, art, literature, music and tradition.”

*****

3rd Annual Tennessee Pirate Festival (https://www.tmfaire.com/), in Harriman, Tennessee

“Ahoy Mates! Come to the fictional pirate haven of “Port Royale in the Tortugas” for 1-2 weekends in mid-Oct, hours 11a-6p ET. 2018 dates TBD. Stay tuned!! Enjoy rollicking pirate/island music, interactive stage shows, delicious food, cold drink (including beer), fine crafts, activities and games. Come dressed as a pirate and enter our costume contest. Share your talent in the Royal Gong Show. Dare to walk the wooded “Trail of Doom” and see humorous pirate displays that will Shiver Your Timbers! Get Your Pirate On!”

*****

Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

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Announcements from Outside the Gate: October 13 – 14, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.

OPENING

The 4th Annual Mid-South Renaissance Faire (https://midsouthrenfaire.com/), in Millington, Tennessee

“It is the summer of 1576 and the hot crowded city of London has prompted the nobles to visit the wide open spaces of England’s hills and fields.  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, is on progress through the countryside. The Queen’s entourage has stopped in the quaint little Shire of Shelby for some much needed relaxation.  The local villagers, wanting to welcome their beloved Queen, have chosen to hold a festival in her honor. They have persuaded only the finest in local and foreign merchants to make camp and sell their wares.  Join us in the Queen’s entertainment and revelry as we celebrate Her Majesty’s visit. Shout Huzzah as the jousters enter into combat, join musicians in a merry song, test yourself with games of skill and chance, find familiar and exotic foods, join the nobles in courtly dance, pillage with the pirates, laugh at our fools, be amazed by our magicians and, most importantly, let fun abound in The Shire of Shelby!

WHAT IS A RENAISSANCE FAIRE!?:  A renaissance faire is a public family-friendly outdoor gathering that emulates the Renaissance historical period for the amusement of its guests.  Our faire’s theme will be the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Come to the faire and travel back in time to the Elizabeth era. Learn Elizabethan dances, be knighted by the Queen herself, eat a giant turkey leg, browse the merchant rows, enjoy the performers, sail the seas with the Mid-South Buccaneers, and of course, cheer on your favorite jouster on horseback.  Hip Hip! Huzzah! Hip Hip! Huzzah!”

*****

ONGOING

It’s BrewFest Weekend! at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/), in Huntersville, North Carolina

“Hoist a toast of fine festival ale! Taste the 2018 Gambrinus Cup award winning homebrew! Learn the time honored craft of beer brewing! Sample a selection of fine micro-brewed ale! Play a series of RenFest Beer Games!

Adventurous costumed ladies are invited to flirtatiously strut their stuff in the Saucy Maiden Costume Contest! All in good, clean fun of course! Prizes will be awarded.

BrewFest activities start at 12:00pm at the New Haven (behind Edgewood Stage). Sampling sales end at 3:15, sampling last call is 3:30, and activities end at 4:00 PM.

Costume Contest! Win $1,000! Stop by the iHeart Radio display located outside the Village gates from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for details on how to enter the contest and win. Huzzah!”

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/events/

*****

It’s The Wee Ones Costume Parade: Prince, Princesses, Pirates and Fairies Parade at King Richard’s Faire (https://kingrichardsfaire.net/) , in Carver, Massachusetts

“WEE ONES COSTUME PARADE Saturday, October 13th Rain Date: Sunday, October 14th

Ages 11 & under Royals & Rogues, Fairies & Fun!

Princesses, warlocks, wizards, pirates, & princesses galore will parade on our King’s Stage and pose for photos with King Richard and Queen Anne!

It’s great to be the King and to prove it…guests are encouraged to attend all weekend long in their favorite Royal attire! You’ll always be treated like royalty when you step through our gates or shop for wares from one of our many talented artisans. Even the youngest royals can get in on the action during this weekend’s family friendly event!

Hear ye, Hear ye!

All children 11 years and younger, are welcome to participate in this royal extravaganza! No pre-registration required, event is limited to the first 50 children in line. Eligible children can line up at the front of the stage just prior to the start of the event, starting at 3:45pm.

Each child will be majestically escorted onto the stage as they are presented to their most royal majesties and the crowd. Once presented, they will have the opportunity to take a photo with the King and Queen.

Children will be instructed in the code of chivalry and the gracious art of courtly manners. Each participating child will receive a special memento from the event. Disqualification: Children over the age of 11.”

https://kingrichardsfaire.net/weekend-events/

*****

The Maryland Renaissance Festival (http://www.rennfest.com/), continues in Crownsville, Maryland

*****

It’s Masquerade at the Northern California Renaissance Faire (https://www.norcalrenfaire.com/), in Hollister, California

Celebrate with the Queen and her court as they don their finery for a Royal Masque. Wear your favorite mask or have one painted on and join the revels. The Queen will award a prize for her favorite mask each afternoon.

*****

It’s Barbarian Invasion at the Ohio Renaissance Festival (https://www.renfestival.com/), in Waynesville, Ohio

“Gather your hoard and raid the village! Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion are the order of the day. Are you a weakling? Compete in the Test of Strength Contest to show us just how strong you are! Enter the Turkey Leg Eating Contest to show us your Barbarian side.”


*****

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (http://www.parenfaire.com/faire.html) holds the last two of its four School Days this Wednesday and Thursday, and then celebrates Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights I on the weekend.

School Days: Bring your class to School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire! Encounter hundreds of colorfully costumed characters, witness handcrafted demonstrations, become pawns in the Royal Chess Match and more! Throughout your day, enjoy fresh food from our 20 Royal Kitchens, serving up everything from Chicken Tenders to Turkey Legs, while your group members master the art of juggling, learn and perform a song for Her Majesty, and marvel at the unique live shows!”

http://www.parenfaire.com/education/schooldays/index.php

“Three weekends of mystery and mayhem kick off this weekend as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. Join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages.

Please check back for schedule information.”

http://www.parenfaire.com/themedweekends.html#about

*****

 

It’s Barbarian Invasion at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas

“Join the Great Hoard and pillage the village for two days of uncivilized fun. The King and Queen invite you to feast, drink, and plunder during this barbaric rumpus. Claim your spoils in our many shoppes or prove yourself the best at our many games and tests of strength and skill. The Barbarian Inn has just what a great warrior needs to relax, with ale and tales of glory. Don’t forget the Worst Dressed Barbarian costume contest and the Turkey Leg Eating contest.”

https://www.texrenfest.com/themedweekends/

*****

CLOSING

Celtic Colours International Festival (https://celtic-colours.com/), in Sydney, Nova Scotia, brings its 9 day run to a close on Saturday, October 13

Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, we offer a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.

*****

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire (https://ctfaire.com/), in Lebanon, Connecticut, brings its 20th season to a close with All Hallows Weekend

“All Hallows is the weekend of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Celebrate Halloween with us on our All Hallows Weekend and stay until the final moments when our show meets its season’s end. There’s a lot of fun going on during our final weekend. Get to the show before it’s too late.”

https://ctfaire.com/hallows-weekend/#.W6A_AGhKi00

*****

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival (http://www.kcrenfest.com/), in Bonner Springs, Kansas, brings its 42nd season to a close with Harvest Huzzah

The final Huzzah to our 42nd Festival Season!

Check your Broadsheet for Contest Times – All Contests held in the Tradewinds unless otherwise noted.

Pumpkin Scramble

Costume Contests: Themed like Best Kilt and Steampunk – Children’s Contests & Adult Contests so wear your best and take away great prizes!

Root Beer Chug

Sausage Eating Competition

http://www.kcrenfest.com/harvesthuzzah-2/

*****

 

The St Louis Renaissance Festival (http://www.stlrenfest.com/), in Wentzville, Missouri, brings its 20th season to a close with Final Huzzah!

“Come celebrate our final weekend of the 20th Anniversary! Dress in Steampunk attire, as a Wizard, a Fantasy or Fairy Tale character, or indulge in our romance side of the weekend with Vow Renewals and Weddings! There’s something for everyone as we wrap up 2018. Be sure to check out our Daily Royal Events as well!”

http://www.stlrenfest.com/final-huzzah/

*****

ONE WEEKEND

A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians (http://www.agatheringofroguesandruffians.com/), in Baraboo, Wisconsin, celebrating its 11th season

“Shakespeare on the Edge of Monroe invites you to our Annual Gathering of Rogues and Ruffians, a Renaissance Faire on the second full weekend of October held on the grounds of Circus World in Baraboo WI.

2 days of great fun & carousing!

We are a small faire, perfect for a day trip, and you can’t beat the price of $10, 12 and under $5 (children 3 & under free). Weekend pass: $16 for adults/$8 for youth. NO SUNDAY SALES OF WEEKEND PASSES.

You will find performers of all kinds waiting to entertain you. Singers, musicians, jugglers, thespians and others that defy description. Military and other reenactors will show off their great weaponry and the joys of living during the enlightened Renaissance times. There is so much to do, no one will leave disappointed.

Young Lords and Ladies can enjoy the Kids Kingdom where they can try to siege the castle or attack a ship with a Catapult.

The whole family can try their hand at throwing Knives & Axes or take in a game of Spanish Towers.

The more aged in the group can enjoy a beer at our Beer Garden while taking in one of our many great Entertainers or Artisans from around the region. Our Beer Garden will include a large variety of beers, featuring some our local New Glarus brews!”

*****

1st Annual Aberystwyth Steampunk Spectacular (https://abersteampunk.co.uk/en/), in Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Welcome to the inaugural Aberystwyth Steampunk Spectacular. We hope you will join us for a splendid weekend of Steampunk activities, fun and entertainment based at this quintessential Victorian seaside resort in Ceredigion Mid-Wales. The weekend activities and attractions are all located within walking distance within Aberystwyth, and is ideally suited for promenading along the Aberystwyth seafront. Old College is the main venue for all indoor activities with various Steampunk traders plying their goods in the Quad, dare you take part in tea duelling? Victorian attractions are also available at the Vale of Rheidol railway with Saturday evening entertainment at the old time music hall themed theatre at Ceredigion museum.

*****

25th Annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival (http://www.lvrenfair.com/), in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday through Sunday

“For the 25th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation present the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, October 12, 13 & 14, 2018

The festival is open from 10am to 10pm Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 10am to 5pm Sunday, Oct. 14.

Admission is $13 per day for adults and $8 per day for seniors ages 60 and older and children ages 6 to 12, ages 5 and younger are free. Weekend passes are $30 for adults and $20 for children, ages 6 to 12, and seniors, ages 60 and older. Combo packs are available that include: a 3-day admission pass, an event T-shirt and 18×24 commemorative posters. Weekend passes must be redeemed at the event box office for a wristband.

Box office will open one hour prior to festival hours each day.”

*****

Harvest Faire (http://www.harvestfaire.org/), in Newport News, Virginia, celebrating its 24th season Friday through Sunday

Harvest Faire is a modern interpretation of a late 15th century European fall harvest celebration and tournament. Entertainers and a market mix with the sounds of good-natured martial competition and the smells of period cooking. Watch a craftsperson plying their trade, try your hand at games of chance and skill, and cheer for the warrior of your choice at the Field of Honors. Wander through 6 acres of village on a 22 acre site.

Harvest Faire is produced and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Harvest Faire, the Virginia Peninsula’s oldest Renaissance Festival, will return to Newport News to celebrate its 24th season October 12-14, 2018. The Faire is held at Endview Plantation, 362 Yorktown Rd. Come and enjoy medieval combat and encampments, knights on horseback, live music and dance, merchants, food and period games. You don’t need to wear a costume and we don’t mind if you do wear one.

*****

Heavener Runestone Viking Festival (https://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.20827), in Heavener, Oklahoma, celebrating its 14th season

A mixture of viking living and viking battles. A huge selection of your favorite festival foods. Music, magic, demos, viking games and more.
Categories

*****

Idaho Renaissance Faire (https://idahorenfaire.org/), in Kuna, Idaho, celebrating its 8th season

“The mission of the Idaho Renaissance Faire is to promote public interest and information relating to the living history of the Renaissance era. It is further to provide local and regional craftsman, artisans, and performers of venue for the public display of their talents.”

*****

KiltFest New Jersey (http://www.kiltfestnj.com/), in Bordentown, New Jersey

“Kilt Fest is New Jersey’s premier Celtic Festival featuring a Highland Games, Kilt Run, Music, Food, Beer and Craic.”

*****

Oxnard Steampunk Fest (http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/), in Oxnard, California

“What is Steampunk you ask?? It is a blend of the Victorian Era and technology with a bit of Science Fiction and Fantasy….think of airships, goggles, jet packs, corsets, top hats, parasols, combined with imagination and a wee bit of whimsy. Enjoy the fun with your kids, friends, and the rest of your family at Heritage Square.

Enjoy the mad, mad world of Steampunk!”

*****

Seaside Highland Games (http://seaside-games.com/), in Ventura, California, celebrating its 16th season

“The Seaside Highland Games were organized to fill the void of a Scottish presence in California’s Central Coast and to round out the year of Scottish Games activities. The SHG is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized for the educational purposes of sharing Scottish history, art, literature, music and tradition.”

*****

3rd Annual Tennessee Pirate Festival (https://www.tmfaire.com/), in Harriman, Tennessee

“Ahoy Mates! Come to the fictional pirate haven of “Port Royale in the Tortugas” for 1-2 weekends in mid-Oct, hours 11a-6p ET. 2018 dates TBD. Stay tuned!! Enjoy rollicking pirate/island music, interactive stage shows, delicious food, cold drink (including beer), fine crafts, activities and games. Come dressed as a pirate and enter our costume contest. Share your talent in the Royal Gong Show. Dare to walk the wooded “Trail of Doom” and see humorous pirate displays that will Shiver Your Timbers! Get Your Pirate On!”

*****

Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

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