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.
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!”
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!”
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.”
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!”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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
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!”
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.
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!