Northern California Renaissance Faire

Northern California Renaissance Faire
The Northern California Renaissance Faire is an annual Renaissance festival held in the city of Hollister, California. Set in the fictional Derbyshire village of Willington in the 16th century, it takes place every fall, running from mid-September to mid-October.

The first Northern California Renaissance Faire was held in 2004. Over the years, it has become one of the biggest events of its kind in California, with an attendance of more than 150,000 visitors per season. Like most other Renaissance fairs, it is only open on weekends.

The Northern California Renaissance Faire offers live entertainment on nine stages, over 200 artisan booths at the marketplace, free admission for kids aged 12 and under, theme weekends, and so much more! The fair’s entertainment program features talented performers from all over the country, including dancers, singers, musicians, swordfighters, acrobats, magicians, and more.

Some of the main highlights include the Celtic Rock Concert Series, the World Tournament of Champions (jousting events), various stage shows, and skilled and diverse musicians. Of course, there are costumed characters who keep visitors entertained, including Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth. The characters are divided into various guilds, such as the Royal Court of Gloriana, the Yeomen of the Guard, the Gentlemen Adventurers, the Town Criers of Saint Blaise, the court of Misrule, and others.

At the marketplace, skilled artisans offer an impressive assortment of unique wares, including items made from bone, glass, leather, metal, and wood, as well as ceramics and sculpture, clothing, fantasy-themed items, fine art, hats, garlands, accessories, jewelry, perfume, oils, soap, incense, toys, and more. Food and drink vendors offer delicious foods, snacks and beverages. There also are exciting games, rides and fun activities for visitors of all ages.

To make things even more interesting, the Northern California Renaissance Faire hosts theme weekends. Past themes have included Pirate Invasion, Royal Masquerade, Oktoberfest, and Fantasy Forever.

Northern California Renaissance Fair

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