Turns out the Renaissance Faire hardly brought to light that cultural movement during the time of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci but rather a hodge podge of that “broad time” called the renaissance which is set somewhere during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Vikings and even pirates.
At the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale, there were more peasants and pirates than the lords and ladies I had expected. There were wizards, faeries and a sundry of characters who all seemed to be having the time of their lives. It was hard not to have fun. My boys were in heaven with all the swords, daggers and catapults about. My older son even had a chance to try archery and meet a dude dressed as the assassin in the video game “Assassin’s creed.” (Not sure what that has to do with the Renaissance but he did look totally cool.) I personally was impressed by some of the handicrafts that were there like the handmade leather masks and the wandmaker. Part amusement park part historical reenactment, the Renaissance Faire was a a fun dusty trip through time .
You can still catch The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire at the picture pretty Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA. It is open every Saturday and Sunday through May 22nd. Each weekend more than 2,000 costumed Renaissance players create a 16th century English village full of shops, 14 performance stages, a Kids Kingdom, a jousting arena, games, rides and food (Turkey Legs anyone?). You don’t have to come in costume yourself but there are plenty of hats, masks and costumes available for purchase in case you decide to play dress up too.