This Saturday kicks off the 37th annual Colorado Renaissance Festival. Weekends from now till August 4 in Larkspur, Colorado (half way between Denver and Colorado Springs off I-25) will be filled with meat on sticks, the foul humor and Snot and Puke, intricately braided hair and knights in shining armor.
This theatrical fair brings to life a 16th century village and marketplace. Guests are free to roam through the 200 different artisan booths or attend one of the 60 different daily shows on the 10 different stages. Daily shows include jousting duels, sword swallowers, fire eaters, hypnotists, and an endangered cat show. There are also comedy troops like Snot and Puke, the Washing Well Wenches and Arsene of Paris as well as musical groups like Celtic Legacy, Daphne & the Roustabouts and Frank DellaPenna on the carillon (a rare medieval instrument made entirely of 4 ton bells).
What’s more, each weekend at the Colorado Renaissance Festival has a different theme making each trip to the fair unique.
- June 15-16 (opening weekend): Memories that Last
- June 22-23: Royal Ale and Art (also the military appreciation weekend)
- June 29-30: Celtic Festival
- July 6-7: Children’s Weekend (12 and under free)
- July 13-14: Wine Revelry
- July 20-21: Love and Romance (with a vow renewal ceremony for all)
- July 27-28: Music and Dance
- August 3-4 (final weekend): Fare Thee Well and Mardi Gras Style Carnival
The Colorado Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parking is free, but there is an entrance fee ($19.95 for adults, $9 for children ages 5-12, and under 5 is free). Though the Colorado Renaissance Festival says costumes are optional, I think they’re actually mandatory if you want to get the real renaissance festival experience (if you don’t have your own outfit consider purchasing a few new pieces of adornment at the fair). Additionally you can win the Colorado Renaissance Festival photo contest just by submitting pictures from your day at the fair.