Would you like a turkey leg and some mead, good sir?

Pull out those bonnets and tights, and brush up on your Shakespeare because the Renaissance Festival is back in town, and I could not be more excited. It is the perfect time of year for the RenFest with October and Halloween fast approaching.  Not to mention the temperatures will be dropping, so it’s the perfect time to grab a cutie for some one-on-one cuddle time.

RenFest begins this Saturday and will run every weekend until Nov. 30. Each weekend will have a different theme which is part of the allure of the festival. Oktoberfest is the theme for the opening weekend, so brings your mugs and prepare to be blown away by authentic German beer.

The next weekend’s (Oct. 18-19) theme is 1,001 Dreams. This weekend includes wizards, fairies and, maybe if you are lucky, you will even see a troll or two. The weekend after that is right before Halloween, so the theme of All Hallows Eve is fitting. Pull out your pointy hats and keep your brooms handy to fly around, I’m sure you will need it at one point or another.

The following weekend themes includes Pirate Adventure, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and, finally, Celtic Christmas. Each weekend brings about new adventures with the new themes, so why not swing by and check it out?

I have attended RenFest for the past two years, and had the best time. There are numerous activities that are available, so you are sure to find at least one thing that you will enjoy. From a variety of games to just about any food you can think of on a stick, there are plenty of activities that are family friendly, so grab your parents and siblings and make it a family outing. If family activities are not really your thing, then take a friend as it will enhance the experience.

Activities include different musical and stage performances. I highly recommend checking out more than one of each because there are so many talented people performing, and they are quite entertaining. My favorite activity might have to be towards the end of the day when everyone gathers together in the arena for a good ol’ fashions jousting. Nothing compares to two knights beating the crap out of each other with large sticks.

Another thing I really enjoy are the weddings. If 16th century styles weddings are your thing, then I would definitely consider checking some of these out. Some of the weddings are private so take that into consideration before barging in and ruining someone’s special day. RenFest offers four different wedding packages, so if you’re looking for a place to get married why not check it out.

I’m not a huge fan of camping, but it is something that the RenFest offers to visitors. If you intend to attend an entire weekend, camping might be a good idea rather than driving to and from each day.

No matter what you are interested in, I’m sure there is something at RenFest that will catch you attention. If you have never been then you seriously need to check it out. You will more than likely have a great time. I know that Shakespeare and the 16th century is not everyone’s cup of tea (or obscure German beer), but I still recommend that you check it out. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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