The Northern California Renaissance Faire, happening every weekend from September 13th through October 12th at Casa de Fruta, invites all to experience its traditional Village of Willingtown. Attendees will be transported to the era of Queen Elizabeth I as they watch exotic performances and take part in music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal.
The Faire is filled with many delightful pleasures and artisan treasures for young and old alike. Visit the Marketplace to see all the master artisans who offer the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, leather-work, woodwork, jewelry and much more.
Activities, period-themed rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. Feast your eyes upon pleasures such as face painting, hair-braiding, comedy shows and fortune tellers. You might even be challenged to test your accuracy with a bow and arrow or axe throwing game.
Keep an eye out for courageous knights strapped into their heavy suits of armor as they fight for the Queen’s favor during battles of skill and might. Full contact jousting tournaments are performed twice a day in the World Tournament of Champions arena.
Let your creativity run wild by immersing yourself in Renaissance society. Dress the part by renting a costume inside the gates of The Belrose and throw out as many Huzzahs and Aye’s as you can. The Belrose offers authentic Renaissance garments to complement all taste styles and spanning the social status. You can become anyone you want from prim and proper princesses to swashbuckling pirates to colorful gypsies or royalty.
Jovial peasants, men in tights, and gleeful maidens roam the streets while you sip an ale or cider. Not thirsty? Have no fear for you can sink your teeth in a gigantic turkey leg or other delectable foods in this enchanted wonderland.
Advance tickets will be available in August, and anyone who purchases online tickets before September 13th will receive $5 off admission. Children 12 and under will be admitted FREE entrance for all five weekends, and during opening weekend, general ticket pricing is “Two-For-One.”
WHAT: Northern California Renaissance Faire, A Play Faire Production
WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday September 13th- October 12th Celtic Rock Concert Series every Saturday night, FREE with general admission
TIME: 10 am- 6pm (Celtic Rock Series starts at 6pm on Sat.)
WHERE: Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
COST: $25 at the gate; children 12 and under will be admitted FREE the entire run of the Faire. A weekend pass, which covers the admission for one weekend,is $35 A ‘Fairever’
INFO: For more information and tickets, visit www.norcalrenfaire.com or call 408.847.FAIR.
About the Northern California Renaissance Faire:
The Northern California Renaissance Faire is run by Play Faire Productions, a group of self-appointed actors and artisans who took ownership as a collective in 2004. Many Faire participants have been exciting crowds with their performances for over 35 years, never failing to entertain the masses with their pranks and mischievous behavior. They are proud to be the only Faire of its kind that is managed by their own performers, presenting an incomparable way to experience the magic of the time period. Whether you attend for an all encompassing history lesson, or wish to play in the original adult playground, there is no doubt that everyone will have the chance to stretch their imagination…