Five Reasons to go to the Renaissance Faire
by Angela Dahl (@AngelaDahling)
It’s Ren Faire season, my lords and ladies! If you’ve never gone before, here are five reasons to slip on a corset or codpiece and get yourself to one.
1) All the bawdiness!
Literature of the Renaissance has some pretty bawdy innuendos, but this is nothing compared to the people/actors of the Renaissance Faire. The people who work at the Renaissance Faire are committed to making you laugh with as many references to phalluses as possible. Buying a pickle, nuts, and chocolate-dipped frozen bananas are especially hilarious experiences that I recommend. I also recommend the sausage on a roll and the tri-tip sandwich. Once you try the tip, you’ll want the whole thing.
2) All the booze!
The Renaissance Faire is one of the rare places where it is socially acceptable to be drunk at one in the afternoon (the only other place that I can think of is any sporting event, but we are nerds after all). The shows at the many different stages are already great (see the note above), but it’s that much better when you’re two meads in. Also, MEAD. Mead is medievally awesome, you guys. If it’s what Beowulf and King Arthur drank, it’s good enough for me!
3) All the food!
The other thing to do at the Ren Faire is eat. There are A LOT of options (warning to vegetarians though, a lot of places have mostly meat on the menu. See note 1.), and a lot of foods come on a stick or with a stick to make it easy for you to continue your walk around the fair. Make sure not to fill up at just one place – there are many venders on wheels too throughout the fair.
4) All the costumes!
The Ren Faire is another place for us to wear costumes! It’s not just for cons and parties, you guys. Sure, your options are more limited if you want to be time period appropriate, but I can say from experience that dressing up like a peasant is tons of fun. If you don’t have a costume from the 1500s at the ready, you can also rent one, or buy one there! And, of course, you could always just dress up as a time traveler: every now and then at the fair you’ll see a Marty McFly or Doctor walk by. And it’s acceptable to hit on them (see notes 1… and 2).
5) All the things!
This sounds ridiculously vague, but hear me out: there are some amazing things to buy at the Ren Faire. I’ve already talked about period costumes, but you can also get some fine leather workmanship for other costumes you may be working on, jewelry, weaponry, wands, and all kinds of figurines, just to name a few. The level of craftsmanship there is outstanding. It’s amazing what a man can do with wood (see note 1. Again).