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Colorado Renaissance Festival Time!

We LOVE the Colorado Renaissance Festival, we've been going for years. Everyone in the family has their favorite activity and the coolest part, is many of the same people are there, working the faire, year after year. 2014 marks 38 years the festival has been running here in Larkspur, Colorado, aka Larkspurshire.

Colorado Renaissance Festival Entrance
Colorado Renaissance Festival Entrance

Before you even enter the front gates, you'll find yourself stepping into a magical realm through another time. I'm pretty sure, if reincarnation is a real thing, I lived in this medieval time and I love revisiting it year after year. You'll find over 200 artisans and entertainers. You'll find shops filled with handmade gifts, period clothing and oh so yummy food! I'd say you HAVE to get a turkey leg, but then I'd be leaving out the steak on a stake, cinnamon roasted almonds, giant pickles and don't forget the fried mac n cheese. Don't think it's all about shopping, you'll also find fun activities for all ages including rock climbing, tomato throwing and archery. Get your hair braided, your face painted or a Henna Tattoo. Or spend the afternoon wondering around to watch the various shows on 10 different stages. There's a lot of comedy, music and amazing talents. I could go on – I'm telling you, we love love love this event!

Here's a few photos from visits to the Ren Faire over the past years…

Food sign at the Colorado Renaissance Festival
Food sign at the Colorado Renaissance Festival
Artisan carts - I love the colors everywhere
Artisan carts – I love the colors everywhere

I don't want to spoil all the surprises, but there are so many awesome things to see and do, make sure to plan a day of it! Dress up, add flowers to your hair and some good walking shoes. Most vendors accept various forms of payment, but I recommend you bring some cash for those little extras, like a challenging game of chess or a tip for a great comedy act.

All 3 of my boys playing chess
All 3 of my boys playing chess

Here are a couple extra activities for the kids to watch for that you might not see on the schedule…

Afternoon tea with a princess – ask someone from the Royal Court if there is a tea, it's usually around 2pm or so.
Knighting ceremony – this is another thing to ask a Royal court member when and where if it's happening.
Get a magic stone from Twig, the fairy. If you see Twig, stop and say hello and tell her you are glad to see her. She might thank you by handing you a pretty glass stone.

Princess tea
Princess tea

I'd love to hear all about the fun you've had – head on over to the Colorado Renaissance Festival this summer and when you get back, tell me all about it! Now go on find out more and buy your tickets!

 

 

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