The Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns for its 37th annual festival on July 15 and 16 in Laguna Lake Park. This event celebrates the history, culture, and entertainment of the Renaissance era, and promises to be an unforgettable experience for all attendees.
This year’s festival features a wide range of activities, including live performances by talented musicians and actors, exciting full armor combat matches, interactive demonstrations by skilled artisans, and delicious food and drinks inspired by the Renaissance era. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the Renaissance, with countless opportunities to explore and learn about the customs, traditions, and technologies of this fascinating period in history.
“One of the highlights is the twice daily armored combat battle,” said festival spokesman Rick Smith. “Contests include one-on-one single combats, as well as brutal team battles of five against five, which are contested until one team is driven from their feet. Using steel swords, axes, and polearms, combatants are permitted to strike with weapons, shields, fists, and feet..”
Falconry stage shows include flights over the audience with hawks, falcons, and owls, demonstrations of training, and ancient hunting techniques still used today.
Children can swashbuckling fun with balloon swords, games, face painting, and participate in a daily costume contest where everyone gets a prize. And don’t forget to join the pirate treasure hunt on Sunday.
The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and children ages 6-15. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Ticket discounts are often available on the website. Parking is available at Laguna Lake Park for $10 per vehicle.
For more information about the Central Coast Renaissance Festival, including ticket sales, visit the festival website at www.ccrenfaire.com.