Renaissance Faire Routines and Rituals

I started going to the Renaissance Faire by accident four years ago.

I had bought a book at Borders Bookstore, and the lady at the counter offered me about 16 free tickets to the Renfair, which up until then, I had never heard of.

At the time I had no idea the tickets actually cost $25, but when I found out, I naturally decided to take advantage of it.

After inviting all the friends I could find, I still had some tickets left over. On the day we went there, I sold the extra tickets for $10. My friends and I used the money to buy food at the renfair, which we all shared.

I went every year, knowing Borders would give away free tickets if I bought a book. (It was a great excuse to buy myself a new book, too).

This year was actually the first time I had ever paid for tickets, but I still got it at a discount (thanks to their early bird price).

Going to the Renfair became a yearly ritual for me and my friends, and I always bought some cool (geeky) trinket as a souvenir.

This year was actually the first time I had ever paid for tickets, but I still got it at a discount (thanks to their early bird price).

Going to the Renfair became a yearly ritual for me and aside from Lena and Maiko, I always manage to drag a new friend to accompany me.

This year, friends Jen and Eric joined us at the Renfair

Lena, Maiko and I were particularly eager to try out the techniques we had learned from the one day Introduction to Digital Photography Class we had taken last April 28th. The class was offered by Nikon School. We paid $129 for the class, which ran from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The fee not only included the classes, but a good lunch, handouts and certificates as well.

With my two best buds Lena and Maiko

I was also excited to try out the new camera I had gotten for my birthday.

The Renfair  had a new layout this year, and a lot of new vendors–including who sold some cool steampunk hats.

Cool Steampunk hats

We also saw the usual cast of characters and performers–

Belly dancers

peasants and soldiers (Sparkles, one of my camera’s effects)


The Queen

My friends and I have a renaissance faire routine. We do the same thing every year:

1. Walk around and explore the various shops

2. Stop to watch a few shows.

3. Spend minutes looking for a shady spot to open up so we can have lunch.

4. Spend minutes figuring out what to have for lunch.

5. Wait in line to buy lunch.

6. Have lunch. (No turkey legs this year)

7. Walk around some more, and try not to get run over during the queen’s parade.

Aside from the usual routine, however, I have a personal ritual which I developed during my first Renfair: I always buy a cool trinket as a souvenir.

My Renfair Souvenirs

Brass key, 2009

Compass, 2010

Staff, 2011

My latest souvenir is a cool steampunk watch piece.

Watch piece (Front), 2012

Watch piece (Back), 2012

I don’t know if I’ll go again next year (my friends are probably sick and tired of getting dragged there), but I will certainly try. After all, next year the Renfair is celebrating 50 years and there are bound to be more things to see, and another new trinket to collect.

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16 Responses to “Renaissance Faire Routines and Rituals”

  1. Shelly says:

    I’ve only gone once in my life time. My oldest daughter was four at the time. She was totally bored out of her gord. So I’ve never been back even though I had fun.

  2. mooderino says:

    Interesting to see the rise of steampunk at the fair. It does seem like this genre is getting quite popular of late.

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  3. M.J. Fifield says:

    There’s a Ren Faire about three hours away from me and I try to go every year. My last souvenir was a battle ready dagger. One year, I’ll be coming home with a double bladed battle axe…

  4. Southpaw says:

    How could you now go for the 50 year celebration?

    Love that steampunk watch.

  5. I haven’t been to one of these fairs in years, but I remember one I attended in Florida where there was a huge chess game in progress. The pieces were human participants in lovely costumes. Lots of fun to watch as the players called out the chess moves.

  6. Lee Ann says:

    Hey girl! Too bad I haven’t been able to go with you guys. :( I’ll go with you next year! :) :)

  7. Looks like an elaborate festival. I’ve only been to one many, many years ago.

  8. tara tyler says:

    i’ve been several times, even took my boys when they were little. they loved the jousting & games. those are cool pieces! wish i’d thought to get a trinket as thus!

  9. ~Sia McKye~ says:

    I used to go every year when we lived in California. I know there is one out here somewhere–I suspect up near St Louis, but I haven’t been since I moved back here.

    I really need to double check where it is. Same with the Scottish Highland Games event that I attended yearly in CA–partly because I was a competitor in the pipe competitions but I love the whole scene and miss it. :-)

  10. I’m so jealous… there’s nothing like that down in Australia… at least that I’m aware of… how cool, and loved your souvenirs.

  11. Kathleen says:

    Hey there
    Check my blog for May 20. There’s a little surprise for you there!

  12. jane says:

    I wish we had a ren faire around here. I went to one years ago and promptly bought a pattern for a dress and the promptly forgot about it, Love the steampunk watch piece.

  13. Mary says:

    Cool. I was so disappointed to miss the RenFair I planned to go to this past weekend. But I’ll get to a different one in July. I was at one years ago in Baltimore which was fantastic. Not only fun, but it’s research for an upcoming book.

  14. Bj says:

    I love the Ren Faire too and go every year as well. Thank you for stopping by Joy2Journey and leaving a comment. Nice to know you dropped by!!!

  15. deniz says:

    I’ve always wanted to attend one of these! Love the compass.

  16. I’ve been to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival and to the one in Kansas City also. I’ve loved them both! Such fun!!

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