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Renaissance Festivals located in the United States
Keeping the Renaissance Fair data updated is a never-ending task. New ones pop up and old ones cancel. Some stay but change the time of year, etc.
If there is a fair that I have missed, please use the Contact Form to let me know. All I need is the state and faire name. It will take you less than a minute!
This is an alphabetical list of the Renaissance Festivals in the United States.
The “Schedule Announced” is as of the date I last checked their website. As I said, things change.
You should click on the website link to confirm whether the faire information has been updated on their website.
In the map below, markers in RED are faires that have not updated any information for the current year. GREEN markers show faires that have updated their dates for the current year.
If the website is missing, it’s because when I tried to gather the information, the website was down.
Renfaires in the United States
|Festival Name||Schedule announced for this year||Festival Website URL|
|Age of Chivalry Festival||permanently cancelled||http://www.lvrenfair.com/|
|Agoura Renaissance Pleasure Faire||yes||https://renfair.com/socal/the-faire/|
|Alabama Renaissance Faire||yes||https://www.alrenfaire.org/|
|All Hallows Fantsay Faire||no||http://www.allhallowsfaire.com/|
|Alls Faire||yes||Alls Faire|
|Annual Harvest Faire||no||Annual Harvest Faire|
|Arizona Renaissance Festival||no||https://arizona.renfestinfo.com/|
|Arizona Scottish Gahering||no|
|Bay Area Renaissance Festival||no||https://www.bayarearenfest.com/|
|Big Bear Renaissance Faire||no||https://www.bigbearrenfaire.org/|
|Brevard Renaissance Fair||yes||https://brevardrenaissancefair.com/|
|Bristol Renaissance Faire||no||https://renfair.com/bristol/|
|Camelot Days Medieval Festival||no||https://camelotdays.com/|
|Canterbury Renaissance Faire||yes||https://canterburyfaire.com/|
|Carolina Renaissance Festival||yes|
|Cautthroats of Corona Pyrates Festival|
|Celtic Festival & Highland Games||yes||Celtic Festival & Highland Games|
|Celtic Flign and Highland Games||yes||Celtic Fling and Highland Games|
|Central Coast Renaissance Festival||yes||https://ccrenfaire.com/|
|Central Missouri Renaissance Festival||yes|
|Clifornia City Renaissance Festival||permanently cancelled|
|Colorado Renaissance Festival||yes||https://coloradorenaissance.com/|
|Connecticut Renaissance Faire (Fall)||yes||https://ctfaire.com/|
|Door County Fantasy Renaissance Faire||permanently cancelled||Door Co. Renaissance|
|Eastport Pirate Festival||no||Eastport Pirate Festival|
|Estrella War||yes||Estrella War XXX|
|Fairy Festival||yes||Fairy Festival|
|Florida Renaissance Festival – Deerfield Beach||no||http://www.ren-fest.com/|
|Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire||yes||Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire|
|Gasparilla Pirate Festival||y||Gasparilla Pirate Festival|
|Georgia Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.garenfest.com/|
|Grand Lake Renaissance Festival||yes|
|Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace||no||website not woking|
|Great Plains Renaissance Festivals||yes|
|Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire||yes||http://www.stlrenfest.com/|
|Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire||yes||Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire|
|Gulf Wars XXIV||yes||Gulf Wars XXIV|
|Gulfport Faerie Festival||yes||Gulfport Faerie Festival|
|Heavener Runestone Viking Festival||yes|
|Hoggetowne Medieval Faire||yes|
|Iowa Renaissance Festiva||no||Iowa Renaissance Festival|
|Kansas City Renaissance Festival||yes||http://www.kcrenfest.com/|
|Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.kyrenfaire.com/|
|King Richard’s Faire||no||https://kingrichardsfaire.net/|
|Koroneburg Renaissance Festival||no|
|Lakewood Lions Charity Renaissance Faire||yes|
|Lilies War XXVII||yes||Lilies War XXVII|
|Longs Peak Scottish/Irish||yes||Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Festival|
|Louisiana Renaissance Festival||no||https://www.larf.net/|
|Maryland Renaissance Festival||yes||https://rennfest.com/|
|Medieval Faire at Norman||yes||Medieval Faire at Norman|
|Michigan Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.michrenfest.com/|
|Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival||yes|
|Middlefaire Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.middlefest.com/|
|Midlands Pirate Festival||no||Midlands Pirate Festival|
|Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire||yes||https://www.mfrenfaire.com/|
|Minnesota Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.renaissancefest.com/|
|Mobile Renaissance Faire||no|
|Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival||n|
|New Hampshire Renaissance Faire||no||https://www.nhrenfaire.com/|
|New Jersey Renaissance Faire||yes||http://www.njrenfaire.com/|
|New York Renaissance Faire||yes|
|North Carolina Renaissance Faire||permanently cancelled||North Carolina Ren Faire|
|Northern California Renaissance Faire||yes|
|Northwest Renaissance Festival||permanently cancelled||Northwest Renaissance Festival|
|Ohio Renaissance Festival||no||https://www.renfestival.com/|
|Oklahoma Renaissance Festival||no|
|Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering||no|
|Pennsic Wars||no||Pennsic Wars|
|Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire||yes||http://www.parenfaire.com/|
|Pirate Fest||yes||Pirate Fest|
|Pirate Fest Las Vegas||yes||http://www.piratefestlv.com/|
|Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival||yes||https://pittsburghrenfest.com/|
|Ren in the Glen Faire||yes||Ren in the Glen Faire|
|Renaissance Festival of Nebraska||yes||https://renfestnebraska.com/|
|Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California||no|
|Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire|
|Robin Hoods Faire (Spring)||yes||https://robinhoodsfaire.com/|
|Santa Fe Renaissance Faire||no||Santa Fe Renaissance Faire|
|Sarasota Medieval Fair||yes|
|Scarborough Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.srfestival.com/|
|Sherwood Forest Faire||yes|
|Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire||yes||Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire|
|Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival||no|
|Siouxland Renaissance Festival||no||https://www.siouxlandrenfest.com/|
|Sonora Celtic Faire||yes||Sonora Celtic Faire|
|Southampton Renaissance Festival||no|
|Spokane Renaissance Faire||no||Spokane Renaissance Faire|
|Spring Escondido Renaissance Faire||yes|
|St. Andrew’s Highland Games||yes||St. Andrew’s Highland Games|
|Sterling Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.sterlingfestival.com/|
|Stone Mountain Highland Games||n||Stone Mountain Highland Games|
|Tennessee Renaissance Festival||no||http://www.tnrenfest.com/|
|Texas Renaissance Festival||yes||https://www.texrenfest.com/|
|Three Barons Renaissance Faire||no||https://3barons.org/|
|Two Rivers Renaissance Faire||no||https://www.tworiversfaire.com/|
|Tybee Island Pirate Fest||yes||Tybee Island Pirate Fest|
|Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire||yes||https://utahrenfaire.org/|
|Valhalla Renaissance Faire||no||https://www.valhallafaire.com/|
|Virginia Renaissance Faire||no||http://varf.org/|
|Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire||yes||https://washingtonfaire.com/|
|Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire||yes|
|Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival||yes|
|Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire||no|
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Especially humans traveling in groups.
Stealth and caution were second nature to her now, and she was pissed at herself for loading up the backpack with more weight than she could easily carry at a full run.
She flung the pack into the undergrowth of a once meticulous garden, making a mental note of the enormous red tip photinia which camouflaged the bundle in a leafy shroud. She hoped to be alive the next day to retrieve it.
She clambered up the fence, finding a toehold on a warped plank, and squirmed over the top. A silver fingernail of a moon did little to illuminate the backyard. Weak starlight reflected off the inky surface of a half-empty, kidney-shaped swimming pool. Her Nikes gripped the concrete deck as she skirted the murky water and made a beeline for the back of the yard that was, of course, separated from its neighbor by a privacy fence. It was a tall one too — a full ten feet. There were no bushes or trees to use for leverage either. She scanned the area for anything that might serve as a step ladder.
Of all the yards she could have chosen for her escape, she’d picked one with a damn ten-foot fence.
Her heart raced from the sprint, but not from panic. Gone was the young woman from a year ago, the full-time floundering college dropout and part-time surly Starbucks barista who spent too much time reading books and not enough time looking for a job that would allow her to move out of her parents’ house. She was too smart for her own good, everyone had told her. She should have taken that secretarial position in North Dallas, but she would have lost her sanity in that environment. The tedious filing, the ringing phones, the office politics — in other words, hell on earth for a girl with an IQ over a hundred and fifty.
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