Where can you see a juggler, a magician and a guy dressed as barbarian – eat steak on a stick, a turkey leg and wash it down with ice cold hard cider – ride a camel, try your hand at shooting a bow, tossing an ax or throwing a tomato, and carry a sword, ax or bow without being incarcerated?
This is the last weekend of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where you can do all the above-mentioned activities, plus, shop till you drop. From high end artisan products to rocks labeled as dragon bones – you can even buy a pet shoulder monkey, complete with realistic movements and purple fur, all sold to you by a shopkeeper with a horrifically butchered English accent.
We’ve been going to Renaissance Festival for eight straight years. Growing up in Littleton, Colorado, my husband also attended the festival as a kid (after all, this festival is in its 33rd year). In my opinion, if you can’t have fun at the Renaissance Festival, I don’t know where you could ever have fun.
The festival is held in Larkspur, Colorado and runs for eight straight weekends, starting in June. This Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m. The event is held rain or shine, and discounted tickets are available at King Soopers stores. For more information, visit the festival at www.coloradorenaissance.com.
Heidi’s helpful tip:
1. Get there when the gates open. There are less crowds in the a.m. and this makes for a better shopping experience.
2. The petting zoo isn’t just for kids.
3. Don’t miss the Washing Wenches show.
4. Don’t be afraid to be silly and try silly things. Believe me, no matter how many times you fall off the rope ladder, you will not look as silly as the fat guy dressed as a Viking complete with a skull balanced atop his head.
The Washing Wenches, the funniest show at the festival.
All photos by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.