Nine & a Half Things to Do at Colorado Renaissance Festival

Haven’t made it to the Colorado Renaissance Festival this year? Well, what’s stopping you? It’s time to saddle up the pony and head out. While there, I highly recommend doing these nine and a half things.

1. Gnaw on a Turkey Leg

There’s something about gnawing on a turkey leg that’s highly satisfying. Vegetarians, you can gnaw on a roasted artichoke instead, although I guarantee that it’s not nearly as fun.

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2. Catch a Show

The Colorado Renaissance Show curates their shows carefully and they are all very good. This year, The Washing Well Wenches have moved to the big stage, formerly the home of Puke & Snot. This is a longtime favorite of mine it’s nice to see these funny, irreverent ladies rewarded for their hard work.

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Don’t miss Celtic Legacy – it’s a stage full of men in kilts – need I say more? Also, be sure to catch Acrobatrix. In their second year at the Renaissance Festival, These two acrobats take entertaining to new heights – literally.

3. People Watch

This year, I saw lots of princesses of all sizes and shapes, big-breasted pirates, Zelda, a Centaur, the Big Bad Wolf, and many miniature fairies. Who and what will you see at Colorado Renaissance Festival?

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4. Pet an Alpaca

If you’ve been reading HeidiTown for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of barnyard animals, so the petting zoo at Colorado Renaissance Festival is always on my must-do list. It’s not just for kids – it’s also for gals named Heidi.

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5. Tip a Bar Wench

Because hearing, “Huzzah to the Tipper” ringing out across the festival grounds gives me a warm fuzzy and it will give you one too.

6. Buy Something Shiny

It’s fun to shop at Colorado Ren Fest because you’ll find things here that you won’t find anywhere else. This year, I purchased a sparkly ankle bracelet that chimes whimsically when I walk which makes me happy.

7. Wield a Sword

This may be the one place left in the United States where you can freely wield a sword or other medieval weapon without being arrested. But please, be responsible and don’t ruin it for everyone by being a numbskull.

This is not a sword. :-)
This is not a sword.

8. Banter with a Performer (updated 2019)

Originally, when I wrote this in 2016, I used the word heckle. This word has been interpreted to mean bullying and putting performers at risk. This was NEVER my intention. Never. I love the Renaissance Festival and have the utmost respect for people who perform on the stages there.

However, feel free to banter with performers if they seem to be the bantering type. For example, The Washing Well Wenches encourage banter with the crowd.

Colorado Renaissance Festival 2016. HeidiTown (7)

9. Throw a Tomato

If you are easily offended, this may not be the game for you. After all, political correctness has not penetrated the walls of Colorado Renaissance Festival and if you throw like a girl, the Tomato Justice guys will tell you so. But who cares? If you manage to hit one of those smug dudes, it will be well-worth the insults.

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9½. Share a Pickle

For many years now, Ryan and I have shared a cold, crisp pickle at Colorado Renaissance Festival. Why do we share? I guess half a pickle is better than no pickle at all.

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The 43rd Annual Colorado Renaissance Festival is held in Larkspur, Colorado and runs June 15 through August 4, 2019. Visit the fest online at ColoradoRenaissance.com.

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15 Comments


  1. Yes! All of these things and more! I can’t wait to go!

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  2. It may seem like you’re joining in on the fun, but no performers likes to be heckled. It screws up the rhythm of the show and is really just a distraction. That’s not to say that some shows aren’t interactive and welcome participation, but you’ll know when they ask for your input,

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    1. Thanks for coming to HeidiTown, Wes. By the way, that’s my little brother’s name!

      In no way to I endorse rude heckling, but I find that the majority of performers at Ren Fest want people to heckle in a funny way. By no means should people be rude, but a good ribbing of a performer is welcomed! After all, a lot of the performers heckle the crowd! I’ve been going to this festival for nearly 20 years (my husband has been going even longer). I think a funny heckle is what Ren Fest is all about.

      But I reiterate that rude or mean heckles are never welcomed in any situation.

      Also, I might add that heckling a musical performer is just weird, but the Washing Wenches? They start the silly heckling!

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  3. Playing along with performers is great or interacting with us, but honestly, we don’t really appreciate being heckled.

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  4. Yeah, your suggestion #8 isn’t a good one and you should very much rethink that. As performers we often do invite interaction at certain points in our show but the key word there is “invite”. We’re very clear when we want audience input. The fact that you believe the majority of the performers want patrons to heckle “in a funny way” tells me that you’ve been to shows where incredibly talented and gracious performers have patiently braved such heckling and tried their very best to not let it interfere with their show, or let their irritation show. You may think it’s funny, but I can guarantee you that many performers will be thinking “Oh great, its one of those people!” and doing their best to shut you down or ignore you.

    If you don’t believe us, I’d recommend putting together and auditioning your own show and try the experience from the other side of the stage.

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  5. Hi. I’m a professional performer at Renaissance festivals nationwide. Performers DO 👏 NOT 👏 WANT 👏 TO 👏 BE 👏 HECKLED. Literally NONE OF US want that. It screws up the rhythm of the show and it majorly hinders our tips, which is a huge part of our livelihood. You should be ashamed of yourself for including such a harmful “tip” in this article.

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    1. I appreciate the feedback from performers.

      Perhaps I need to rethink the word “heckle” as it appears to have a negative connotation.

      In no way would I want an audience member to insult a performer or screw up their rhythm.

      I am intrigued to see that I should be ashamed of myself. Wow. That’s a bit harsh I think. I am a true fan of the people I see perform at Ren Fest and have great respect for anyone who puts themselves on a stage (including writers).

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    2. Notice how all of us who work these renaissance festivals all agree on thing? I do think our daily year after year living and breathing renaissance festivals year round has seniority over your 20 year much appreciated visitation. Do NOT heckle performers unless they openly engage you in banter. Thank you.

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    3. As an employee, performer, business manager and sword performer at Renaissance festival countrywide, I cannot express how dangerous your advice to “wield” a weapon or actively heckle performers is.
      That is entirely unacceptable and constitutes very poor reporting and irresponsible journalism.
      I hope you manage to increase your standards of content generation in order to stay relevant. I know several, including myself, who would happily give you a much safer, more realistic and smarter list than the one tossed out here.

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      1. Wow. Seems many performers specialize in beating a dead horse! LOL OK I’m sure on this article written 13 years ago, the author gets the point of your opinions. Have a happier day going forward. 🤷‍♀️✌🏻

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        1. I sincerely hope someone writes an article encouraging people to endanger you at your job. If he truly understood what we are telling him and took it to heart he would remove the section of the article where he encourages people to endanger us, but he clearly has learned nothing and neither have you.

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  6. Oh the nostalgia of reading your post of the Colorado Renaissance Festival. We will miss it again this year.

    I think some big stage performers are making their voices heard louder than the average performer that many patrons enjoy engaging with. I agree that “heckle” might be a bit harsh, but understood that you meant, you better come prepared with some “zingers” or “comebacks” to get the most out of your immersive experience. I think the Tomato Justice people set the mood of “heckling” and we all know it is in good fun. In fact, I bet if we interviewed all the performers, (servers, sellers, jugglers, wenches, comedians, etc.) they would offer a vastly different opinion than the few comments above. Maybe some of the prima donna performers need to tone down their critique and learn more about their audience.
    Although I do agree with the update, engage, interact, have zingers ready, heckle, whatever you call it, immerse yourself into the experience and have some fun!

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  7. I am a big fan and looking forward to it this year! I get the message you are putting out and I like the list, though I really don’t agree with number 9.5.

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