One of my favorite yearly events that take place in the Los Angeles area is the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale.
Since I love this event so much, I have put together a massive photo post to highlight the features of the event.
Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale
If you wonder what the Renaissance Faire is, well, it is a reenactment of an Elizabethan Era market faire. Around 800 actors and actresses portray the dress found during the life of Elizabeth I. The costumes are not limited to the England Renaissance period. Scots, Germans, Italians, Spaniards and Arabs are also represented. In addition, there is several representation of imaginary characters (tree spirits, fairies, etc.).
The Irwindale Faire is the first and original one (other states have their own faires nowadays).
Of course there is more than costumes. Every corner of the place is filled with a piece of the past. It is a wonderful event for the entire family (and for history lovers too).
With so many actors, there is the possibility of observing the dress of many social classes and cultures. The event has grown into a big costume party. The majority of the attendees dress in period costumes too (and some do a very good job). The actors and actresses are identified with a paper badge.
Imagine entering a place where you are transported to the past. Different areas of the faire grounds are converted into typical scenes of past centuries. For example, you can find the blacksmiths, woodworkers and tailor’s areas. There are reenactments of a banquet for the queen and of a battle between English and Scots.
The place is filled with old and contemporary music acts. Faire assistants forget that is not October and dress up n their own costumes. In summary, every corner is a delight for the eyes.
Enough of words. Get prepared for a trip to the past!
Renaissance Pleasure Faire Details
- The faire takes place in the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area (located about 20 miles of Downtown Los Angeles.
- The faire takes place Saturday and Sundays from April to mid-May.
- For discounted tickets, take a look at GoldStar, TravelZoo or Groupon.
- There is not a lot of shade at the event location. Go well protected for the blazing sun.
- The event gets really crowded. The lines to enter the parking lot can get insanely long. Thankfully there are police officers and staff controlling the entire process. However, try to visit early or after 1:00 to avoid the worst traffic conditions.
- Food and drinks are expensive onsite. Bags and purses are checked at the entrance but I do not think there is any problem with bringing a bottle of water and some small snacks.
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