Now in its 28th year, the Florida Renaissance Festival takes thing back—way back, to the time of lords and ladies of 16th century, in Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. The festival runs every weekend through March 22 from 10am to sunset.
Florida Renaissance Festival
Full of entertainment, arts and crafts, rides, and games, it’s a unique, family-friendly way to spend the day. From comedy and magic to sword fighting and musical performances, the live shows offer a little something for everyone, including a twice-daily pub crawl led by costumed guides. And speaking of getting dressed up, there are themed costume weekends throughout the festival that encourage attendees to go all out. There are Vikings, Time Travelers, and Heroes and Villains.
Activities include axe throwing, ziplining, archery, balloon fencing, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and more. Plus, new for this year is a pirate adventure on the water. It’s a kayaking experience that challenges you to find the hidden treasure on Lake Ruby. There are also authentic demonstrations of trebuchets, live steel fighting, and joust safety.
If you prefer to take in a show, the festival has a packed daily schedule with Irish dancers, poetry readings, and madrigal singers, among many others.
It wouldn’t be a proper festival without classic ren faire food. We’re talking giant turkey legs, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips. Plus, there are all sorts of international specialties like noodle bowls, fajitas, stuffed grape leaves, and more.
Before you head out, make sure to check out the artisan crafts and wares for sale. With more than 100 vendors, it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your day at the festival.
Single-day tickets for the Florida Renaissance Festival are $27.50 for those ages 12 and over, $11.50 for children ages 6–11, and free for children ages 5 and under.