The 34th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival, July 21 & 22
San Luis Obispo, California
The Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns to San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park on July 21 & 22 with over 800 costumed entertainers and four stages of live entertainment.
Entertainment director Rick Smith of Cambria says that there are over 25 acts performing, including plays, comedy skits, juggling, singing, music, dance shows, Shakespeare, acrobatics, a parrot act, and free-flying falconry.
We welcome families and have a pirate ship where kids can come aboard and learn swashbuckling with balloon swords.” He adds, “We also have a juggling school, fencing lessons, archery and a magic show just for kids.” Smith says there is also a daily costume contest for children, and every entry get’s a keepsake. On Sunday there’s a treasure hunt.
Laguna Lake Park is a beautiful site between Cerro San Luis Obispo (Madonna Mountain) and Laguna Lake. The enchanting forest of pine and eucalyptus trees at the far end of the park is the setting for the village of Tilbury. Festival organizers will spend the week before the festival turning the forest into a village, complete with soaring watchtowers, village walls, four stages, banners, shields and buildings to emulate a village in Renaissance England. Public parking is onsite at Laguna Lake Park.
Vendor coordinator, Barbara Shrum of Grover Beach, says that there will be a variety of food and beverage vendors with many appetizing food options, along with beer, ale, wine, and honey mead. “We’ll have over 60 vendors offering costumes, crafts, and artwork.” She explains that shopping at the festival will be a unique experience as the vendors are selling wares that could have existed in England in the late 1500’s.
While costumes are not required of festival guests, Shrum explains, should they wish to get into the spirit, there are vendors who can help them with everything from period hats to shoes and anything in between. “Participants wanting to be pampered can get their hair braided or get a henna tattoo. If they’re inspired by the Queen’s call to arms, they can purchase leather goods, armor, or swords, or if they’re just looking to wet their whistle in historical fashion, tankards and goblets are for sale as well. There’s really something for everyone.”
The festival opens at 10 AM each day with a parade and ends at 6 PM with another parade. More information is available at CCRenFaire.com.