35th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival

35th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival

Huzzah!!! This Saturday marks the start of the Arizona Renaissance Festival which has been going on for 35 years. There is no better place this time of year to wander nearly 50 acres to get inspiration from. Whether it be from the artisans that come from all over the country selling their wares to the daring acts from performers on multiple stages; I always find something that catches my eye and hopefully you will too. Now, let’s get down to the basics.

Location: 12601 US-60, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118

Dates & Time:  February 4th – April 2nd, 2023, Saturdays, and Sundays (Including Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 20th) 10 am to 6 pm Come Rain or Shine (And they really mean that! Here at The Beading Gemini, we had experienced many sudden downpours at Gold Canyon).

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults – $34
  • Children aged 5-12 – $22
  • Children 4 and under – Free
  • Seniors – $32

Purchasing your tickets online will get you a discounted rate and Presidents’ Day in the past have been buy one admission get one free.

Military Discounts (Require Military ID)

  • Military Discount for Adults – $32
  • Military Discount for Children 5-12 – $20

There are also group and business rates, please check the website for additional details.

Season Passes

There also are Season Pass tickets if one day is simply not enough!

  • Sir Lancelot Pass – $255 (includes VIP parking and admission to all festival days for ages 13 and up)
  • The Royal Season Pass – $215 (admission to all festival days ages 13 and up)
  • Squire Season Pass – $120 (admission to all festival days for ages 5 – 12)

Parking is Free

Getting into the grounds can be a wait as traffic can be long due to the remote area where the renaissance festival is located. Start early and be prepared, there may be a line to get in and out.

The Pleasure Feast

The is an eating experience that has two start times 12 pm and 2:30 pm. The Pleasure Feast is by online reservation and cost $100 but that includes your $34 admission fee. You will be served 5 courses of food and drink with a limited-edition toasting goblet as your souvenir. Additionally, the dinner is accompanied by live entertainment.


The Themed weekends

  • February 4 & 5 Opening Weekend
  • February 11 & 12 Renaissance and Romance Weekend
  • February 18, 19 & 20 Royalty Weekend (The Queen’s Birthday)
  • February 25 & 26 Time Travelers Weekend
  • March 4 & 5 Pirates and Brewfest Weekend
  • March 11 & 12 Wizards and Wonder Weekend
  • March 18 & 19 Celtic Weekend & Artisan Appreciation
  • March 25 & 26 Commedia Dell’Arte – Celebrating Theater Weekend
  • April 1 & 2 Fool’s Masquerade Weekend


The Vendor Experience

This festival is a feast for not only the taste buds but also the eyes and ears. There are well over 200 vendors at this event selling everything from fine crafted leather goods to garlic infused foods. With the temperate weather of Arizona many of the vendors use this event to escape the colder winter temperature at home. Since this festival starts in February it is also the starting point of the season for Renaissance festivals around the country.


In the 25 years that I have been attending this event I would have to say the greatest addition made was the installation of indoor bathrooms. Many years ago, there was only one set of indoor facilities, and it was way at the front of the venue, not conducive to a full day of wondering and eating. Some sage advice would be to use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat as there is shade there, but the afternoon sun can be brutal. It has been known to rain during the day and the shows will go on if there is no lightning. All of the stage shows are free, but the performers do accept tips and will sell their acts merchandise.  Most of the shows are interactive and some even bring up audience members to make each performance one of a kind. Some newer additions to the property have been a mermaid tank and a pirate venue.

I suggest you start early, take your time, grab a turkey leg, and enjoy this truly unique Arizona experience. I will post pictures of our day at the festival in the near future.





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