Scoundrels on skateboards, begone! Fie upon Facebook and good morrow to jesters, jousters, squires and Shakespeare! For the first time ever, the Renaissance Faire is coming to San Jose. From August 6 to 7, Guadalupe River Park will transform into a replica of Tudor England, complete with traveling minstrels, daring knights, and oversize turkey legs.
Around 100 artisans will be onsite hawking their wares and giving demonstrations. Visitors can learn the basics of making chainmail, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving and more.
Like any Renaissance Faire worth its weight in gold, the festival will feature a full-contact jousting tournament where bold knights on horseback risk their necks to vie for the queen’s favor.
Says Marti Miernik, co-founder of Renaissance Productions, “We’re proud to bring this terrific Renaissance Faire to the San Jose community. Guadalupe River Park is a beautiful location, perfect for the faire, a portal where visitors can escape the modern world and enter a kingdom of a very different era… even if just for a short while.”
Gates open at 10am and close at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. As a way to give back to the community, Renaissance Productions is offering a $2 discount on adult tickets to visitors that bring a can of food to the faire. Adult tickets are $17. Tickets for seniors and children 6 to 12 cost $12, while tickets for children under 6 are free.