Downtown San Jose Presents

1st Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire

Event has passed (Sat Aug 6, 2011 - Sun Aug 7, 2011)
$12 - $17
City Events, Outdoor Festivals, Arts & Crafts, Family, Parks & Open Spaces


Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Guadalupe River Park, the festival is a chance for everyone - from the Shakespearean scholar to the casual observer - to take a step back in history. Non-stop entertainment will be provided on the streets by hundreds of colorfully costumed performers.

The faire will feature three stages of continuous entertainment, Queen Elizabeth's court, expertly staged battle scenes and theatrical performances, lively crafts marketplace, storytelling for children (and adults), belly dancers, musicians, archery and much more. There will be merchants selling a wide array of arts and craft including one of a kind jewelry items, woodcrafts, artwork, ceramics, clothing, hats and accessories and historic weapons.

Weekend's highlights include a professional jousting and acting troupe that will entertain the public with its whimsical theatrics, equestrian skills and jousting proficiency. The knights will competitions compete in duels on horseback twice daily. Contests will include spear throwing, ring spearing and cabbage cutting. And then, onlookers will be astounded by the action of the hard-hitting lance-splitting jousting.

Hundreds of pounds of man, horse and metal collide and do battle right before your eyes. It is almost guaranteed that a scuffle will break out between the battling knights, and just as surely the Queen will restore order.

Meet the likes of royals and rebels, pirates and peasants, ministers and merchants! Artisans and crafters will give demonstrations and lectures throughout each day on blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, bow-making, chainmail creating, and much more. Entertainment abounds, courtesy of nationally touring stage acts, musicians, singers, and more. Savory food and drink will satisfy your hunger and thirst. Best of shopping will be available at the shire. Shops will provide a bevy of handmade goods to purchase-from jewelry, pottery, clothing, and leather goods to swords, toys, and even lingerie. There is something for everyone at this year's San Jose Renaissance Faire!

Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The event is produced by Renaissance Productions, producers of such acclaimed events Valhalla Renaissance Faire, Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival and Folsom Renaissance Faire. The cost of admission is $17.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors, and children ages 6-12. Children under six are free.

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Guadalupe River Park and Gardens
715 Spring St
San Jose, CA
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