For six weekends a year the monarchy reigns in Southern California and lords and ladies take over a piece of L.A. County real estate for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. The festivities begin April 6, 2013 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, with early bird ticket rates through March 31.
Hundreds of costumed reenactors set up period encampments. Dozens of musical, theatrical and dance acts perform on multiple stages. Merchandise and food vendors are in keeping with the times. Queen Elizabeth and her court parade daily to watch the knights compete in jousting matches.
If you haven't had enough living history, the merriment continues at the Koroneburg European Old World Festival in May and June. The Koroneburg Festival is a reenactment of Germany between 1450 and 1600 in the permanent renaissance village at Crossroads Riverview Park. The fictional Baron Heinrich von Lauffer hosts the event on his estate along the Rhine River (Santa Ana River). Reenactors, performers and vendors will recreate the time.
When: Weekends, May 11 - June 16, 2013
Hours: Saturdays 11 am - 7 pm, Sundays 11 am - 6 pm, open until 9 pm May 25 and June 15
Where: Koroneburg Village at Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA
Cost: $18 Adults, $15 Children 5-11 and seniors 62+, $12 military with ID, under 5 free, Weekend Pass $25 ($20 seniors/ children/military). Advance ticket discount coupon and group discounts on the website.
Parking: Free, preferred parking for a fee. Free camper or RV camping for the weekend. No tents.
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com