Colorado Renaissance Festival is Here for Just TWO MORE Weekends!

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher July 22, 2019

The Colorado Renaissance Festival is one of my family's favorite summer traditions! From the turkey legs to the Joust to the unique vendors, we can't wait to experience it all.

What makes the Renaissance Festival so fantastic is that it is perfect for every age! When our kids were little, we spent our time in the Children's Realm in between the Joust tournaments. 

As they got a little older, the acrobats and jugglers enthralled them (and still do). Now they also get really excited about the food and the music! 

My husband and I have even attended without the kids (a #DateKnight, if you will 😉) and found it to be both fun and romantic.

One of the things I love most about the Renaissance Festival is that it's like a giant costume party, but no one cares if you don't dress up in the "appropriate" theme or even if you dress up at all. Wanna come as a zebra? Go ahead! Wanna wear combat boots, a kilt, body paint instead of a shirt, and steampunk sunglasses? Come on in! The only rule is to have fun!

There really is no other place you can go to experience all that the Renaissance Festival offers: delicious food, cold pints, animals, face painters and hair braiders, a variety of live entertainment, plus a chance to dress up and play pretend as you visit a time from long ago.

We love the Washing Well Wenches ... dirty women and good clean fun (mildly risque show).
The Joust is made up of three exciting tournaments that take place throughout the day.
The London Broil's 6:00 PM show is the most fun... they take audience suggestions for new tricks!
The educational and entertaining Endangered Cat Show features felines small and large.
Wilsome and his apprentice are amazing fire manipulators.
The Kamikaze Fireflies are unlike any other show we've seen.
Ride an elephant or a camel, or visit the petting zoo in the Children's Realm.
The King's Swing and other man-powered rides add to the fun!
Test your skills at ye old-fashioned carnival games.
Plus photo opps galore!

Be sure to leave room in your day to visit the artisan booths. There are over 200 shops with everything from roasted nuts (bought two packages!) and seasonings (stocked up at Ye Old Garlic Shoppe) to clothing and costumes. Some of the artisans have live demonstrations too. If you've never seen glass blown into a vase, it's pretty extraordinary!

Know Before You Go:

  • Bring sunscreen, especially if you plan to stay all day.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • If you need to bring a stroller, make sure it can handle uneven terrain, dirt, and grass.
  • Carry cash for tipping the performers (optional, but very appreciated). Also, most of the games and rides are on a cash basis. There is an ATM on site if needed.
  • Factory-sealed disposable water bottles or empty reusable water bottlers are permitted. There are water fountains near the privies (bathrooms) so you can refill as needed.
  • Consider bringing a spray bottle (for misting yourself) as well.

Don't miss your chance to experience the Colorado Renaissance Festival this summer — it's here for just two more weekends! Purchase and print your tickets online to save money and time. Parking is free.

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Disclaimer: I received four admission tickets for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.