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Huzzah! Renn Fest celebrating 25 years

The Florida Renaissance Festival is a treasure trove of activities for children and families.

Talk about having history: The Florida Renaissance Festival celebrates its 25th season this year from Feb. 11 to March 26 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.

The festival is a treasure trove of activities for children and families, with a Kid’s Kingdom and storytelling, plays, sword fighting, jousts, horses, knights, magic and music throughout the festival.

Families can dress up as Renaissance royalty, pirates, fairies or knights and join in the fun from 10 a.m. to sunset every Saturday and Sunday.

An aerial high-wire show by The Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean is joining the festival this year, and many crowd favorites are returning. Pirates shoot cannons, mounted knights joust and falconers show off the talents of their winged friends several times a day during the fest’s seven weekends.

Each weekend has a different theme, including (in order) Pirates’ Weekend, Time Travelers’ Weekend (which includes Presidents Day on Feb. 20), Masquerade, Wenches, Taste of FLARF (Florida Renaissance Festival), Celtic Weekend, and Vikings and Barbarians.

Feb. 18-19 are also South Florida Parenting Kids Fun Pass days, so kids ages 6-11 with a Fun Pass get in free with a paid adult admission (a $9 value).  And on Presidents Day, Feb. 20, all kids under 12, senior citizens and teachers with ID get in free before noon.

Inside the festival, the shows and performances are free, and they are scheduled on multiple stages throughout the event.

The fair’s vendors are entertaining as well, with glass blowing demonstrations, interactive candle making and Florida wine tastings. Themed encampments give visitors a closer look at various aspects of Renaissance life.

Prices are $21 for adults at the gate and $9 for ages 6 to 11. Ages 5 and under are free. Discount tickets are sold at Walgreens, and season passes are sold online. Get tickets and information at ren-fest.com. Florida Renaissance Festival is also on Facebook, on Twitter @FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The Florida Renaissance Festival’s Scout Program is a great way to get children involved in the history of the era. Troops with a minimum of six Scouts can print the program booklet at home and do not need reservations to participate in the day of activities designed just for them. ren-fest.com/events/scout-program/

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