The Florida Renaissance Festival celebrates its 24th year with an unprecedented seven theme-filled weekends. The Florida Renaissance Festival will take place from February 13 to March 27, at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park.
This year’s Florida Renaissance Festival celebrates and honors those scholars and thinkers from around the world who led the revival of classical learning and wisdom.
For the 2016 season, a variety of fan favorite acts and performances includes something for everyone. Jay and Abby Michaels are The Harper and The Minstrel, who combine their alto and baritone voices with the soothing sounds of harp and flute.
Trash or Treasure will provide an interactive experience by acting out scrambled stories with the help of children and adults of all ages.The Kelly Irish Dancers will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.
The Duelists will combine comedy and sword fighting. Using only whistling and hand gestures to communicate, Moonie The Magnificent will perform magic and comedy.
Captain Red Swash Rogers and Mr. Buckle will perform pirate comedy and sword fighting in Buckle & Swash. The Cobblestone Characters travel around and interact with patrons throughout the day with their antics.
New to the Florida Renaissance Festival is the eighth generation equestrian dynasty Caroline Williams’ Liberty Horse Act.
2016 Theme Weekends:
Swashbucklers & Sirens Weekend – February 13 – 15: This Pirate-themed weekend unearths the mysteries of the sea as sirens lure sailors and pirates alike with their enchanting music and voices. Open President’s Day, February 15.
Vikings and Valkyries – February 20 – 21: Enter the mythical world of Valhalla where Valkyries rule over fallen warriors. These powerful war goddesses can stand toe-to-toe with the huge, bearded barbarians in fur tunics and horned helmets that we call Vikings.
Fantasy and Adventure – February 26- 28: Adventurers bring myriad works of magic, imagination and fantasy to this weekend’s events. Enter a world where dragons fly, wizards cast spells and mystical characters come to life.
Voyage to the Orient – March 5 – 6: This Orient-themed weekend is making its second appearance in the Florida Renaissance Festival. This weekend brings us to the Far East to experience the sights and sounds of Shogun, Samurai, and the unbroken Ming dynasty that ruled China for almost 300 years.
Kilts & Colleens – March 12 – 13: Celebrate the luck of the Irish with Scottish and Celtic traditions – bagpipes a’blarin’ – during this uniquely themed weekend.
Time Travelers’ Weekend – March 19 – 20: This weekend is dedicated to adventurers across the millennia. Bring your brassies Victorian “gears” on “Steampunk Saturday.” On Sunday, the village opens itself up to time traveling pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires.
Carnivale Masquerade – March 26 – 27 (Easter weekend): During our Carnivale Masquerade weekend, unleash your inhibitions behind the anonymity of delicately detailed masks, historic costumes and intriguing disguises.
The Florida Renaissance Festival at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park will be open weekends beginning February 13 from 10 a.m. to sunset until March 27. Open President’s Day, February 15.
Prices range from $21 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $75 and group ticket rates are also offered. Discount tickets also available at Walgreens.
Guests are encouraged to enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era, or participate in one of the festival’s special themed weekends by dressing up as their favorite pirate, time traveler, fairy, or fantasy character.
For tickets and more information visit: www.ren-fest.com.