The 24th annual Florida Renaissance Festival opened its 2016 season this past weekend with its crowd pleasing Swashbuckler’s and Siren’s Pirate themed days. Beautiful weather held for two of the three days of this President’s weekend and crowds were festive and fun.
Every year it becomes more apparent that our world of hassle and stress is in need of good escapist and immersive fun and the Renaissance festival is an ideal venue for an uninterrupted, entertaining good time. Once you enter that gate you are swallowed into an interactive experience that lets you leave the mundane day-to-day world behind and get as involved in the fantasy as you and your family choose. Some people come for the shopping, some for the beer, some for the music, and the magic and the comedy fun, and some look forward to that Turkey leg all year.
For those coming for the costumes, Pirate weekend is a treat because most people, regardless of their costume proclivities, have, at least, one item of pirate regalia. A headscarf, a striped shirt, even an eye patch from that Halloween ten years ago, reside in most of our wardrobes ready for a day at the fair. And, that’s a big part of what’s great about the current Renaissance Festival experience, the mix of costume involvement among the patrons. An eye-patch headscarf and striped T-shirt are just as much fun for one person, as a full-on 18th Century Colonial outfit is for another. There is no such thing as too little or too much in dressing your festival fun.
This coming, February 20-21 2016, is Vikings and Valkyries weekend. This another great opportunity for some fun mix-in costume fantasy since Vikings have a long history with a good deal of fantasy lore and magic in their legends and stories, all waiting to be costumes for the Renaissance Festival. Everything from tunics over jeans and boots to winged creatures of myth and legend are fashion choices to be encouraged. Whether your costume homage of choice is to historic or to television Vikings, it promises to be another great opportunity to dress-up the whole family for a staycation away from the daily grind of reality and into another world.
Here are 2016 remaining theme weekends for your costume and wardrobe planning:
Vikings and Valkyries – February 20 –21.
Fantasy and Adventure – February 26- 28.
Voyage to the Orient – March 5 – 6.
Kilts& Colleens – March 12 – 13.
Time Travelers’ Weekend – March 19 – 20.
Carnivale Masquerade – March 26 – 27 (Easter weekend).
And, as the festival administration reminds us,“While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year 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.