Ohio renaissance festivals and faires are a great place to show off your handmade medieval garb and accessories. These are listed by date they occur. Dates are not exact because they change every year, check the official festival websites for exact dates, times and admission rates.
In the 2008 season, I spent part of the summer behind the scenes at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. I met a lot of independent artisans, wore renaissance garb and bought lots of handmade goodies. This is a great festival with lots of entertainment and vendors to enjoy.
- When: First Saturday in April
South Oval of the Ohio State University
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The Council for the Medieval and Renaissance Faire is a student-run organization at The Ohio State University. Its purpose is to organize and help put on the Medieval and Renaissance Faire at Ohio State and the Madrigal Feast.
- When: July-August
3033 St Rt 534
Geneva, Ohio 44041
get a map to this festival.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is a shaded, 13th century family fun theme park filled with fine continuous entertainment, juried crafts and artisans, rides and interactive games, and foods fit for a King. Step back in time to an age of romance and chivalry, where brave knights battle on the open jousting field for the favor of the Queen, fair damsels, and the roaring crowd. Join King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table as they visit the village of Avaloch for a day of Celebration and Festivities!
Find renaissance festivals in your state or in the neighboring states, or plan a weekend of costume fun on a medieval vacation across the country. This map of U.S. renaissance festivals will help you in your quest.
We want to see what you wore and what you plan to wear to the next renaissance faire. Tell us... was it handmade? Who made it? Did you add your own touches to an existing piece bought at a renaissance faire? We already know ren folk aren't shy, so it's time to upload ye olde photos!
There are people from all walks of life who attend renaissance festivals, and that calls for a lot of crazy costuming. Find out what is generally appropriate and learn how to create some of your own renaissance festival 'garb'.
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