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Valhalla Renaissance Faire Celebrates 21st Anniversary At South Lake Tahoe

May 7, 2015

Queen of England, ambassadors from foreign lands and juggling jesters, winsome wenches, lords and ladies, knight of horseback, squires and simpletons. They aren't just the stuff of fairy tales. They'll gather May 30-31 and June 5-6-7- for South Lake Tahoe's favorite festival, the 23rd annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire. Be a part of history and come in costume, or come as you are and immerse yourself in games, theater and splendid Renaissance marketplace.


Drawing more then 8,000 visitors, the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is a unique entertainment experience and an extraordinary outing for children. The festival includes real jousting sessions and full armored combat between knights, along with culinary delicacies, craft demonstrations, ancient music, dance and comedy. Patrons will participate in archery, javelin throws, fencing, and fantastic costume contests. Activities for the children will include games, crafts, a petting zoo, puppet shows and storytelling, not to mention meeting Queen Elizabeth herself.


The Valhalla Renaissance Faire recreates a renaissance village on festival weekends and includes a merchant marketplace with nearly 100 unique merchants and crafters with amazing wares for sale, from jewelry, to leather corsets, swords, pewter cups, aromatic oils, soaps, wooden hangings and so fourth. A scrumptious selection of food and delicious variety of drink will be on sale to satisfy your belly and quench your thirst. 


The show will feature many famous and well loved characters from Shakespeare's plays. Master Shakespeare himself will be on site, yet again in the midst of one of his plays, the Midsummer Night's Dream this time, and looking for inspiration for his upcoming work. Could you be his Titania, Oberon, Lysander or Hermia? Don on an outfit and find out!   


Imperial Knights will yet again showcase their amazing horsemanship skills in the joust. Imagine, war horses tossing their heads nervously and stamping the ground at either end of the jousting field. Each holds a hefty 12-foot lance leveled at an opponent  across the field. With a signal from the marshal and a roar from the crowd, the horses launch at each other, breaking from a standstill into a full stride within seconds.  As they converge with a thunder of hooves and a blur of color, the knights grip their lances tightly and brace for the impact. It comes with a loud splintering of wood and a massive shock to the chest. And the crowd goes wild.   


Two weekends of fun & excitement for the whole family!!!


First Weekend:
Scottish invasion! The first weekend is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, music and magic for your whole family. Inspire your children to learn about Shakespeare or the Renaissance by dressing up for the weekend. Enter Costume contests, play tons of games and get drenched too at the court of St. Aidens.


Second Weekend:
Pirate and Barbarian Hordes invade the festivities on the second weekend. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in Scavenger Hunts, Costume contests, and a Talk Like a Pirate Competitions. 


Valhalla Renaissance Faire

WHEN: May 30-31 and June 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.(sat) 5 p.m. (sun) rain or shine  / June 5 from 10:00am-2:00pm

WHERE: Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, CA


COST: Adult $18, $13 for seniors, military, ages 13-17, $8 for children 6-12 Under 6 no charge.


FEATURES include:

* Come as you are or dress as a princess, knight, or pirate

* Enjoy a wide variety of activities for kids.

* Experience more than 40 hours of live entertainment daily on four stages

* Explore the largest selection or Renaissance-themed crafters in South Lake Tahoe.

* Feast upon a savory assortment of exotic food & drink fit for a king and queen.

* Interact with one of the largest stage & street casts.

* Witness amazing jousting battles and combat like it was done by knights over 400 years ago.

FOR MORE INFO: please visit

*Rain or shine* Costumes encouraged!* Real weapons must be peace-tied at the gate* No animals allowed except in medical service roles*

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