Renaissance festival a guild of a good time


By Caroline Fontein

Whether you’re a fan of creative anachronism or you just want to sink your teeth into a giant turkey drum stick, the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas caters to all forms of medieval merriment. Now in its 18th year, the festival continues to lure knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches from around the world.

Due to the renovation of Sunset Park, where the festival is usually held, this year the faire will be held at Silver Bowl Park at 6800 E. Russell Road on Oct. 7 – 9. The festival hours are as follows: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun.

Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors and children ages 5 to 12, ages 4 and younger are free. Three-day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children, ages 5 to 12, and seniors, ages 55 and older. VIP Passes are available for $50 per person, which includes a three-day pass, an event T-shirt, event poster, access to a private VIP parking lot close to the entrance, plus discounted beverages at the Miller VIP booth (must be 21+).

At the festival guests get to step back in time about 400 years and experience what life might have been like in people_sizedElizabethan England. This festival features an exciting mix of live stage entertainment; jousting tournaments; historical re-enactments; artisans peddling their wares; a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors and peasants; camel rides; horse rides; authentic food; strolling performers and more.

This year the bands Tempest, Wicked Tinkers, Lexington Field and Mullaney are headlining at the main Royal Miller stage. In addition to this, there are several smaller stages that feature costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day. The eclectic mix of performers includes everything from strolling minstrels and contortionists to magicians, flame eaters and pirates.

More than 100 artisans including: blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman add to theĀ ambiance with their exotic offerings. Guests can spend time perusing the various items up for sale and admiring the refined craftsman ship of each skilled artisan.

When it comes to food and drinks the festival features authentic eats from fish and chips to an English feast. Beer and fine English ale will also be available.

Guests looking for action can feast their eyes on the various tournaments and demonstrations that will take place at the faire including full-contact jousting tournaments, no-holds-barred gladiator battles and black powder demonstrations. The 16th Century Village, German, Italian, Ottoman Turk, French, Celtic, Polish and British military encampments go head to head on the Field of Honor for battle.

This event does not allow any carry-in food, beverages, pets, lawn chairs or weapons. Access will be denied to any participant in costume that does not have all their related props/weapons peace tied. For more information about this event visit: .