Can’t wait to dress up in period costume and practice English from days gone by, all while living under the Midnight Sun? Alaskans have two opportunities to do so this year, one at Anchorage’s Annual Three Baron’s Renaissance Faire, and the other at a slightly different type of Renaissance Faire, the Fairbanks Pirate Festival.
Here is what you need to know:
June 5-6, 12-13, 2010, Three Barons Festival, Anchorage, AK
Events include a Renaissance 5K fun run, an old style ale-house, complete with singing, and a whole variety of shows from magic to puppets to major fights. Past years of this Renaissance Faire have included a live player chess game. This festival is most famous for people throwing actual tomatoes at rotten performances. The craft market and food market hold many unique, one-of-a-kind items. This festival has an eighteen-year history, and typically runs over two weekends. Definitely an opportunity to dress up in your finest Renaissance period clothes, if you have them,
Children are not allowed in the drinking area, but children are likely to find good entertainment at some of the shows – so be sure to look at the event schedule listed on the Three Barons website.
The festival is held at Tozier Track, at 3400 East Tudor Road. Admission costs are $3.00 for seniors, $8.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth 3-12, under age 3 is free. Parking is available at Tozier Track, but check to see how busy this popular festival is before being sure you can park there.
Website: Three Barons Festival
Sept. 18-18, 2010, The Fairbanks Pirate Festival, Fairbanks,AK
2010 is the first year the Fairbanks Pirate Festival, which is to be held at various locations throughout the city. The event is still very much in its planning phases during the writing of this article, so check their website for details before you go. The festival is being held in recognition of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. An event called the Great River Water Festival will be held on Saturday, and people are encouraged to contact the Fairbanks Arts Association to get a pirate movie festival held. A pirate ball called the Scalawag ball is to be held, and will require a costume to be admitted to the ball.
Each event will be coordinate separately by its own event coordinators. The festival is trying to organize the theme for the weekend, and provide free advertising to those who put on events. If you would like to host an event, or find out what the latest event schedule is, take a look at the website for the festival.
Website: Fairbanks Pirate Festival
So, get out your period costumes, and practice the time period speech for the Faire you attend. Renaissance Faires are a great way for Alaskans to pretend they are in another place and time.