Come one, call all to her Majesty’s Renaissance Pleasure Faire

HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Her most gracious majesty Queen Elizabeth dost request thine presence to celebrate this glorious spring at a pleasure faire!

Celebrating its 55th Anniversary, The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is an exciting adventure through Elizabethan England, set within shaded glades and sun dappled meadows of the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale. It opens this weekend, April 8-9, and continues rain or shine Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 21.

Complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance, the faire recreates the celebratory spring day in 1574 when the world arrived to entertain Queen Elizabeth in the English Seaport of Deptford.

It is the “Golden Age,” the English Renaissance, the time of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Tudor, who reigned from 1558 to 1603.

To escape the heat and stench of London in the summer, the Queen would often travel to the countryside and visit various towns and the estates of her nobility. Most of her court would travel with her, many of those in her government, and others looking for favor from the Queen.

Add a full complement of servants for each high-born traveler and the numbers would often swell into the hundreds. At each stop, the hosting noble or town official would be expected to welcome the Queen with much pomp and circumstance, producing elaborate presentations, plays, masques and the like, for the Queen’s enjoyment.

So come to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, where fantasy rules and whimsical delights take flight, where worlds co-exist and dreams come to life! Immerse yourself in a village of more than 1,600 costumed performers and artisans including dazzling acrobats, internationally acclaimed musicians and entertainers, juggling jokers and jesters, willful wenches … and jousting knights are ready to celebrate!

The grand event is held at the beautiful Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale, only a short 35 mile drive up the 605 Freeway from Long Beach. It’s easy to get to at 15501 E. Arrow Highway, with plenty of parking at this wonderful Los Angeles County park.

Photo by Joe Foley

Thirteen stages of nonstop entertainment come to life with continuous performances.   It features a wide variety of acts, from jousting to aerial silk dancers, from jugglers to musicians, from still walkers to magicians.


New acts include mesmerizing musicians Duende, wonderfully interactive One Man Romeo and Juliet, magician Arsene Dupin in The Magikhana Show and funnymen, Sound and Fury.

Coming back are Aaron Bonk Whip Artist, the Tortuga Twins, along with special guest appearances from Quarter Master, The Britton Ensemble, Passado Action Theater and Wiggins Faerie Lore Magician.

Of course, there will also be faire favorites with the likes of MooNie! The Magnif’cent, The Clan Tynker Family Circus, Broon and Brandon Scott: The Wizard of Wonder.

Sing along with the beloved The Poxy Boggards and The Merry Wives of Windsor and dance along with Seraphim Arabesque.  Feel the thunder of the Jousters and the gust of wind ruffle your hair as the Birds of Prey fly just inches above you.

And of course, be sure to meet our beautiful and gracious, Queen Elizabeth.

Photo by Rachel Arellano

The variety of over 125 high caliber artisans in the village marketplace is sure to appeal to everyone. Nowhere else can you find the combinations of artists who will demonstrate their skill at blowing glass or forging iron, create a perfectly authentic article of renaissance clothing, or fashion a one of a kind piece out of exotic leathers. Whether you fancy delicately formed gold jewelry or prefer to sport a manly drinking horn about your neck, there are crafts to outfit yourself and your home. Children delight in having their face painted, their hair braided or finding a new puppet friend. Arts and crafts workshops such as Celtic drawing, beadwork and basket weaving are offered for all ages at Queen’s College.


Food & Drynke
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is proud to present some of the finest festival food. Boasting local and internationally trained chefs, twenty-three food vendors offer an array of foods from fish and chips and sausages to salads and sorbets.  Vegetarian and Vegan entrees and desserts are available.  Our Pub Crawl is offered twice each day.  On your journey, you will visit five of our village pubs for a time to tell jokes, make toasts and play games while enjoying the company of Deptford’s many characters.  This will sell out, so stop by the Guest Services Gazebo inside the front gate to sign up!

Deptford’s live action fantasy-play returns with a brand new story line in 2017.  RenQuest brings the worldwide popularity of massively multiplayer online role-playing games into the live action dimension of the Renaissance fair, and offers gamers the chance to test their role-playing prowess beyond the realm of their computer screens.  Come join Grace O’Malley and her hearty gang as they quest to solve the puzzle allowing her to seek her treasure!  Escape your world and tackle the adventures that are RENQUEST!

At the Box Office on Faire Days
Adult Ticket: $29.95  Members of the e-newsletter receive special discounts of $10 for Opening Weekend! Sign up today!

Discount tickets also online at via TicketFly and at participating Walgreens Stores $4 off adults, $2 off child. I saw tickets half off at

Senior, Military, Student and AAA discounts at the Box Office on Faire Days with appropriate ID

Children (5-12) $15  except on April 15 & 16, when all children age 12 and younger are admitted free. No coupon required. Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. Limit 6 children per adult.

Children 4 and under, always FREE!

A Vehicle Entry fee of $10 is charged upon entry to the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area by Los Angeles County.
Preferred Parking is available for an additional $20.


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