Yesterday, we hit the Bay area Renaissance Festival. The weather was absolutely perfect and we wanted to take advantage of that. It’s been a VERY hot winter and since the festival runs February – April, it only gets hotter. And a sweltering festival makes for a very miserable time. But yesterday…oh, it was glorious weather. Clear skies, cool breeze, almost no humidity, about 70F (21C) – just perfect!
Love and I got there around 12:30pm and stayed until about 5:30pm. We wandered, browsed, watched the Human Combat chess, saw the mermaid show and just generally had a lovely time.
I didn’t really remember to take many pics so here are larger versions of the ones I tweeted yesterday.
The little kids were fascinated with the mermaid. LOL And, they had a great money-making scheme; if a kid handed the mermaid a dollar, she’d dive down to the shell in the tank, pick up a “mermaid gem” and bring it back for the kid to keep. Oh yeah, MANY little girls asking Daddy for a dollar after that announcement!
They actually had civilians as pawns this year in the match. Of course, none of them did any of the fighting. 🙂
It’s a fun time and an enjoyable afternoon! You’ll be tempted though by lots of yummy smelling food and lovely crafts so don’t say you weren’t warned! I’d recommend splitting an apple dumpling while you’re there – it’s a favorite of ours and no trip would be complete without one. We enjoyed one at the end of the day before we headed home and it made for a sweet ending to a fun day. 🙂
34th Annual Bay area Renaissance Festival
- Weekends February 18th – April 1st 2012
- 10am – 6pm Rain or Shine
- $18.95 at the gate; $15.95 advance purchase at Walgreens, Subway and Circle-K
- 1st three Weekends: Free ticket with blood donation to Florida Blood Services at the gate or $5 off at gate with 5 cans of non-perishable food.