Arizona Renaissance Festival opens Feb. 12


Looking for a way to go back in time? Head to the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

Running Feb. 12 through April 3, the festival is a celebration of food, fun and medieval attractions.

Visitors can enjoy medieval cuisine, watch entertainment such as swordplay displays and interact with the many characters walking the streets.

Entertainers include returning stunt performer Dextre Tripp, the kilt-wearing Scottish musical group Tartanic and a musical act called Cast in Bronze that plays the carillon, an instrument of bronze bells most commonly found in church towers.

Don’t forget to check out the jousting arena, where you can watch three jousts that increase in intensity before culminating in a battle to the death. Cheer for your champion and boo his rival. After the jousts, head to the stables to meet your knight.

The Renaissance Festival grounds are on Highway 60, east of Apache Junction. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21.

Tickets are $22 at the gate, with discounts available. For more information and directions, visit


Arizona Renaissance Festival

When: Feb. 12-April 3, 10 a.m-6 p.m.

Where: Take Highway 79 to Florence Junction. Go west 7 miles on Highway 60 to the Festival Village.

Tickets: $22 adults, $12 children; discounts available.


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