Colorado Renaissance Festival offers journey back through time

The quaint town of Larkspur celebrates every summer with the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Now in its 36th season of entertaining lords and ladies of all ages, this journey back through time has something for everyone. With the always incredible food such as giant turkey legs, roasted corn, and steak on a stake, the crowd will eat and be entertained like royalty.

Anxious attendees arrived for this opening weekend wearing their finest medieval garb. Despite the scorching temperatures, women were tied into their corsets and petticoats, and the men showed off their handsome coats and archaic weaponry. Little girls were dressed as fairies and young men could be found engaging in sword fights down every alley. With the elaborate costumes it was hard to tell the difference between the guests and the entertainers.

There were plenty of games, rides and cuisine for the young and the young at heart. The Good King Henry provided entertainment from fairies, jousters, and jesters, and of course, the traditional royal parade. A festival favorite, the Puke and Snot show never fails to entertain. Always a guaranteed laugh they delighted audiences with their Vaudeville style show. The Washing Well Wenches put smiles on everyone’s faces with their motto “Wet Dirty Women, Good Clean Fun.” The best way to end the day is by watching the jousting competition put on by Noble Cause Productions. This tournament and fanfare was reminiscent of the days of Camelot. Watch a video from past jousting competitions.

With plenty of specialty themed weekends, the festival is worth visiting multiple times. Check the schedule and plan to bring the family and friends for a day of revelry. The festival is open every weekend through July, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 5-12. Children under five are free. Easily accessed off Interstate 25, the address is 650 W. Perry Park Ave. Larkspur, CO 80118

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