California Arts Council

State of California

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Northern California Renaissance FaireHistory

Experience the fantasy that comes to life this fall as the Northern California Renaissance Faire travels back in time to a realistic Renaissance village of the late 14th through 16th century nestled in the woodsy vale of Casa de Fruta in Hollister.

Seven stages boast non-stop entertainment such as Shakespeare acts, noble social dances, Italian commedia dell arte, and magnificent combat choreography at The World Tournament of Champions. Practice your archery, axe-throwing, and fencing skills. Shop through the exceptional Market Faire of master artisans of latest designs and finest hand-worked blown glass, keen blades, armor, romantic clothing, leatherwork, woodwork, hand-wrought jewelry, and much, much more. As the sun sets, the Celtic Rock Concert Series rises in showcasing genre favorites! The exclusive concert is free with admission each festival Saturday at 6pm.

Held every Saturday and Sunday from mid-September through mid-October, visitors can journey through the Medieval times of humanistic rebirth when classical art, architecture, literature, plays, and traditional music defined one of the most notable time periods in history (see website for dates for specific years). Whether you attend for an all-encompassing history lesson or to play in the original adult playground, there is no doubt that everyone will have the chance to stretch their imagination--and Find Your Fantasy!

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Occurs in: September; October

Festival Location: Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister

Contact Information:
Play Faire Productions
201-A McCray Street, Gilroy, CA 95023
(408) 847-FAIR

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