Barbarian Brew Fest: March 25th & 26th: Best Beard Competition, The State Royal Archery Championships and Deaf Awareness Weekend!
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is back and celebrating 39 years of family fun. From small beginnings in the city of Largo, to one of Tampa’s finest regional attractions.
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival was first held in 1979 in the city of Largo. This inaugural Festival featured renaissance dancing, archery contests, jugglers, mimes and madrigals. By 1980, the Festival had added food booths, a human chess match and a unique marketplace. As attendance to the popular event grew, so did the number of artisans, demonstrations, entertainers and foods.
The show has continued to develop fans throughout the years, offering more each year in entertainment, education, food and art. Now seeing the more than 80,000 fans a year, the Festival has provided opportunities for fans to escape from this realm and journey into a time when Kings and Queens rule and Mermaids and Fairies are more than just a dream.
Featured for 2017:
All New! Merlin’s Magic Quest: Discover the festival through new eyes as you join in our interactive, all-day Adventure Quest. You will follow clues, solve puzzles and engage in battles of wits. Experience comedy, danger, and the mystical while meeting people to enhance your festival experience. Join the Quest to bring magic back to Fittleworth with the help of nobles and scoundrels alike.
Dancing with the Royals: Learn a Renaissance period dance with members of the Royal Court, then perform in front of their Majesties for a chance to win prizes.
Time Traveler’s Ball: On March 11th the Patrons are invited to participate in an ALL NEW Time Traveler’s Ball. This event will feature a DJ, Food, Drinks and Specialty Entertainment.
Free Beer Festival Friday: With your ticket, you receive one free beer with your purchase on the only Friday we are open! We will also be offering free tickets to anyone with a Military ID and First Responders.