Valhalla Renaissance Faire Re-creates the Magic and Adventure at the Camp Richardson Resort

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Experience merry olde England with period music, magicians, jugglers, dancers and one-act plays. There will be wares for sale and a spectacular jousting tournament

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Lake Tahoe's Camp Richardson Resort is more than a good excuse for men to squeeze into tights and women to raise up in busty bodices. The lake's most popular summer festival is returning. Held on the first two weekends of June will be a living history lesson, and entertaining adventure that will take almost 20,000 patrons deep into 16th century European culture.

The festival will take visitors to a country fair in late-1500s England, bringing back the experience of life in renaissance times. While at the festival, visitors will hoist their tankards and bend elbows with the peasants, merchants, soldiers, knights, lords and ladies in authentic costumes who re-create an Elizabethan country fair.

The lanes of the festival and will be filled with savory dishes, fine wine and ale. Patrons will participate in archery, javelin throws, and fencing. Activities for the kids will include games, crafts, a petting zoo, puppet shows and storytelling. In addition to the local English residents, this country faire will bring:

  • Tradesmen from neighboring Scotland and Ireland
  • German mercenaries and Welsh archers
  • Spanish, Italian and Polish nobles and ambassadors
  • Gypsies and Ottoman traders from the Middle East
  • And many more...

A daily highlight will be a jousting tournament and a grand joust, in which knights on horseback will clash for their honor, the Lord Mayor's purse, and Queen’s favor.

During the week between the two festival weekends, a multi-day school program will be held for area school children interested in learning more about the period, with history lectures, demonstrations, and a range of opportunities offered to help encourage an interest in history and reading.

This year the faire is bigger than ever as Renaissance Productions will bring together best shows of years past and new acts upon which to feast the eyes. There will be more merchants selling such wares as hand-crafted jewelry, period crafts, clothing and historic weapons. Continuous entertainment - musicians, magicians, jugglers, country dancers, belly dancers and one-act plays - takes place on three stages located inside the faire. Meet figures out of history, such as the up-and-coming young playwright William Shakespeare and listen to him recite some of his work, Queen Elizabeth as she arrives to revel among her people, and Sir Francis Drake and the Earl of Leicester both vying for the Queens attentions.

The Renaissance Festival will start at 10 a.m. June 3-4 and 10-11. It runs until 6 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and ages 13-17, and $5 for children 3-12. More information can be found at

About Renaissance Productions

Renaissance Productions is an organization dedicated to theatrical and authentically astute development of quality of Renaissance- themed events the serves as a network for entertainers, vendors and producers of these events. For more information please visit or call 1-415-354-1773.


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