THEME WEEKENDS 2024

Theme Weekends add an extra layer of fun for our guests. Every weekend celebrates the joy and spirit of the Renaissance and, on the following weekends, we infuse an exciting twist.

We are excited to present some fun and interactive theme weekends with you this season! Below are the dates and the activities associated with each. We will update this information as plans are finalized.

Pirate & Marketplace Weekend

April 13 & 14, 2024

Welcome, pirates of all ages, to the annual celebration at Port Deptford! Dust off your finest attire and show up with your best manners for a civilized dive into our take on Pirate culture!

Marketplace Weekend
Spend $500 in our Marketplace and receive two tickets to return to the Faire through May 12, 2024. Bring your paper receipts to the Information Booth inside the front gate before 7 p.m. to redeem this offer. All paper receipts must be for purchases made on the same day, either April 13 or 14. Tickets must be claimed on the date of your visit, April 13 or 14. Please note that this offer excludes admission, food, beverage, rides, games, and the Renaissance Collection Souvenir Shop.

NEW! Pirate Trivia
Prove you know the difference between port and starboard at our Pirate Trivia challenge. Winners receive the second-best pirate booty – bragging rights! Check the stage schedule for locations and times.

X Marks the Spot
Hunt for treasure and fun! Engage our good cousins on the streets of Port Deptford and finish the tasks they set you to receive a small treasure! Instructions will be provided. You bring a thirst for adventure, and we’ll provide the fun!

School of Seafaring
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail the High Seas? Want to be the Captain of your own crew? Would you like to find glory for Her Majesty? Then attend our School of Seafaring designed for the younger pirates and hosted by Her Majesty’s Privateers! Upon completion, all participants will receive a Letter of Marque from Her Majesty.
Kids’ Kingdom Stage – Times TBA

NEW! Sailor Knots
Can you knot? Can you not knot? Join our experts and we can turn the can not knots into can knots!

NEW! Nautical Astronomy
Learn to read the oldest map and never get lost again*!
*Results not guaranteed

Pirate Crew Photo Gathering
Bring your finest pirate attire and your cameras for this season’s pirate gathering and group photo!

Cottagecore Weekend

April 20 & 21, 2024

This weekend we invite you to don your best woodland attire and frolic at the Faire where we will feature the village artisans who create the enchanting aesthetic known as Cottagecore. We’ll provide a map at the Information Booth for a self-guided ‘Cozy Crawl’ showing the locations of our creators demonstrating their skills and some of the Faire’s talented guild members who will teach you to create beautiful hand-made items for your own cozy cottage.

Cottagecore Maypole Dance
Kick off the celebration in joyful style! Dance experience is not required. Laughter and good vibes are guaranteed. Join us at Maypole Commons.

NEW! Toadstool Time
Calling all friends of toadstools! Engage with our cousins in the streets of Port Deptford who will seek you out and tell you where and when you can find our secret toadstool meetup.

NEW! What’s Cooking?
Join our chefs as they teach you an ancient recipe that you’ll enjoy making back home in your cozy cottage kitchen.  

NEW! Renaissance Botany
Attune with the bounty of the land and learn about the magical, medicinal, and culinary traits of both cultivated and foraged plants.

Fairy Frolic Drum Jam
Dance, spin, and frolic your cares away! We’ll close out your wondrous day where it started: in Maypole Commons. Our talented musicians will set your spirits soaring. The drum jam is the perfect ending to a great day at the Faire!

RennCon™

April 27 & 28, 2024

RennCon™ is a celebration of cosplay! Whether you draw your inspiration from the sci-fi scene, anime, comics, television, fairy tales, or anywhere else… we invite you to mingle with our 16th-century townsfolk at the biggest costume party in L.A.

Get the most out of RennCon™ Weekend by attending one of our panels at the RennGarden (beer garden) across from the Golden Jubilee Stage. Subjects ranging from characterization to cosplay will be discussed. Stop by the Information Booth to pick up a RennCon™ Panel Schedule.
Panels run for 20-30 minutes each.

Cosplay Maypole Dance
Put on your favorite cosplay and join us for the biggest cross-genre extravaganza you’ve ever seen! How would your favorite villain dance around the Maypole? Find out at 11:30 a.m. at the Maypole Commons!

Time Traveler Costume Contest
Polish your brass goggles, dust off your time machine, and join us with your finest time-traveling attire! Sign up at the Guest Services booth at the top of the Food Court before 2:45 p.m. All contestants will gather in the Food Court Area from 3 to 3:30 p.m. While the Time Travelers discuss the finer points of the timeline, anonymous judging will occur. We’ll close our gathering with a group photo. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s Time Traveler Costume Contest winners will be announced at 4:45 p.m. on the Maybower Stage each day.

NEW! Exclusive d20 at the Renaissance Collection Souvenir Shop
Bring your love of the Faire to the gaming table with our new dice! Available while supplies last!

Gnome Hunt sample gnomes at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire theme weekends special events

GNOME HUNT (Every Weekend)

Those rascally gnomes have again invaded Port Deptford!  They cleverly hide in our shops and guild yards during the daytime, but at night they come out and play mischievous tricks on us. We must find these gnomes so we can stop the mayhem! 

You can help us find them by picking up a list of likely Gnome locations at one of the Guest Services booths.  Then when you find them, have the shop owners make a mark upon your list. 

When you have found enough gnomes, turn in your list to earn a frameable certificate that declares that you are a Gnome Hunter Extraordinaire. This certificate entitles you to a Special Edition Collectible Pewter Gnome Pin from Fellowship Foundry at a deep discount, which is awarded only to successful Gnome Hunters. There is a different pin each season. Start collecting them now!

PUB CRAWL 2024 – on sale starting March 15, 2024

Play the best beer game this side of 1599 at Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s legendary Pub Crawl. Join the loud and lusty pub crawl crew, and skip long lines as they personally amuse you along the village streets to several fine taverns and public houses. Try not to spill as you jiggle with merriment at the most bodacious songs, jests, jokes, stories, and riddles the shire has to offer. You will visit four pubs that offer a variety of refreshing beverages including gluten-free options.

The Pub Crawl departs at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and costs $65 to party with us. ALL of the tickets for each crawl are available online. Pub Crawl tickets must be redeemed at the Information Booth (inside the front gate) between 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to receive your wristband. You MUST check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled Pub Crawl to receive your wristband. No wristband means no Pub Crawl. No refunds.

You may only Crawl once per day!

The Pub Crawl sells out quickly and does not include admission to The Renaissance Pleasure Faire. You will need an admission ticket and a Pub Crawl ticket if you wish to drink with us.

Must be 21 to participate (IDs will be checked for everyone). Children are not permitted on the Pub Crawl (including children in strollers). Please drink responsibly, we like return customers!

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