Events

Central Coast Renaissance Festival

Overview

It is the year 1585 and Queen Elizabeth I is England’s magnificent monarch. Here you’ll find legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords, and Ladies. You’ll see them here in all their finery. They are here for your entertainment. (Tip: don’t be shy about taking their photo. They may look imposing but they have spent untold hours developing their character and clothing and will be happy to pose for you.)

Relax on a shady hay bale and watch riotous stage plays and hilarious comedy acts on four stages throughout the village. You’ll see authentic Elizabethan dancing, plays, singing, a falconry show, magic, juggling, and crazy buffoonery. Throughout the village, you’ll see living history demonstrations. The entertainment is amazing and continuous throughout the day. It doesn’t just happen on the stages, it is in the streets and throughout the village at every turn.

See knights in full battle armor demonstrating their fighting skills. This was so popular at the last festival that we just had to bring them back. It is quite a spectacle. You might have seen them on the History Channel’s series, Knight Fight. These are the best of the best at their game. These guys aren’t messing around. Using steel swords, axes, and polearms, combatants are permitted to strike with weapons, shields, fists, and feet. Shows are held twice daily, at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

You’ll be delighted by over 50 of the finest craftsmen selling unique arts, crafts, and sundry goods. From hand-thrown pottery to drinking vessels, there is something for every taste and budget. Gentlemen always enjoy shopping from the sword and leather merchants, while ladies can’t resist the array of fine clothing and jewelry. Have your hair braided into the most beautiful designs and get a henna tattoo. You’re sure to find a special gift for yourself and someone else.

Event Dates

  • 2022: July 16, 17

Event Location

Laguna Lake Park
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Event Type

  • Festivals
  • Live Events