Jousts, Jests at 3 Weekends of 2016 Big Bear Renaissance Faire

2016 Big Bear Renaissance FaireTravel to the days of yore with grub, grog and merriment during three August weekends of Big Bear Renaissance Faire on the beautiful north shore in Fawnskin at historic Pedersen Sawmill.

An exciting, vibrant village springs up among towering pine trees from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on August 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. There’s knights jousting on horseback in live competition, archery tournament, live steel battle, Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Court and Midsummer Fairy Forest Children’s area. The days of William Shakespeare and the Renaissance are presented with nonstop entertainment by strolling entertainers, stage performances with belly dancers, jugglers, musicians and singers, beautiful crafts and plenty of period food and drink.

Thrill to live jousting courtesy of the Imperial Knights. This is no dinner show but rather live contact action with no predetermined winner. Performers have competed nationally and hold many individual titles as well as 2006 Team Championship. Knights promote honor and chivalry with feats of riding, jousting and swordplay, fun entertainment for all ages.  Shows feature vivid color, falls, fights, galloping horses and spectacular stunts. Jousts are held each day at 1 and 4 p.m.

Wearing 130 lbs. of armor is just the beginning; each competitor peers through a quarter-inch slit in their helmet, staring down a foe atop a 2,000 lb. horse just as they are. When they charge head-on the ground shudders and their solid hemlock lances often break and yes, occasionally so do bones. It’s full contact action at its best.

There’s Ciran the gypsy magician, fun for all ages, and Joust Kidding, a high energy singing group featuring a stage full of pirates. Her Majesty’s Minstrel Cycle is a comedy singing group not to be missed. Musicians and magicians, singers, jugglers, belly dancers…they’re all here. Adam the Bawdy Juggler puts on a fun show for adults.

There’s also a complete children’s game area along with Captain Jack’s pirate stories and Cutthroat Reef’sBig Bear Renaissance Faire in August 2016 salty sea songs and chanteys celebrating the life of a sailor. The Queen’s Tea and Warriors Table, where guests mix and dine with royalty, is a perennial sellout so get tickets through Eventbrite now.

Of course there’s plenty of good grub and grog, with suds freely flowing and turkey legs to gnaw, pig on a stick, bratwurst and more traditional tastes like sandwiches, gyros and tacos. For a medieval shopping experience visit the marketplace with dozens of merchants presenting wares from ere and yon, ranging from Renaissance clothing and jester costumes to pewter steins, tarts, scents, oils, ceramics and much more.

Daily Faire admission is $15 for adults, or $26 buys a weekend pass good for both days. Season passes valid all three weekends are $73. Senior/student/military admission is $12 daily, $20 weekends and $55 season pass, 5 and under free. Call (800) 4-BIG BEAR or www.bbvrsinc.org.

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