The clock is ticking and every second brings you closer to a bygone era when Lords of the Realm donned tunics, stockings, broad-brimmed hats, and puffed sleeve shirts, and their Ladies showcased era garb like laced gowns, strapped dresses, petticoats, cloaks, and aprons. Get ready for the 32nd annual Florida Renaissance Festival returning February 3rd and running through March 24th, 2024 at the beautiful Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.
This one-of-a-kind festival features eight consecutive themed weekends, starting February 3. Each weekend promises a look at a legendary time when Pirates, Vikings, evil villains, and unsung heroes ruled the kingdom. While costumes are not required, thousands of people wear historical clothing to immerse themselves in the true spirit of the renaissance period.
The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions who creates an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. “For more than 30 years the Festival has been a most unique event,” said Rodriguez. “It is one of the most anticipated events in South Florida, and each year it gets better with new and different activities and entertainment.” Explore artisan markets, savor delicious food, and immerse yourself in a world of merriment.
Step into an adventure, where myths and history collide! It’s a magical journey that blurs the lines between fantasy and fact. New this season is the Adrian Empire, a living history encampment that will be doing live steel fighting on the tournament field twice daily. Also new is Pirates Creed, a high energy duo of musical buccaneers that will be performing in the Biergarten.
A popular returning attraction is Knights. This stunt show combines trick riding, vaulting, chariot racing, and death-defying feats.
The Jackdaws Trio delivers contemporary and traditional Irish Rock with driving melodies and relentlessly aggressive lyrics, while the alluring full run Washing Well Wenches will be at a pit where women rule, and men drool over their stunning good looks!
Enjoy the earthier aspects of humor with the Splattertime Players, a duo of adventurous storytellers, who return for a full run in the Mud Pit.
The faire is full of shows and rollicking events, including Masala Music and Dance, Moonie the Magnificent, a juggler, ropewalker, and an in-your-face comic, Les S. Moore specializes in “now you see it, now you don’t, Knightwings featuring master falconer Ash Cary, Tam Tam Congo – is a troupe of dancers and drummers, straight from the Ivory Coast of AFRICA. This year’s Living History Encampments: The Ottoman Empire include Royal Artillery, Merchants of Brittany, and Pirates of Tortuga Bay.
Themed Weekends are as follows:
Cauldron of Chaos: The Rise of the Wizards
Feb. 10-11 Star-Crossed Lovers: Romance and Love Letters
Feb. 17-18 Odin’s Wrath: Vikings, Dragons, and Trolls…oh my!!
Feb. 24-25 Steampunk & Time Travelers: The Spirit of Invention
March 2-3 Lord of the Ring: A Battle Royale
March 9-10 Scoundrels of the High Seas: The Pirates Be Coming…
March 16-17 Shamrocks & Shillelaghs: A Leprechaun’s Shenanigans
March 23-24 Into the Woods: A Fairytale Finale
Prices range from $32 for adults and $14 for children (ages 6 to 11 years of age). Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $160 (adults) and $70 (children). Group ticket rates are also offered. ***During opening weekend only, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (age 18 and under) will have free entrance to the festival while wearing their scouts’ uniforms or their troop t-shirt. In addition, kids ages 6 to 11 years old will enjoy free entrance during the opening weekend only. Everyone is required to pay the $1.50 Broward Parks entrance fee at the festival’s box office to attain admission receipt for front gate entrance.