Huzzah! The Southern Indiana Renaissance Festival Coming in May
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
All fair lords and ladies are invited to attend the Southern Indiana Renaissance Festival, happening for two weekends in May in Charleston, Indiana. The 13th and 14th will be "Fantasy Weekend," and the 20th and 21st will be "Pirate Weekend." Not only is the festival held in Birdsell Castle for a realistic experience of the olde world, but all proceeds help fund the nonprofit's education, scholarships, and entertainers.
Enjoy the festivities by dressing in costume and brushing up on old English phrases to really take in the theatrics of this faire. With jousts, sword fights, performers, food, and endless vendors, you won't know where to start while attending this unique festival.
Shop Handmade Goods
While you're enjoying that delicious turkey leg, take a gander through the countless vendors selling one-of-kind items such as jewelry, clothing, pottery, leatherworks, crafts, and more.
The list of vendors includes shops such as Medieval Romance Crystal Apothecary, Badheim Viking, and One Grumpy Sailor. The list goes on and on so check it out in its entirety via their Facebook page. You are sure to leave with a ton of unique finds with this variety of shops to choose from.
Behold Live Jousting
The Michigan-based organization, Knights of the New Order, will conduct live jousting demonstrations. Watch the best-known medieval sporting event as these trained knights in full armor take on hard hits in up close jousting right before your eyes.
In addition to jousting, visitors can also witness sword fights, blacksmith demonstrations, and more action-packed entertainment that is sure to be memorable.
Catch a Live Performance
No festival is complete without live music and performances, and Renaissance Faire will not disappoint. With fire eating, mermaids, pirates, bagpipe music, and so much more, SIRF's long line up of entertainment will amaze you. Performers include:
- Silver Thistle Performers and Nessie
- Drunk & Sailor
- Chaste Treasure
- Zinnia the Mermaid
- Pirates Inc.
- Sprout the Faery
How to Buy Tickets
Before you start planning your costume and brushing up on those Renaissance phrases, don't forget to purchase your tickets from SIRF's website. Pricing is affordable, leaving you plenty of extra cash to buy cool props for your costume or an extra souvenir from one of the festival's many vendors. Currently, the site is running a discount special through April 15th. Current pricing includes:
Adult One-Day Admission: $17
Kid (ages 3-12) One Day Admission: $7
Children 2 and under are free!
Adult Weekend Pass: $30
Child Weekend Pass: $10
Buy tickets fast before this great deal bids thee farewell!