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Renaissance Faires

Find a Renaissance Faire or Festival Near You . Whether you are a member of the SCA and reenactment groups, interested in stage combat or just like dressing up in your latest Renaissance costume , there are literally hundreds of faires to choose from. These links will help you find faires and festivals, buy costumes and accessories , and learn more about the exciting and colorful world of Renaissance faires.

Top Reasons You Should Attend Your Local Renaissance Faire

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Once upon a time, Renaissance faires were looked at rather askance by many people. They were places where history buffs gathered, or where fans of RPGs would go to hang out. However, today, you will find that Renaissance faires have become much more popular. If you have never attended such an event, you owe it to yourself and your family to make at least one visit. Why should you bother? Here are some excellent reasons to attend.

Food - If you love to eat, then you will be in heaven. All Renaissance faires have an incredible range of delightful cuisine to tantalize your taste buds. From roasted corn on the cob to enormous turkey legs, deep fried pickles, wraps of all descriptions and authentic medieval foods as well, you will find something that calls to you.

Drink - Renaissance faires are certainly home to a wide range of foods, but you will need something to wash it down. If you have never broadened your horizons passed standard beer, you will find ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners, bocks, wine, mead and any number of other options to help you slake your thirst.

Costumes - One of the most enjoyable aspects of attending a Renaissance faire is the chance to watch those in costume. You will discover an incredible world of costuming, from the thrown together to the intricate and historically accurate. You will even find that most of those in costume are visitors, rather than participants at the faire.

Jousting and Swordfights - Medieval times were famed for their feats of arms and modern Renaissance faires are no different. If you have never witnessed the thunderous crash of two jousters connecting on the lists, have never heard the ring of steel on steel as good battles evil, then you owe it to yourself to visit a Renaissance faire and discover what you've been missing.

Choosing Medieval Garb for Reenactment

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Whether you are a member of a medieval reenactment group such as the SCA or simply want to look the part for this year's Renaissance faire, dressing up in medieval clothing is the best option for your needs. However, simply choosing garments at random might not yield the best results. If you want to look the part, then you'll need to know a bit more about what medieval clothing looked like during the various periods covered by this time.

Peasants - Peasants were a reality throughout feudal times. They constituted the largest societal class, and clothing styles changed very little throughout the centuries. A typical peasant blouse or an ankle length tunic belted at the waist would suffice to cover a wide range of dates throughout the medieval period. Men might wear a pair of hose or chausses under their tunics, as well, though this did not become the norm for women for a very long time. Bright colors were frequently worn, though.

Bourgeois - The middle class came into being during the Middle Ages, with the birth of heightened commerce and better trade routes with the East. Middle class women often dressed in a similar fashion to the nobility, though the quality of their garments was often somewhat lower. Middle class men also mimicked the nobility, even wearing pointed shoes as the courtiers were wont to do.

Nobility - If you choose to dress as nobility, you have a much wider range of clothing options. Floor length gowns were the most common garment for noble women, and were usually worn loose, rather than belted. A bliaut was also worn by women during certain periods in the Middle Ages. Under this would be a chemise or under-tunic. Sandals or pointed shoes were often worn.

Men in the upper classes of society usually wore elegant tunics, heavily embroidered with symbols and designs. Under the tunic was a pair of hose. A doublet, also heavily embroidered was worn, with an outer jacket as well.
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