Camp Richardson will play host to Scottish and pirate crowds over the next two weekends with the return of the annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31 through June 1 and June 7-8 at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.
“Drawing more than 8,000 visitors, the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is a unique entertainment experience and an extraordinary outing for children,” according to a press release for the event. “This unique festival includes real jousting sessions and full armored combat between knights, along with culinary delicacies, craft demonstrations, ancient music, dance and comedy. Patrons will participate in archery, javelin throws, and fencing. Activities for the children will include dancing, games, crafts, puppet shows and storytelling.”
The festival recreates a Renaissance village and includes a marketplace with nearly 100 unique merchants.
The first weekend has a Scottish theme and is geared toward younger audiences, with shows, dancing, theater plays, music and magic.
“Inspire your children to learn about Shakespeare or the Renaissance by dressing up for the weekend. Enter costume contests, stroll through a maze, play tons of games meet the Queen and Shakespeare’s characters from his stories, learn to sword fight, dance in the streets, watch some awesome theatre, and get drenched too at court of St. Aidens,” according to the release.
The second weekend of the festival includes a pirate-and-barbarian theme and includes scavenger hunts and talk-like-a-pirate competitions.
Admission to the Valhalla Renaissance Faire costs $18 for adults; $13 for seniors 62 and older, military and ages 13-17 and $8 for children 6-12. Children under six are free.
A family day is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6. Family day rates are $7 for adults and $5 for Children 6-12. Pets are not permitted.
Parking across from the festival site costs $5. Parking at the South Shore’s Nevada casinos is free, with free shuttles running from the businesses.
For more information visit www.valhallafaire.com.