Valhalla Renaissance Faire returns to Tahoe for 23rd year |

Valhalla Renaissance Faire returns to Tahoe for 23rd year

Adam Jensen
Jousting will again be one of the highlights of this year's Valhalla Renaissance Faire.
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If you go

What: 23rd annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 30-31 and June 7-8

Where: Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

Tickets: $18 for adults; $13 for seniors, military and children ages 6-12; $5 for children ages 6-12


More than 900 costumed characters will descend on South Shore’s Camp Richardson starting this weekend for an annual festival of magic and mayhem.

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire celebrates its 23rd year in 2014 and will feature many of the same antics that have made the faire a crowd-pleaser during the past two decades.

This year’s festivities kickoff with a “Scottish Invasion” Saturday and Sunday before pirate and barbarian hordes return June 6-7.

The first weekend of the faire is geared toward younger audiences, with Renaissance-themed shows, dancing, theater and music filling Camp Richardson. A maze, a selection of Shakespeare’s characters, sword fighting and javelin throwing will also be part of the festivities.

Pirate and barbarian hordes take center stage at the second weekend of the festival, which will count scavenger hunts and talk-like-a-pirate competitions among its entertainment.

Both weekends will feature the Knights of Mayhem picking up their lances to do battle.

Lead by Charlie Andrews, the Knights of Mayhem are dedicated to transforming medieval sports from a staged act into a professional sports phenomenon, according to organizers. Group members don 130 pounds of steel armor and mount 2,000-pound horses before charging at each other at speeds of up to 30 mph.

The Renaissance Faire draws an estimated 8,000 people and attendees are encouraged to dress up. Costume contests will be part of both weekends. Activities for the children will include dancing, games, crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. The faire also feature more than 100 shops selling unique wares and artistic creations.

Some of this year’s performers:

Bard’s Cloak of Tales

International bestselling and award-winning author Michael Todd Gallowglas will take to the stage, spinning stories of adventure, mystery and wonder. With original stories and traditional folk tales from around the world, these stories will delight one and all with twists, turns and surprise endings.

Naughty Minstrels

The Naughty Minstrels are a Renaissance-period musical ensemble providing songs, improvisation and interaction. Appearing as wandering minstrels or as historical poets and playwrights, the minstrels will play dozens of period and original songs at every corner of the faire.

Fowl Tales

Fowl Tales is a long-running bird-man duo that blends comedy and visual entertainment.

Commedia Dell’arte

Infinite Theatrics teaches and performs stage combat and historical fencing.

Piccolo Puppet Players

A traditional British-style Punch and Judy show, this particular version of the puppet show has its beginning at the Original California Renaissance Faires and has enjoyed enthusiastic responses for more than 20 years.

Stark Ravens Historical Players

Specializing in presenting historical forms of theater from commedia dell’arte and Shakespeare to Victorian Pantomime and everything between, this show includes traditional and original music, audience participation, Shakespeare adaptations and masked commedia.

source: Valhalla Renaissance Faire

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