Renaissance Faire and Pirate Fest coming to fairgrounds

Press Gazette contributor
Full metal jousting, similar to the activity pictured, is among the 18th Annual Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Fest’s scheduled events. [Pixabay.com]

MILTON — The 18th Annual Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Fest is coming soon to Santa Rosa County.

The festival — set 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-4 at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton — will feature a number of attractions.

Among them are medieval jousting knights, fighters and musicians; pirates, falconry and an appearance of the king and queen; swashbuckling swordsmen and storytellers; Arabian, Irish, renaissance and gypsy dancers; and magicians and blacksmithing demonstrations.

The event also will feature renaissance theatre, jesters, jugglers, fire breathers, knife and axe throwing, a petting zoo, camel rides, food and drinks, renaissance games, and medieval merchants with thousands of wares and crafts.

These groups, among others, will be present:

  • Fenix Bellydance — a Mobile belly-dance troupe
  • Good Neighbors All — a South Alabama renaissance and folk music troupe
  • Joey 5 Magic — a showman with magic and talents
  • Michelle’s Magical Poodles
  • SE Teen Shakespeare Company
  • Normans of the Southern Sun — featuring medieval sword fighting and living history
  • Falcon’s Pirate Crewe — featuring sword-fighting skills
  • The Gypsy Chicks — performing gypsy dance and music
  • Phoenix Swords — a theatrical swordplay group from New England
  • SCA Barony Osprey/Shire Arenal — providing fight demonstrations and dance
  • Julie Black and the Fairy Dancers — a renaissance dance troupe
  • Tommy the Jester
  • Faron Brewer Troupe/Lucidian — performing renaissance music
  • Hawthorne’s Circus Bizarre
  • Statue Viva — Is it a person or a statue? Event attendees can see for themselves
  • Babin Puppetry — Renaissance puppets with tales of damsels, brave knights and dragons
  • Drunk N Sailor — featuring nautical ditties
  • Baklava-belly dancing with live drumming
  • Kracker Dan Minstrels — folk and ancient music for all to enjoy

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Admission for children ages 4 and under is free. All military service members with current active ID receive a 10 percent discount on tickets with proof of ID at the gate.

Tickets are available at the gate on the days of show.

See www.gcrf.us, emailtradersteves@gmail.com or call 572-1407 for more information.

WHAT: The 18th Annual Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Fest

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-4

WHERE: Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton

COST: Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Admission for children ages 4 and under is free. All military service members with current active ID receive a 10 percent discount on tickets with proof of ID at the gate.

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