Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
August 25 to September 30, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA
There are some destinations and events that make us suspend disbelief and give in to our inner child. That's exactly what happens when you venture to the past through a trip to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. This annual celebration brings together live entertainment, music, street characters, jousting, and much more. For an affordable, family-friendly festival, keep reading to learn more details about the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.
The 2012 Festival
The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival is held over several weekends in late August and September. In 2012, the festivities kick off on August 25 and conclude on September 30
. The festival is open on Saturday and Sunday only, with the exception of Labor Day Monday
when the fun will continue. With each year, the festivities grow more elaborate. For example, to enter the 2012 festival, guests will march through a new castle front gate. The day will be filled with jousting, shopping at the crafts marketplace, and enjoying food straight from the Renaissance.
Attending the Festival
If you're planning on stepping back in time with the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in Pittsburgh
, there are a few things to know. The opening hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on each Saturday and Sunday through September, and also on Labor Day Monday. The Renaissance Festival is also a rain or shine
event - so bring an umbrella or a poncho if it looks like rain. There are no pets allowed at the festival and parking is free.
There are two main ways to purchase tickets for the festival: buy them online in advance or buy them on the day of the festival at the front gate. Online ticket sales for 2012 will begin in the first week of August. The cost is $16.95 per adult and $8 for children ages 5 through 12. Kids under the age of 5 are admitted for free. Check the festival website for locations that offer discounted tickets. In 2011, a number of businesses offered discounts on tickets for the festival.
Location and What to Expect
Despite the name of the festival, the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival isn't located directly in Pittsburgh. The event takes place southeast of Pittsburg and is reached by heading east from the city on I-70 and taking the exit for Route 31
. One benefit of this location is free parking for all. One fun thing to expect at the festival is the Children's Realm
. This entertainment area brings fantasy creatures of wizards and fairies to life. Parents can expect a playground with lots of fun entertainment including archery, face painting, rides, and storytelling.
Themed Weekends and Special Events
The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival takes place over several weekends. If you love the games and fun of the Renaissance, why not go more than once? The addition of themed weekends keeps things interesting and new, ensuring that no two weekends are the same. Other entertainment includes jousting competitions
, the washing well wenches
, the German brothers
, a hypnotist
, and a fire blower
. From a vegetable food fight
to the Pirates pub
with singing, dancing, and plenty of ale, this festival is full of entertainment for all ages.
Planning a trip to the Renaissance Festival can be part of a larger family vacation to Pittsburgh. Give your family freedom when traveling by choosing a vacation rental
. With a living room and big kitchen, you can keep the family fun going before and after the festival. Plan your own family game nights, watch a favorite DVD, or cook your own Renaissance-themed feast. With the privacy and comfort of a rental, you will have a cozy place to relax after a day of exploring Pittsburgh.
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