We should count our blessings that we live in a large metropolitan area with plenty of things to do. First Fridays in Downtown Phoenix, Second Friday in Mesa, The Ostrich Festival in Chandler, and The Renaissance Festival just east of Gold Canyon off of State Highway 60 East.
The Renaissance Festival is a family favorite and yearly tradition for us. Every spring break, you can find me and the kids on the grounds eating funnel cakes and chocolate dipped strawberries. My favorite destination are the unique shops. Usually we will run into the same shop owners year after year. Amazingly, we always manage to find something new that we somehow overlooked or missed before which makes for a whole new experience. Each year we go with a goal and a plan of what we will do and what we will purchase. It’s a family affair. Tickets used to be $18 and $8. They are now $20 and $10 (5-12) if purchased in advance at Fry’s Marketplace. It will cost a dollar or two more if you purchase your tickets on line or at the event. Last year, my daughter and I purchased outfits. Maybe if it’s not too hot, we will put on our Renaissance gear. The Festival is open rain or shine 10am-6pm through April 1. MAP.
The shows are interesting and entertaining for all ages.
You can’t have a festival without jousting. There’s not a bad seat to watch these two go at it. This is a crowd favorite.
Looks pretty gruesome but some of these torture techniques were practiced during the time for various reasons. A whole castle is dedicated for your learning pleasure!
The eats with friends, freehand face painting, and gym like equipment keeps you busy for the day. All of you will need a nap by the time this day is over!
A little bit of glitter and color goes a long way. But wait! You can’t forget your wax hand. It’s fun to see your growth year after year.
Of course spring training is here and you can find the teams all over the valley. One of my favorite sites with lots of great statewide happenings is About.com Phoenix. with monthly calendars of things to do. Of course, when I’m out and about, I seek out female business owners so I can patron them and encourage their good works. So, while you’re out doing your thing, remember to give your female counterpart a boost of encouragement. It just might be the one thing that makes her day.
Keep It Divalicious ❤ by keeping it local!