Step back in time at the 38th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Rennaisance Faire San Luis Obispo

Experience the days of yore July 20 and 21 at San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park

—The Central Coast Renaissance Festival is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the vibrant spirit and cultural heritage of the Renaissance era. Held at picturesque Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo, this festival transports visitors to a meticulously recreated 16th-century English village. Attendees can expect to be greeted by costumed performers engaging in lively interactions, knights competing in armored battle tournaments, and artisans demonstrating traditional crafts.

The festival features a rich tapestry of activities and performances designed to captivate audiences of all ages. Strolling through the marketplace, guests can browse a diverse array of handcrafted goods, from intricate jewelry and period clothing to hand-forged weapons and unique home decor. Food and drink are plentiful, with vendors offering everything from hearty turkey legs and meat pies to sweet treats and refreshing ales.

Entertainment is a cornerstone of the festival, with multiple stages hosting a variety of acts throughout the day. Music lovers can enjoy performances of traditional and contemporary Renaissance music, while comedy troupes and theatrical groups provide laughs with their witty, historically-inspired skits. The highlight for many is the thrilling armored battle tournaments, where armored knights engage in intense, skillful combat, showcasing their prowess in a display of strength and strategy.

Educational opportunities abound as well, with demonstrations of period-specific crafts, historical reenactments, and interactive exhibits. Children and adults alike can participate in workshops and activities that provide a deeper understanding of Renaissance culture and history.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Central Coast Renaissance Festival to Laguna Lake Park for another spectacular year,” said Rick Smith, media coordinator of the Central Coast Renaissance Festival. “This event provides a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of the Renaissance era.”

“We haven’t forgotten about the youngsters,” Smith emphasizes. “They can enjoy face painting, games, a play area, storytelling, swashbuckling lessons with balloon swords, a daily costume contest with prizes, and a pirate’s treasure hunt on Sunday. Plus, there’s a pirate ship available for outstanding photo opportunities.”

Vendor coordinator Michael Teubner says, “We have 70 hand-picked vendors with a huge range of artisanal crafts you won’t find anywhere else, from swords, pottery, and leather goods to complete Renaissance-era costumes. The food selections are sure to please any palate.”

The festival is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are available at the gate or online. For more information visit

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