Good vs. Medieval

It’s that time of year again when Phoenicians suspend reality for the bustling world of the Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace. However, if you’re seeking out an authentic post-medieval experience, we suggest having unprotected sex with at least four Ren-locals in a bed full of rotting rats and ticks. The Black Death might yet grace you with its company.

If you’re not into all of that, there’s plenty of other stuff to do. With more than 1,000 performers, the 30-acre shire will be flooded with jolly fop accents, period garb, and turkey legs too big for your toothy hole. When you tire of all the actors, you can target practice with axes and crossbows or ride The Piccolo Pony, the largest rocking horse known to man.

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Feb. 7. Continues through March 29, 2009
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Nina Carapetyan