-What is the Alabama Renaissance Faire?
The Official Alabama Renaissance Faire is one of the largest running all volunteer events in the nation. This Faire, in it’s 30+ years, has served the community through both education and entertainment. The Faire itself is put on by an all volunteer, not for profit organization known simply, as the Roundtable.
The time period for the Faire is considered to be from 1100 to 1650 A.D., this covers the Medieval and Renaissance eras of Europe.
-What are the dates and hours of the Faire?
It is always held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday in October. The dates for 2019 are October 26th & 27th. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Sunday hours are Noon to 6pm The new King or Queen is always crowned at 3 p.m. on Sundays, followed by a procession.
-Where is the Faire located?
The Faire’s location is “Fountain-On- The-Green”, commonly known as Wilson Park, located in downtown Florence. (Google Maps Link)
-How much is admission?
Admission is free.
-Should I bring money?
We have many delightful period and handcrafted vendors, as well as a full food court. Many of the musicians sell CDs, the Faire itself has t-shirts and souvenirs. While many of the performers are paid from the King’s purse, they are permitted to pass the hat for you to show appreciation. Cash is always useful and very easily accepted, plus there are several ATMs within walking distance. Some vendors may only accept checks, others credit cards.
-What happens in inclement weather?
The Faire is a rain-or- shine event, and will continue as scheduled unless the weather is considered dangerous to participants and Faire guests.
-Are outside food and drinks permitted?
The Faire has vendors available selling many different varieties of food and drinks, however, bringing picnics is permitted. Many nearby restaurants remain open during Faire hours.
-Are the grounds handicapped accessible?
The grounds are in a city park, so there are many concrete paths, however some of our vendors are in hillier/grassy areas.
-Are there restroom facilities?
There are Porta-Potties, and restrooms are also located in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, we also suggest bringing a small bottle of hand sanitizer as there are currently no handwashing stations.
Can I bring a weapon: sword, muskets and prop weapons?
These type of weapons are permitted at our Faire. We ask that you make sure to “peace-tie” any swords or knives that you bring with you. By “peace-tie we mean that your bladed weapon must be tied to the sheath/scabbard in such a way that prevents you from being able to draw it. For other prop weapons, please use common sense and don’t wave them around, as the park is usually crowded at this time.
-Can I bring my pet?
Dogs are permitted, but you must clean up after them. If you are not responsible for your pet, you may be asked to remove the pet. !!Dragons must be leashed!! Please remember Lords and Ladys walk these grounds and do not wish to soil their dress by stepping in your pets mess. Please clean up after them.
-Should we come in costume?
By all means! Festival guests are absolutely encouraged to come in costume! It adds immeasurably to the fun and appearance of our Faire. There is a FREE costume-making workshop on Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the studio in the rear yard of Kennedy-Douglass Art Center, 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Bring three yards of fabric for the workshop.