|At Castle Gwynn near the town of Triune, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival will transport you to 16th-century England. The celebration runs over four weekends.|
May Day Fairie Festival
GLEN ROCK, Pa. May 2-4
This isn't technically a "Ren Fest," but this celebration about 45 minutes from Baltimore should appeal to a similar crowd. The party to honor winged sprites takes place at Spoutwood Farm, where you'll hear Celtic music, take "woodland gnome and elf tours," enjoy a fairie tea party, watch maypole dancing, and shop for fairie gear. Vendors include Pandora's Locks, where can get your hair put into fancy braids. The festival says it will have a full menu available for vegetarians. Admission $10, children ages 3 to 12 $5.
4255 Pierceville Road, fairiefestival.net.
Tennessee Renaissance Festival
ARRINGTON-TRIUNE, Tenn. May 3-26
This celebration south of Nashville runs over four weekends and takes you to 16th- century England, what is known around Tennessee in May as Castle Gwynn and the Village of Covington Glen. Besides the usual dancers and jousters, you can see Johnny Phoenix, who walks barefoot across a flaming pole, and Kitty Tolson Carroll, a falconer who brings a display of live birds. Theme weekends include "Pirate Invasion" May 17-18. Passes run $6-$18.
Bloomington Early Music Festival
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. May 16-26
There's no chain mail at this festival, but it is a showcase for the music of the time. Programs include "Two Knights and the Wife: An Afternoon of Chivalric Fantasy and Chaucerian Wit," which will feature early music and a "Canterbury Tales" reading; and a program called "The Three Guitars," in which David Rogers will play music from the 16th, 17th, and 19th centuries. There's a full schedule online. Per concert $15, opera $20.
Mayfaire Renaissance Festival
MARSHALL, Mich. May 17-26
The city of Marshall, which calls its Ren Fest property "Marshallmoor," boasts a festival market with more than 50 vendors. If you're hunting for handmade clay pipes, wizards made out of Sculpey, or historically-inspired cloaks, your needs will be met and then some. Mayfaire also plans weddings for those who want to celebrate their big day surrounded by noblepeople. After all, nothing says "lifetime commitment" like a dinner of turkey legs and steak on a stick. Admission $9, children 5-12 $5.
Calhoun County Fairgrounds, 720 Fair St., mayfaireren.com.
Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire
WENTZVILLE, Mo. May 17-June 8
This weekend festival will be unique thanks to the 150 costumed people who will re-create a French village in the year 1523. Some actors will be peasants, some will be noblemen, and all will bow to François I. Other entertainment includes the Musical Blades, a group of singing pirates, and the interactive children's show "Robin Hood." One- and two-day passes run $6-$20.
Rotary Park, 636-928-4141, stlrenfaire.com.
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