The Big Bear Renaissance Faire celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer for two weekends, August
13-14 and August 20-21. The Faire celebrates with musical troupes, singing groups, comedy acts,
belly dancers, strolling street performers and full-contact joust matches.
pulling out all the stops for our special 10th anniversary
celebration! We have more entertainment than ever before,” said Lynda
McGinnis, CEO and Founder of Big Bear Renaissance
Faire. “The headlining act is The Knights of Mayhem, a genuine jousting
group that give an absolute crowd-pleasing performance!”
The Knights of Mayhem provide bone-crunching, no holds
barred competitions that are 100 percent authentic, which means no scripts and no
preplanned winner. Each knight is out to win, and spectators should expect to
see a contest with full-blown body contact. The
jousting competitions occur twice daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
means this is not a dinner show! It’s the real deal!” added McGinnis. “When
they hit, they hit hard. In fact, last year we had to pry off a knight’s helmet
and breastplate after a grueling battle.”
The faire takes place at Pedersen Sawmill, located in
Fawnskin at 39115 Rim of the World
Drive. The jousting tournaments are only
part of the on-going medieval-themed entertainment at the Big Bear Renaissance
Faire. There are five stages of continuous entertainment including three
general stages, a children’s stage, and a NC-17 stage.
Some of the key performers on
the NC-17 stage include comedy troupes Belles of Bedlam and Gallows Humor. Both
troupes use witty techniques to tickle the audience with a twisted sense of
humor. Another marquee performer is Adam Reid The Bawdy Juggler. He can
juggle just about anything thrown his way, including swords.
On the general
stage be sure to check out The Universe According to Galileo, an educational
and side-splitting comedy routine. The fun with the naming of the planets, to Galileo
explaining the three theories taught at the time of Aristotle, Ptolemy and
Another must-see performance is Argus Armstrong, Minimal
Ship Repair. This one man show (actually played by a woman) features as a
traveling salesman for Miracle Ship with comedy bits that revolve around
repairing a ship that includes clean humor for the youngsters, yet it’s bawdy enough for adults.
This year there are four royal
guilds and three different pirate crews to educate guests about the Elizabethan
era. Expect spontaneous outbreaks of war between the Spanish and English
the activities and entertainment is Queen Elizabeth’s
live steel battle, living history encampment with demonstrations, and Merriment
Square Children’s Area with lots of games and prizes. Some of the more notable
games include Battle
on the High Seas, Chuck a Chicken, Splatter the Platter, Soak a Bloke and
Drench a Wench.
The Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is Adults: $15; Adult weekend pass: $26; Adult
season pass: $50; Seniors, military, students and
children (age 6-12) $12; Seniors, military, students and children weekend pass:
$20; Seniors, military, students and children season pass: $38; Children 5 and
under: FREE. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-424-4232 or
online at www.bigbear.com.