I was provided with complementary tickets to the festival. All opinions, as always, are my own.
Every year, around my son’s birthday, the Renaissance Festival comes to Arizona. I was never able to go when I was younger but since having my own kids, I make a point to go each year. The kids always have a blast but this place is great for adults, too! This year I was lucky enough to go twice! Once on a date with my husband and another trip included the kids.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival never disappoints and it’s one of the highlights of our year. There’s only two weeks left for this year and I highly recommend you check it out. Here’s a few tips from my family to yours, to ensure the best time possible!
1. Bring cash. Sure there are ATMs but it makes the trip smoother if you prepare ahead and bring cash. Don’t worry, if you need to grab cash, ATMs are pretty easy to locate both inside and outside the entrance.
2. Dress Up. My kids love any chance to dress up and why not? We have a box of dress up gear and helped them pick themed appropriate pieces but the certainly don’t have to be historically accurate! My older boy wanted to wear Pokemon pieces that resembled a dragon. The employees are always extra fun when you are dressed up.
3.Timing. I know my kids won’t last the whole day at the festival so I’ve learned the best time for us to go is in the afternoon. That way we are there at the end for the Joust to the Death. It’s one of our favorite things to see, the show is such fun and higher energy than the others throughout the day. This timing works for us, but take a look online to see what might work for you.
4. Wear sunscreen and comfy shoes. The festival is 30 acres packed full with rides, food, stages/shows, crafts, jousting, mermaids and more! Make sure you are wearing comfy shoes so you can enjoy your time exploring. The festival is outdoors (though you can certainly find relief form the sun in one of the shaded areas) so sunscreen is another must.