• Meet the Jousters: Combatant’s Keep

    The smell of horse sweat. The pounding of hooves. The anticipation as the lance lowers. The roar of the crowd… Every year, the Ohio Renaissance Festival hosts a jousting troupe at the Arena of Champions, giving our guests the opportunity to witness this age-old sport themselves. As the Queen takes the dais and the knights […]

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  • Happy Pride Month! Let’s Discover Queer Figures of the Renaissance

    The LGBTQ+ community is nothing new, and to pull that subject into debate is nothing but imaginative folly. As we move forward into pride month it is important to look back and acknowledge the people who made a contribution to LGBTQ+ history by simply existing in a time period that was – more often than […]

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  • Mental Health Awareness Month

    Mental health is not something we openly discuss. Maybe it’s the way most of us were raised. You don’t talk about that kind of thing in public. It’s a private concern, perhaps even a family one, and therefore nobody’s business but your own. The downside is that this perspective often leads those of us suffering […]

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  • What to Expect at Renaissance Park in 2022

    As May waits for us just around the corner, Renaissance Park prepares to give you another season of fun and revelry. With sunny days not far away, let’s take a look ahead at all the wonderful opportunities to get out of the house and have a little fun. 1572 Roadhouse BBQ Opens – May 5th […]

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  • Courtship & Marriage in the Tudor Era

    Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,  Long continuance, and increasing,  Hourly joys be still upon you!  Juno sings her blessings upon you.  Willaim Shakespeare, The Tempest These days we think of love and marriage as a somewhat nebulous concept. For some, it’s a deeply spiritual commitment that joins willing people together. To others, it’s more like one option […]

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  • Tricks or Treats: Season’s End 2021

    All good things must come to an end. As the seasons change and the year continues, so to must the Ohio Renaissance Festival close its gates. But before it does, we like to end the year in a big way. The crowds were good through Saturday, even with drizzles and chilly weather. I think people […]

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  • Feast of Fools: Comedy & Community

    Something I love about ORF is how often it surprises me. Along with the scheduled entertainment and returning seasonal acts, if you stick around a while you may find yourself coming across one of the many little ways in which the faire displays our pride. It’s not window dressing when I say ren faire is […]

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  • TIME TRAVELERS & Be Prepared

    2021 is a heck of a year for time travel and I mean that in the best way possible. Flouting the time-space continuum has always been a popular theme, with stories such as H.G. Wells The Time Machine and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court being counted among the most notable. The […]

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  • PIRATES: Cutthroats & Crewmates

    I’ve never known anyone who didn’t have a pirate phase. Maybe it’s because Pirates of the Caribbean came out in 2003 when I was just about eighteen, which makes it all the more surreal that eighteen years later there is a PotC 6 in the works. I remember being obsessed with that movie and the […]

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  • The 32nd Ohio Renaissance Festival: Opening Weekend

    You’ve held on with bated breath and mugs in hand, but now the gates are open and the fun has begun! The Ohio Renaissance Festival is back for its 32nd season of magic, music, and mirth within the rural village of Willy-Nilly-on-the-Wash! As ticket lines formed and crowds gathered outside the opening gate, cast members […]

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