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a blog – by Greg First

Final weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival!

ren fest finalTAMPA, Fla., (March. 2015) –The final weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival kicks off early for Festival Friday. Barbarian BBQ Bash is happening March 27th- March 29th.

A Festival tradition for over thirty years, Festival Friday brings unique educational, shopping and entertainment opportunities. School Day is a fantastic field trip destination for K-12 students, with lessons in music, costuming, combat and more. Along with festival Friday comes the Annual Masque Ball! Put on your finest garb, and dance the night away. There will be prizes for the best masque!

 

The last weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival includes many treats to spoil every guest! Delve into the Savoury Barbarian Market in Piper’s Valley, where you will find finger-licking goods, like jams and sauces! Of course there will be the opportunity for craft beer and wine tastings. House made BBQ available for purchase from Grandpa John’s BBQ, as well.

Barbarian BBQ Bash will truly be a great time for all as the Festival celebrates Sign Language Weekend! At each stage patrons will find Volunteers, from the local interpreting community – coordinated by Angel Interpreting and VRI, interpreting all of the shows and contests throughout the weekend.

 

Take your best shot at the annual Florida State Archery Competition! Tampa Archery School hosts the event, with competition for all ages. Saturday opens with a traditional Target competition, with categories including modern and traditional longer bow, olympic and traditional recurve, and genesys compound. Sunday makes a switch as shooters take aim at animal shaped targets, Perfect for hunters! The participation fee is $15 dollars, includes admission, and open to walk-up archers. Winners will receive bragging rights and a trophy!

 

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 36th season began on February 14th and ends on March 29th, 2015.  The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine.  Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; four and under are free!   Discount tickets are available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com.


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March 24, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Experience the High Seas Adventure at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival!

Mermaid11TAMPA, Fla., (Mar. 2015) – Set sail for the 37th year of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Embark on High Seas Adventure weekend to see mermaids and pirates wash in with the tide on March 21st and 22nd.

 

Plunder Piper’s Valley for tempting treasures of the Traders’ Port. Find handmade soaps, imported tea, and costumery fit for royals- or pirates! Be sure to make your way to the 5pm Joust to honor this weeks military family. In partnership with MacDill Air Force Base, the Festival is honoring the Men, Women and their families that sacrifice everyday in support of our country and freedom for all. Learn more about these Modern Day Knights by visiting the Festival website at www.BayAreaRenFest.com.

 

The Festival is on a mission to discover the best beards in all of the seven seas, asking contenders to showcase their facial follicles in the annual FREE Beard Competition.  Enter your facial hair into categories including; Longest Beard, Grizzliest, Most Unique, Best Mustache, or Best Trimmed Beard for your chance to win great prizes.

It can’t be a pirate festival without some ice-cold ale! Each and every day the Festival hosts two Royal Pub Crawls, which are rumored to be the rowdiest in all of Tampa!  The Black Velvet Band will guide crawlers around to different pubs on the Festival grounds as they receive three beers a commemorative mug and one hour of lively entertainment.  Don’t feel like walking? Rest your feet in the ALL NEW King’s Landing Tavern as The Bawdy Boys present a one-of-a-kind bawdy beer show for patrons 21 and up.

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 36th season began on February 14th and ends on March 29th, 2015.  The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine.  Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; four and under are free!   Discount tickets are available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com.

 

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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival!

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival will start the St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 14th and 15th during Shamrocks and Shenanigans weekend. Visitors can Wine and Chocexperience Irish heritage with activities for all ages such as Irish dancers and music, Celtic Village
vendors, Irish Heavy Games and much more!

Irish music and dancing from the Tampa Bay Pipe and Drum will be featured as well as an encore
performance of the Irish Heavy Games, led by veteran Highland and Heavy Lifting champions, Kevin Dupius and Lenny Dayton. The pair has over 18 years combined experience in competition and they coordinate six highland games tournaments throughout the South.

Highland game competitions have been a staple at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival since its
opening in 1978. The games are a combination of modern strength and ancient gaming
practices. The Highland Heavy Games Championships bring in competitors from across the globe to compete for the chance to claim the Florida State Championship title.

Saturday’s competition will be a Mixed Team Highland Game Challenge. Two teams of throwers will be selected that are comprised of athletes from the open men’s division, women’s division, and master’s division. Each will have six members per team. Sunday will be made up of an Open Competition, a traditional highland games, as well as some strongman competitions. The focus will be on allowing local athletes to compete.

Celebrate the Tampa’s Largest St. Paddy’s Day Party with the Bay Area Renaissance Festival! Marvel at the talented Irish dancers, test your stomach in the Mashed Potato Eating Contest, or show off your best kilt in the Men in Kilts Competition. Patrons are invited to stroll through the Celtic Village and visit vendors offering Irish apparel and accessories from companies such as, New World Celts, Nik-Y-Nak, Scents of Mind, Alice’s Mad Hatterverse, PheonixFire Design, and more! Of course a St. Paddy’s Day party would only be complete with Green Beer Tastings in the Realm!

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 37th season began on February 14th and ends on March 29th, 2015. The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine. Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; four and under are free! Discount tickets are available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at http://www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com.

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Let Your Fantasy Fly at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival

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Explore a world of wonders with the Bay Area Renaissance on March 7th and 8th. Flight of Fantasy weekend unveils costumes, steampunk, and belly dancing like you have never seen before!

Visit the Fantasy Market in Piper’s Valley for a truly magical experience. Here you will find beautiful trinkets, enchanted masks, and hand-made costumes. This weekend will also be filled with competitive spirit and new experiences. If you don’t feel like competing, join one of the Daily Royal Events like Henry’s Happy Hour or Pig ‘N’ Swig.

New to the lineup of Daily Royal Events is Once Upon a Tea Time. Join the Princesses and some of your favorite fairytale characters like Rumpelstiltskin, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and more, as they tell their exciting tales. Spend your afternoon with tea, lemonade, mimosas, delightfully delectable delicacies and a frolicking good time! Tickets are $15 per person and are available for purchase at the Festival Box office or online at http://www.Bayarearenfest.com.

Dancers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Middle Eastern Belly Dance Competition. This event gives participants the opportunity to shimmy their way to prizes, with categories for both amateur and professional dancers. Onlookers will experience one of a kind performances by troupes and soloists from across the state.

The competition will be judged by Darlene Trieste from the Demzarrah Gypsies. Their live music, comedy and belly dance show has been entertaining Bay Area Renaissance audiences for decades. Viewers will laugh at the antics of this gypsy family and be amazed by the performances of the talented dancers. This popular family show features everything from swords to snakes. Its many fans attest that it will make great memories for years to come. Aside Darlene will be six professional dancers from the Tampa area. The judges combine for more than 60 years of experience.

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 37th season began on February 14th and ends on March 29th, 2015. The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine. Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; four and under are free! Discount tickets are available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at http://www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com.

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Highland Fling February 21st & 22nd At The Bay Area Renaissance Festival At MOSI

Strength is highlighted this weekend, at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, as participants compete in the Florida State Highland Heavy Games and IAF Florida State Armwrestling Championships.

Patrons can expect to be wowed this weekend during the Florida State Highland Heavy Games. The championships will involve a series of 8 different events including fan favorites like 16 lb and 20 lb Stone throw, 16 lb Hammer Throw, Caber toss, and MORE! Sunday will feature the Florida State Masters Highland Games Championship, where top master competitors from Florida will compete for the Florida State Masters title and the opportunity to affirm their professional status in this sport.

The Celtic Village, in Piper’s Valley, will feature special vendors unique to Highland Fling such as Scottish clans,organizations, and other celtic companies. Patrons are invited to show off their best kilt in the Men in Kilts Competition and participate in the Kids caber toss. All hearty eaters can test their appetite for Scottish fare in the Sauerkraut Eating Contest. Of course Highland Fling would not be complete without beer tastings. Samplings will include a variety of lagers, ales and stouts.

Saturday brings a new flare as the Festival, along with PowerHouse Promotions, host the IAF Florida State Armwrestling Championships. PowerHouse promotions (Anthony Letterio) has been involved in the sport of armwrestling for 3 years. He has put on some of the biggest Armwrestling events in Florida, and this is sure to be one of them. During the event, Armwrestling enthusiasts will have the chance to meet two special guests; Jerry Cadorette, 5x World Champion out of Rhode Island, and Kevin Nelson, New York native and reality TV star from AMC’s Game of Arms.

The IAF Florida State Championship will bring some of the best athletes in the state. Divisions will be available for Professionals, Novice, Ladies, Teens, Kids under 10 and Masters for guys 40 and over. All categories go by weight and there will be awards and prizes for top three in each weight class. The International Armwrestling Federation has been around since the mid 80s mainly in the northeast. Anthony Letterio as the regional director of the southeast states, is determined to create some of the best IAF events in the Country.

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a long-standing tradition whose 37th season ends on March 29th. The Festival is open weekends, as well as Festival Friday, March 27, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine.  Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; age 4 and younger get in FREE! Discount tickets are available at MOSI, participating Circle K and Walgreen’s stores, or online at www.BayAreaRenFest.com.Ren Fest Arm Wrestle

February 17, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival Is Coming

king08_2The 2015 Bay Area Renaissance Festival At MOSI is coming February 14, 2015 thru March 29, 2015. Keep watching for details and for your chance to win tickets to this awesome annual event.

December 17, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Highland Fling Mar 2 & 3

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This Saturday and Sunday at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is the Highland Fling. Some of the special happenings are:

Highland Heavy Games Championships – Scottish Dancers – FREE Beer Tasting – Artisan Appreciation Days also new this year is Live Mermaids – Fairy Houses – Secret Garden – Cupcake Wars – Romance Package.

Don’t forget that parking is FREE. For a complete list of activities go to http://www.BayAreaRenFest.com 

February 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine, Chocolate and Romance Feb 23 & 24

Wine, Chocolate and Romance Feb 23 & 24

This weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is Wine, Chocolate and Romance Saturday and Sunday. Here are some of the things happening.

Chocolate Festival
Cupcake Wars
FREE Wine Tasting
FREE Vow Renewals
Artisan Appreciation Days
Live Mermaids
Fairy Houses
Secret Garden

The Festival is located at 11315 N. 46th Street in Tampa across from the University of South Florida. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FREE PARKING

For a complete schedule go to http://www.bayarearenaissancefest.com

February 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine, Chocolate and Romance at Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

ImageWine, Chocolate and Romance, wow, it doesn’t get much better than that. Check out the grape stomp, fudge fling or sweet stroll. Hey we talked about romance what about a couples pie eating contest. Now that is romantic. When that’s all done you can renew your vows. The Village of Fittleworth comes alive this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t forget the jousting, human chess and the world famous washer women. It’s the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI on Fowler Ave and 46th. Also, parking is FREE.

March 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment