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Tampa’s Largest St. Patty’s Day Party is This Weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

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This weekend March 17th and 18th the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI presents Shamrocks and Shenanigans. You are cordially invited to attend Tampa;s largest St. Patty’s Day Party. You will enjoy the Irish Heavy Games, Men in Kilts Contest, the Margaret Morrison Highland Dancers and even a Bonnie Knees Contest. The festival has vendors on every corner and some wonderful choices of food. The festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is happening rain or shine. Parking is always free. The festival is located at 46th Street and Fowler avenue in Tampa across from the University of South Florida. For a complete schedule go to http://www.bayarearenfest.com

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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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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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2012 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Coming to MOSI in February

2012 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Coming to MOSI in February

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is preparing to make their trip to the grounds of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa February 18, 2012 thru April 1, 2012. Check back often for a list of upcoming events, photos and reports from the 2012 Festival.

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