Come all ye little scallywags and ragamuffins to the Midsummer Renaissance Faire of Washington. Beginning on August 6 and lasting for three weekends, this Faire boasts tons of excitement including tournaments, jousts, good food, stout drink and of course, costumes! At this awesome festival, Seattle kids and parents alike will definitely get a kick out of the creatively dressed faire-goers and will soon be itching to get into the Renaissance spirit themselves!
When to go: The weekends of August 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. Each weekend day the Faire is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How to get there: The Faire will be held at Kelley Farm at 20021 Sumner-Buckley Highway, Bonney Lake, WA. Kelley Farm is about 40 miles south of Seattle.
What to do: Activities at the Faire include puppetry, story time, magic shows, sword-play lessons, and vendors selling all sorts of goodies. The first weekend is dedicated to Piratical Plunder with swashbuckling events and activities. If your little ones really want to get into the spirit, come dressed as a pirate! The second weekend of August 13-14 is more magical and whimsical in nature as Amy Brown, fantasy and faerie artist, will be signing autographs from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm both days. Sparkly wings are encouraged. The final weekend of August 20-21 is Carnivale-themed with an emphasis on masks and face painting. This weekend is all about the art of illusion and dress-up, which is something the kiddos will surely love.
Adult (valid 1 day) — $16.00
Adult – Weekend Pass (valid 2 days) — $30.00
Child (ages 6-17) — $10.00
Child (ages 6-17) – Weekend Pass (valid 2 days) — $18.00
Child (5 and under) — Free
Family Weekend Pass (2 adult/2 child under 18) — $70.00
Family Pack Single Day Admission (2 adult/2 child under 18) — $45.00
Purchase tickets online for the following discounts:
Adult Pass — $1.00 off (use code: thorne)
Adult Weekend Pass — $1.00 off (use code: magic)
Family Weekend Pass — $1.00 off (use code: thistle)
Family Pack — $1.00 off (use code: queen)
What to bring: Water and sunscreen! A stroller may not be a bad idea if you’re planning on making a day or weekend out of it since all that walking around is sure to tire out the little ones. We also suggest packing a blanket so you can spread out your faire-feast-goodies and enjoy them in the shade.
How to dress: Plan to spend the day outdoors in a festival setting so wear comfy shoes, hats, sunglasses, and layers as needed. Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Also, check out the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire’s Facebook page for more updates and fun!
– Simone Yingst
Photo credit: Chris Yetter