No jesting, its the final weekend for the 31st annual Arizona Renaissance Festival for 2019

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: This is the final weekend for the 2019 Arizona Renaissance Festival. 

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GOLD CANYON – Have you been out to the 31st annual Arizona Renaissance Festival? What are you waiting for? It is the final weekend. All the festival is a stage; you just don’t know what unpredictable medieval mayhem you may find as you explore the faire. 

This Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, children ages 5-12 receive free admission to the festival by donating three non-perishable or canned food items to the Apache Junction Food Bank Tent on-site at the festival.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Tartanic entertains the crowd at the festival.

There is lots of action and adventure around every corner. Get ready to taste a number of craft brews at BrewFest in the Village Green. As you hobnob with royals and peasants alike, stick around for the saucy maiden contest that starts at 1:30 p.m. 

Don’t miss returning favorites such as Ded Bob, the Tortuga Twins, Zilch, Don Juan and Miguel, the Nunnies, and the live jousting tournaments held three times daily, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio. 

The 16th-century festival is home to many popular traditions, including chomping down on a giant roasted turkey leg. What’s your tradition or must do at the Renaissance Festival? If you do not have one yet, start yours this weekend.

Dress comfortably, wear sunscreen, drive safely, and enjoy the time travel experience. Huzzah!

What: The 31st annual Arizona Renaissance Festival final weekend

Where: East of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60, near the Superstition Mountains

When: Final weekend March 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., rain or shine

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: There’s something for everyone at the festival.

Tickets: Advanced tickets are available online at or at Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace and are available at ticket booths at the event. Parking is free.

For more information visit or call (520) 463-2700. 

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