When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Seniors (62+) and Teens (13-18): $7
Children (12 and under): Free
The Sixth Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair takes place Sept. 21, 22 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
Since its inception in 2008, Las Golondrinas presented the Renaissance Fair in partnership with Open Hands, a non-profit which served the elderly and disabled of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Open Hands closed its doors in 2012, but as of very recently, Las Golondrinas has a new partner in the Fair. The Interfaith Community Shelter provides emergency hospitable shelter for homeless men, women and their children in Santa Fe. It also provides a point of entry and referral service to other agencies that provide counseling services, transitional or supportive housing and employment guidance With a new and enthusiastic partner, and in its 6th year, the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair has tremendous momentum. Since its launch in 2008, the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair has increased its attendance by an average of 955 people each year, with an explosive growth from 2011 to 2012. It is the best-attended event in Santa Fe County outside the city of Santa Fe. Further growth is anticipated in 2013, due to the fair's ever-increasing word-of-mouth reputation and family-friendly prices. Admission to the Fair is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and teens and FREE for children 12 and under.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the organizer and site for the Fair, is the premier living history museum of the Southwest. Its purpose is to preserve the typical northern New Mexico landscape with farms and villages and their inhabitants' lifestyle from the early Spanish colonial period to the beginning of the 20th century. Las Golondrinas promotes the history and culture of New Mexico to visitors and residents alike, including to school-age children, some 15,000 of whom visit each year on organized field trips.
Funds raised from this event allow Las Golondrinas and The Interfaith Community Shelter to continue to offer their many community services.
Entertainment at the Fair includes the Order of Epona, a group from Colorado who will perform two equestrian tournament shows per day, including theatrical jousting. Santa Fe’s own CLAN TYNKER headlines the on-stage entertainment, and they will take the stage 3 times/day both days. Also performing both days are Pomegranate Studios Belly Dance Co., Belisama Irish Dance, Sadaqah Middle Eastern Music, The “Escapologist,” the Pyrofessionals fire dancers, Rumelia Balkan Music, Harpist Roark Barron, The Celtic Singers, Chuscales and Mina Fajardo’s flamenco troupe and others!Once again, Tom Smylie from the East Mountains will do a live Falcon show, showcasing his amazing birds of prey.
Being in Santa Fe, this Renaissance Fair has Spanish flair. Children can participate in the “Queen’s Quest for Knowledge” and earn a meeting with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. They can also help defend the Spanish Galleon against marauding pirates, as well as compete for prizes in historical games like “Catapulting Frogs” and “Jacob’s Ladder,” and not-quite-historical games like “Pool Noodle Jousting.” Parents can take a break in the tavern and enjoy entertainment and a glass of wine, ale or mead (honey wine).
At the Medieval Village, members of the SCA (“Society for Creative Anachronism”) will show visitors what life was like hundreds of years ago. They will have arts & sciences displays, cook in a historic kitchen, demonstrate calligraphy and other skills, and demonstrate armored and rapier combat all day.(Kids can even take a swing during “Fight-a-Knight!”)
Dozens of food vendors (including turkey legs), arts & crafts vendors, henna artists and face painters, a blacksmith, Fairy Forest, free archery and much more awaits visitors at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair.Hours both days are 10am to 6 pm. Visit www.sfrenfair.org or call 505-471-2261 for more information.