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While the Scarborough Renaissance Festival isn't explicitly a "geek event," there's a lot of crossover with this one. After all, it's where I got my ocarina that's fashioned after the one featured in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It's a great place to get medieval by watching a joust, eating a turkey leg, learning about chain mail and much more. Whether you care about actual history or are just a huge Game of Thrones fan, there's likely something here for you.
Visitors will encounter colorful characters such as knights, villagers, fire jugglers, jousters, sword fighters and turtle racers. Eat a giant turkey leg, buy a longbow or some jewelry at the shops, watch a village artisan at work, stop in the Elkhorn Tavern or Dirty Duck Pub, or simply take in the sights.
April 8-9: Opening Weekend/Free kids admission
April 15-16: Celtic Weekend
April 22-23: Royale Ale Festival
April 29-30: Artisan's Showcase
May 6-7: Live the Fantasy Weekend
May 13-14: Renaissance Romance Weekend/Mother's Day Brunch
May 20-21: Legends of the Sea
May 27-29: Final Knights Weekend/Memorial Day Veterans Tribute
Admission is $24 online, $28 at the gate. $12-$13 for ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and younger.