Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Renaissance Faire.

Put on your tunic and tights, your jerkins and breeches, and head out to the Utah Valley Renaissance Faire this weekend at Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park in Lehi.

Join bards, jousters, archers and harpists for turkey-leg eating, medieval-ware shopping and Renaissance entertainment, Sept. 27–28 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Utah Valley Fine Arts Council is sponsoring the second annual fair, which will have local musicians, 20 artisans and 30 vendors to entertain and feed the masses. The royal feast is already sold old, but there will be plenty of other good food to try while you enjoy medieval music, puppet shows, festival dancing and equestrian vaulting. World-champion jousters, the Knights of Mayhem, will be jousting thrice daily at 12, 3 and 6 p.m.


Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Renaissance Faire.

“We can’t have a Renaissance faire without jousting and horses,” said Richard Thurman of Lehi, executive director of the event, who said he created the fair to showcase the wonderful talent of Utah Valley.

Thurman recommended fair-goers check out the schedule beforehand and make sure they get to see and do everything they want to. He said there will be basket weaving, spoon making, Chinese dancers, lion dancers and, of course, Shakespeare.

“At night we have Grassroots Shakespeare putting on Henry IV, Part 2 . . . and they do Shakespeare the way it’s meant to be done,” Thurman said.

While you’re there, keep an eye out for characters like Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Johannes Gutenberg, who will be demonstrating how his printing press changed the world.

Event organizers are hoping to have up to 7,000 people come over the weekend, including 1,200 school children on Friday, to enjoy the fair.

“We have the best birds of prey show in the state,” Thurman said. “Our guy’s got about 10 different raptors: eagles, hawks, peregrines, falcons, all kinds of stuff. And we have a world-class magician too.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children 6–12 or $25 for a family of eight. Come dressed in medieval garb and receive $2 off. More information is available on the Facebook page and the event website.

Thurman said, “Bring a good appetite, maybe a coat Friday and be prepared to spend the day just being entertained.”