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Bay Area Renaissance Festival opens in new Pasco County location on Saturday

Festival includes juggling, jousting and themed vendors
Crystal Fox of Tampa, who plays Lady Catherine, fences with Ryan Jones of Detroit, who plays Chippy, during the Trial by Combat Fight Show on Sunday at the 36th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
Crystal Fox of Tampa, who plays Lady Catherine, fences with Ryan Jones of Detroit, who plays Chippy, during the Trial by Combat Fight Show on Sunday at the 36th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Apr. 16
Updated Apr. 16

DADE CITY — The Bay Area Renaissance Festival opens its 2021 weekend events on Saturday and runs through May 23 in a new venue, the Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City.

The festival, which boasts 80,000 visitors annually, was previously was held at MOSI. It has been a Tampa Bay area tradition for more than 40 years. The festival features live armored jousting events and four stages of musicians, mimes, jugglers and magicians over six consecutive weekends which feature individual themes ranging from Pirates and Pups to Bavarian Brew Fest.

The festival is partnering with Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources this year at the 400-acre nature park at 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City.

The setting is the village of Fittleworth and visitors will be hosted by Queen Katherine Parr and her court. Costumed characters reminiscent of the 16th Century European village will interact with and entertain visitors. Another popular feature is marketplace of more than 100 vendors to display a wide variety of handmade items.

The 43rd annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased in advance. At the gate tickets are $22.95 for adults, $14.95 for children age 5-12 and those four and under are free. Parking is free.

For additional information including safety precautions and frequently asked questions, visit the webpage at: https://www.bayarearenfest.com or call the office at 1-800-601-4848.