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Alabama Renaissance Fair

Alabama

 
Location: 541 Riverview Drive
Florence
35630
Start Date: 10/24/2009
End Date: 10/25/2009
Festival-Info:

Begun in 1987, the official Alabama Renaissance Faire has developed into a major tourist event in Northwest Alabama. For the past four years it has been named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourist Society in Atlanta, giving it recognition by more than 800 media outlets throughout the region

 

Held in Wilson Park (renamed Fountain-on-the-Green for the two days of the Faire), this unusual event draws 30,000 – 40,000 people each year to its site in downtown Florence, Alabama. It is always held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday in October, taking advantage of the balmy weather and the gorgeous fall foliage in the park.

 

As the Faire has grown, so have the other events which surround it during Renaissance Month as October has been officially designated by the local government. In fact, brochures advertising Florence, Alabama, as the Renaissance City have been published by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and are circulated throughout the region.

 

Among the Medieval/Renaissance-related events held during October are musical programs, public lectures, dramatic performances, art exhibits and dance programs. All of these are of the highest quality, and they set the stage perfectly for the Faire.

 

One of the major events of the month is an authentic Medieval/Renaissance Feast. It is held on Saturday evening a week before the Faire in a very baronial hall and features food and entertainment of the period. People who attend the Feast are encouraged to follow the customs of the era by bringing their own tablecloth, candelabra and eating utensils – though it’s not a requirement. (This was routinely done during Medieval times because the nobility liked to flaunt its wealth by displaying its gold plates and its candlesticks of brass, silver and gold.)

 

Two free costume-making workshops are held on the first two Saturdays in October at the local Kennedy-Douglass Art Center. People of all ages are invited to bring fabric, and the rest (measuring, cutting, sewing) is done by men and women connected with the Faire. A person literally walks away with a simple costume in hand which he/she can embellish with jewelry, belts, etc. That a large percentage of people attend the Faire in costume is directly attributable to these workshops.

 

Capitalizing on the fact that the Faire is scheduled during the school year, those in charge of planning have found creative ways to incorporate it into the schools. Art contests for young children, sonnet-writing contests for adolescents, chess tournaments for all ages, and a poster-design contest for adults are outgrowths of the month-long celebration.

 

October is a great time to be in Florence, Alabama – especially the fourth weekend!

Held in Wilson Park (renamed Fountain-on-the-Green for the two days of the Faire), this unusual event draws 30,000 – 40,000 people each year to its site in downtown Florence, Alabama. It is always held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday in October, taking advantage of the balmy weather and the gorgeous fall foliage in the park.
Directions:
Phone: (256)423-7588
Website:

http://alarenfaire.org

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