This Saturday, May 14, the Southern Indiana Renaissance Faire will welcome guests for the first of two weekends this month.
It’ll be one of the first events to be held at the renovated Birdsell Castle (6900 Dave Carr Road) in Charlestown, Indiana, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 14-15 and May 21-22. If you miss the upcoming weekends, you’ll still be able to go to Celtic Fling in October.
Renovations to the castle, according to its Facebook page, include the addition of stables for jousting horses and Airbnb-able room suites (not for jousting horses.)
That said, you can expect to see purveyors of medieval food, beverages and wares: confirmed vendors so far include QuaffOn Brewery, Hunter’s Ridge Winery, and The Hive and Barrel Meadery. (You’ll be able to enjoy the latter’s drinks inside the castle’s pub. The other vendors will still be period-appropriate in their own ways, though — they’re required to outfit themselves and their tents in medieval dress and decor.)
There’ll also be themed entertainment from Celtica Fae; Misfit Gypsies; Crossed Cannons; Pirates, Inc.; falconer Mark Booth; magician Stuart Sisk; The Singing Sirens of ORF; fire breather and sword swallower Molotov; Chaste Treasure; Punch & Judy; and Kris Colt. Click here for the full May 14-15 schedule and here for the May 21-22 schedule.
Guests will also get to see royalty — which may include getting knighted by the king.
Of course, there’ll be jousting, thanks to the Knights of the New Order. Watch their promo video below:
There’s also “a rumor,” according to the event website, that “the Viking Encampment will be storming the Opening Gates to give access of the inner Kingdom to the visiting patrons.”
Heed another warning, too: guests ought to be on their best behavior. The website warns, “The Templar Knights will be onsite to keep peace in the Realm. They can also be bribed to arrest individuals who any friend or family member deems necessary. They will be placed in the Kings Dungeon with Bones and must pay the King’s Tax of $1.00 to be released. All funds collected from this fun event will be donated to a local charity, yet to be determined.”
Still, if you’re in the mood for something the Knights Templar might not approve of, you can purchase a $20 ticket to The Singing Sirens’ “Naughty Bawdy Show” at the gate or from one of the Sirens themselves on Saturday.
Dressing in medieval garb is recommended, of course, but not required.
One-day general admission tickets are $7.50 for children ages 3-11 and $15 for anyone age 12 and above. Medical workers, seniors, and first responders with ID can buy $10 tickets at the gate. Weekend passes are $25 each. Parking is free.
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