LIf you are looking to escape the technology driven world of the 21st century and get back to a simpler time then you should look no further than the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament, and a feast all rolled into one!
Enjoy the comedic and talented entertainment of the various shows while dining on turkey drumsticks. Check out the wonderful arts and crafts that are available to admire and purchase. Don’t forget to head over to the arena to watch medieval athletes compete in the Arizona Renaissance Festival Jousting Tournament. You will be amazed at all the festival has to offer and might even have to make multiple visit to truly take in all of the entertainment, rides, and crafts in the artisan marketplace.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is located just East of Phoenix along U.S. 60 and runs Saturdays and Sundays through February and March from 10am-6pm rain or shine. Parking is free, but no pets allowed. Tickets can be purchased at the gates, online or at Fry’s Food Stores and prices vary depending on where you purchase and the age of the guest.
If you think you will be making multiple visits to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, season passes are also available to save you money! There is so much to do at the Arizona Renaissance Festival that everyone in the family will be able to find something they enjoy! So load everyone up and take a short trip back to the middle ages and grab a turkey drumstick while you are there!
Every April the country music world descends upon Florence, AZ about one hour North of Tucson for four days of music and fun at the Country Thunder Music Festival. If you are a country music fan this yearly festival is a CANNOT miss experience! Country Thunder can be tailored to your willingness to be a part of the experience and there are plenty of options available for travel and lodging. Tickets for Country Thunder can be purchased as single day admission or a four day pass. One option for those looking to make the most of their experience is to purchase a camping pass to Country Thunder and stay on site all four days! If you take this option be aware that you must also purchase a four day pass to the festival as well in order to gain access to the campground. Be aware that the campground passes sell out well in advance of the April festival so be sure to check the website often. If camping is not your thing you can look into lodging in nearby Florence, AZ or travel back and forth from Tucson or Phoenix for each day of the festival. Several cab and party bus companies also partner with Country Thunder to help provide safe transportation.
Country Thunder isn’t just your local bands and small time acts, several big name headliners are brought in each year. Among those headlining the 2014 edition are Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and The Band Perry. Make no mistake all the other performers are sensational and make Country Thunder a tremendous atmosphere for listening to music, dancing, and hanging out with family and friends. So if you have plans to be in Arizona in April and country music makes your toe tap, this festival is the place for you!