Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Getting Out - Utah Renaissance Festival Preview

Jousting in Utah

With spring in the air, it is time to head outdoors and catch some of the events happening in Utah this month.  The Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire spans three weekends in May this year (May 4th-6th, 11th - 13th, and 17th -20th).  I have not ever been to this event, and am excited to go!  On the schedule are the Knights of Mayhem.  This group of athletes are NOT re-enactors, and their jousts are not staged or choreographed.  In fact, they will be in a National Geographic tv series.  What an opportunity to see them in person!

Sights from the Utah Renaissance Festival

I have always associated jousting with the Middle Ages, and that is the era during which the sport was most popular.  However, jousting continued into the Renaissance, and only began losing prominence after the invention of the musket around 1520.  The Utah Renaissance Festival is held in Marriott-Slaterville, Utah, north of Ogden.  Admission for adults is $12 ($10 if you come in costume).  The festival boasts performing groups, food, and booths.  Can't wait for this weekend!

Knight at the Utah Renaissance Festival

For more information:

Read about my visit to the Renaissance Festival in Part 1, and about the Knights of Mayhem jousting at the festival in Part 2.


  1. Can't wait to see your report on this, Amy. I've always wanted to attend but have birthdays and such that always conflict. You're tempting me. And I even have a costume...

  2. Thanks, Kim. I will let you know if it is worth it! Maybe someday I will have a costume....