Recreation & Park Department Chases Away Golden Gate Renaissance Faire

Hoo boy, first Pfizer and now this. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has managed to chase away the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, which was slated for Speedway Meadow this summer. The event is cancelled. Why’s that ? Read on.

No more gay weddings:


Or girl power:


Or cheering for your favorite:


Or horse petting:

And forget about jousting as well.


Says Marti, the organizer:

“It is with our deepest regret that we must announce that the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, planned to be held August 1 & 2, 2009, in San Francisco has been canceled. Ongoing challenges with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department introducing new restrictions, multiple date changes, and slow to confirm site usage along with continued changing requirements has forced Renaissance Productions to scrap its plans for this year’s event. After six successful years of producing an ever growing event for the community (hosting over 6,000 attendees in 2008), and having zero reported post-event site impact on the grounds, the Park and Recreation Department decided to change the operating arrangements. Due to these factors and a lack of confidence that additional restrictions would not be put into place at the last moment, there is no practical way for Renaissance Productions to bring a quality show to its audience or adequately market the event in due time.”

Here’s a hopeful note:

“We do hope to work out the issues and have an arrangement with the City of San Francisco to hold the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire in 2010.”

Let’s hope. But where will the Ren Fen go this year? Fremont, baby.

Get the deets regarding the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire after the jump

“Over the past two years, the, East Bay Regional Park District has worked with us to bring a new event, The Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire, to Ardenwood Historic Farm. Nestled of hwy 84 in City of Fremont, this historic site provides a view into what life was like at the turn of the century. A visit to Ardenwood is a journey back to the time of the Patterson Ranch — a prosperous, 19th century country estate with a beautiful mansion and elaborate Victorian Gardens.
We will take the park back a few more centuries and into another continent, transporting visitors to a country fair in late-1500s England where a rising young star of London’s theatre scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer’s block. What Will needs is a muse–and this extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he will find himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories will make their way into his plays and into our hearts.
This year’s theme for the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire will be Shakespeare’s Muse. September 12 & 13, Ardenwood Historic Farms will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare’s plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 600 costumed entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambience of the Faire.
This year we have a special treat for the patrons of Tahoe: Knights of Avalon are returning to add their splendor and showmanship. Knights of Avalon offer the most authentic, exciting and entertaining Joust show. Combining the elements of spontaneity, action, and humor, the Knights of Avalon present a show that will keep audiences enthralled and coming back for more. Check out what the talk about towns is all about!!!
The faire will feature three stages of continuous entertainment, Queen Elizabeth’s court, Shakespearian plays and vignettes, expertly staged battle scenes and theatrical performances, lively crafts marketplace, storytelling for children and adults, belly dancers, archery tournaments and much more. There will be merchants selling a wide array of arts and craft including one of a kind jewelry items, woodcrafts, artwork, ceramics, clothing, hats, accessories and historic weapons.
The Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire will be held September 12-13, 2009. Grounds will be open 10-6 on Saturday s and 10-5 Sundays. Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $13.00 for seniors, military, and ages 13-17, and $8 for children 3-12. Discount coupons will be available on the website soon. For more information please visit

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