As renaissance festivals have risen in popularity, they have long since given up any pretension at historical accuracy — if they ever did strive for such. Ren fests have instead become an amalgam of historical periods, fantasy genres, and cultural subsets all coalescing in a mead-drenched bacchanalia of revelry and mud shows. Never forget the mud shows. From its humble beginnings in a tiny corner of T.Y. Park back in the late ’90s, the South Florida incarnation of the Renaissance Festival has grown into a massive, monthlong event at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach). It will begin Saturday and end March 11. Each weekend will feature a different theme, catering to the individual geek in all of us; February 11 and 12 is Celtic Irish Weekend, February 18 to 20 is Pirate Weekend, February 25 and 26 is Pet’s Weekend, March 3 and 4 is Wenches Weekend, and March 10 and 11 is Arms and Armor Weekend. With the exception of Wenches Weekend — which is vague and probably sexist — they all sound great. And, hey, sexism is probably going to be the most period-appropriate part of this festival. Admission is $20 for adults and $7 for children 6 to 11 years old. Seasonal passes are $50. Visit ren-fest.com, or call 954-776-1642.
Feb. 11-12; Feb. 18-20; Feb. 25-26; March 3-4, 2012