Gather Round All Ye Lords and Ladies to Marvel at These Magnificent Costumes of the Ye Olde Renaissance Festival (Fourth Edition)

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When I usually do the NFL posts, I generally move on to the college sports. However, since the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival opened on August 18 this year, I had to change gears with these costumes. Of course, these Renaissance Festivals have less to do with history and more to do with entertainment. The costumes aren’t authentic since they mainly consist of a mishmash of medieval to Baroque era fashions along with fantasy and mythology. While the festival itself, is about as overpriced and PG oriented that’s fun for the whole family. Indeed, you may have jousting, but it’s not as violent or injury prone as the real thing. A French king died from a jousting accident during the 1500s. Henry VIII suffered a serious injury in one that physically screwed him up for the rest of his life. There’s music and dance as well as period inaccurate food. Seriously, turkey legs weren’t Renaissance era cuisine since turkeys are American animals. So for your reading pleasure, I bring you another treasury of Renaissance Festival costumes.

  1. They say black is rather slimming.

Kind of reminds me of something you’d see from Game of Thrones. Though much of her outfit requires much lacing.

2. Any noble lady would appear stunning in blue at the jousting grounds.

She even has her own mug on her. But you have to admire her amazing sleeves.

3. Someone’s in the mood to play ball.

Though I doubt if it’s made out of rubber. Because they didn’t have much of a way to produce it during Renaissance times.

4. Behold, a lady archer out for the hunt.

She carries a quiver of arrows and wears an elegant blue cape. She also keeps a horn around her belt.

5. A creamy dress should always come with pearls.

I’m sure the pearls are fake. Yet, at least the guy’s outfit matches his boots.

6. Best not to trust this fearsome pirate.

He’s wearing rather exquisite jewelry on his neck and fingers. Plus, he seems to have his eye on some treasure.

7. You don’t want to face this noble sword maiden.

She has a lovely red jacket and leather bodies. But go near her or she’ll rip you to shreds.

8. This lass brought her own ride to the fair.

And she has her horse dressed for the occasion as well. And I’m sure it’ll leave plenty of droppings behind.

9. This old wizard prefers to dress in long green robes.

He also carries a staff and wears an old brown hat. He even sports the beard.

10. You best not mess with these pirate lasses.

And yes, two of them wear corsets. One even has a flowing skirt.

11. Here she entered masked and anonymous.

She carries a bow and arrows as well as all clad in leather. Watch your back.

12. I guess the cleric isn’t paying attention to the jester.

He’s just either quietly at prayer or plotting something. As the jester begins his merriment.

13. A fair maiden brims with radiance in red.

She also has a gold pattern underdress to match. But you have to love the long red sleeves.

14. Peacock blue will always impress.

She wears braids to keep her blonde locks in place. Got to love the gold decoration.

15. When it comes to style, some couples seem to match.

Though I really wouldn’t go for the color and pattern myself. Still, they appear quite fancy.

16. A girl with pointy ears always looks pretty in bright blue.

She’s even had her face painted. Nonetheless, her dress is quite lovely.

17. With his bow and arrow, he’s a huntsman to be reckoned with.

He’s even got a longbow. And yes, it can fire arrows at a longer distance than its conventional counterpart.

18. A lady should have an air of elegance in a long draping dress.

Her collar is even decked in floral gold designs. And indeed, she is magnificent.

19. Seems like we have a rather demonic presence here.

And indeed, you’d have a hell of a time with them. But why risk it?

20. She knows her own way around a sword.

Though you wouldn’t want to be near her rapier. For she could slash you to shreds.

21. My, fancy to run into this pirate lass.

She wears a long white shirt with a leather corset. And yes, she’s decked in jewels.

22. A lady can always carry her own in black.

Her dress has gold trim. And her sleeves drape to her skirt.

23. A lovely wench should always put on the right bodice.

She also wears a wide straw hat to match. And it’s decked in bright feathers.

24. You don’t need to feel small in peasant garb.

She wears a leather belt and makes a toast. Not quite flashy but tasteful.

25. Want to hear a fairy play her song?

Not sure what she sounds like on her flute. But she does have stellar wings.

26. I’m guessing this couple is from Germany.

He’s dressed as a German huntsman. She’s clad as a German barmaid.

27. With peasant kids, always keep it simple.

And yes, they’re clad in smocks and dresses. So cute.

28. These guys are in the autumn spirit.

One even appears to have rock hard abs. Nonetheless, Like the antler and leaf crown.

29. A noble knight never needs to be flashy.

He just wears a mail shirt and a gray tunic. She just dons a chemise and a red dress.

30. A belly dancer relishes in her audience.

She has a red top and a black skirt. Yet, you have to love her belt and jewels.

31. Apparently, this witch is on the prowl.

She has a white face with a staff and tall hat. And yes, she could be quite terrifying.

32. Pirate girls always know how to have fun.

All wear their tricorn hats with their skirts. Please don’t mess with them.

33. Careful if you go near the dreaded pirate captain.

Indeed, he certainly looks smashing. But he’ll make you walk the plank if he could.

34. Even small fairies must be respected.

She has a green bodice and a pink skirt. Almost like she’s a pixie wearing a flower.

35. As this lass wears a mask, no one will know her.

She wears a green mask and a garland of flowers on her head. Yet you have to like her laced corset.

36. Would you trust your child with a creature like this?

I’m sure this monster is harmless. But it does have the potential to scare people who don’t understand.

37. A noble woman should always have a sense of style.

Sure her dress is patterned like one’s drapery. But she flaunts it for all to see.

38. With an outfit like that, you’d think she was picked up from a deserted island.

I’m sure she’s dressed as some raider. Though her outfit is generous with the fringe.

39. When you’re at the Renaissance Festival at 11 and have to go to a Star Wars convention at 3.

Well, I guess Padme’s queen outfit can fit in. Nonetheless, you have to like the kilts on these Stormtroopers.

40. Best you not trust this enchantress in the woods.

She has a horn on her flower garland. And her dress is in a shiny periwinkle.

41. Behold, a seasonal satyr in all his glory.

Okay, he’s probably not a satyr. But get a load of his hat and armor. Not to mention, how he stands in magnificence.

42. A Renaissance dress pattern should always stand out.

Though her dress seems more fitting for a table cloth. Yet, she’s enjoying the parade.

43. You’d wonder where this fairy will fly to next.

She wears a simple dress. While her wings shimmer in the sun.

44. Sometimes you have to go all out with a hat.

And yes, her hat is a giant nest of feathers. Hope you don’t get too close to her.

45. Looks like someone has stumbled into another time.

Well, that’s Dr. Who. But if he actually was in the Renaissance, the streets would smell like crap and everyone would be dirty.

46. Who could guess this fairy hiding in the bushes?

She’s in a green and purple outfit with green wings. But you must watch your back since fairies are unpredictable in fairy stories.

47. Apparently, she’s quite and adventurous lass.

Well, you have a lot of women wearing costumes with short skirts. Yet, in the Renaissance, this would’ve been a fashion no-no.

48. A pirate lass should always sport an impressive hat.

She also wears pants and boots. And her corset is laced with red string.

49. With Scottish kilts, it’s like father, like son.

And they’re both wearing the same family plaid. Hope the kid is potty trained. Because I don’t want to know what they wear underneath.

50. In this outfit, this fairy struts like a peacock.

Her dress has a feathery chest, too. And her wings match the skirt.

51. Care for a stroll around the grounds?

She wears a white and flower dress while carrying a lacy parasol. So best you cover puddles as she goes by.

52. Want to share a pint?

Okay, she’s drinking from a plastic dixie cup. But you have to love the flower garland she’s wearing.

53. All this man wants to do is frolic in the forest.

Here he stands in all his bountiful glory. His crown of antlers also consists of fruits and leaves.

54. Want to see a falconry demonstration?

Falconry is a way of training a bird of prey to find food. Yet, here I think the bird’s wings are clipped.

55. Seems like this fairy is all blue.

She has a blue face with blue wings. She also wears a blue dress.

56. Dressing one’s best must be a top priority.

They’re both wearing beige. Yet, the woman’s hat is quite charming.

57. Purple is always a resplendent color.

However, during the Renaissance, purple was only reserved for royalty. Mostly because the dye for it was so expensive and rare.

58. It always helps to spread your wings.

And spread her wings she certainly does. But don’t expect her to fly with them.

59. A red dress will always make one appear regal.

Helps if she’s wearing a neat hat to match. Yet, her dress is trimmed with gold.

60. Apparently, she went with some animal cultists in the woods and never came back.

Yes, there are furries at Renaissance festivals. But not sure what I think about the tiger with antlers.

61. A small dress doesn’t always have to be plain.

She wears a black smock with a fancy white dress. And she’s quite adorable in it.

62. A black cloak should have the same pattern as the dress.

And she seems quite matronly in it as well. Still, wouldn’t want to be in her way.

63. Behold, the dragon has come for merrymaking.

Well, I guess dragons would want to have a good time once in awhile. But this is just simply ridiculous.

64. A knight should always enjoy a good time with his fair lady.

Though he seems a bit old to be on the battlefield. Yet, I do like the woman’s hat.

65. She may be a warrior woman, but her armor is all mail.

However, I don’t think this outfit would be very practical in fight. And the reasons are obvious.

66. A woman must always travel with her white knight.

I think these are Star Wars mashups. Since one seems like a medieval Stormtrooper. The other resembles one of Jabba’s sex slaves.

67. A huntsman always ventures alone.

He only carries his bow and his quiver of arrows. But he’s all clad in leather for protection.

68. This mermaid is a real fish out of water.

Okay, she’s just wearing a dress. But I see no seashell bra.

69. You’d think this maid serves in a nearby kitchen.

Well, she’s wearing a cap to protect her hair. Though she seems like a pleasant peasant.

70. This warrior always dresses for the weather.

He’s clad in furs for the cold. But has sword and shield in hand.

71. One must always wear a dress fit for a queen.

She wears a simple black dress with a silver stomacher. And topped with a crown to match.

72. This wizard shows up with a camera.

Indeed, a camera is a strange object for an old wizard from the 16th century. So are sunglasses.

73. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth I is back from the dead.

Though she normally wore white makeup like that. Despite that it was based in lead.

74. Care to help a weary traveler?

After all, she’s wearing a wide-brimmed hat and headscarf. She also has her belongings in ye olde fanny pack.

75. Here’s a satyr of the forest.

She has a tall leaf staff and a belt with a leaf. Yet, you don’t want to get under her hooves.

76. This service dog is here to entertain you.

Since it’s dressed as a jester. Though I don’t think it likes wearing that ridiculous hat.

77. Lady pirates should always be well-dressed.

One is in a long dress and a tricorn hat. The other wears a long coat dress and feather hat.

78. Sometimes all you need is the right combination.

She wears a black and white dress and maroon corset. Yet, she can’t complain.

79. This highlander came with his swordsman and fairy.

Well, he’s a dad with kids. But you can’t help but adore this.

80. A man doesn’t need pants to look like a badass.

Here he’s wearing a kilt and wielding a sword. Yet, I wonder how he seems like a brave Scot.

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Gather Round All Ye Lords and Ladies to Marvel at These Magnificent Costumes of the Ye Olde Renaissance Festival (Third Edition)

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Renaissance Festival season is back in southwestern Pennsylvania with the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival starting on August 26th and running through weekends in September and Labor Day. So anyone interested might want to get into their LOTR and Game of Thrones costumes, get a purse full of cash, and enjoy the fantasy! Of course, you’ll often find a mishmash of costumes ranging from medieval to 1600s which include royalty, pirates, fairies, Vikings, gypsies, mythological creatures, and others. And all in a pseudo-historical and overpriced event suited for 21st century eyes. Because had you been at a festival during the Renaissance you probably wouldn’t want to be there. Not because they didn’t serve turkey legs since nobody was settling in America at that point. Well, there was Spanish colonization and Roanoke but let’s just you don’t want to there either. And let’s just say the Renaissance was far dirtier, bloodier, and uglier than what these renfests show you. Call it a theme park version if you will since the primary aim for a Renaissance festival is entertainment. And yes, you’ll see plenty of people show up in their outfits. So for your reading pleasure, I bring you another assortment of Renaissance Festival costumes.

  1. It takes a little peasant to hold up a big frame.

Well, the frame is more like big for her. But sometimes size is irrelevant.

2. A satyr should always stand in leafy glory.

And we should all agree that his fall look is fabulous. Then again, fall leaves are among the most colorful.

3. You’d almost mistake this kid for a little barbarian.

The costume mainly consists of torn clothing and a fur cape. But the velcro shoes give an anachronistic impression.

4. Simple dresses and straw hats can do for peasant styles.

After all, regular Renaissance women weren’t wearing lavish gowns to show off to everyone. So these will do fine.

5. Seems like we’ve come to a magic troll in the forest.

Then again, he seems like he could be a wizard. Perhaps Merlin’s brother Elsgarth who’s known to harass woodland creatures.

6. You can always enjoy a pint in a fancy hat.

You can also have a patched skirt and leather fanny pack to match. Of course, someone in Britain is probably laughing right now.

7. Sometimes brown can really do it for you.

You’d almost mistake this guy for the Sheriff of Nottingham. Except he wouldn’t be wearing that in the 12th century save in movies.

8. You can even get a Renaissance Festival dress in an infant size.

Though in the Renaissance, it’s likely both boys and girls would wear them. But not like this.

9. A fair lady can always turn heads in red.

Makes her appear like a villain in a Tudor drama. Bet she has a dagger hidden under her skirt.

10. A winter queen always wears a resplendent blue dress.

Though this doesn’t seem like the season for it. Then again, it might be the only time the Renaissance Festival comes to her hometown.

11. A sea beauty can always go with some blue hair.

She’s supposed to be dressed as a mermaid with a jeweled seashell bra. But a blue skirt is close enough.

12. A Scotsman must stand tall with an ax in his kilt.

Not bad with the leather top. But I wonder if he’s wearing anything underneath. Because you know what they all say about men in kilts.

13. Seems like this couple wanted to dress in something that matches with the landscape.

Well, not quite. The woman wears a sky blue dress. But they both look very beige to me.

14. When it gets cold, you might want some furs.

Apparently, the people of PETA are upset right now. But the fur is fake and part of a witch costume.

15. With fall fashion, you can’t beat the forest spirits.

I see we have an elf, an antler woman, and a woman in a leafy headdress. And yes, they aim to match the trees.

16. Beware of the man in the long leather mask.

You know the old plague doctor’s mask? Sure it’s not an authentic model. But it’ll protect him from the plague as well as a real one ever did. Not at all.

17. Any girl can be a warrior princess.

This one looks more like a Viking outfit. Not as fancy as a gown but practical. Hope she knows how to handle a sword.

18. Bet you didn’t expect to see a fairy decked in green.

She even wears fishnet stockings on her legs. But you have to check out her gold and green wings.

19. A Scottish lass must have some plaid on her.

After all, what’s Scottish pride without a tam and plaid? Besides, kilts are menswear.

20. A simple smock is fine for a forest spirit.

Because no fairy wants to be held down by a heavy Renaissance dress. Still, love the purple.

21. A fall fairy can sport rather gorgeous wings.

Seems like fall fairies are all the rage. She even wears a leafy headdress and rainbow tutu.

22. Any lady can stun in an elegant green.

Comes with long, wide sleeves and golden embroidery. Stunning and will probably break the bank.

23. A harp playing fairy is magical in magnificent purple.

Yes, these costumes can get quite elaborate. But I’m always a sucker for purple stuff. Love the skirt.

24. Not sure how anyone could play on two pipes at once.

Maybe the pipes are two different clefs. Then again, it goes with her fairy costume.

25. A peacock fairy is a wondrous sight.

Her outfit is covered in peacock feathers from top to bottom. Love it.

26. Who says a girl can’t go out in the woods by herself?

However, let’s hope the bow, arrows, and dagger are fashion accessories. Because using weapons in public shouldn’t be encouraged.

27. Apparently, someone’s a hit with the ladies.

Yes, that guy seems quite proud of himself being among women. I’m sure any of these would want him to open their bodice. Since they must be roasting in these dresses.

28. These lady pirates are always up for a beer.

Though real pirate ladies usually dressed as dudes to conceal their identities. So they wouldn’t be wearing lovely outfits like these.

29. I suppose this woman is supposed to be Mary, Queen of Scots.

If so, then I don’t think she’ll live happily ever after. Actually her whole life was a series of unfortunate events.

30. A peasant woman carries her things on her belt.

Because most 16th century dresses didn’t have pockets. And that’s why we have purses today.

31. I believe this barbarian relishes in making an entrance.

Had this one for at least a year or two. Wasn’t sure what to do with it until now. But you have to admire the guy’s mail and teeth helmet.

32. Is that a shaman or a witch doctor?

Yes, I know it looks cool. But the skulls seem to suggest a connotation with death and cannibalism for some reason.

33. Perhaps you might want to don a colorful princess gown.

This one is mostly red with loose sleeves and a yellow underskirt. The neckline is lined with gold.

34. A  long black bodice stands out in yellow and white.

Though it doesn’t seem laced very tightly. Then again, to each his own.

35. A man should always wear the right boots to match his pantaloons.

Okay, he’s wearing pants. But the rule applies. Also, check out those poofy sleeves.

36. You should be careful about walking in your own bare feet.

Uh, the floor is mulch and chances are this woman will come home to feet filled with splinters. For God’s sake, we have shoes for a reason.

37. One of these pirates has a pair of goggles ready for the adventure.

Yes, pirates might seem cool. But you wouldn’t want to be around a bunch of drunk guys on a wooden ship that smells like shit.

38. Peasant dress isn’t always as simple as it looks.

I’m sure this consists of several pieces of fabric. And it’s dirtied up for a more “authentic” look.

39. A guy looks like a fighter with spiky armor and helmet horns.

Though the most this knight will accomplish is putting someone else’s eye out. Looks baddass, by the way.

40. “Interesting that you humans have these Renaissance Festivals.”

Yes, I know Data’s from Star Trek TNG and has nothing to do with the Renaissance. Still, let’s pretend he’s in the Enterprise holosuite program.

41. Looks like we’ve come to a couple of fairies.

Not those kind of fairies. These have wings and flutter. One of them is a guy.

42. This woman has mail all over her.

Yes, her outfit is made of chain mail which was once used armor. Let’s hope it doesn’t freeze on her if it’s abnormally cold.

43. This fairy loves to deck her hair with flowers.

Yes, I know I’ve featured a lot of fairies on this post. But this one kind of stands out for me. Don’t know why.

44. On cold days, you might want to bundle up with feathers.

Then again, the feathered look might be a bit too much. But I love the feather mask.

45. If you should travel to the Renaissance Fair, I suppose you might prefer a 3 piece dress.

Just consists of a shirt, corset, and skirt. You can also add a garland if you want to.

46. How about a pint with this old warrior?

Kind of reminds you of a sage from some fantasy film. Of course, he must’ve spent a lot of time on his outfit.

47. Maybe you might want to see a fairy queen with a couple of entertainers.

I guess she’s with a jester and a troubadour. Jester also knows how to juggle.

48. This redhead is her own knight in shining armor.

She even has her own horse to show for it. Hope the mail doesn’t weigh her down.

49. This red-caped woman comes with her own bull horn.

That way if she runs into a wolf, she can blow into it and call for help. Then again, that horn might be used for gun powder.

50. I’m sure nobody could resist these 3 little swordsmen.

At least they’re playing with wooden swords. They’re also dressed he same, too.

51. This centaur has an unusual hairy chest.

You can see he has wheels on the back legs. And please don’t ask him how he goes to the bathroom.

52. This belly dancer has come to entrance you to her moves.

Interesting how her outfit goes with her pink hair. And I suppose she’s not wearing a midriff due to the weather.

53. A fairy should never go out without a flower dress.

She even has more flowers in the back. Must’ve taken her hours to get dressed in that. outfit.

54. Pardon me, or is that Captain Jack Sparrow?

Well, he almost resembles the Johnny Depp character. Even has the swagger.

55. Seems like a couple of Vikings invaded this Renaissance Festival.

Both have horned helmets which Vikings didn’t wear when on their boats. And there are obvious reasons for that.

56. She knows her way with a bow and arrow.

Helps if she wears a simple dress with a belt. Not sure how it helps her give a good aim though.

57. May I introduce you to the rainbow fairy?

She has rainbow wings and tutu. But her top is mostly white. So pretty.

58. Now this guy looks like a real lovable rogue.

He has a sword and his tunic with leather pants and boots. Simple yet effective.

59. Between these three, there isn’t much there.

Or rather on them. And yes, they’ll probably shiver at the end of September.

60. Now that’s some rather interesting armor.

Well, she has a couple of plates on her boobs. Though I particularly want to know whether she’s holding a knife or scepter in her hand.

61. You may even see an ogre or two at the Renaissance Faire.

I know the guy is supposed to be Shrek. But the woman doesn’t look like Fiona.

62. For a little princess a dress of pink and purple will do.

Of course, let’s hope she doesn’t go to the Renfest when it’s raining. Because she’s so adorable in it.

63. Nothing makes a soldier look badass like tacked leather.

Though that won’t protect you like chain mail and armor. But yes, it makes you think you’ll be great for Game of Thrones.

64. Didn’t think I’d see a green fairy in the winter.

Though she seems more suited for spring or summer. Also, how does she keep warm in the snow.

65. For this family, the Renaissance Festival doesn’t get better than this.

Yes, whole families attend this event every year. And this family came as a group of peasants.

66. My, we have a ragtag bunch of misfits.

Well, we have a satyr, two fairies, and a traveler. Love the parasol.

67. Go ahead, green fairy, try to look cute with your little wings.

For some reason, a lot of fairies wear green. Maybe it’s to blend in with the green in the forest.

68. These three gypsies have come with tambourines.

Well, at least two of them did. But you have to admire the girls’ colorful dresses.

69. Here we come to a Viking warrior woman all blinged out.

Yes, I know she doesn’t have much on her. Still, I believe she comes from the Nordic land of Las Vegas.

70. Apparently, this family of pirates are having a jolly time.

Note that most real pirates didn’t live past 30. Still, you can’t help but like their outfits.

71. These little fairies hope you enjoy the magic.

They could almost be the little versions of some of the fairies I showed on this post. And yes, they’re filled with magical cuteness.

72. You might enjoy the fun size version of the Three Musketeers.

Okay, they’re little boys dressed as the Three Musketeers. Yet, you can’t think they’re anything less than adorable.

73. Nothing can feast your eyes like a fairy peacock queen.

She has a peacock feather crown with butterfly wings. Love the feathers.

74. You’d almost think she has a face of an angel.

She’s said to be a fairy godmother. But I liken her to a living statue. Hope she doesn’t freak out anyone.

75. It won’t take long for you to recognize this jester in a parade.

After all, he’s clad in black and white while everyone else is in color. But he doesn’t seem to mind.

76. A beige and maroon dress certainly does impress.

I guess she’s one of the court ladies at the Renaissance Festival. Not sure who she’s supposed to be.

77.  This noble lady has come to the faire with her own maid.

Well, as far as I can tell by the outfits. But the one on the left looks more like a cook.

78. Apparently, she came to the Renaissance Festival looking for a man.

Then again, this was what women were supposed to do during the Renaissance. Though normally it would comprise of being married off to a guy your parents wanted you to be with. This is especially if they needed the money.

79. You’d almost think a demon came to town.

Yes, he seems like the Krampus But his wings and head are surely impressive.

80. For some, you might come across this noble soul.

Yes, it’s a dog dressed in Renaissance garb. I know what you’re thinking. But at least it’s not as fancy.

Gather Round All Ye Lords and Ladies to Marvel at These Magnificent Costumes of the Ye Olde Renaissance Festival (Second Edition)

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For all you lords and ladies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, Renaissance Faire season is upon us. So if you enjoy 16th centuryish fun, games, and merrymaking, remember that it’s open only during weekends in September and Labor Day. Nevertheless, I did a Renaissance Festival post last year around this time which may not have gotten a lot of views, but since the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival is near my house, I thought I can do another edition for this year. After all, whenever you go to any of these events, you’re bound to see a lot of people in costumes. Are these historically accurate? Hell, no. But then again, most Renaissance fairs aren’t supposed to be educational, anyway. Besides, if you were in  a real Renaissance European town, it would probably not be a very enchanting experience. For one, you’d have a very hard time keeping your clothes clean since the streets would be covered in horse shit. Second, you will not find anyone selling turkey legs because turkeys are North American birds and most of North American colonization would take place in the 17th century (though it’s a different story if we’re talking about the Spanish in the southern US and anywhere below that). Third, sanitation was horrible with people pissing and throwing their shit out windows, animals doing their business in the street, and lack of regular bathing. Fourth, since countries were ruled by authoritarian monarchies and princedoms, you could forget about the upper classes believing in free speech, freedom to worship (save in France within the last decades of the 16th century), or anything relating to social justice because they just didn’t give a shit. If you live in Spain, you might have to deal with the Spanish Inquisition and ruthless Catholic and expansionist monarchs. If you live in Italy, then you might have to worry more about noble families fighting with each other and using the Catholic Church as an avenue for social advancement while not giving a damn about priestly duties (until the Catholic Counter-Reformation started cracking down on this). If you live in Eastern Europe, then you’ll have to deal with either the Ottoman Empire or Russia at the time of Ivan the Terrible. Neither of which are good. And if you live in Northern Europe, then you’re in the middle of the Reformation which means you better conform to what your ruler believes and do what they say or else expect your life to be a living hell. That or be executed. Maybe both. Okay, I could say the same about any country in Renaissance Europe, but this mainly goes for the northern parts since they’re most likely to be exposed to, adopt, and possibly be forced to convert to Protestantism. Sure some rulers may be more tolerant than others but don’t count on it. Also, if your country is mostly Protestant, there’s a strong chance that you’ll be accused, convicted, and later executed for witchcraft even though your crime was simply having someone in your life who really didn’t like you or being a convenient scapegoat. Yes, you might be completely innocent, but no one’s going to help you and expect to see those you know and love join in the hysteria since they don’t want to be next. Fifth, jousting and other tournament activities were dangerous which resulted in serious injuries (as in Henry VIII’s case which screwed him up bad) and possibly death (as with Catherine d’ Medici’s husband Henri II of France). Sixth, modern medicine didn’t exist at a time when contagious deadly diseases were rampant while surgery basically consisted of hacking off limbs. Seventh, aside from tournaments, blood sports, animal fights, and public executions were seen as fun for the whole family. Eighth, thanks to the Reformations as well as power hungry rulers, warfare and violence was rampant and very ugly. And finally, those beautiful outfits you see in Renaissance paintings weren’t very comfortable or great to wear in the summer.

So you might understand why Renaissance festivals might take liberties with history and present the era as the fun time it wasn’t. Nevertheless, you’re bound to find costumes pertaining to a mishmash from everything relating to Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the 17th century to high fairy tale fantasy. And here I give you another treasure trove of Renaissance Faire costumes for your reading pleasure.

  1. Sometimes a simple peasant dress is all you need.
Sure had she lived in the 16th century, it would be much dirtier and not in such bright colors. But she certainly looks lovely.

Sure had she lived in the 16th century, it would be much dirtier and not in such bright colors. But she certainly looks lovely.

2. They may not be wicked enchanters, but their robes certainly are.

Not exactly what you'd see at Hogwarts. But they look so badass in their robes and staffs you don't even care.

Not exactly what you’d see at Hogwarts. But they look so badass in their robes and staffs you don’t even care.

3. This fairy knows how to dress in silver and white.

Yes, I know it's more fantasy than Renaissance. But you see people dressed like this at such festivals. Besides, a lot of Renaissance outfits are uncomfortable anyway.

Yes, I know it’s more fantasy than Renaissance. But you see people dressed like this at such festivals. Besides, a lot of Renaissance outfits are uncomfortable anyway.

4. Thanks to furry legs, this lady satyr doesn’t need a skirt.

Anyone familiar with Greek mythology should know that female satyrs were all male. Female satyrs were inventions by later poets.

Anyone familiar with Greek mythology should know that female satyrs were all male. Female satyrs were inventions by later poets.

5. When it comes to costume jewelry, sometimes there are no limits.

I think this woman is supposed to be a gypsy from what I could tell by her outfit. But I could be wrong. At least she has one of those perfumers even if it's just for show.

I think this woman is supposed to be a gypsy from what I could tell by her outfit. But I could be wrong. At least she has one of those metal perfumers around her waist even if it’s just for show.

6. Sometimes in a woman’s dressed, layered skirts are necessary.

Yes, women did wear multiple skirts in those days, particularly the wealthy. Still, while the skirts are nice, I'm not sure about the sleeves.

Yes, women did wear multiple skirts in those days, particularly the wealthy. Still, while the skirts are nice, I’m not sure about the sleeves.

7. Anyone familiar with Renaissance history should be able to recognize good ol’ Henry VIII.

You know the English Tudor king who was married 6 times, beheaded 2 wives and a lot of his friends, broke with the Catholic Church, and later got very fat towards the end of his life. Yes, that's the ruthless and colorful Henry VIII.

You know the English Tudor king who was married 6 times, beheaded 2 wives and a lot of his friends, broke with the Catholic Church, and later got very fat towards the end of his life. Yes, that’s the ruthless and colorful Henry VIII.

8. Not sure what these two or going for with the Venice Carnival masks.

Yes, they kind of look creepy. But apparently, these people think the masks are cool. So they go with them.

Yes, they kind of look creepy. But apparently, these people think the masks are cool. So they go with them.

9. A medieval dress should always come with a matching cape of the same color.

Often it wouldn't in the Middle Ages, because even the nobles had a very limited wardrobe. Seriously, clothes were expensive at that time.

Often it wouldn’t in the Middle Ages, because even the nobles had a very limited wardrobe. Seriously, clothes were expensive at that time.

10. Now that seems like a strange looking wench.

Yes, one of these guys is in a dress and most likely because he has a strange sense of humor. But please don't judge him.

Yes, one of these guys is in a dress and most likely because he has a strange sense of humor. But please don’t judge him.

11. A woman should always be able to enjoy a good brew in all her finery.

And I bet this woman's costume didn't come cheap either. Knowing how it's rich with ornate detail.

And I bet this woman’s costume didn’t come cheap either. Knowing how it’s rich with ornate detail.

12. When it comes to Renaissance costume, rich ladies always wore the big skirts.

But at the Renaissance Festival these can be worn by almost anyone and can be adjusted for comfort. Real rich Renaissance ladies didn't have such luxuries.

But at the Renaissance Festival these can be worn by almost anyone and can be adjusted for comfort. Real rich Renaissance ladies didn’t have such luxuries.

13. Simple medieval dresses in pink and blue are always fine for young girls.

Because Renaissance dresses can be very expensive if ornate enough. Yet, these little girls are so cute.

Because Renaissance dresses can be very expensive if ornate enough. Yet, these little girls are so cute.

14. Seems like these two Disney princesses are enjoying themselves.

Seems like they're dressed like Princess Aurora and Snow White. And in costumes somewhat suitable to the period, according to storybooks.

Seems like they’re dressed like Princess Aurora and Snow White. And in costumes somewhat suitable to the period, according to storybooks.

15. Never thought I’d catch sight of a peacock fairy.

Love how she has her green and blue costume coordinate with the peacock feathers she uses as wings. Very ingenious of her.

Love how she has her green and blue costume coordinate with the peacock feathers she uses as wings. Very ingenious of her.

16. A bishop always has the right of way at this festival.

I'm sure he's not a clergyman of any kind in real life. But he does have a cool hat and lavish robes to make a presence.

I’m sure he’s not a clergyman of any kind in real life. But he does have a cool hat and lavish robes to make a presence.

17. In this outfit the skirt just had to match the parasol.

Now that's a dress you can see from a mile away. Very bright if you ask me. Like the hat, too.

Now that’s a dress you can see from a mile away. Very bright if you ask me. Like the hat, too.

18. A belly dancer always can be pointed out by her jangles and midriff.

Yes, they have belly dancers at Renaissance Festivals. Would you see them in Renaissance Europe? No, because they're from India.

Yes, they have belly dancers at Renaissance Festivals. Would you see them in Renaissance Europe? No, because they’re from India.

19. When it comes to couple costumes, leather body armor always looks cool.

Doesn't hurt if they use the same colors either. Yet, only the guy is wearing the mask as well as a shirt under his.

Doesn’t hurt if they use the same colors either. Yet, only the guy is wearing the mask as well as a shirt under his.

20. At Renaissance Festivals, don’t be surprised to see at least multiple men in tights.

And I know one of these guys isn't wearing pants. Or are tights pants in Renaissance costumes? You can't be sure.

And I know one of these guys isn’t wearing pants. Or are tights pants in Renaissance costumes? You can’t be sure.

21. This chimera has a tendency to take breaks for light reading.

Sure his costume might be intimidating to many. But you have to love his big feet and horns.

Sure his costume might be intimidating to many. But you have to love his big feet and horns.

22. This nature fairy is always more drawn to trees.

She even has a green dress and is holding a leaf that seems to be changing color. Guess fall must be around the corner.

She even has a green dress and is holding a leaf that seems to be changing color. Guess fall must be around the corner.

23. A blue Renaissance dress could make any girl look like a princess.

Doesn't hurt that it has matching yellow ribbons. Probably not cheap to make though.

Doesn’t hurt that it has matching yellow ribbons. Probably not cheap to make though.

24. A pirate couple always has to have matching pirate hats.

Yet, the lass could wear a short skirt if she wants to. Because these events aren't meant to conform to historical accuracy anyway. And his outfit more or less belongs in the late 17th century.

Yet, the lass could wear a short skirt if she wants to. Because these events aren’t meant to conform to historical accuracy anyway. And his outfit more or less belongs in the late 17th century. Possibly 18th.

25. A shiny blue outfit with pantaloons and tights looks great on any Renaissance man.

Because such outfits in the 16th century were a man's way of showing how rich they were. Like the cape and hat.

Because such outfits in the 16th century were a man’s way of showing how rich they were. Like the cape and hat.

26. A green and black dress is always stunning.

I guess she's supposed to dress like a pirate from what I can tell. Then again, at least everything seems to match.

I guess she’s supposed to dress like a pirate from what I can tell. Then again, at least everything seems to match.

27. For this barbarian man, leather bracelets, boots, and skirt are all he needs.

You'd almost think this guy was Conan the Barbarian. Yet, at least he's sporting a six pack.

You’d almost think this guy was Conan the Barbarian. Yet, at least he’s sporting a six pack.

28. This little bard dons his own princely shirt and tights.

Yes, he may only be in diapers. But he's just so adorable in his rich costume that you don't care.

Yes, he may only be in diapers. But he’s just so adorable in his rich costume that you don’t care.

29. Guess these travelers are out for the hunt.

Note that their guns are flintlock muskets which are single shot, take long to reload, and aren't very great in speed and accuracy. On the other hand, they guys are wearing nice pants.

Note that their guns are flintlock muskets which are single shot, take long to reload, and aren’t very great in speed and accuracy. On the other hand, they guys are wearing nice pants.

30. A little princess always has to carry a large scepter.

It also has to match her outfit as well. And as far as this girl's concern, princess is only a stepping stone to becoming queen.

It also has to match her outfit as well. And as far as this girl’s concern, princess is only a stepping stone to becoming queen.

31. This forest ranger always has the proper tunic and cape.

Doesn't hurt that this outfit helps him with the ladies and makes him look like a badass. He even has a sword, too.

Doesn’t hurt that this outfit helps him with the ladies and makes him look like a badass. He even has a sword, too.

32. Here we come across Queen Elizabeth I dressed in all her finery.

Yes, Queen Lizzy loved her pearl jewelry and ruffles. Because she had a lot of portraits depicting her like this. And yes, she used white makeup, which probably contained lead.

Yes, Queen Lizzy loved her pearl jewelry and ruffles. Because she had a lot of portraits depicting her like this. And yes, she used white makeup, which probably contained lead.

33. Is that the Joker and Harley Quinn? Wonder what they’re doing here.

Yes, it's them. And they're dressed in period costume to show. Though they're still easy to pick out of a crowd since they're Batman villains.

Yes, it’s them. And they’re dressed in period costume to show. Though they’re still easy to pick out of a crowd since they’re Batman villains.

34. How about a pint with this jester?

Jesters often entertained with their songs, music, storytelling, acrobatics, juggling, magic, and comedy. However, while they were popular in the Renaissance, the tradition later declined in the 17th century.

Jesters often entertained with their songs, music, storytelling, acrobatics, juggling, magic, and comedy. However, while they were popular in the Renaissance, the tradition later declined in the 17th century.

35. This young faun likes to put autumn leaves in his antlers or horns.

Sure he looks like a faun or satyr. But the guy is wearing antlers. So it may be hard to say at any length.

Sure he looks like a faun or satyr. But the guy is wearing antlers. So it may be hard to say at any length.

36. Guess sometimes a Renaissance Festival can have a devilish element to it.

Or just have people dressed up as demons in their own incarnation. This one is mostly dressed in red with fur trimming on his outfit.

Or just have people dressed up as demons in their own incarnation. This one is mostly dressed in red with fur trimming on his outfit.

37. For a second, I thought this man came all the way from Sherwood Forest.

Yes, he does seem to be a member of the Merry Men with his ragged archer costume and a longbow. But unlike what you see in the Robin Hood stories, medieval outlaws mostly stole for themselves. And they could be quite violent, too.

Yes, he does seem to be a member of the Merry Men with his ragged archer costume and a longbow. But unlike what you see in the Robin Hood stories, medieval outlaws mostly stole for themselves. And they could be quite violent, too.

38. Vikings always look fierce and ready to fight.

Yet, unlike this couple, real Viking warriors didn't wear horned helmets into battle or on their ships. Also, Viking women wore long skirts.

Yet, unlike this couple, real Viking warriors didn’t wear horned helmets into battle or on their ships. Also, Viking women wore long skirts.

39. A long dress always has a special grace on a lady faire.

It's also a stain magnet and something a lot of women wouldn't wear during the Renaissance. But this is very lovely.

It’s also a stain magnet and something a lot of women wouldn’t wear during the Renaissance. But this is very lovely.

40. For men, the puffy shirt always has to match the pantaloons.

Only in the 16th and 17th century could a man get away with lace, puffy pants, puffy sleeves, and tights and look like a badass. Because being fancy was a mark of wealth and prestige.

Only in the 16th and 17th century could a man get away with lace, puffy pants, puffy sleeves, and tights and look like a badass. Because being fancy was a mark of wealth and prestige.

41. A fair lord must always be prepared to draw out his sword.

And he's not wearing puffy pants either. But the shirt and hat are classy.

And he’s not wearing puffy pants either. But the shirt and hat are classy.

42. This lady must be the queen of her court.

Guess this is the court of Queen Elizabeth I. And probably before the Armada as well. Or she's wearing a scaled down outfit.

Guess this is the court of Queen Elizabeth I. And probably before the Armada as well. Or she’s wearing a scaled down outfit.

43. When it comes to Renaissance clothing, the hat must always match the dress.

You've probably seen a dress in a painting of one of Henry VIII's wives. Wonder if this woman is playing Katherine of Aragon.

You’ve probably seen a dress in a painting of one of Henry VIII’s wives. Wonder if this woman is playing Katherine of Aragon.

44. For these pirates, colorful costumes sure make them stand out.

Yes, they may wear flashy outfits and make Golden Age piracy look cool. But in reality, living on a pirate ship was anything but a picnic.

Yes, they may wear flashy outfits and make Golden Age piracy look cool. But in reality, living on a pirate ship was anything but a picnic.

45. Wonder what this demonic Krampus like creature is.

Lucky for this guy, his Renaissance Festival outfit could double as a Halloween costume. Wonder what trick or treaters would think about him.

Lucky for this guy, his Renaissance Festival outfit could double as a Halloween costume. Wonder what trick or treaters would think about him.

46. This demonic guy has wicked armor and bat wings.

I guess even dressing up as a demonic figure isn't uncommon. After all, he does seem to make it look cool.

I guess even dressing up as a demonic figure isn’t uncommon. After all, he does seem to make it look cool.

47. These traveling women seem fully prepared for their journeys.

Seems like one of them has a lot of stuff on her belt. Note that purses and pockets didn't exist in the 16th century. At least for women.

Seems like one of them has a lot of stuff on her belt. Note that purses and pockets didn’t exist in the 16th century. At least for women.

48. How about a photo op with the blue devils?

And no, I don't mean the ones from Duke University either. I mean these who who make cooler mascots than the one they already have.

And no, I don’t mean the ones from Duke University either. I mean these who who’d make cooler mascots than the one they already have.

49. A gentlemen can always look dashing in black.

Well, he seems to be a strapping man with a rapier and boots. Like his hat.

Well, he seems to be a strapping man with a rapier and boots. Like his hat.

50. This little peasant always has to help with the washing.

Actually it's likely little girls wore outfits like that. But at any rate, she's so cute.

Actually it’s likely little girls wore outfits like that. But at any rate, she’s so cute.

51. Is that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in matching outfits?

Seems like it. If it is, they should enjoy the honeymoon while it last. Because this relationship is not going end well. Really not going to end well.

Seems like it. If it is, they should enjoy the honeymoon while it last. Because this relationship is not going end well. Really not going to end well.

52. Furs and pearls are always marks of high standing.

As far as this woman is concerned, such costume would denote how rich she was. At the Renaissance Faire, it just looks cool.

As far as this woman is concerned, such costume would denote how rich she was. At the Renaissance Faire, it just looks cool.

53. Sometimes the sleeves don’t always come attached to the dress.

As in this picture which. Guess this woman made her skirt from old curtains. Wouldn't be the first.

As in this picture which. Guess this woman made her skirt from old curtains. Wouldn’t be the first.

54. Even these fair ladies have to obey the crossing guard in order to cross the street.

Kind of find this image pretty funny. Of course, these women have it easy compared to real Renaissance women. Because they'd have to cross dirt roads with shit all over them.

Kind of find this image pretty funny. Of course, these women have it easy compared to real Renaissance women. Because they’d have to cross dirt roads with shit all over them.

55. These knights are ready for a joust in their shining armor.

Unlike what Renaissance Festivals show, tournaments were very dangerous. I mean people actually died in them.

Unlike what Renaissance Festivals show, tournaments were very dangerous. I mean people actually died in them.

56. Guess even galactic fighters need a break now and then.

Or these people are on their way to a Star Wars convention afterwards. Is that Stormtrooper dressed like a Scottish guy from Braveheart?

Or these people are on their way to a Star Wars convention afterwards. Is that Stormtrooper dressed like a Scottish guy from Braveheart?

57. Somehow blue seems like a suitable color for pantaloons.

Like how that guy is posing at the well. Seems to be very proud in his outfit, doesn't he?

Like how that guy is posing at the well. Seems to be very proud in his outfit, doesn’t he?

58. These mongers all want you to buy their stuff.

I'm sure they would since they really need the money. Like the colorful dresses though.

I’m sure they would since they really need the money. Like the colorful dresses though.

59. With these 4 it’s all for one and one for all.

Sure they're dressed like you'd see in The Three Musketeers. But still, we all know that book should be called Four Guys with Swords.

Sure they’re dressed like you’d see in The Three Musketeers. But still, we all know that book should be called Four Guys with Swords.

60. Wonder if these singing nuns could really carry a tune.

Well, they really seem like they're singing. And they're wearing simple outfits. Not sure if they'd be comfortable.

Well, they really seem like they’re singing. And they’re wearing simple outfits. Not sure if they’d be comfortable.

61. Guess everyone here is all clad in leather.

And it seems like dark leather, too. I'm guessing they're supposed to be pirates.

And it seems like dark leather, too. I’m guessing they’re supposed to be pirates.

62. This maid always prefers her knight in shining armor be covered in mail.

Yes, medieval knights wore mail. But it was a tedious process to make with all the metal rings. And I'm sure it didn't come cheap.

Yes, medieval knights wore mail. But it was a tedious process to make with all the metal rings. And I’m sure it didn’t come cheap.

63. Sometimes all you need is a big sword and a big hat.

Yes, another lady pirate who's dressed like this to look cool. Even though real female pirates didn't dress like that at all for good reasons.

Yes, another lady pirate who’s dressed like this to look cool. Even though real female pirates didn’t dress like that at all for good reasons.

64. This Scottish lass wears her plaid with pride.

Well, it's technically tartan for those in Scotland. But contrary to what you see in Braveheart, plaid as we know it didn't exist in Scotland until the 16th century.

Well, it’s technically tartan for those in Scotland. But contrary to what you see in Braveheart, plaid as we know it didn’t exist in Scotland until the 16th century.

65. This fiery fairy sports a rather fiery red and orange dress.

Then again, she may be an autumn fairy since she's in a fall color scheme. Not sure if I like her wings though.

Then again, she may be an autumn fairy since she’s in a fall color scheme. Not sure if I like her wings though.

66. Guess even the royal pooch has to be dressed in an official regalia.

Yes, I know what you're thinking. Yes, I know such outfits are ridiculous on animals. But some people might find it adorable.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I know such outfits are ridiculous on animals. But some people might find it adorable.

67. Sometimes a Renaissance dress can be sewn together.

I suppose this one is since it looks fairly plain and simple. Yet, it's quite lovely just the same.

I suppose this one is since it looks fairly plain and simple. Yet, it’s quite lovely just the same.

68. Mind where you have your horns facing.

Well, the armor seems okay. But I don't think having a helmet like that is a very good idea. Might cause injury.

Well, the armor seems okay. But I don’t think having a helmet like that is a very good idea. Might cause injury.

69. Sometimes you’ll find the occasional enchantress who likes to go all out.

Her headdress seems to remind me of something you'd see on a Vegas showgirl. Or Cher at the Oscars.

Her headdress seems to remind me of something you’d see on a Vegas showgirl. Or Cher at the Oscars.

70. These Viking warriors enjoy a great day of fighting and great ale.

Well, at least these guys look like plausible Vikings. Because their helmets don't have horns. Not so sure about the guy in the tam.

Well, at least these guys look like plausible Vikings. Because their helmets don’t have horns. Not so sure about the guy in the tam.

71. For armor designed for legions of Hell, you can’t go wrong with horns.

Doesn't hurt if they have fur capes on them to add effect. Even the red armor makes them seem intimidating.

Doesn’t hurt if they have fur capes on them to add effect. Even the red armor makes them seem intimidating.

72. In the 16th century, I guess men could wear long tunics and nobody would care.

Guess this is for a high ranking servant or herald. Either way, he looks splendid and rich.

Guess this is for a high ranking servant or herald. Either way, he looks splendid and rich.

73. Is it just me or is that a blue fairy?

That's a blue fairy. Yes, you may see that at a Renaissance Festival. You're not imagining that.

That’s a blue fairy. Yes, you may see that at a Renaissance Festival. You’re not imagining it.

74. “So should I go as a belly dancer or pirate?”

And it seems like she couldn't decide so she chose both. Not sure if it works.

And it seems like she couldn’t decide so she chose both. Not sure if it works.

75. Well, that seems like a strange looking bodice.

You don't usually see a bodice like that a lot. Yet, I do like her red and black dress though.

You don’t usually see a bodice like that a lot. Yet, I do like her red and black dress though.

76. Seems like we got ourselves a Barbarian who doesn’t have much on him.

I don't see why Barbarian costumes seem so skimpy. I mean wouldn't they wear more since they came from colder areas? Just a thought.

I don’t see why Barbarian costumes seem so skimpy. I mean wouldn’t they wear more since they came from colder areas? Just a thought.

77. Guess you have to have a different color dress to join these girls in their singing group.

Still, I like how they're wearing the same kind of dress as well as garlands on their heads. Really seems to bring out a good effect here.

Still, I like how they’re wearing the same kind of dress as well as garlands on their heads. Really seems to bring out a good effect here.

78. Even in the Middle Ages, black was a slimming color.

Even if the dress comes with puffy black and white sleeves. But at least it's not as elaborate as the 16th century styles.

Even if the dress comes with puffy black and white sleeves. But at least it’s not as elaborate as the 16th century styles.

79. Sometimes a simple dress would do when there’s a light snow outside.

Not sure if it's weather accommodating. But there's nothing I can complain about the aesthetics.

Not sure if it’s weather accommodating. But there’s nothing I can complain about the aesthetics.

80. A wreath of grapes can be a great finishing touch to a burgundy dress.

Sure the grapes and foliage are fake. But it goes well with the burgundy dress and ribbons. Lovely.

Sure the grapes and foliage are fake. But it goes well with the burgundy dress and ribbons. Lovely.

Gather Round All Ye Lords and Ladies to Marvel at These Magnificent Costumes of the Ye Olde Renaissance Festival

Dressed for the 16th Century

In my neck of the woods on September weekends, there’s a Renaissance Festival that goes on every year. In fact, I worked there for a season at the concession stand which meant hours and hours of standing. I didn’t mind preparing the food, but it was just the standing that bothered me. Nevertheless, it’s not an experience I want to repeat again. Still, I don’t usually go there as a participant because of how everything there is so expensive. However, there are plenty of people who do this as a thing on an annual basis. Not only that, but they dress up in costumes for the event as well. Hell, some people even get married there. Now I have to confess to my readers outside the country that these festivals aren’t aiming for historical authenticity save maybe when it comes to crafts or some of the other pageantry. It’s more for entertainment with dancing, jousting, music, processions, petting zoos, face painting, and food as well as fun for the whole family. Not to mention, its theme is usually geared more toward England and France since the Renaissance would look way different for someone in Italy. While some including the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival are short term events at fairgrounds or other large spaces, some could be permanent theme parks. As for the costumes, well, some can range from the Middle Ages to the early 18th century (which aren’t aiming for accuracy, by the way, for obvious reasons). Some could be fantasy such as fairies and wizards. And some could be, well, anything goes.

There’s a very interesting story how these festivals got started. The first one was held in 1963 by a Los Angeles school teacher named Phyllis Patterson as a class activity in the backyard of her Laurel Canyon home in Hollywood Hills. Later that year, Patterson and her husband Ron presented the first “Renaissance Pleasure Faire” as a radio station fundraiser with about 8,000 people showing up. It was made to resemble a Living History Center as a spring market fair on of the period. Commercial vendors were artisans and food merchants required to demonstrate historical accuracy and plausibility for their crafts. Reenactors were volunteers organized into “guilds” focused on specific duties like music, military, Celtic clans, peasants, etc. And both reenactors and vendors had to successfully complete workshops in period language, accents, costuming, culture, and to stay “in character” while working. Of course, other Renaissance festivals would soon spring up and become local traditions across the country. So the rest is history. Of course, Renaissance festivals as we know are more of an American thing for obvious reasons.

In this post, I intend to show you the many kinds of costumes on might see at a Renaissance Festival. Some of them may be to your liking while others might make you scratch your head. So without further adieu, here are some of many Renaissance Festival costumes for your viewing pleasure.

  1. Keep in mind the cornucopias make great horns.
They're also said to be a good way to store stuff, too. But you really don't want to wear them and put stuff in them at the same time.

They’re also said to be a good way to store stuff, too. But you really don’t want to wear them and put stuff in them at the same time.

2. Of course, if you’re a woman stranded on a deserted island, the big clams always cover the most.

I'm sure she's supposed to be some ocean maiden here from her outfit. However, I bet her costume cost her a lot of clams that she only had the two big ones left.

I’m sure she’s supposed to be some ocean maiden here from her outfit. However, I bet her costume cost her a lot of clams that she only had the two big ones left.

3. May I present, a gypsy fortune teller and a scarecrow.

You can guess which one of these saved money by making their own costume. However, that burlap must be itchy as hell. But I hope the costume doesn't terrify the kiddies.

You can guess which one of these saved money by making their own costume. However, that burlap must be itchy as hell. But I hope the costume doesn’t terrify the kiddies.

4. Of course, in this photo op, it should be blatantly obvious who isn’t going anywhere.

Now I don't know about you, but how does the mermaid woman even move around. Seriously, she runs a very high risk on constantly tripping on her fish tail. Perhaps I don't blame Ariel for wanting legs, even though I'd be pissed at her on why she wanted them.

Now I don’t know about you, but how does the mermaid woman even move around. Seriously, she runs a very high risk on constantly tripping on her fish tail. Perhaps I don’t blame Ariel for wanting legs, even though I’d be pissed at her on why she wanted them.

5. Sometimes all you need is a peasant shirt, bodice, skirt, and a picnic basket.

Out of all the Renaissance Festival costumes I've seen here, I think this one is probably the least expensive and most doable. Seriously, sometimes you just need to keep it simple.

Out of all the Renaissance Festival costumes I’ve seen here, I think this one is probably the least expensive and most doable. Seriously, sometimes you just need to keep it simple.

6. May I present ye olde Tudor Yeomen of the Guard.

You could tell these were the guys who guarded the Tudor royalty and the Tower of London. Of course, Henry VIII needed a lot of them so his buddies and two of his wives wouldn't escape from there. Then again, the Tower was a luxury prison suite anyway.

You could tell these were the guys who guarded the Tudor royalty and the Tower of London. Of course, Henry VIII needed a lot of them so his buddies and two of his wives wouldn’t escape from there. Then again, the Tower was a luxury prison suite anyway.

7. Of course, no woman looks better in a bodice than a lady pirate.

Of course, this is the kind of outfit that would make historians shake their heads in dismay. We should remember that most Golden Age pirates were men. And even though women pirates did exist, they usually dressed in drag and for good reason.

Of course, this is the kind of outfit that would make historians shake their heads in dismay. We should remember that most Golden Age pirates were men. And even though women pirates did exist, they usually dressed in drag and for good reason.

8. When it comes to Renaissance Festival cosplay, even the very young can join in the fun.

Sure she looks so adorable in that little dress of hers. However, I'm sure a boy would've worn that outfit just as easily during the 16th century.

Sure she looks so adorable in that little dress of hers. However, I’m sure a boy would’ve worn that outfit almost just as easily during the 16th century. Well, at least until he was potty trained.

9. Now this is what I call a “deer maiden.”

Let's hope she's not wearing this during hunting season. Still, you have to love the makeup and flowers on the ears.

Let’s hope she’s not wearing this during hunting season. Still, you have to love the makeup and flowers on the ears.

10. Of course, a pirate lass should always have a badass coat.

I have to admit, that is a very nice coat she has there. Nevertheless, I wonder if she's just either posing or really uncomfortable.

I have to admit, that is a very nice coat she has there. Nevertheless, I wonder if she’s just either posing for a photo or really uncomfortable.

11. At the Renaissance Fair, it’s not unusual to see the occasional satyr frolicking around.

Of course, satyrs in Greek Mythology weren't nearly as pretty as this woman. In fact, many Greek satyrs are said to be quite ugly as well as men. The female satyr was a later invention of poets.

Of course, satyrs in Greek Mythology weren’t nearly as pretty as this woman. In fact, many Greek satyrs are said to be quite ugly as well as men. The female satyr was a later invention of poets.

12. Remember you should never keep a pirate away from his rum.

Yes, pirates love their rum. But that's probably because most British Golden Age pirates were impressed sailors who were put on a ship after having a few too many at a seaside tavern. Of course, they'll never teach you that in history class.

Yes, pirates love their rum. But that’s probably because most British Golden Age pirates were impressed sailors who were put on a ship after having a few too many at a seaside tavern. Of course, they’ll never teach you that in history class.

13. Now may I introduce you to the lovely Lady Anne Boleyn in her resplendent dress.

God, she's so beautiful that she'd make you want to lose your head. Hate to even think about what happened to her.

God, she’s so beautiful that she’d make you want to lose your head. Hate to even think about what happened to her.

14. Of course, a gypsy woman always takes her essential implements with her.

On her skirt, she has all the necessary things such as her money purse, her goblet, and her wooden spoon. I'm sure the goblet isn't made from fine metal. Else, someone might miss it.

On her skirt, she has all the necessary things such as her money purse, her goblet, and her wooden spoon. I’m sure the goblet isn’t made from fine metal. Else, someone might miss it.

15. Seems like the fairy queen would like to take a stroll in the village.

Yes, you see a lot of people dressed as fairies at the Renaissance Festival. Of course, I'm not sure if she's a fairy godmother but her dress is quite elaborate.

Yes, you see a lot of people dressed as fairies at the Renaissance Festival. Of course, I’m not sure if she’s a fairy godmother but her dress is quite elaborate.

16. Sometimes at these Renaissance Festivals you might occasionally come across a strapping young lad in the forest.

And what a strapping young lad he is. Of course, he might just be a model for this costume on eBay. But sometimes it never hurts to dream.

And what a strapping young lad he is. Of course, he might just be a model for this costume on eBay. But sometimes it never hurts to dream.

17. “Honey, will you take me as your evil husband and rule the evil netherworld together?”

I don't know what's awkward about this moment. Is it because she's taken by surprise? Or is that he's proposing to her in badass looking armor you'd see from a sci-fi movie?

I don’t know what’s awkward about this moment. Is it because she’s taken by surprise? Or is that he’s proposing to her in badass looking armor you’d see from a sci-fi movie?

18. Beware for the evil goat man is upon us.

Yes, you see a lot of this, too, I guess. Of course, despite that he might frighten small children, he's probably harmless. Just some guy in a costume having fun.

Yes, you see a lot of this, too, I guess. Of course, despite that he might frighten small children, he’s probably harmless. Just some guy in a costume having fun.

19. Seems like the dark magical enchanters have descended across the land.

Now just a family at the Renaissance Festival in their costumes. But, yes, you'd expect movie fantasy villains to wear such badass outfits, especially in the 1980s. Kind of funny if you think about it.

Now just a family at the Renaissance Festival in their costumes. But, yes, you’d expect movie fantasy villains to wear such badass outfits, especially in the 1980s. Kind of funny if you think about it.

20. Oh, no, there’s a Spanish Conquistador on the premises!

Actually, that's just a guy at the Renaissance Festival enjoying a drink who happens to be dressed as one. Then again, this wasn't an unusual military style during the 16th century. Or the early 17th, Let's hope he doesn't spread smallpox or kill any Indians.

Actually, that’s just a guy at the Renaissance Festival enjoying a drink who happens to be dressed as one. Then again, this wasn’t an unusual military style during the 16th century. Or the early 17th, Let’s hope he doesn’t spread smallpox or kill any Indians.

21. While many people dress up for the Renaissance Festival, some people share costume ideas as couples.

Of course, their faces are powered in black makeup. Now while this might go well with their costumes as evil spirits, it might lead to some unfortunate implications with certain groups of people.

Of course, their faces are powered in black makeup. Now while this might go well with their costumes as evil spirits, it might lead to some unfortunate implications with certain groups of people.

22. Of course, you can’t have a great Renaissance Festival with Gandalf the Gray.

Unfortunately for him, his pipeweed and pipe were confiscated at the entrance gate. But yeah, sometimes you do have people dressed up as Lord of the Rings characters there.

Unfortunately for him, his pipeweed and pipe were confiscated at the entrance gate. But yeah, sometimes you do have people dressed up as Lord of the Rings characters there.

23. At the Renaissance Festival, costumes are worn even by the youngest lords and ladies.

Now this little princess is so adorable in her pretty little dress. Of course, I'm not sure if she's old enough to enjoy some of the activities though. Then again, she might like the petting zoo.

Now this little princess is so adorable in her pretty little dress. Of course, I’m not sure if she’s old enough to enjoy some of the activities though. Then again, she might like the petting zoo.

24. For a lady in winter, it’s better to go in darker shade of blue.

Okay, I think this photo might be taking for advertising purposes only since most Renfests don't take place in the winter. Then again, she might be quite warm in her dress.

Okay, I think this photo might be taking for advertising purposes only since most Renfests don’t take place in the winter. Then again, she might be quite warm in her dress.

25. Want to spare some change for an old wizard?

Seems like Gandalf isn't the only wizard around these parts. Of course, you get a lot of wizards there, too. Still, like his horned staff.

Seems like Gandalf isn’t the only wizard around these parts. Of course, you get a lot of wizards there, too. Still, like his horned staff.

26. Of course, I’m not sure about these guys coming at the Renaissance Festival with firearms. They might pose a security threat.

Oh, wait, those are pre-American Civil War weapons even if they're working models. Let's just say, these guns aren't very practical as weapons anyway. You can say the same for most Renaissance firearms.

Oh, wait, those are pre-American Civil War weapons even if they’re working models. Let’s just say, these guns aren’t very practical as weapons anyway. You can say the same for most Renaissance firearms.

27. When you go to the Renaissance Festival, there’s a strong chance that you might run into some fairies.

I'm sure these girls aren't nature spirits or even manic pixie dream girls. But they do seem to be having a rather good time as friends.

I’m sure these girls aren’t nature spirits or even manic pixie dream girls. But they do seem to be having a rather good time as friends.

28. When it comes to costumes, sometimes you can tell what a person’s supposed to be, sometimes you can’t.

For instance, I can't tell what the hell this guy's supposed to be. Is he some kind of nature spirit, mythological creature, or witch doctor?

For instance, I can’t tell what the hell this guy’s supposed to be. Is he some kind of nature spirit, mythological creature, or witch doctor?

29. Of course, you might want to get out of this guy’s way when he’s at the concession stand.

I'm sure this guy isn't a real bishop or clergyman in that matter. Then again, I could be wrong. Still, from a historical perspective, he could use some more bling.

I’m sure this guy isn’t a real bishop or clergyman in that matter. Then again, I could be wrong. Still, from a historical perspective, he could use some more bling.

30.For a barbarian, her attire appears rather sparse.

Contrary to what you see at the Renaissance Festival, Barbarian women during the Dark Ages weren't nubile savages. In fact., they dressed in warmer clothes.

Contrary to what you see at the Renaissance Festival, Barbarian women during the Dark Ages weren’t nubile savages. In fact., they dressed in warmer clothes.

31. You might be aware that the Renaissance Festival permits costumes from all kinds of cultures.

This is supposed to be an Eastern European outfit. I'm not sure if it counts as cultural appropriation or not. Still, the guy doesn't look that bad.

This is supposed to be an Eastern European outfit. I’m not sure if it counts as cultural appropriation or not. Still, the guy doesn’t look that bad.

32. Sometimes knights need to relax now and then.

Now these three guys seem to keep their armor pretty squeaky clean. Still, I wouldn't want to be in their mail or metal covered boots.

Now these three guys seem to keep their armor pretty squeaky clean. Still, I wouldn’t want to be in their mail or metal covered boots.

33. A drink of good rum and a badass outfit makes a pirate out of him.

Of course, his costume might look quite authentic for a Golden Age pirate if it was dirty. However, what's even more unrealistic is that the guy is obviously middle aged. Most Golden Age pirates were in their 20s.

Of course, his costume might look quite authentic for a Golden Age pirate if it was dirty. However, what’s even more unrealistic is that the guy is obviously middle aged. Most Golden Age pirates were in their 20s.

34. At the Renaissance Festival, you find people in all sorts of costumes with bright colors and intricate patterns.

Now the outer dress is quite intricate and beautiful. However, I'm not sure about the dress underneath. Kind of think you shouldn't wear two patterned items of clothing at the same time.

Now the outer dress is quite intricate and beautiful. However, I’m not sure about the dress underneath. Kind of think you shouldn’t wear two patterned items of clothing at the same time.

35. You have to admit, it’s kind of shame that Renaissance festivals don’t have any restroom accommodations for centaurs.

Of course, being a guy needing to go No. 1, the lack of privacy might not be much of a problem. If he was a woman and/or had to go No.2, then the costume might be more of an obstacle.

Of course, being a guy needing to go No. 1, the lack of privacy might not be much of a problem. If he was a woman and/or had to go No.2, then the costume might be more of an obstacle.

36. Of course, this evil sorceress may have a problem with the lighting while trying her costume on.

Now I do love her outfit, especially the color and trim. However, from the look on her face, I swear that she put a curse on the photographer after the shoot.

Now I do love her outfit, especially the color and trim. However, from the look on her face, I swear that she put a curse on the photographer after the shoot.

37. Seems like this plague doctor is currently taking patients.

Love the

Love the “Bring Out Your Dead” sign. However, unless if he practices modern medicine, I’d stay away from that guy.

38. Of course, humans aren’t the only creatures to enjoy the Renaissance Festival.

Now this group is dressed in the costumes derived from the Wes Anderson play,

Now this group is dressed in the costumes derived from the Wes Anderson play, “Sir Richard Fox the Fantastic.” That or just furries who really enjoy the Renaissance Festival.

39. There’s nothing more adorable at the Renaissance Festival than a little child in an Eizabethan collar.

Yes, she's cute in her little dress. I'm sure Queen Elizabeth I wore the same thing when she was her age (sarcasm).

Yes, she’s cute in her little dress. I’m sure Queen Elizabeth I wore the same thing when she was her age (sarcasm).

40. For couples looking for Renaissance Festival costumes, it’s help of they match.

Now though I like how their outfits coordinate each other, I'm not sure about the color. Also, I don't know about those hats either.

Now though I like how their outfits coordinate each other, I’m not sure about the color. Also, I don’t know about those hats either.

41. Nothing makes a monk happier than a good brew and a tavern wench.

I'm sure these two are husband and wife in real life. But at the Renaissance Festival, nobody cares about him betraying his holy vows.

I’m sure these two are husband and wife in real life. But at the Renaissance Festival, nobody cares about him betraying his holy vows.

42. Nothing is more irresistible to the ladies than a wiener dog in mail.

Now Renaissance children's costumes are one thing. But Renaissance Festival costumes for your pets? Now that's kind of ridiculous. Besides, I'm not sure if many Renaissance Festivals even allow them.

Now Renaissance children’s costumes are one thing. But Renaissance Festival costumes for your pets? Now that’s kind of ridiculous. Besides, I’m not sure if many Renaissance Festivals even allow them.

43. When the Viking hordes arrive, they always seem to come in groups.

Unlike real Vikings, they're not looking for a monastery to raid or a warrior death to get to Valhalla. They just want to party.

Unlike real Vikings, they’re not looking for a monastery to raid or a warrior death to get to Valhalla. They just want to party.

44. When it comes to Renaissance Festivals, even a turtle should be appropriately attired.

Now why would anyone take their pets to the Renaissance Festival is beyond me? I can understand wanting to dress your dog or cat. But dressing a turtle? That's kind of ridiculous.

Now why would anyone take their pets to the Renaissance Festival is beyond me? I can understand wanting to dress your dog or cat. But dressing a turtle? That’s kind of ridiculous.

45. We should remember that a gypsy dog should be dressed like one.

Now I'm sure any dog love would think this is adorable. But I think a lot of dogs would see this as simple humiliation.

Now I’m sure any dog love would think this is adorable. But I think a lot of dogs would see this as simple humiliation.

46. Of course, when you’re at the Renaissance Festival, keep in mind that there’s a chance you might run into some real creeps.

I'm sure he's in this place to look for his precious. However, he won't find it because a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins already too it. But he seems to love the camera anyway.

I’m sure he’s in this place to look for his precious. However, he won’t find it because a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins already too it. But he seems to love the camera anyway.

47. They may like separate teams and dress from different eras. But this is kind of event they can enjoy together.

He likes the Minnesota Vikings and she likes the Greenbay Packers. But at least they seem to have an activity that they can enjoy together. Love her cheese hat by the way.

He likes the Minnesota Vikings and she likes the Greenbay Packers. But at least they seem to have an activity that they can enjoy together. Love her cheese hat by the way.

48. Of course, you can’t do without mail at a Renaissance Festival.

Of course, I don't think the women's outfits would give them much protection from any weapons. Or the elements for that matter.

Of course, I don’t think the women’s outfits would give them much protection from any weapons. Or the elements for that matter.

49. Sometimes there’s nothing more adorable at a Renaissance Festival than a little boy in fur.

I guess this is a little Eastern European Renaissance costume. I hope he's not going as a little Ivan the Terrible.

I guess this is a little Eastern European Renaissance costume. I hope he’s not going as a little Ivan the Terrible.

50. Seems like this Renaissance Festival gives this little girl the perfect opportunity to dress as her favorite Disney princess.

She's supposed to be Princess Merida from Brave. And she's so adorable and happy. However, I'm not sure if that's the costume Merida wore in the movie though.

She’s supposed to be Princess Merida from Brave. And she’s so adorable and happy. However, I’m not sure if that’s the costume Merida wore in the movie though.

51. Nothing looks better on a little knight than his own mail tunic.

And from what I can tell, it's an Eastern European variety from how I can tell from that Orthodox cross. Still, it might protect him from stab wounds but not from spoiling his diaper.

And from what I can tell, it’s an Eastern European variety from how I can tell from that Orthodox cross. Still, it might protect him from stab wounds but not from spoiling his diaper.

52. Not everyone at the Renaissance Festival likes getting their picture taken.

Of course, this guy doesn't seem too happy. However, he certainly does have one awesome costume that the photographers couldn't resist.

Of course, this guy doesn’t seem too happy. However, he certainly does have one awesome costume that the photographers couldn’t resist.

53. Oh, my God, why if it isn’t Captain Jack Sparrow.

Yes, that's Captain Jack Sparrow all right. Not Johnny Depp exactly, but almost spot on. Of course, I'm sure you'd see people dressed as Jack at some Renaissance Festival.

Yes, that’s Captain Jack Sparrow all right. Not Johnny Depp exactly, but almost spot on. Of course, I’m sure you’d see people dressed as Jack at some Renaissance Festival.

54. This Boston Terrier seems to be the king of the faire, or so he thinks.

Now he's certainly in a resplendent robe. But all I guess he's thinking is feasting on some of those turkey legs.

Now he’s certainly in a resplendent robe. But all I guess he’s thinking is feasting on some of those turkey legs.

55. Nothing brings the spirit of the Renaissance Festival like a kilted Boba Fett merrymaking with Imperial Stormtroopers.

Who knew that Boba and the Stormtroopers knew how to have fun? Also, who knew that any of them were Scottish?

Who knew that Boba and the Stormtroopers knew how to have fun? Also, who knew that any of them were Scottish?

56. Of course, you can’t be a musketeer if you aren’t clad in leather.

He's supposed to be a dark musketeer. But I wouldn't be surprised if he had a sex dungeon in his basement. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Well, unless he doesn't keep it safe, sane, and consensual.

He’s supposed to be a dark musketeer. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a sex dungeon in his basement. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Well, unless he doesn’t keep it safe, sane, and consensual.

57. I’m sure this man is a fortune teller who came from a distant land.

And it seems that this guy is overloaded with piercings, tattoos, and jewelry. Yeah, I think he needs to cut it down a notch.

And it seems that this guy is overloaded with piercings, tattoos, and jewelry. Yeah, I think he needs to take it down a notch.

58. Now there’s nothing better at the Renaissance Festival than a little princess leading her Viking dad by a chain.

Now this has to be the most adorable hostage situation I have ever seen. This father must be a great sport to resort to this photo op.

Now this has to be the most adorable hostage situation I have ever seen. This father must be a great sport to resort to this photo op.

59. Look, kiddies, it’s Mother Goose!

Seems to have an interesting hat if I do say so myself. Then again, there might be some disturbing implications with the feathers.

Seems to have an interesting hat if I do say so myself. Then again, there might be some disturbing implications with the feathers.

60. There’s nothing better at the Renaissance Festival than an old Scottish Highlander on his Segway.

Now I understand why he's not riding a horse. But I'm not sure a Segway makes an appropriate substitute. He's better off getting a friend follow him banging coconut shells.

Now I understand why he’s not riding a horse. But I’m not sure a Segway makes an appropriate substitute. He’s better off getting a friend follow him banging coconut shells.

61. Of course, even soldiers of dark legions need a break now and then.

Don't always imagine demonic soldiers sitting down for a drink. Always thought they wouldn't have time for that. Still, that one guy's helmet looks pretty cool.

Don’t always imagine demonic soldiers sitting down for a drink. Always thought they wouldn’t have time for that. Still, that one guy’s helmet looks pretty cool.

62. As the Three Musketeers say, “All for one and one for all.”

Or as it should've been more accurately,

Or as it should’ve been more accurately, “Four Guys with Swords” because of Dartagnan and the fact they usually fight with swords. Let’s just say an 17th century gunfight wouldn’t be very exciting.

63. Of course, some Renaissance Festivals tend to be fatal for certain people.

Seems like Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty have already lost Ensign Ricky. Guess they're in a very dangerous situation. Then again, why these guys are at a Renaissance Festival is beyond me.

Seems like Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty have already lost Ensign Ricky. Guess they’re in a very dangerous situation. Then again, why these guys are at a Renaissance Festival is beyond me.

64. If you want to catch fairies, consult with this guy.

Of course, by

Of course, by “fairy” he means those winged mythological creatures. And I wonder if his net will be enough to catch them. I mean some fairies can be pretty feisty.

65. Of course, you always need the purrfect Renaissance Festival costume for your cat.

Wonder if they have a cat Renaissance Festival costume for Puss in Boots. I mean they should. Still, I think the ruff might make this kitty quite uncomfortable.

Wonder if they have a cat Renaissance Festival costume for Puss in Boots. I mean they should. Still, I think the ruff might make this kitty quite uncomfortable.

66. Sometimes Renaissance Festivals might appear receive visitors from another planet.

Wonder how the aliens from Sesame Street managed to get there. Of course, their costumes were probably easy to make.

Wonder how the aliens from Sesame Street managed to get there. Of course, their costumes were probably easy to make.

67. When it comes to knighthood, it’s not unusual to start young.

He may not be for an armor suit yet. But this boy sure does have a knightly spirit to say the least.

He may not be for an armor suit yet. But this boy sure does have a knightly spirit to say the least.

68. We should all know that even a fair maiden looks resplendent in furs.

Of course, I might get called out by PETA on this. But I'm sure the fur trim is fake but nevertheless, guaranteed to keep her warm.

Of course, I might get called out by PETA on this. But I’m sure the fur trim is fake but nevertheless, guaranteed to keep her warm.

69. A Renaissance Festival bride should always get married in a blue dress and a tartan sash.

I bet the chances are high that whoever's marrying her will be wearing a kilt. And he'd probably be married in that type of plaid. Still, she's quite stunning.

I bet the chances are high that whoever’s marrying her will be wearing a kilt. And he’d probably be married in that type of plaid. Still, she’s quite stunning.

70. While some fairies flutter their wings, other tend to spread them.

Of course, she's wearing a mask to conceal her identity. She's also wearing a leather corset. But with those wings, she looks quite magnificent.

Of course, she’s wearing a mask to conceal her identity. She’s also wearing a leather corset. But with those wings, she looks quite magnificent.

71. Time for this mermaid to get out of her clam shell.

Nevertheless, I wonder how she manages to stay on dry land without any breathing difficulty. Or even move around with that tail of hers.

Nevertheless, I wonder how she manages to stay on dry land without any breathing difficulty. Or even move around with that tail of hers.

72. Seems like this gypsy woman has befriended this old hermit.

Yeah, I'm sure this is one of these couple portraits. This man has probably not sworn off civilization for a life of holy contemplation.

Yeah, I’m sure this is one of these couple portraits. This man has probably not sworn off civilization for a life of holy contemplation.

73. While some Renaissance Festival costumes are amazing, others can be subject to interpretation.

Now I find that the woman in this is rather stunning in her outfit. I'm not sure about the man in his. Looks like something I'd see at some underground nightclub. Then again, that's just my opinion.

Now I find that the woman in this is rather stunning in her outfit. I’m not sure about the man in his. Looks like something I’d see at some underground nightclub. Then again, that’s just my opinion.

74. For this owner, this basset hound is bound to look like a prince.

However, this basset hound thinks he looks like an idiot. But he's putting a smile for the camera because his owner has a bag full of Beggin Strips.

However, this basset hound thinks he looks like an idiot. But he’s putting a smile for the camera because his owner has a bag full of Beggin Strips.

75. Of course, this Renaissance Festival isn’t always fun for a vampire.

For her there's so many potential victims but so little opportunity to devour them and get away with it. Also, there's the fact that the Renaissance festival only takes place on weekends during the daytime.

For her there’s so many potential victims but so little opportunity to devour them and get away with it. Also, there’s the fact that the Renaissance festival only takes place on weekends during the daytime.

76. When it comes to the festivities, Queen Elizabeth I is the master of ceremonies.

Of course, she may be a fair queen, you really don't want to mess with her. Believe me, so many during her 44 year reign learned the hard way such as the Earl of Essex and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Of course, she may be a fair queen, you really don’t want to mess with her. Believe me, so many during her 44 year reign learned the hard way such as the Earl of Essex and Mary, Queen of Scots.

77. Of course, even the German bar maids must have their fun, especially during Ocktoberfest.

Seems a little scanty for a a Renaissance Festival isn't it. Then again, it's a little too modest for Victoria's Secret either.

Seems a little scanty for a a Renaissance Festival isn’t it. Then again, it’s a little too modest for Victoria’s Secret either.

78. Seems like Shrek and Fiona are having a laugh with the crazy witch lady.

Of course, I'd rather not know what the witch did with Shrek and Fiona afterwards. Still, you get to see characters like this all the time at the Renaissance Festival.

Of course, I’d rather not know what the witch did with Shrek and Fiona afterwards. Still, you get to see characters like this all the time at the Renaissance Festival.

79. Now this young woman doesn’t mind being a peasant at the very least.

Still, unlike a real 16th century peasant, her clothes are clean and don't smell of urine. Rather they smell of tide or dry cleaner.

Still, unlike a real 16th century peasant, her clothes are clean and don’t smell of urine. Rather they smell of tide or dry cleaner.

80. In a dress like this, this little girl has all the makings of a lady at court.

Now I'm sure this dress didn't come cheap in the very least. But I'm sure this girl thinks that she's a perfect little princess in it. Or queen.

Now I’m sure this dress didn’t come cheap in the very least. But I’m sure this girl thinks that she’s a perfect little princess in it. Or queen.