Midsummer Renaissance Faire is a Pacific Northwest tradition that is sure to please the whole
family. This year’s event takes place over three weekends in August in the
quaint area of Bonney Lake. Visitors can choose to come out August 3-4, 10-11,
or 17-18. For each weekend, the Faire is open from10:00am – 7:00pm.
With a cornucopia
of fun activities, entertainment, and food and drink options, this faire is a
highlight of the summer for many in the Seattle area. If you’re traveling from
out of town, here is everything that you need to know to make the most out of
your time in the quaint village of Merriwick:
Getting There and Other Logistics
Located at the charming Kelley Farm, the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire is just off of Highway 167 and Highway 410. The event is easily reachable from the Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma metropolitan areas, making it a convenient weekend getaway for many. You can also conveniently fly into any of those cities and make the drive in.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the Towne Gate. You can either buy
one-day passes or a specially discounted weekend pass. Children ages five and
under are free to the event. There are also special rates for families, senior
citizens, and students, giving you a bevy of ways to attend.
Finding a Great Place to Stay
revelers prefer to immerse themselves in the entire faire experience by
camping. The festival offers both RV and tent camping reservation options
priced individually or as a family traveling together. While faire admission is
not included in the camping pass, there are special after-hours entertainment
options that come with the experience.
Or, you can escape
the hustle and bustle of the faire venue and relax at a local hotel. One
popular pick for faire goers is the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s East Side. This premium hotel is regarded as one of
the best hotels near Bellevue WA, making it the perfect place to relax after a
day at the faire. While staying at the Hyatt, you can also enjoy convenient
access to downtown Bellevue’s diverse shopping and dining opportunities,
literally giving you the best of both worlds.
Activities and Entertainment
There is something
for everyone at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. In addition to
being able to dress up and
immerse yourself in this unique time period, guests can participate in a
variety of activities and demonstrations. Sing along with the SeaDogs rugby
team, watch a magic show, test out your pirate swashbuckling skills, romp with
fairies and princesses, and much more. A myriad of reenactments will take you
back to the Renaissance times while the period food and drink offerings will satiate
New this year, you
can choose from three distinctly themed weekends. These unique themes allow you
to customize the experience to fit your personal preferences. Here are the
three choices for your weekend of olde time escape:
- August 3rd and 4th – Heroes &
Villains: A Cosplay Adventure
- August 10th and 11th – The Enchanted
World of Faeries & Goblins
- August 17th and 18th – A Pirate’s
Plunder: Swashbucklers & Scallywags
Choose one or,
better yet, attend all three weekends!