Beginning February 4, 2023, and running for eight consecutive weekends until March 26, 2023, all roads lead to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach to celebrate the 31st edition of the Florida Renaissance Festival with an added bonus eighth weekend of festivities.
All ages are welcome to this most anticipated major event of the year as it’s a memorable, magical, mystical experience for the entire family. This 2023 edition of Ren-Fest (as it’s sometimes known) features multiple new attractions, as well as popular older ones to guarantee non-stop fun and excitement in this magical kingdom.
Jousting knights, royalty, wenches, magicians, and more awaits as festival goers will be treated to delectable foods, fabulous drinks, numerous unique craft shops, live music, and more. The kingdom is a wonderful place for fun, but it’s also a great environment where participants can take selfies of themselves in era garb. New this year is an all-new eighth weekend – the Mad Hatter’s Circus embarks on an “Alice in Wonderland-themed” adventure that brings fairytales to reality!
While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people enhance their experience each year by donning outfits from the Renaissance era or participating in one of the festival’s special themed weekends.
Florida Renaissance Festival 2023 Themed Weekends
The festival weekend dates are Feb. 4-5 (school day on Feb. 6), Feb. 11-12, Feb. 18-19, Feb. 25-26, March 4-5, March 11-12 (Sunday time change), March 18-19, and March 25-26. The current themes are as follows:
Weekend 1: Feb. 4 & 5, 2023
The Wizarding World’s Faire – A Magical Grand-Opening!
The tales of old magic and the mystical arts are not only true but still very much alive. Experience the wonderful world of magic with us as we set our eyes upon wizards, warlocks, witches, and more! Celebrating the grand opening of our festival, we’ll get to see a world in which enchantment not only survives but thrives. Potions of alchemy, casting spells, and a merry of mages are only some of the powerful presentations of magic sure to be present at the festival. The only requirement we hold you to is having a fascination for the fantastical—although a magical cloak wouldn’t hurt.
Weekend 2: Feb. 11 & 12, 2023
Barbarians & Dragons- A Roaring Battle!
To set our eyes upon lands far away from our own in the call of the conqueror is what makes a true Viking. This weekend is a war of passion and romance- blood spilled and kingdoms sundered in the name of love. The barbarian’s heart is a drumming of axe and shield, the dragon’s heart is a beating of wings on wind. A warrior is a testament to the strength of champions by fighting for the one they love, a world in which dragons fly overhead and warships volley along the coastline. Take up arms to protect your village or mount a monstrous dragon in the hopes of quelling another. This is where the heart of the barbarian is truly formed, in the heat of battle where swords clash, and axes collide. It is now that true loyalty will shine through, and the pact of warriors will stand strong.
Weekend 3: Feb. 18 & 19, 2023
Steampunk & Time Travelers – Age of Automation!
Cogs, nuts, and bolts are the rulers of automation. Enter the Victorian age of industrialization as technology and innovation are rooted in gadgets and steam-powered inventions. Literature and science converge as one as vigilantes and warring factions fill the background of this fantastical world. Locomotives send puffs of steam from their smokestacks up into the air, artificial lightning flows through the inventions of madmen, and the lines between fiction and science begin to blur as the roaring of the city continues well into the night. Imagination is only the beginning of what is conceivable, for the possibilities are endless in this magnificent world of machines.
Weekend 4: Feb. 25 & 26, 2023
Maidens, Wenches, and Goddesses! – A Beautiful Empowerment!
Join us in celebrating the women who inspire us all to be fierce warriors, brave adventurers, and mighty explorers. This weekend of empowerment is dedicated to our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and all the women who stand at the forefront of what it means to be a hero. Through trials and tribulations, these ladies of the lionheart stand strong and true and showcase to us all the immense strength, fortitude, and tenacity that live within each and every one of these wonderful women.
Weekend 5: March. 4 & 5, 2023
Days of Cosplay – Heroes, villains, and everything in between!
A valiant hero charged with the protection of the kingdom or a nefarious villain with an agenda of their own—only you can decide whom to support. In this weekend of factions, we invite everybody to throw on their own costume or outfit and join us as we experience a world in which our favorite fantasy comes to life. Whether you cosplay your favorite character in full garb or throw a cowboy hat and some boots on, we welcome all heroes and villains to the stage. Choose a side and show off your fit—it’s always more fun when you dress the part!
Weekend 6: March. 11 & 12, 2023
Pirate Invasion – Swashbucklers & Scallywags!
Wealth, fame, power. Attain this and everything else the world has to offer on the seven seas will be yours! Leave yer old compass behind, you won’t have to look far for an abundance of thrilling entertainment perfect for pirates of all ages. Prepare the crew for a swashbuckling adventure and climb aboard with all your hopes and dreams for a weekend adventure in search of treasure. Quench your thirst on a wide variety of beer and mead, join a choir of sea shanties, and you’ll find everything you’re looking for. Ready your eye patches and captain hats for this pirate-filled adventure!
Weekend 7: March. 18 & 19, 2023
Highland Fling – A Celtic Celebration
We welcome you to a weekend of Celtic celebration, as we commemorate all those nations who take pride in their heritage and long-lasting culture. This is a time to explore the wonders and mysteries of Britanny, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man, along with revering the age-old traditions and folklore of these great civilizations. It wouldn’t be St. Patty’s Day without a whole lot of green, so wear something shamrock-colored, grab a pint and enjoy the day with us! By the way, while kilts aren’t required to enter, we welcome anybody to wear one (bonus points if it’s green).
Weekend 8: March. 25 & 26, 2023
A Mad Hatter’s Circus – A Fairytale Finale!
Join us on our final weekend of the festival, where you’ll be transported to a world far different than our own, one filled with mystical beasts, fairytale creatures, and much more! This “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired experience will bring you to the tales of fantasy, where you’ll walk through mirrors out into a world that can only rival that of your own imagination. Perhaps it was a reflection, or maybe it really was a giant teacup that leapt from its platter. In this land, anything is possible, because when a fairytale meets reality, the only limit is what the mirror might reflect.
Also returning for the 2023 season are a variety of fan-favorite acts and performances:
- Bard & Minstrels
- Bells to Go (Carillon)
- Blue Muse
- Brothers Blackwell
- Buckle & Swash
- Celtic Mayhem
- Debracey Productions (joust)
- Faire Wynds
- Harper & the Minstrel
- History of Chivalry
- Historical Demonstrations: Cannons
- Kamikaze Fireflies
- Kelly Irish Dancers
- Les S. Moore (pickpocket)
- Masala Music & Dance
- Music the Gathering
- NEW – Nightwings (a new exotic bird and falconry show in the joust area)
- Pirates of Tortuga Bay
- Rota Temporis
- Reelin’ Rogues
- Splatter Time Players (mud show)
- Tales of Robin Hood
- The Adventure Quest
- The Commedia Madrigal Singers
- The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told
- Washing Well Wenches
There will also be The Court, Encampments, Promenade, Street Characters, Wandering Musicians, and dozens of characters from Gabriel Q.
The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Production and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The current sponsors of the 2023 Florida Renaissance Festival include Sapporo, Unibroue, Anchor Brewing, 1911 Cider, Llanos Leather, Pelican’s View, JMlovelaw.
Admission & More Information
Prices range from $32 for adults and $14 for children (ages 6 to 11 years of age). Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $199 (adults) and $79.50 (children). Group ticket rates are also offered, but must be purchased in person at the box-office only. VIP Parking is also available for purchase. You can avoid making the box office line, by buying ahead of time, online! Online purchases include convenience fees.
HOURS: 10am – Sunset
For tickets and more information visit: www.ren-fest.com; Find us on Facebook and Tik Tok, or follow @FlaRenFest on Twitter and Instagram. If you prefer the ancient method, call 954-776-1642.