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The 32nd annual Florida Renaissance Festival returns to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach from Feb. 3 through March 24. (Dan Perez/Courtesy)
Dan Perez
The 32nd annual Florida Renaissance Festival returns to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach from Feb. 3 through March 24. (Dan Perez/Courtesy)
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South Florida is going back in time.

On purpose.

The 32nd annual Florida Renaissance Festival returns to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach every weekend from Feb. 3 through March 24.

Ren-Fest — as it is known among its loyal followers — features jousting knights, live music, animatronic installations, comedic stage shows, magicians, strolling performers, as well as crafts, food and drinks.

Costumes are encouraged, especially if they align with the different themes of that particular weekend’s fair. Here is the schedule:

  • Feb. 3-4 — Cauldron of Chaos: The Rise of the Wizards
  • Feb. 10-11 — Star-Crossed Lovers: Romance and Love Letters
  • Feb. 17-18 — Odin’s Wrath: Vikings, Dragons, and Trolls … oh my!!
  • Feb. 24-25 — Steampunk & Time Travelers: The Spirit of Invention
  • March 2-3 — Lords of the Ring: A Battle Royale
  • March 9-10 — Scoundrels of the High Seas: The Pirates Be Coming …
  • March 16-17 — Shamrocks & Shillelaghs: A Leprechaun’s Shenanigans
  • March 23-24 — Into the Woods: A Fairytale Finale

What’s new this time around?

Visitors can experience The Adrian Empire, which is billed as a living history encampment that will be doing live steel fighting twice daily. The group focuses on recreations of the Medieval and Renaissance eras (roughly between the years of 793 and 1625). There are two regional chapters: the and the

“Not only are they creating an encampment where they’re going to have engaging activities with the patrons and a fight ring in there where they will be practicing their fights before they go to the jousting field to do a show, but the fifth weekend (March 2-3), they have these nationwide tournaments,” says , the festival’s founder and organizer. “They have picked that weekend and have invited people from all over the country to come and participate with them and create a tournament. And so it’s going to be a full day of different weapons and different battles.”

This year, Ren-Fest is also trying out a when it opens on Feb. 3 and 4. Current Scouts wearing their troop t-shirt or troop uniform as well as any child up to age 11 will qualify for free admission (except for the $1.50 park fee). This does not extend to parents, troop leaders or Scout leaders, according to the website.

Rodriguez says the Scouts once had a patch program with an educational component that went on throughout Ren-Fest runs but that he faded it out after a lack of interest just before and during the pandemic.

“But then coming back from the pandemic, in 2022 and in 2023, we got a lot of inquiries from Scout troop leaders and Scout moms,” Rodriguez recalls. “So I thought about it. I said, ‘Look, rather than do it for the whole show, let’s just do one weekend and test the waters and see how it goes.’ And then, while we’re doing that, I (realized) it wouldn’t be a bad idea to just let all kids in free. But, of course, the Scouts can have their patch program.”

The Renaissance Festival includes live entertainment on various stages setup throughout Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. (Phenry Photography/Courtesy)
Phenry Photography
The Florida Renaissance Festival includes live entertainment on various stages setup throughout Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. (Phenry Photography/Courtesy)

Planning for the next Renaissance Festival starts within days of finishing the previous staging, Rodriguez says.

“We’re constantly trying to raise the bar, as it were, and add a lot more attention to detail,” he adds. “So the decorations that we did last year, we have now taken those and taken them to a new level …

“The last thing in the world I ever want to hear from anybody is, ‘Oh, I’ve been to that show. It’s the same old, same old.’ So we’ve got to change it up in every way we can: decoration-wise, entertainment-wise and food-wise.”

The Florida Renaissance Festival is Feb. 3-March 24.at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. (Phenry Photography/Courtesy)
Phenry Photography
The Florida Renaissance Festival aims to take you out of this world and into a land of imagination. (Phenry Photography/Courtesy)

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Florida Renaissance Festival

WHEN: Weekends only from Feb. 3-March 24

WHERE: , 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach

COST:

  • One-day admission is $32 for adults and $14 for children age 6-11 and free for guests age 5 and younger.
  • Group rates are $26 per person for 20 or more adults and $10 per child for 20 or more children; these tickets are sold only at the box office.
  • Season passes are $160 for adults and $70 for children.
  • Pub Crawl tickets are $38 (for age 21 and older (go to ).
  • Parking is free, but there is VIP parking available for $25 (or $10 for season pass holders). No cash will be accepted for parking (only credit/debit cards).

INFORMATION: , and

The 32nd annual Florida Renaissance Festival has different themed weekends during its run Feb. 3-March 24. (Dan Perez/Courtesy)
Dan Perez
The 32nd annual Florida Renaissance Festival has different themed weekends during its run from Feb. 3 through March 24. (Dan Perez/Courtesy)
The Florida Renaissance Festival brings back bygone eras with wizards and witches, star-crossed lovers, knights & dragons, steampunk, Vikings, pirates, Irish lore and fairytales. (Danny Quiroga/Courtesy)
Danny Quiroga
The Florida Renaissance Festival brings back bygone eras with wizards and witches, star-crossed lovers, knights and dragons, steampunk, vikings, pirates, Irish lore and fairytales. (Danny Quiroga/Courtesy)
Knights & dragons, fairy tales, wizards & witches, star-crossed lovers, steampunk, Vikings, pirates, Irish lore, fairytales and more are all a part of the Renaissance Festival (Danny Quiroga/Courtesy)
Danny Quiroga
Guests will encounter many different characters performing at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach – and may, of course, dress up as well. (Danny Quiroga/Courtesy)

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