Fort Bragg’s 8th annual Renaissance Faire at Smith Lake Park will be Sept. 15 and 16.
“It’s a very Family-oriented event,” said Jacqueline Hill, events coordinator, Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “We like to keep the price low, so it’s $10 a car load, so that way (service members) can bring their entire Family out to the park, have a really enjoyable day with lots of activities and shows for the kids.”
Kids can enjoy activities such as playing on the dragon inflatable, jumping in the bouncy castle and riding unicorns.
They can also learn about the Middle Ages by attending various shows. The horseback archery show, which includes jousting, archery and combat, incorporates a lot of historical information.
“The kids, they’re not just watching,” said Hill. “They’re also learning about how they trained.”
Other shows include belly dancers, magicians, sword swallowers and jousters. Shows occur multiple times a day, both days.
Kids can also get hands-on experience making their own candles and participating in swordplay lessons.
Celtic, Folk and Renaissance music, arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy castle, unicorn rides and more are all available at no additional cost.
“It’s a really great outdoor activity,” said Hill. “It gets you off your couch; it gets you outdoors. Smith Lake is a beautiful area to go and visit, and it’s a lot of fun.”
The outdoor Elizabethan-themed festival is open to the public. Parking is included with the price and will be available at Smith Lake Park’s main parking lot and nearby field.
The faire grounds open at 10 a.m. on both days and close at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.