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Fun for all at the annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire is an annual tradition in South Lake Tahoe - one that has been going strong for over two decades.

Despite the fact I have lived in Tahoe for more than seven years, this was my first time attending. In fact, it was my first ever Renaissance Fair. 

The costumes are key at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

The costumes are key at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

I had previously scoffed at the idea of wandering around Camp Richardson amongst people dressed as pirates, scoundrels and knights but when I won tickets via the Valhalla Renaissance Faire Facebook page, how could I say no?  We gathered a big group together to experience the event and I have to admit I may be a convert: it was full of revelry, merriment and dare I say, fun.

The Royal Court at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

The Royal Court at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

Every year, more than 8,000 visitors gather at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire and now I know why.  With the Queen of England, juggling jesters, pirates, lords and ladies and jousting presentations by the Imperial Knights, you don't have to be a kid to find the entertainment value, though it is certainly a family friendly event.  There are hundreds of crafts booths on site to shop from, games for kids to play and presentations of dance, song, plays, puppet shows and more.

Knights perform at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

Knights perform at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

And who can forget the best part: the turkey legs!!

Turkey tastes better outdoors | Photo by Lauren Lindley

Turkey tastes better outdoors | Photo by Lauren Lindley

Mark your calendars - the 2015 Valhalla Renaissance Faire will be held May 30 and 31, and June 6 and 7. It's a perfect time to visit Tahoe South with your family: you can camp nearby in the Camp Richardson or Fallen Leaf Lake camp grounds, visit the beach, bike and play, and go to the Renaissance Fair all on the same weekend!

Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

Valhalla Renaissance Faire | Photo by Lauren Lindley

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Lauren Lindley

Lauren is one of our regular blog contributors. Read about her crazy fun adventures as a passionate photographer, athlete and traveler on her personal blog.

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