The Southern Indiana Ren Faire at Birdsell Castle is this weekend. What to expect

This Saturday, May 14, the Southern Indiana Renaissance Faire will welcome guests for the first of two weekends this month.

It will be one of the first events to be held at the renovated Birdsell Castle (6900 Dave Carr Road) in Charlestown, Indiana, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 14-15 and May 21-22. If you miss the upcoming weekends, you can still go to the Celtic Fling in October.

Renovations of the castle, according to his facebook pageinclude the addition of stables for jousting horses and Airbnb suites (not for jousting horses.)

That said, you can expect to see vendors of medieval food, drink, and wares: vendors confirmed so far include QuaffOn Brewery, Hunter’s Ridge Winery, and The Hive and Barrel Meadery. (You can enjoy drinks from the latter inside the castle pub. Other vendors will still be period-appropriate in their own way, however – they are required to dress and tent in medieval costume and decor. )

There will also be Celtica Fae themed entertainment; misfit gypsies; crossed guns; Pirates, Inc.; falconer Mark Booth; magician Stuart Sisk; ORF’s Singing Sirens; fire-eater and Molotov sword-eater; Chaste Treasure; Punch & Judy; and Kris Colt. Click on here for the full schedule for May 14 and 15 and here for the May 21 and 22 schedule.

Guests will also get to see royalty, which may include being knighted by the king.

Of course, there will be games, thanks to the Knights of the New Order. Watch their promotional video below:

There’s also “a rumour,” according to the event’s website, that “the Viking encampment will storm the opening gates to provide access to the inner realm for visiting patrons.”

Also, heed another caveat: customers should be on their best behavior. The website warns: “The Templars will be on hand to keep the peace in the Kingdom. They can also be bribed to arrest people a friend or family member deems necessary. They will be placed in the Kings Dungeon with Bones and must pay the King’s Tax of $1.00 to be released. All funds raised from this fun event will be donated to a local charity, yet to be determined. »

Still, if you’re in the mood for something the Templars might not approve of, you can purchase a $20 ticket to the Singing Sirens’ “Naughty Bawdy Show” at the door or from one of the sirens themselves. same on Saturday.

Dressing in medieval costume is recommended, of course, but not mandatory.

One-day general admission tickets are $7.50 for children ages 3-11 and $15 for anyone 12 and older. Medical workers, seniors, and first responders with ID can purchase $10 tickets at the door. Weekend passes are $25 each. Parking is free.

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