RenFest comes to East Pasco

Dade City’s Withlacoochee River Park is new home for popular festival

A new era starts Saturday as the kingdom of Dade City will host of The Bay Area Renaissance Festival. The event is relocating to the spectacular, ancient forest of Withlacoochee River Park and partnering with Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources for a once in a lifetime celebration. This year the Festival will relocate from MOSI.

Join the Villagers of Fittleworth and Queen Katherine Parr and her court as they invite one and all to the magical 16th Century European village featuring four stages of exciting entertainment including: musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes. Over 100 artisans will fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted goods for a truly fabulous and endless shopping experience.

Patrons will interact with memorable characters and enjoy full-contact live armored jousting, six theme weekends, and fabulous food fit for a king or queen. The first weekend of the 2021 Bay Area Renaissance Festival kicks off on Saturday, April 17 and will run six weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) through May 23.

A festival tradition for over 40 years, the Bay Area Renaissance Festival brings some of the most unique entertainment, shopping and educational opportunities. Each weekend features a different theme that connects specialized entertainers, vendors, and artisans who help bring the theme to life. This year’s theme weekends are: Wine, Romance and Song, Pirates and Pups, Barbarian Brew, Shamrocks and Shenanigans, High Seas Adventure and Wonders of the World.

 The Bay Area Renaissance Festival runs 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. rain or shine. The festival is located at Withlacoochee River Park – 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City. At the gate: Adults $22.95; Children 5-12 $14.95; four and under are free. Free parking, rain or shine.

Tickets are on sale now and are available online at: For additional information including safety precautions and frequently asked questions, visit the webpage at: or call the office 1-800-601-4848 for more information.

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