Washington State Renaissance Faire commences a fortnight of reenactments this weekend

The daily joust performance is one of the most popular events at the Midsummer Renaissance Faire

The distant past comes alive this weekend as the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire opens its gates at the Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake for the first of three weekends of medieval fun.

This is the second year the Faire has set up at the Kelley Farm, on Sumner-Buckley Highway across from the Target.

The Faire is split into three weekend themes and it kicks off Saturday with “Pirate Plunder!” Visitors are encouraged to slap on on eye patch, don a feathered hat and join the rollicking crew of the Emerald Rose in a weekend that will surely be a treasure to remember.

Join us for a weekend of Piratical Plunder! Our opening weekend, we invite our visitors to unleash the pirate within. Everyone has a bit of the pirate in their heart, and this be the perfect weekend to slap on that eye patch, don a feathered hat and join the rollicking crew of the Emerald Rose in a weekend that will surely be a treasure to remember.

The second weekend will feature “Fantastical Faeries,” featuring artist Amy Brown, who will be on hand to sign autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12. That weekend, the faire will celebrate the fantastical and magical world of faeries, trolls, dragons and more and the audience is encouraged to dress in the spirit of the worlds beyond, from faerie wings to unicorn horns.

The third weekend brings “Her Majesty’s Royal Masquerade,” a perfect opportunity to show off beautiful Carnivale or character masks, or visit our wonderful face painting and mask maker’s booths to become part of the magic.

Along with the themes, each day also features a full schedule of performances from jesters, jugglers, bards and magicians, as well as theater shows for the whole family – and some just for grown ups – and, of course, jousting tournaments daily.

The Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for each of the next three weekends. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children with special rates for families, seniors and students.

For more information or to order tickets on line, visit www.washingtonfaire.com.