A jolly time at the joust
The Renaissance often is romanticized in books and on film. But there's a specific type of live event that caters to those who want to pretend they're walking through the 16th century.
The most popular Renaissance festivals in the country draw hundreds of thousands of people each year. Many visitors even show up in period costume to see jousting, jugglers, slapstick comedy acts, sword swallowers and fire-breathers. Some of these festivals are more authentic than others (they probably didn’t have vendors selling barbecued turkey legs and quesadillas in Elizabethan England), but at every event you’ll find enthusiasts and professional performers who bring an eye for authenticity to their instruments, dress, performances and skills. For most festival-goers though, it's just about having a good time and indulging in a little bit of romanticized back-to-the-past fun.
Here are 10 events that let you travel back to the Renaissance.