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2016 Dickens Fair
Join us at the historic
Cow Palace in San Francisco!

Five Weekends in 2019:
Nov. 23~Dec. 22
...including the Friday after Thanksgiving!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is the only event of its kind ~ a holiday adventure into Victorian London, celebrating with costumed players in theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops along winding lanes. Enter the London Town of Charles Dickens' imagination ~ a city filled with lively and colorful characters from literature and history.

This year we celebrate both the 200th birthday of our monarch Queen Victoria, and our 20th year at the historic Cow Palace! Join us in a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

For more information, click here.

Faire 50th Anniversary

Marin Renaissance Pleasure Faire
50th Anniversary
at the
Marin County Fair
June 30~July 4, 2017

In the 1967 "Summer of Love," the first Northern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire brought its countercultural magic to the woods that later became China Camp State Park... more

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History of the Faire
The Spirit of
the Renaissance

The original Renaissance Faires in America were created in 1963 by Ronald and Phyllis Patterson of Los Angeles. These early beginnings partook of the rich lore and age-old customs of English springtime markets and "Maying" celebrations. Five years later, the Pattersons created a fall Renaissance Pleasure Faire, with a harvest festival theme, at China Camp in Marin County north of San Francisco. Both Faires developed into local traditions and began a movement that spread across the country: there are now over 100 independently owned and operated Renaissance Faires throughout the United States and Canada.
For more about Faire origins and history,
click here.

Kevin and Leslie Patterson & Red Barn Productions brought the concept full circle with their Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faires, which continued the Pattersons' history of innovation by honoring the traditions of Springtime and Midsummer with special parades and pageants to mark these seasonal celebrations.
For more about the Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faires,
click here.

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