Hoosiers will have the chance to travel back in time to the golden age of Queen Elizabeth at the Indiana Renaissance Faire Oct. 7-8 at the the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, formerly known as the Klipsch Music Center.

Focused on recreating aspects of the 16th century, the volunteer-run faire will be on its 13th year of historical fun in Fishers.

“Believe it or not, this is my 12th year attending the faire,” said Emily Malone, faire goer, cast member and Ball State alumna. “Love the cast, love the joust, love the food, love the entertainment. It’s possible I’m biased, seeing as I’m on cast. But I mean it, this is one of my favorite weekends of the entire year.” 

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days and will showcase a variety of events. There will also be over 70 artist vendors for shopping and plenty of food vendors to match.

Some of the entertainment includes jousting, meeting the Queen, knighting ceremonies, acrobats and swordplay.

Phyllis Zanoria attended the fair last year in bad weather, but she said it was still a great experience. 

“It was amazing,” Zanoria said. “The weather and mud made it even more authentic. Great vendors, food and drinks, too. Performers did a great job, especially the jousters. Costumes were beautiful and I felt bad that I wasn’t wearing something more appropriate for the theme. Definitely upping the effort next year, and doing both days.”

A few new shows have been added to the schedule this year including Brian O’Brian, Kilted Kings and Chaste Treasure. 

Adam Fivush, the faire chairman, has participated in faires for many years and even met his wife at one. He said the people behind the scenes don’t do it for the money.

“We love to do it. We’re all volunteers,” Fivush said. “So the only thing we get out of the faire is seeing smiling faces. Plus, with so much bad stuff going on around the world, people need an escape from reality.” 

Admission costs $14 for adults, $5 for youth and is free for kids ages five and under. 

Contact Justice Amick with comments at jramick@bsu.edu.