The 42nd annual Moscow Renaissance Fair will be Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at East City Park in Moscow. As always, admission is free.
The flower child of the raucous Blue Mountain Rock Festival, the Moscow Renaissance Fair has become a community tradition rooted in live music and honoring the time old traditions of spring fairs and fete’s with local and regional artists, food, maypoles, parades and a wide variety of family friendly activities.
This years fair will kick off Saturday with the Welcome Ceremony for the King and Queen, followed by live musical performances covering a range of genres from bluesy, rockin’ Americana and bluegrass to traditional Irish folk and Afrofunk. Fair attendees are welcome to join in the parade to take a joyous trip through space, time and the park, dance one of the maypoles, or just kick back and enjoy the music, wander the art booths and sample locally prepared foods. Artisan booths close down at 7:00pm, but the night is far from over with Da Beckoning, a rock and reggae band from Seattle, taking the main stage. Wrapping up the first day will be fire spinning and glow by Spectrums Inferno.
Sunday begins with A Mighty Band of Microbes, a garage circus folk duo followed by continuous live music – traditional Irish folk, Northwest acoustic, eclectic rock blues, and funk rock. Another Maypole dance in the early afternoon will allow those who may have missed it Saturday to join the fun. Concluding the days events will be the Denver, Colorado band, Trout Steak Revival, an indie-folk-grass group delivering touching melodies and soulful songwriting.
Throughout both days fun activities for children of all ages can be found in the enchanted village as well as returning attractions such as the WSU raptor club, the Palouse Discovery Center, a powered bungee jump and many others.
Sample a variety of ethnic and customary fare from local non-profit groups while you roam the booths of roughly 100 artisans from all over the Pacific Northwest selling everything from tie-dye to batiks, pottery to photography, jewelry, toys, wood wares and much more.
So be sure to mark your calendar for a weekend of fun, May 2-3, 2015 in the beautiful East City Park. For more information be sure the visit the Fair’s website at www.moscowrenfair.org.