Knights were known as the greatest pranksters of the European Renaissance, constantly engaging in good-natured gags such as shaving each other's horses and rubbing plague on the inside of chainmail. Witness their wacky antics with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two adult admissions to the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond (a $28 value at the door). The festival runs on weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 6 through December 12 and Friday, November 26, come rain or shine.
The Louisiana Renaissance Festival allows visitors to escape to the Renaissance-era European village of Albright, a 10-acre tract packed with the period’s most appealing entertainment, edibles, and customs. Turn your legs into torso-toting time machines to witness more than 50 centuries-old spectacles a day, including wandering minstrels, sword fighting, and fire juggling. The festival’s Renaissance-style jousting tournaments end with each horse shaking hooves, and demonstrations of falconry show onlookers why historians consider birds of prey to have been the flying nuclear submarines of the sixteenth century. Puppet shows and storytelling bewitch the eyeballs and eardrums of young guests, who can also opt to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth I. The Shakespearean stylings of Willy’s Wily Wenches help adults understand that King Lear was really about import tariffs and tax policy.
With more than 100 merchants, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival also provides a plethora of shopping opportunities, from a glass-blowing specialist producing delicate objects d’art to Kee's Longbows, which provides handmade archery equipment. Time-warp-weary wanderers can find appetite-assuaging festival fuel-ups at eateries such as the Painted Badger Pub or the Queen’s Coffee Shop, and valiant palate paladins can rescue mouth maidens from thirst dragons at one of two Pipers Pub root-beer bars.
Must present a valid ID with your Groupon at the gate.