Women, tighten up those corset strings another inch. Men, roll on your tights and adopt a flair for verbosity with an accent. No, it’s not a West Hollywood nightclub opening, it’s the beginning of the season for the Renaissance Faire, the annual event that says fie to modern times and good morrow to an era of intellectual pursuits, artistic growth and poor hygiene. Starting Saturday, the IE is treated to four weekends of Elizabethan nostalgia in the forms of street vendors, performers and events (c’mon, you know Medieval Times leaves you wanting for a good jousting tournament!). The Faire hosts clothing rentals as well; perfect for the good gents and fair maidens who don’t have an affinity for Shakespearean role-playing at home. You’re sure to see some patrons adhering to historically accurate garb, but the best parts of the day come from spotting those attendees who finally have an outlet to wander around in a Viking helmet, brandishing a samurai sword. Whether by foot, car or horse-drawn coach, get over to the Ramona Bowl in Hemet for a day (or two, or thirteen) of fancy dress, friendly British people and noshing on the oft-sought massive turkey leg.
Renaissance Faire at the Ramona Bowl, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet, (800) 645-4465, Sept. 5-27. (10AM-7PM), www.ramonabowl.com, www.ramonabowlrenaissancefaire.com. Daily admission: $16; senior/student/military/children 6-12: $12; children 5 and under: Free. Parking $5.