Upon entering the faire, it was clear we were Renaissance Pleasure Faire virgins. We were among the minority of attendees who weren't dressed in costume and I'm sure we looked stunned, maybe even a little afraid! Unfortunately, I don't have pictures from that outting, but I found pictures online and included them in this post for your viewing pleasure. I think the pictures give you an idea of what to expect at the event.
This year, the faire is scheduled to run from April 4th - May 17th. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $25 (adults) and $15 (kids). If you buy them online and print them at home, you can save a few bucks. As for parking, you must pay an $8 fee to enter the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, which covers parking costs. For an additional $10, you can valet. For more information, visit: http://www.renfair.com/socal/
SoCal Savings - I recently discovered a new site, http://www.experiencela.com/. While perusing the site, I noticed they have a calendar of FREE events! So, if you're looking for something to do (anything from hikes to exhibits), be sure to check the site out: http://www.experiencela.com/Calendar/eventlist.asp?start=1&query=&d1=&d2=&monthly_view=&year1=&monthname1=&monthsearch=&sorttype=3&searchstringer=&searcharea=&psearchtype=&yearnumber1=&year=&day=