Northwest Renaissance Festival

When: Sat., July 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., July 6, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., July 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., July 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., July 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., July 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., July 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., July 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 2014

There are few places that celebrate witty monologues, extravagant costumes, and knee-deep mud pits all at once. But the combination of all these elements finds its perfect place at the Northwest Renaissance Festival, now in its 20th season. The “Mud Show,” during which actors tell stories as they slosh through the sludge, is only one of many entertaining performances at the all-day event, held each weekend through July. Jousting by the the Epona Equestrian Team, sword fighting, Middle Eastern dancing and life-size chessboard games are all included in the lineup. Each performance reveals the actors' commitment to their Renaissance-era characters, and live music plays all day for the audience's enjoyment.

Jenna Mulligan

Price: $10