The vast majority of Renaissance faires and festivals are set during the Tudor Period (1485-1603), which includes the Elizabethan Era (1558-1603). The most common speech and garb for renaissance festivals falls within the Elizabethan Era, and thus overlaps with the early years of the classic era of piracy in the Caribbean (1560-1730).
The Colorado Renaissance Festival takes place in the 16th Century (specifically 1598?), placing it late in the Elizabethan Era, and late as most faires go.
Other faires popular with our group:
- Ravenshire Renaissance and Pirate Faire is set in the 1550's.
- Age of Chivalry (Las Vegas) Renaissance Festival seems to be 1542 - 1560 as the Queen is a portrayal of Mary I, I assume from meeting her court, though her character showed more leanings to a female James IV placing it 1603-1620.
- Bristol Renaisance Faire is set in the year 1574.
- Kansas City Renaissance Festival is simply identified as the 16th Century.
- Scarborough Renaissance Festival is set in the year 1533, during the reign of King Henry VIII (1509-1547).
- Texas Renaissance Festival uses the name King Henry, as CRF also does. As they claim the 16th Century, this could be only 2 periods: Henry VII (1485-1509) or Henry VIII (1509-1547).
The "Golden Age of Piracy" is academically defined as the period 1650-1730, which begins after the Tudor Period, but which encompasses most of our current portrayal of pirates in popular culture.
For more Faires, check out the Renaissance & Pirate Faire Directory