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Special Events

Family Renaissance Fair

When: Sun., June 4, 12-4 p.m. 2017

Modern-day renaissance fairs have tended to focus on Elizabethan England or another era in that country's cultural flowering, but in recent years these affairs have been tweaked to take on thematic elements including Vikings, wizards, elves, and pirates. If those seem fanciful, sixteenth-century Venice, which will be the setting for festivities on Sunday at NCMA, feels right on target. (Of course, the museum has an angle: to gin up interest in its exhibit Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470–1520 before it closes June 18.) Emphasizing family fun, the fair will transform the museum grounds into a Venetian village, replete with acrobats, princesses, comedians, and other costumed characters capering about, amid demonstrations by blacksmiths, mask makers, and other assorted merchants of merriment, with period-appropriate performances throughout the day. Admittedly, the array of food trucks, offering everything from pita pockets to turkey legs, clashes with the set and setting, but if the food were authentic, the popularity of these events would plummet. —David Klein

Price: Free

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