The knights, rogues, royals and craftsmen of yore are back. The 23rd annual Arizona Renaissance Festival opens Saturday for an eight-weekend run. Set amid a 30-acre European-style village filled with 200 shops, 12 stages, a jousting arena, pubs, and people-powered games and rides, it features a cast of more than 2,000 costumed characters and, of course, giant turkey legs you can wash down with a gulp of honey mead.
>> The Arizona Renaissance Festival opens 10 a.m. Saturday, and remains open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and President’s Day through April 3. Arizona Renaissance Festival grounds, 12601 E. U.S. Highway 60, Apache Junction. $10-$22 per person; discount tickets available at Fry’s Food Stores. (520) 463-2700 or royalfaires.com/arizona.