For 26 years, California’s Central Coast Renaissance Festival has been held at the El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo each July. Producers have announced however, that after many years of struggling with increasing costs, mounting county restrictions, and a decrease in the useable park area, they have decided to change their venue. “The use of El Chorro Regional Park for future events has become unrealistic and untenable,” said Michael Teubner of History Revisited, the entity that produces the annual event in a letter sent today to event participants.
After exhaustive research and negotiations, the Board of Directors of History Revisited has decided to change the venue for the 29th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival to Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo.
The park is very close to shopping, restaurants and hotels, yet still isolated enough to allow for that journey into another country and time period. The weather should be quite comfortable, without the extreme heat that we have suffered in past years at El Chorro Regional Park.
Ongoing negotiations continue with the new venue as details of water and power supplies continues to be fleshed out. In addition final details regarding tent as well as RV camping have yet to be spelled out, but are expected to be announced soon.
While there has been a lot of history built up around the use of El Chorro as the faire’s home, there’s a sense that the event had become stagnant and that the ongoing challenges with that venue were a contributing factor. However with a change closer to the heart of the city and it’s population base, making it more accessible and also increasing public awareness of the event can only server to help give it a shot in the arm.
The faire has long been one of central California’s premiere Renaissance-themed events, and this is probably one of the best things that’s happened to it in a long while.