Historical Figures Foundation to Produce Renaissance Festival

Carnevale Ventura to feature historical faire, costume balls, fashion shows and more!

Traditional and Current Venetian Costumes to mix in Ventura 
George Stuart depicted Juan Borgia (left) of the infamous Borgia family in full carnevale regalia of the early 16th century. His playboy activities may have led to his murder, perhaps by one of his two brothers Cesare or Gioffre.

For a week in February of 2013, Ventura will host a series of events celebrating the historic period of the Italian Renaissance. These were the times of Michelangelo and de Vinci, vibrant city states and families of the infamous Borgia, Medici and Sforza. Through the centuries, pre-Lenten festivals featured revelers dressed in elaborate and elegant costumes replete with exotic masks.

Historical and entertaining activities are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, February 8 to 10, 2013 in downtown beautiful Ventura. Events currently being planned include – 

  • Traditional 15th Century Renaissance Faire in Mission Park
  • Doge’s Masked Ball and entertaining performances 
  • Period Costume Fashion Shows 
  • “How to” classes by professional costume and mask designers 
  • Contests for traditional carnival costumes and masks 
  • Renaissance Historical Figures® at Museum of Ventura County 
  • George Stuart performances about the Italian Renaissance 
  • Renaissance dishes, drink and d├ęcor featured at many restaurants

The Carnevale Ventura is a regional event, with invitations going to Period costuming enthusiasts and the general public throughout California. 

Exotic costumes from "Venice Carnevale 2010" presentation.
Revelers are strongly encouraged to elegantly dress and mask in traditional Italian Renaissance attire or modern Venetian carnival-style finery. For more information, visit the Carnevale Ventura website. 

Carnevale Ventura is a production of the Carnevale Ventura Commission, an activity of the Historical Figures Foundation.