It’s a farther drive than the Ohio Ren Fest, but well worth the time. Just north of Louisville, the Highland Renaissance Faire presents the Scotland of Robert the Bruce, or at least a satisfying facsimile. Explosive scientific performances, couples mud wrestling and the sword-swallowing sideshow freakiness by Cincinnati’s Travis Fessler are supporting fare for the main events — jousting competitions, equestrian acrobats and an audience with the king.
Shops hawking period and contemporary handicrafts round out the old world flair. It’s easily the best period festival I’ve attended and is terrifically immersive theater. Be sure and try a Scottish Egg. $12; $6 children 6-12; free for children 5 and under. Discounts for online orders. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 19. 955 Elm St., Eminence, Exit 34 off I-71 toward Louisville. Get details here.