St. Louis Renaissance Festival Preview Weekend

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through June 5 2016

Do the words "renaissance festival" conjure images of big ol' turkey legs and mead and little else? You should educate yourself about what really happens at the ren fest, which is easy to do thanks to the St. Louis Renaissance Festival's free preview weekends. The fully fleshed-out version isn't until autumn, but this sneak peek lets you see some of the live entertainment, such as the stage performers, the wandering actors who portray the citizens of the sixteenth century French village Petit Lyon, and yes, the food, which does in fact include turkey legs and mead. But those are good things. St. Louis Renaissance Festival is open for previews from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 28 to June 5) at Rotary Park (2577 West Meyer Road, Wentzville; www.stlrenfest.com).

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission