Famous for glorious turkey legs, great steins of beer and overflowing bosoms in tight bodices, Renaissance fairs are a convergence point for cynical onlookers and overenthusiastic participants. The St. Louis Renaissance Faire has something for everyone on that spectrum, because everyone enjoys a good joust. Oh, the great sport of spearing men on horses pleases you naught? This opening weekend (Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18) is the Quest for the Holy Grail, which entails the cupcake crusades (the great battle of your sweet tooth), a chocolate-pie eating contest (waiting for a downside here), a fudge fling (no comment), a Monty Python costume contest (OK, why are you still at home?) and a grape stomp (!). Three other themed weekends occur, and even on the "normal" weekends, there's still a ton of stuff to do and see: take a seat on the Throne of Swords, browse the artisan shoppes and ramble through the new Fairy Forest. The St. Louis Renaissance Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 17 through June 8) at Rotary Park in Wentzville (2577 West Meyer Road; 800-373-0357 or www.stlrenfest.com). Admission is $7.50 to $49.95.
Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: May 17. Continues through June 8, 2014