An esthetician from Clarion came dressed as a mushroom. A finance manager from Canonsburg wore a mask with horns. A high school teacher from Brookline was a Viking and a pediatric dental assistant from Stoystown was a witch.

At the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, it’s difficult to distinguish the performers from the paying public. Patrons to the popular event say that’s all part of the fun.

Described as a “16th Century Medieval Amusement Park,” the festival features stage shows, music performers, artisans, games of skill, rides, jousting shows and food — lots of food.

These are just some of the faces of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.

  • Katie Elder
  • Haley Rice dresses up as a princess for the Renaissance Festival.
  • Jenna King wears elf ears
  • Bryan Warner wears a horned mask
  • Anastasia Theus wears zombie makeup and pink braids to the Renaissance Festival
  • A man dressed in a costume with a white cloak and red cross at the Renaissance Festival.
  • Cyrus Pynn, whose stage name is “Cy The Sword Swallower"
  • Dan Hasselius, a fire eating stage performer
  • S. Chris Caito dressed as a “Summer Yeoman" for the Renaissance Festival
  • Felisha Knopp dressed as an elvish maiden
  • Tiffany Phillips

Located at 112 Renaissance Lane in West Newton, the festival is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends through Oct. 1.

Photojournalist John Beale has been documenting life in Pittsburgh for four decades. He's convinced that the next photo he makes will be his favorite.