Have you been spending too much time indoors fighting imaginary dwarves and knights online? Maybe you should try fighting imaginary dwarves and knights in the fresh air. Hold onto your 16-sided dice, because on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Humboldt Botanical Gardens you can throw on your duct taped battle gear for the Age of Dragons event and LARP it out (free with garden admission: $8 adults, $5 kids, free to kids 5 and under).
What's LARP? Live action role play — the grown-up (sort of) version of the costumed battles you enjoyed as a kid running around with sticks, capes and probably not enough adult supervision. If you've got a costume, suit up, my liege, because there are prizes to be won. And if you're not quite ready to throw-eth down, you can just watch the faux carnage of the games, as well as a Humboldt State University Archery Club demo and contact sword fights. Little ones can get their faces painted, catch a puppet show and hear spooky stories from Carpathian. Berserking on your pals with a foam axe is hungry work, so Ethiopian International Café and Lost Coast Brewery will be on hand selling food and root beer floats, respectively. Just wait 20 minutes after eating to maraud again.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill