A visit to Ardenwood is a journey back to the time of the Patterson Ranch a prosperous, 19th-century country estate including a beautiful mansion and its elaborate Victorian Gardens. But on September 12th and 13th the Historic Farm will take you back further yet, to the time and place after which it was named. Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival and Renaissance Faire will open for a full weekend of fun and frolic and transport visitors to a country fair in late-1500s England where the rising young star of London's theatre scene, William Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer's block.
This year's theme for the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival will be Shakespeare's Muse. Ardenwood Historic Farms will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with the myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare's plays we so dearly love. Their stories will make their way into his plays and into our hearts. And you will be there to witness it all. George Washington Patterson, inspired by Shakespeare's plays, in 1857 called his estate, Ardenwood, after the Forest of Arden mentioned in Shakespeare's play, As You Like It.
Cancelled in 2013 due to lack of funding.
In Fremont, exit Highway 84 at Ardenwood/Newark Boulevard. Go north on Ardenwood Boulevard. The entrance is just north of Highway 84.
Public transportation: Take AC Transit bus #214 from Union City BART to the bus stop on Newark Boulevard under the freeway. Bus runs every 30 minutes weekdays; hourly weekends and holidays. To return, the bus stop is on Newark Boulevard just south of the freeway in front of the shopping center.