By the Decade: Themed Fairs and Expos in the 1970’s


Whether it’s a fair, a festival, or an expo, an event is always bound to offer a unique experience when it goes by a specific theme. In this edition of By the Decade, let us take a look at some of these events in the 1970s.

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire

The original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is an annual event that began in 1963 in Agoura Hills, California. It was created to give the public a chance to experience what life was like back in the Renaissance. These Kodachrome photos below are from the 1970 event.

Images via Jordan Smith on Flickr

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Expo ’70

Expo ’70 was a World’s Fair held in Osaka, Japan from March 15 to September 13, 1970. With the theme “Progress and Harmony for Mankind”, the Expo site covered around more than 330 acres and featured around 124 exhibits and attractions – most notably, two extensive international collections of arts and crafts and a large moon rock brought back by the Apollo 12 astronauts in 1969.

Images via Wikipedia

Expo ‘74

Deviating from the usual futuristic and space age themes of past Expos, the Expo ’74 held in Spokane, Washington was the first environmentally-themed world’s fair. It ran from May 4 to November 3, 1974. The heart of the fair park grounds was located on Canada Island, Havermale Island, and the adjacent south bank of the Spokane River in the center of the city. With the exception of two pavilions, all of the major buildings were modular structures assembled on the site.

Do you have any photos and stories about your experience on a themed event or expo? Share them below!

All information for this article was taken from Wikipedia, The Original Renaissance Faire website, and

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