Special Events & Theme Weekends 2017

August 5 – 6: Opening Weekend

Welcome to the New York Renaissance Faire, Where Fantasy Rules, and Imagination Takes Flight!

‘Tis our 40th Anniversary!
Join us as we celebrate four glorious decades of art, music, dance & theater; extraordinary crafts, irresistible food & drink; camaraderie, creativity and joy!

August 12 – 13: Kids Admitted Free Weekend

No coupon necessary, ages 12 and under. Throughout the Shire, our Villagers, Nobles, Heroes, Pirates and Faeries are ready to make your child’s day at Faire an unforgettable adventure.

Children’s Costume Contest:
Join us for our Children’s Costume Contest where participants, ages 12 and under, can show off their incredible Renaissance attire. Let your child’s creativity shine!

August 19 – 20: Marketplace Weekend

Receive 2 Complimentary Tickets when you Spend $200 or More!
Guests who spend $200 or more will receive 2 complimentary tickets to return to the faire this season! Visit the Information Booth for details.

Marketplace Master Craftsman:
In honor of Marketplace Weekend, we invite the guests of the shire to judge our Third Annual Marketplace Master Craftsman Competition! The talented artisans of the shire have entered their finest items for display. It is up to you to decide what item is the most lavish, artistic, and beautiful. To vote, place your ballot in the box in front of the item you wish to select. At the end of the weekend, one artisan will be named “Marketplace Master Craftsman.” Visit the Information Booth for details.

August 26 – 27: Celtic Weekend

Whether you long for the Highlands of Scotland or the green fields of Ireland, you’re invited to break out your favorite kilt, your naughtiest limericks and your most heartfelt toasts. Enjoy Celtic music, games and special events both days!

Best Knees in a Kilt Contest:
Have you got the prettiest patellas or the handsomest hamstrings in the land? Don your finest kilt and let the world see ’em!

Highland Games for the Wee Bairns!
Dress your wee ‘un in their finest highland regalia and let ’em loose in our special Highland Games shrunk down for the Wee Bairns (that’s little kids in American!)

Limerick Showdown:
Bring your best five-line bawdy ballads to the Rusty Knife for a limerick contest hosted by some of the Shire’s funniest “poets!”

Bodhran’s Wanted:
Any drummer will tell you, that’s a phrase you do not hear every day! Stay tuned for news of the Big Bad Bodhran Bang!

September 2, 3 & 4: Time Travelers Weekend

Get ready for three full days of time-tripping adventure! (Almost) anything goes with special Games, Costume Contests, Themed Combat, Parades and more:

Fantasy Saturday: Immerse yourself in the magic and whimsy of Fantasy Day. Guests are encouraged to appear in your “true” form (be it dragon or fairy!) Transform yourself into the mystical being of your dreams for the day!

Steampunk Sunday: Time to dress in your Sunday best! This day is a celebration of your imagination and Steampunk Style. Whether you enjoy the elegance of the Victorian era, or prefer the unique mechanical technology of the future, let your creativity and exquisite fashion sense shine!

Barbarian Monday: Beware, lest you be recruited to join the Horde! The Barbarians are invading the shire! Listen for the roar of competition as they hold their annual Games of Strength and Endurance!

Guidelines: No projectiles, all weapons must be peace-tied and meet the New York Renaissance Faire Weaponry Guidelines and Policies. No violence, nudity or profanity on stage. There is no group category, which means all contestants will be judged individually.

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September 9 – 10: Pirates Weekend

Prepare to be boarded, Matey, as the Shire is overrun with privateers and buccaneers! Learn to speak and fight like a pirate all weekend. Join the Pirate Treasure Hunt and the Ultimate Pirates Costume Contest!

Shantyfest — Get ready to sing along with classic sea shanties from across the ages. Bring your own verses!

Pirate JokesWhy does it take a Pirate so long to learn the alphabet? Because he spends years at C! If you can do better than THAT, try your luck at our Pirate Joke Contest!

September 16 – 17: Romance Weekend

Celebrate your love — or discover it for the first time! — in one of the most romantic venues in history.

Vow Renewal:
Rekindle and embrace your feelings of love and devotion as you and your partner renew your vows in a magical, romantic ceremony officiated by our Lord Mayor. Bring your loved one and renew your vows. Space is limited.

Poetry Slam:
Embrace your muse and join our Romantic Poetry Slam! Poems may be written in any form or style but may not exceed 25 lines.

Escort Auction
Bid for the chance to spend some quality Faire time with one of our illustrious (or infamous!) citizens. Proceeds are donated to worthy causes.

Discover the romance in Shakespeare’s works at Streetcorner Shakespeare, the loves of Elizabeth I at the Queen’s Grove, the epic romance of Robin Hood and Maid Marian throughout the Faire, or share a precious moment of your own at our legendary Kissing Bridge.

September 23 – 24: Masquerade Weekend

Masquerade Ball:
Immerse yourself in the mystique and elegance of the New York Renaissance Faire’s Second Annual Masquerade Ball! Guests are invited to dance and make merry to live music! Who shall you dance with? The Masquerade will keep your secrets, until you divulge your identity!

September 30 – October 1:
Oktoberfest and Harvest Weekend

Keg and Barrel Festival:
Celebrate the legacy and fun of the traditional European Oktoberfest, with craft beers throughout the Shire, music, dance, games and more!

Join in traditional and unique Harvest games and dances!