Special Events 2014

Pub Crawl photo: Deborah GrosmarkEvery Faire Day - PUB CRAWL

Hosted by The Brewmaster    
Join us for a riotous brewfest with bawdy songs, jokes and drinking games as you explore the pubs of Sterling Shire and sample the finest beers in the company of one of the Shire’s most colorful characters. Receive five drinks including a microbrew at our newly reopened Peacock Pavilion!
SIGN UP at the Information Booth - $35 per person

Tour lasts approx. 75-90 minutes. Limited space available
Two Pub Crawls scheduled per day: 11:15am & 3:00pm

Meet at Matty Groves to begin the festivities!
Participants will also receive a commemorative pin.
Must be 21+ and have your valid Driver’s License/State ID to participate.

photo: Deborah Grosmark


Wine Tasting by Ron FraryEvery Faire Day - Wine Tasting

SIGN UP at the Information Booth - $20 per person
Limited space available
Two Wine Tastings scheduled per day: 1:00pm & 4:00pm

Must be 21+ and have your valid Driver’s License/State ID to participate.


Weekend 1, August 2 & 3, 2014

Opening Weekend

Welcome to the New York Renaissance Faire where fantasy rules and whimsical delights take flight; where worlds coexist and dreams come to life!


Children by Svetlana GrinbergWeekend 2, August 9 & 10, 2014

Child Free Admission

All children age 12 and younger are free. No purchase necessary. No coupon necessary.

Children’s Costume Parade and Contest:

Join us for our Children’s Costume Parade and Contest where participants, ages 12 and under, can show off their incredible renaissance attire. Let your child’s creativity shine as they march throughout the faire grounds. The Parade will end in a Costume Contest judged by the noble court of our shire!


Time of Parade: 12pm 

Sign up at the Info Booth!


Photo By Svetlana Grinberg



Artisan by Adam SchererWeekend 3, August 16 & 17, 2014

Marketplace Weekend

Guests who spend $200 or more will receive 2 complimentary tickets to return to the faire this season!


Market Place Master Craftsman:


In honor of Market Place Weekend, we invite the guests of the shire to be the judges for our first annual Market Place Master Craftsman Competition. The talented crafters of the shire have entered their finest items to be displayed in the Guardians of Sterling Gardens. It is up to you to decide on 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, “Market Place Master Craftsman”. All those who vote shall be entered into a raffle where the winner shall receive a pair of Queen's Passes for the 2014 Season!

Photo By: Adam Scherer



Weekend 4, August 23 & 24, 2014

Celtic Highland Games Weekend

Luck of the Celts:

The Highland Games Weekend is upon us! Dress up in your finest Celtic inspired attire and be entered in a drawing. One lucky Celt shall receive a mystery grand prize. To participate, you must venture forth to the Information Booth dressed to theme. You will then be given a raffle ticket. At the end of each faire day, one ticket will be selected and a winner shall be named at the Pub Sing!


Kilts by Rich ParkerBest Knees in a Kilt Contest:

Grab your Kilts and get ready to compete! Do you have the nicest knees and the swankiest kilt in the land? Now is your chance to prove it! Hop on stage and give us your best pose. The individual with the loudest cheer from the crowd gets to take home the title of Best Knees in a Kilt!

Time of Contest: 4pm 

Sign up at the Info Booth!

Photo By: Rich Parker



Time Travelers by Pedro EstevezWeekend 5, August 30 & 31 & September 1, 2014

Time Traveler Weekend

Saturday: Fantasy

Sunday: History

Monday: Barbarians

Time Travelers Parade:

Guests of all Era and Ages are welcome to join us in our Time Travelers Parade! Participants will majestically trek through the shire, flaunting their fanciest garb and costumes. The parade will end in the New York Renaissance Faire’s 1st Annual Original Character Cosplay Competition!


Time of Parade: 12pm

Sign up at the Info Booth!


Original Character Cosplay Competition:

Unleash your inner character at the New York Renaissance Faire's 1st Annual Original Character Cosplay Competition. Each participant will be introduced and receive 30 seconds to strike their best poses. Awards will be given to the Best in Show, Best Prop, and Most Enthusiastic.


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.


Sign up at the Info Booth!


 Photo By: Pedro Estevez



Pirate Child by Eva WhorleyWeekend 6, September 6 & 7, 2014

Pirate Weekend

Pirate Parade and Contest:

Get ready to flaunt your stuff! Join us for our Pirate Parade, where Pirates young and old, big and small, can show off their pirate attire walking through the shire. This grand parade is bound to make a splash, ending in the Ultimate Pirate Costume Contest and Pirate Float Competition!


Time of Parade: 2pm

Sign up at the Info Booth!

Photo By: Eva Whorley 

Pirate Float by Eva WhorleyFloat Competition:

The New York Renaissance Faire is proud to present the first annual Float Competition. Participants will build their own floats and have the opportunity to show them off during our Pirate Parade.


Floats should not exceed 4ft in width, 6ft in Height, and 4ft in length. They may not be motorized and must be home made.  The float creator must be able to push, pull or carry his or her own float. The theme of the Float Competition is “Pirate Promenade”.  Floats will be judged on originality, relevance to theme, and overall appearance.


Time of Parade: 2pm

Sign up at the Info Booth! Parade begins at the Music Pavilion and ends at the Maypole.


Photo By: Eva Whorley 




Pirate Joke Contest:

ARRRRE you the funniest pirate that ever sailed the 7 seas? Climb on stage and tell your best pirate joke. The joke that receives the loudest applause and laughter wins!


Time of Parade: 4pm

Sign up at the Info Booth!


Pirates by Michael SchmidtThe Great Treasure Snatch:

The Barbarians have stolen our Treasure and it is up to us to snatch it back! Join the Captain in a grand adventure to creep into the Barbarian Encampment, find the treasure, and sneak it back to safety! This activity is recommended for pirates between 4-12 years of age.


Time of The Great Treasure Snatch: 12pm

Sign up at the Info Booth!

Photo By: Michael Schmidt


Where’s Polly?

The Captain has lost her parrots; can you find all of them throughout the shire? Take a map and place an “X” where you see the sneaky birds hidden all over the faire grounds!


Get your Maps at the info Booth!



Weekend 7, September 13 & 14, 2014

Barbarian Weekend

Kubb Tourney

(14 & Over) Enjoy this lawn game of yesteryear wherein you must knock down the oncoming invaders! Don’t know how to play? That’s ok! Rules will be taught!

Location: HeathenHearth Gathering

Times: 11am, 1pm, 4pm


Barbarian Costume Contest

Get in touch with your inner Viking and be awarded for the most frightful, most authentic, and most original barbarian costumes! Join us for our Barbarian Costume Contest!

Location: Peacock Pavilion

Children Contest: 12:15pm

Adult Contest: 4pm


Viking Trivia

Do you know everything about Viking Culture and Mythology? Would you like to?  Test your Viking knowledge in our Norse Trivia Game! Form teams and submit your answers to compete against Skaldvik’s own Skald!

Location: HeathenHearth Storytelling Nook

Time: 3pm


Viking Scavenjer Hunt!

(13 & Under) The Vikings are looking for a few good scouts. Scour the lands of Sterling Shire using clues to find the best treasures.  Write down the answers to the clues and report back to HeathenHearth!



Romance Weekend by Michael SchmidtWeekend 8, September 20 & 21, 2014

Romance Weekend

Poetry Slam:

Take hold of your inner muse and enter into our Romantic Poetry Slam. Poems may be written in any form or style. Poems may not exceed 25 lines and must be relevant to the topic of “love and romance”.


Time of the Slam: 4pm

Sign up at the Info Booth!


Vow Renewal:

Revisit the love you felt on that special day when you and your spouse were joined together. The New York Renaissance Faire is continuing its tradition by offering a vow renewal ceremony. 


Time of Vow Renewal: 4:30pm

Sign up at the Information Booth!

Photo By: Michael Schmidt


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