Special Events & Theme Weekends

There’s always something new in the air at the New York Renaissance Faire! Explore our 2018 Theme Weekends and start planning a summer of adventure!

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September 29 & 30 — 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, contests, and children’s games both days!

Kids’ Highland Games on the Chessboard, 2:30 pm, recommended ages 12 and under.
Best Knees in a Kilt contest, 3:30 pm at The Blue Boar Inn!
Photo by Chuck Merrihew
Dance with The Freestylers of Piping at the
Fortune Stage!
Celebrate with Lochanside at the Maypole Music Pavilion!
Photo by Jim Casler

Kids’ Quest

Join the Fairies! Brave and imaginative children are invited on an interactive fantasy adventure! Help the Faerie Folk discover the magic in their home, the Enchanted Forest.  Each child receives a gift from the Fairies at the end of their quest!
30-minute Quests start at 11:30 am1:00 pm3:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Where: Sign up at the big yellow tent in the Enchanted Forest
Cost: $5 per quest/per child 
Recommended ages: 4 – 10 
ASL Friendly

Boffer Wars

Calling all Sword-Fighters-in-Training! Visiting with a young hero? Take part in the Boffer Wars Adventure! Learn sword combat from the greatest fighters in the realm, and test your skills against our trained mercenaries! Continue your quest for adventure through the Shire! Find out how at the Boffer Wars Adventure Tent
Boffer Wars occur throughout the day.
Where: Sign up at the big yellow tent in the Enchanted Forest
Cost: $5 per training session/per child
Please note: All swords are foam!
Recommended ages 4 – 12

Thank you for joining us for these theme weekends!

Photo by Ron Frary

September 22 & 23
Masquerade Weekend

Discover the hidden you!

Join in the mystery, romance and pageantry of a true European tradition – the Masquerade Ball!

Immerse yourself in the mystique and elegance of the Annual Masquerade Ball, 2:30, at the Chess Board!

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!

Photo by Ron Frary

September 15 & 16
Romance Weekend

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

Join us for our Vow Renewal — 2:30 pm at The Maypole — no sign up required.

Share a precious moment of your own on our legendary Kissing Bridge.

2016 Selfie Category Winner: Mirajanna Busatto

September 8 & 9
Pirate 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!
Also at Pirate’s Cove in the Mariner’s Military Encampment, attend Pirate School at 1:30 pm!
Join the Pirates and compete in the Ultimate Pirates’ Costume Contest at 2:00pm at Pirate’s Cove in the Mariner’s Military Encampment.
Be sure to learn all of your favorite Sea Shanties for the Shantyfest Sing-Along at 2:45 pm!
Mermaids! This weekend, Mermaid Pearl and Mermaid Mist are swimming upstream to the Shire to shellabrate Pirate Weekend!  If your little ones have ever wanted to meet a real mermaid, come visit the Mariner’s Military Encampment for photos, songs, games, and even the gift of a mermaid’s treasure! Time: Throughout the day
Find other great adventures listed on the Schedule of the Day!

August 25 & 26
Heroes & Villains Weekend and Military & First Responder Appreciation

Heroes and Villains Unite! Step out and join the Heroes or the Villains for a weekend filled with daring deeds and wicked mischief! Come dressed as your favorite Hero or Villain from any realm you choose!

Military and First Responder Appreciation

The New York Renaissance Faire celebrates our modern day Heroes! This weekend, all Active &  Veteran Military, Police, Firefighters, and EMT personnel receive a $5.00 discount off full price admission at the Box Office with valid ID.

Heroes and Villains Costume Contest! 

Join us for our all-ages Costume Contest at 3:30 on the Fool’s Stage! Categories include Child Hero, Child Villain, Adult Hero, and Adult Villain. Photo-Op Immediately following the Costume Contest.

Capture the Flag! 

Come to the Chess Board at 2:30 for Capture the Flag! Pick your side, and help guide your Hero, or your Villain, around the board to ultimate victory!

Photo by Frank Tirrell

September 1, 2 & 3
Time Travelers’ Weekend

Get ready for three full days of time-tripping adventure, with costume contests at 2 PM each day, special events and more!

Fantasy Saturday
Immerse yourself in the magic and whimsy of Fantasy Day! Appear in your “true” form, be it dragon, wizard, superhero, or fairy. Costume Contest 2:00 pm at the Fool’s Stage.

Steampunk Sunday
Time to dress in your Sunday best! Celebrate your imagination, Steampunk Style. Enjoy the elegance of the Victorian era, or the unique mechanical technology of the future. Costume Contest 2:00 pm at the Fool’s Stage.

Barbarian Monday
Vikings, Barbarians and Berserkers are invading the Shire! Dress in your finest pillaging attire and cheer for your favorite clan during the annual Games of Strength and Endurance. Beware, lest you be recruited to join the Horde! Costume Contest 2:00 pm at the Fool’s Stage.

August 4 & 5
Opening Weekend

Welcome to the 41st Season of the New York Renaissance Faire! Where Fantasy Rules and Imagination takes flight! Open NINE weekends! Join us as we celebrate four glorious decades of art, music, dance & theater. Featuring extraordinary crafts, irresistible food & drink, camaraderie, creativity and joy!

August 11 & 12
Kids Admitted Free Weekend!

Children 12 and under admitted free with one adult ticket purchase. No coupon necessary.

Show off your finery at the Children’s Costume Contest at the Fool’s Stage! Join us for more Children’s Activities throughout the Shire: Kids’ Quest, Boffer Wars, Meet the Sheriff, Join Robin Hood’s Merry Band, the Children’s Knighting Ceremony at the Queen’s Glade, plus rides, games and more! 

August 18 & 19
Marketplace Weekend & Teacher Appreciation

Receive 2 complimentary tickets for the 2018 season when you spend $200 or more August 18 or 19. Bring your receipts to the information booth to redeem this offer. Tickets must be claimed on date of visit, August 18 or 19. Please note, this offer excludes admission, food, rides and games.

In honor of Marketplace Weekend, we invite the guests of the Faire to judge our Annual Marketplace Master Craftsman Competition! Our talented Artisans have entered their finest items to be on display. One artisan will be named Marketplace Master Craftsman!

Please visit the Guardians of Sterling Garden and cast your vote and be entered to win 2 tickets to return any day of the 2018 season! Voting ends 4pm Sunday, August 19.

Teacher Appreciation Weekend

Back to School is right around the corner. Join us for a little summer fun! The New York Renaissance Faire would like to show our thanks to school faculty and staff  by offering a $5.00 discount off full price Box Office admission. Educators and school staff must show their ID badges at the box office to redeem offer.

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