Special Events & Theme Weekends

Special Event: VIP Joust Seating

VIP Joust Seating

Put yourself in the middle of the action with VIP Seating at the Roselawn Tournament Joust Field! Enjoy the Royal Treatment with covered seating, a bottle of water and an exclusive souvenir. Tickets are $5 per person/per Joust and may be purchased at the Information Booth in the Village Green. Seating is limited to 300 people per show. Showtimes: 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Special Event: Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Join us for a riotous brewfest with bodacious songs, jokes, and games!

Visit the pubs of the Shire and sample the finest brews in the company of our most colorful characters. FIVE alcoholic beverages are included, one at each pub.

FOUR Pub Crawls are scheduled each Faire day at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. Each Crawl lasts approximately 75-90 minutes. Participants will also receive a commemorative pin. Limit one Pub Crawl per person per day.

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With a valid ID in hand, you MUST check-in at the Information Booth at least 30 minutes before your scheduled Pub Crawl to receive your wristband. Without a wristband, you can not join the Pub Crawl. There are no exceptions to this. Please note that congestion on the local roadways and lines into the parking areas can be quite long in the afternoon.  Please factor this in so that you can make it to the Pub Crawl on time as Pub Crawl tickets are non-refundable. The traffic in the morning before 10:30 a.m. is relatively clear so we encourage you to join us as early in the day as possible. If you are late to your Pub Crawl,  please understand that you will not receive all five drinks as the Crawl will already be in progress.

You must be 21+ and have your valid Driver’s License/State ID to participate (IDs will be checked for everyone). Children are not permitted on the Pub Crawl (including children in strollers). Please drink responsibly. We like return customers! A ticket to the Pub Crawl does not include admission to The New York Renaissance Faire. You will need an admission ticket and a Pub Crawl ticket if you wish to join the Pub Crawl.

A limited number of advance tickets are available for purchase online on a first-come, first-served basis. Pub Crawl tickets purchased online must be redeemed at the Information Booth between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to receive your wristband.

The Pub Crawl sells out quickly. Day-of tickets are available at the Information Booth until 2:30 p.m. We recommend online purchase before you arrive at the Faire to guarantee your spot.

Special Event: Boffer Wars foam combat fight children kids

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
Special Event: Kids Quest fairy adventure for children and kids

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 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Where: Sign up at the big yellow tent in the Enchanted Forest
Cost: $5 per quest/per child 
Recommended ages: 4 – 10 
ASL Friendly
Theme Weekend: Opening Weekend - children with archery bows

August 17 & 18 — Opening Weekend!
Kids’ Weekend and Teacher Appreciation

Welcome to the 42nd season of the New York Renaissance Faire!

Kids Admitted Free!
Children 12 and under admitted free with one adult ticket purchase. No coupon necessary.

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

Children’s Costume Contest – Show off your fantastic finery and win VIP seating at the 6:00 Joust and tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season. Meet up for a group photo afterwards!

Teacher Appreciation
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.

Theme Weekend: Marketplace Weekend merchant vendor artisan craftsman shopping

August 24 & 25
Marketplace Weekend

Receive 2 complimentary tickets for the 2019 season when you spend $250 or more August 24 or 25. Bring your receipts to the information booth to redeem this offer. Tickets must be claimed on date of visit, August 24 or 25. 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 2019 season! Voting ends 4pm Sunday, August 25.

NEW! Marketplace Photo Hunt – Celebrate the Artisans of the Shire! Pick up the clues at the Information Booth and follow them to four locations throughout the Faire! Find the Official NYRF Photo Hunt sign and take a selfie with it! Once you’ve located all four signs and taken photos with them, post those photos to Instagram using our special hashtag #NYRFMarket! We’ll choose three lucky winners each day this weekend to win tickets to return to the Faire!

Theme Weekend: Time Traveler Weekend Fantasy Steampunk Barbarians Vikings

August 31, September 1 &  2
Time Travelers’ Weekend

Get ready for three full days of time-tripping adventure, with costume contests, 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 Show off your fantastic finery and win VIP seating at the 6:00 Joust and tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season. Meet up for a group photo afterward!

NEW! Fantasy Team Trivia Join us at Peacock Pavilion for a 30-minute game of trivia. Test your knowledge of all things fantastical, from sci-fi to mythology, comic books to Ren Faires! Teams, up to 6 people each, may sign up at the Information Booth to participate.

Steampunk Sunday

Celebrate your imagination, Steampunk Style. Enjoy the elegance of the Victorian era or the unique mechanical technology of the future.

Costume Contest Time to dress in your Sunday best! Win VIP seating at the 6:00 Joust and tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season. Meet up for a group photo afterward!

NEW! Out of Time Photo Hunt! Pick up the clues at the Information Booth and follow them to four locations throughout the Faire! Find the Official NYRF Photo Hunt sign and take a selfie with it! Once you’ve located all four signs and taken photos with them, post those photos to Instagram using our special hashtag #NYRFSteampunk! We’ll announce 6 lucky winners by 5pm Tuesday, September 3 to win 2 tickets each to return to the Faire!

NEW! Mustache Contest Twirl your ‘stache into its fanciest form! Compete with your fellow mustachioed masters for the most classic and most innovative mustache. Winners receive a gift card for merchandise at the Renaissance Collection Souvenir Shop.

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!

Join the Marketplace Parade Calling all Barbarians to join the Queen and our Villagers for the procession through the Shire! Meet next to the Village Bakery at 2:15.

Costume Contest Give a barbaric yawp and strut your stuff for a chance to win VIP seating at the 6:00 Joust and tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season. Gather the clans for a photo meet up afterward!

NEW! Kids’ Thumb Wrestling Contest Tiny warriors are invited to join this epic battle of the thumbs! Recommended for children ages 12 and under.

Theme Weekend: Heroes & Villains Weekend wonder woman cosplayer

September 7 & 8

Heroes & Villains Weekend – $5 off for Military and First Responders

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 & Villains Costume Contest Strike a heroic pose or a menacing stance for a chance to win VIP seating at the 6:00 Joust and tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season.
Join this epic gathering of friends and foes for a photo meet up afterward!

NEW! Heroes and Villains Team Trivia Join us at Peacock Pavilion for a 30-minute game of trivia. Test your knowledge of real or fictional Heroes and Villains from all eras of history, fantasy, and pop culture. Teams, up to 6 people each, may sign up at the Information Booth to participate.

Theme Weekend: Pirate Weekend

September 14 & 15
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!

Costume Contest Compete in the Ultimate Pirates’ Costume Contest! Join the Crew for a chance to win VIP seating at the 6:00 Joust and tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season. All Pirates, from Seal Pups to Sea Dogs, are welcomed for a group photo afterward!

Shantyfest Join our Nautical crew and sing your favorite Sea Shanties from across the ages.

NEW! Beard Contest Show off your glorious whiskers and be rewarded for the longest and the most decorated beard. Winners receive a gift card for merchandise at the Renaissance Collection Souvenir Shop.

Pirate Joke Contest Why 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!

Theme Weekend: Romance Weekend couple kiss

September 21 & 22
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 Ceremony- no sign up required! Share a precious moment of your own on our legendary Kissing Bridge.

Vow Renewal Ceremony Join us at the Maypole for our annual celebration of love and commitment! No sign up required.

NEW! Great Romances of History Team Trivia Join us at Peacock Pavilion for a 30-minute game of trivia. Test your knowledge of great romantic characters from Romeo and Juliet to Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Teams, up to 6 people each, may sign up at the Information Booth to participate.

NEW! Follow Your Heart Photo Hunt Celebrate Romance! Pick up the clues at the Information Booth and follow them to four locations throughout the Faire! Find the Official NYRF Photo Hunt sign and take a selfie with it! Once you’ve located all four signs and taken photos with them, post those photos to Instagram using our special hashtag #NYRFRomance! We’ll announce 6 lucky winners by 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 23 to win 2 tickets each to return to the Faire!

Theme Weekend: Masquerade Weekend mask ball dance

September 28 & 29
Masquerade Weekend

Discover the hidden you!
Join in the mystery, romance, and pageantry of a true European tradition – our 5th Annual Masquerade Weekend! The Masquerade will keep your secrets until you divulge your identity!

Masquerade Ball Who shall you dance with? Guests are invited to the Chessboard to dance and make merry to live music.

Masquerade Costume Contest Show off your fabulous finery and mysterious masques! Winners receive a gift card for merchandise at the Renaissance Collection Souvenir Shop.

NEW! Kids’ Mask Making Let your creativity shine! Children ages 12 and under are invited to make their own masks at the Guardians of Sterling Garden. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m – 4 p.m.

Theme Weekend: Celtic Weekend couple kilt forest throne

October 5 & 6
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!

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 at the Blue Boar Inn!

Limerick Contest Bring your best five-line bawdy ballads to the Blue Boar Inn for a limerick contest hosted by some of the Shire’s funniest “poets!”

Children’s Highland Games Dress your wee’un in their finest highland regalia and let ’em loose in our special Highland Games shrunk down for the Wee Bairns! Join in the fun at the Chess Board! Recommended for ages 2-12.

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