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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August 4 & 5
Opening Weekend

Welcome to the 41st Annual New York Renaissance Faire, Where Fantasy Rules, and Imagination Takes Flight! Join us as we celebrate more than four glorious decades of art, music, dance & theater; extraordinary crafts, irresistible food & drink; camaraderie, creativity and joy!

August 11 & 12
Kids Admitted Free Weekend

Kids 12 and under admitted free with coupon. Throughout the Shire, our Villagers, Nobles, Heroes, Pirates and Faeries are ready to make your child’s day at Faire an unforgettable adventure. Join us for our Children’s Costume Contest! 

Photo Credit: Deborah Grosmark

August 18 & 19
Marketplace Weekend

Receive 2 Complimentary Tickets when you Spend $200 or More!
Guests who spend $200 or more on a single day will receive 2 complimentary tickets to return to the faire this season! Visit the Information Booth for details. 
In honor of Marketplace Weekend, we invite the guests of the shire to judge our Fourth Annual Marketplace Master Craftsman Competition! Visit the Information Booth for details.

August 25 & 26
Heroes & Villains Weekend

Celebrate the great heroes of history, including Robin Hood and his Merry Band and witness their epic battles against some of the world’s most notorious villains!

September 1, 2 & 3
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:  Transform yourself into the mystical being of your dreams for the day!
Steampunk Sunday: Celebration of your imagination in Steampunk Style.
Barbarian Monday: The Barbarians are invading the shire! 

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. Join the Pirate Treasure Hunt, ShantyFest, and the Ultimate Pirates Costume Contest!

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, Poetry Slam and more. Be sure to share a precious moment of your own at our legendary Kissing Bridge.

September 22 & 23
Masquerade Weekend

Immerse yourself in the mystique and elegance of the New York Renaissance Faire’s Fourth Annual Masquerade Ball! Guests are invited to dance and make merry to live music! 

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, games and special events both days!

Join us for the Best Knees in a Kilt Contest, the ALL-NEW Highland Games for the Wee Bairns, the Limerick Showdown and the Big Bad Bodhran Bang!

Photo by Jim Casler
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