Entertainment of the Shire
Aaron Bonk (all season)
Three time Guinness Book World Record holder Aaron Bonk is a unique entertainer with a twisted sense of humor who risks his life to make you laugh! His refreshingly original Fire Whip Sword Show is a seriously ridiculous blend of amazing artistry, extraordinary skill, and crazy personality. Machetes, whips, axes, and fire – the hottest show in all the Shire!
Acrobatrix (all season)
Acrobatrix is a two-person comedy circus spectacular! Bending, flipping and flying through the air – the show is action-packed from start to finish. They are the perfect couple, but there are only two things that can ruin this relationship: he’s one and she’s the other!
Arsene Dupin Magikhana Show (Aug 17 – Sept. 29)
Arsene Dupin, internationally renowned Artiste of Mime, Magic, Comedy & Juggling, delights audiences worldwide. His amazing illusions and ingenious comedy win the hearts and inspire the laughter of the audience within moments!
Blackenshear the Curious (all season)
Comedy and amazing magic are what you can expect at a Blackenshear show! Entertaining and engaging for audiences of all ages, this seasoned performer and consummate entertainer will win you over with his award-winning comedy act!
Gi Shiata (all season)
Sleight of hand artist Bret Blackshear creates interactive mysteries with cards, rings, coins, thimbles, and rope.
Charry (all season)
Playing a wide mix of musical styles, Charry evokes the primitive, magical spirit of the Andes with his many indigenous folk instruments, including charango, birimbao, cuatro, pan pipes, percussion, and more!
Cirque du Sewer (all season)
The world’s only acrobat, rat, and confused cat show! Experience the most unique comedy acrobatics spectacle that must be seen to be believed!
Combat Chess (all season)
The greatest warriors in Sterling Shire cross blades and trade blows, all for Her Majesty’s entertainment – and yours – in these rollicking contests of strategy and skill!
Presented by the NYRF Fight Guild. Don’t miss these epic battles on the Chessboard, twice daily!
The Court of Queen Elizabeth (all season)
Our beloved Sovereign, Elizabeth, has arrived in the Shire seeking romance, music, and adventure! Delight in theater, song, and banter as Her Majesty presides over the celebrations of the day. Our young guests are invited to participate in the Children’s Knighting Ceremony, held every Faire day.
Ded Bob (Aug 17 – Sept. 29)
“Dedly” Humor! Bob and his faithful dummy Sluj use unsuspecting audience members to assist in Mischievous & Outrageous Comedy! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest!
Eddie Jeff Cahill (Aug 17 – Sept. 29)
Performing at the Wildlife Revealed Falconry Stage, Eddie Jeff brings dignity and pride to the ancient craft of the traveling singer-poet-storyteller.
The Fairies (all season)
The marvelous Fairies bring magic and wonder to Sterling Shire! The Faerie Queen and her Seelie Court reign in the deep woods of the Enchanted Forest, where their magic delights the hearts of children and adults alike. Join them for an adventure on the Kids’ Quest, or seek them out for a moment of joy.
The Freestylers of Piping (all season)
Bagpipes are so much more than Amazing Grace! Feast your ears on the creative improvisations that flow through the familiar tunes of The Freestylers of Piping and you’ll never think of pipes the same way again.
Hey Nunnie Nunnie! (Aug 17 – Sept. 2)
A comic nun duo with hilarious antics and silly songs of inspiration designed to make you laugh so loud you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven!
The Jackdaws (Sept. 7- Oct 6)
The Jackdaws deliver original, contemporary, and traditional Irish Rock to audiences across the land. This innovative trio will have you coming back for more with their driving melodies and lyrics.
Jamila Lotus (Aug 17 – Sept. 29)
The Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale performs fast-paced original choreography, traditional Middle Eastern belly dance, and feats of balance and daring, featuring a dynamic live band!
The Jousters (all season)
The Jousters have an entertainingly fresh take on a very old sport. These knights are excited to bring their fully-armored, hard-hitting, and wholly unique style of jousting to the Faire. Combined with bold attitudes and fierce competition, this is a true sport. Every lance break and shield shatter achieved is done in an authentic quest for victory!
VIP Joust Seating (all season)
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.
Jeffrey Jene has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years with a dazzling blend of comedy, audience participation, and super-skilled sleight of hand and illusion. Visit with Jeffrey in his realm of magic and experience the impossible!
Kathleen Finnegan, Harpist (all season)
Kathleen brings the music of the past alive with the magic of the Irish harp. In ancient tradition, music had the power to bring joy, sorrow, and peace, all of which Kathleen delights to share. Experience the beloved music of the Celtic, ancient, and classical traditions, some familiar and some that are new again.
Lady Prudence (Aug 17 – Sept. 8, Sept 21- Oct 6)
With Songs for All Occasions, Lady Prudence will sing a song to suit any mood, be it love, loss, food, drink, monsters, or a dance tune, with the help of harp, whistle, and shaker! Find her by the Kissing Bridge and you may earn her favor, or even join the band!
The Legend of Robin Hood (all season)
Heroes, like swords, are forged in fire. The villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and his Guards rule the highways and byways of the Shire with an iron fist. Are you prepared to help Robin Hood, his beloved Maid Marian, and the Merry Band of Outlaws put an end to the Sheriff’s tyranny once and for all? Follow the adventures of Robin Hood throughout the Faire day! Children are invited to join Robin Hood’s Merry Band, and meet the Sheriff, in daily meet and greets at their encampments.
The Lynx Show (Sept. 7 – Oct. 6)
The Lynx Show is a unique blend of magic, sword swallowing, and comedy. From death defying feats of amazement to bewildering moments that just can’t be explained, this performance is sure to thrill you. Don’t miss out and be part of the fun!
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oct 5/6)
Blending elements of folk music from the British Isles and the Americas, the Merry Wives’ sound features rich vocal harmonies, accompanied by traditional and contemporary folk instruments. Their repertoire includes traditional Irish pieces and original compositions, performed in a range of styles from bawdy scripted shows to casual atmospheric music.
Musical Blades (Oct 5/6)
Since the turn of the century, this fearless band of misfit rogues has been terrorizing and delighting audiences with a unique blend of hilarity and harmonies. They bring soaring vocals and vibrant performances to countless audiences across the country.
The Nautical Guild (all season)
Batten down the hatches, and join the greatest pirates of the era as they battle Her Majesty’s Royal Navy in a quest for gold! As quick with a saber as they are with a sea shanty, these swashbucklers will shiver your timbers and plunder your heart!
2 Noisy Knights (Oct 5/6)
With the help of yarn (over 75 lbs and growing) the “Knights” give a new perspective to familiar, and some not so familiar tales. With the motto “Why just listen to a story when you can live an adventure,” they encourage their audience to be involved in the experience.
The Pride of Ireland – Matt Young (all season)
Singing songs that are Irish, and songs that wish they were Irish. From rousing pub tunes to ballads charged with emotion, the Pride of Ireland will keep you clapping your hands and raising your glasses!
Rambling Sailors – NEW! (Sept. 14- 22)
With a repertoire of hundreds of songs and harmonies that please the ear and lift the spirit, the Rambling Sailors bring traditional sea music, history, and stories to the stage. Listen as they deliver songs in the style that inspired generations of sailors to go to sea.
The Raven (Sept. 7 – 29)
The Raven, the black feathered bird man, flies on top of a ball using Kung Fu fans for wings. He swoops down and invites the audience into his world of “eggs-traordinary” magic.
Jeremiah Wiggins (Sept. 7 – 29)
Magician, storyteller, and human ambassador to the faerie realm. While Jeremiah seems to be a human fantasy jukebox, his true agenda is educating folk in the needs of the little people and getting himself elected again. He is recognizable by his very large mushroom, the soapbox upon which he stands. If you don’t believe in faeries before you have met Wiggins, you most likely will after!
The Royal Pipers (all season)
This group, composed of the popular pipers Larry Cole, Christa Patton, and Peter Walker, perform pavannes and other precious pieces for your particular pleasure!
Shakespeare Approves! (Aug 17 – Sept. 15)
Join your friendly, neighborhood Shakespeare as he takes you on adventures full of merriment: sword fights, mistaken identities, star-cross’d lovers, flying implements of doom, musical numbers, death by fluffy kittens, and … being pursued by a bear! Winner of the 14th Annual Renaissance Festival Awards Favorite Children-Geared Performer, Shakespeare Approves! features performances shaped to be fun for everyone!
Shakespeare in the Shire
A delightful romp through the works of William Shakespeare, brought to life in the shaded grove of the Robin Hood Encampment at 6:00 p.m. each day. Witness some of the Bard’s best-known scenes, monologues, and sonnets creatively performed by characters of the Shire. Each weekend is a unique show, so come back and see it again and again!
Skaldvik Viking Village (all season)
As a living history Scandinavian encampment, the Skaldvik Viking Village teaches through the ancient art of storytelling and demonstration. Within the encampment, villagers can be observed cooking over an open flame, and woodworking with iron age tools – including a coal-fired kiln and a foot-powered lathe – spinning, weaving yarn, and more.
Sky Kings Falconry (all season)
Sky Kings Falconry presents an awe-inspiring, free-flying falconry and birds of prey demonstration that takes place ABOVE the audience! Feel the gust of wind rustle your hair as hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures take flight from stage to perch in this 5000-year-old “Sport of Kings.” Sky Kings is brought to you by Wildlife Revealed, a 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of our planet’s wildlife.
Stewart and Arnold Knife Throwing Show (all season)
Blades and jokes fly as this father & son duo risk their lives for your amusement! Celebrating over 30 years performing together, these comic daredevils explore the sticking points of familial trust!
The Tortuga Twins (all season)
The internationally-renowned Tortuga Twins (all three of them) bring their outrageous style of comedy to the New York Renaissance Faire!
The Villagers of Sterling Shire (all season)
The Villagers fill our streets with the colorful sights and bustling sounds of 16th-century life! Whether they are dancing around the Maypole, singing a fine old tune, or just striking up a friendly conversation, they are sure to delight you on your adventure in our Shire!
Vince Conaway (all season)
Performing original, traditional, and historical music on hammered dulcimer, coupling the passion of Celtic music with the stateliness of ancient forms.
The Washing Well Wenches (all season)
The Washing Well Wenches take up residence in the Shire of Sterling to earn a living by cleaning laundry…or by marrying a wealthy man. This naughty and tempestuous twosome will win your hearts with a rollicking, laugh-filled, one-of-a-kind show!