The entertainment at Bristol spans 16 different performance areas and all the streets in between! You’ll find daredevil acrobats, soulful musicians, side-splitting comedians, three full-contact jousts, and hundreds of performers who bring the city of Bristol to life!
Entertainment Stage Schedule
The Entertainment Stage Schedule will be posted the Wednesday evening before each weekend.
Although unusual, scheduled acts may change due to weather, illness, or Her Majesty’s whim.
Where’s the Queen? (all season)
The Queen knows what Bristol looks like when she’s here, but what does it look like when she’s not?
Rumor has it that the Queen has sent a representative to gauge the level of frivolity of her favorite summer retreat. Another glorious rumor says that the Queen is that selfsame representative in disguise! Are you savvy enough to find the Queen? Keep a lookout: She’s sending many representatives throughout the season!
2 Noisy Knights (all season)
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.
Adam Crack: Fire Whip (all season)
Holder of NINE Guinness Book World Records, Adam Crack’s skills are unrivaled anywhere. Adam performs sophisticated, high-energy routines, featuring his own dry humor in spoken material, anecdotes, historical or educational stories. And yes, there is always room for audience participation, so come prepared!
Aerial Silk Fantasy (July 10 – Aug 22)
Lauryn Murray graces the floor and nimbly climbs the precarious heights of silk, appearing as though gravity were merely a suggestion, not reality. Lauryn’s beauty, grace, and skill will awe the young and old alike as she floats effortlessly 30 feet above Shakespeare’s Meadow near the RenQuest™ encampment.
Arne Parrott (all season)
Whimsical, wonderful, and always witty, Arnie Parrott’s music captures the simple enchantment of the faire and encapsulates it within a myriad of musical mirth.
Barely Balanced (all season)
Bristol’s favorite masters of acrobatic comedy have come home to roost, climb, balance and amaze! Performing acrobatic feats that you will see nowhere else, as well as their end of day fire show, Barely Balanced must not be missed!
Belly Dance With The Great Antone (all season)
Performing with authentic instruments that date from before the Renaissance, the exotic sounds and hypnotic dance will sweep you away to distant lands where poets found solace and inspiration in moonlit rose gardens. Don’t be surprised, you may be inspired to join in with the dance.
Billy Miller (all season)
With boundless joy and a sweeping timelessness that will haunt your memory, this is music in its truest form.
Bounding Main (August 7/8, 21/22, 28/29 ONLY)
Bounding Main’s arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of pirates, adventure, and romance.
Breakfast With Brass (all season)
Start the morning entertainment off with an infusion of music that will carry you throughout the day. Bristol’s Royal Brass is a team of master musicians who play their way through a morning set that both provokes and invigorates. Awaken the dawn and have a cup of Breakfast with the Brass.
The Bristol Buskin’ Frolic (all season)
The Bristol Buskin’ Frolic can be found dancing and singing throughout the city. Whether they are at the Maypole, in Kids’ Kingdom or in the city streets, this group is the life of the entertainment party!
Broon (July 10 – August 1, August 28 – Sept. 6)
Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls, or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches. With his variety skills and stand-up comedy style Broon presents a show filled end to end with sly humor and impressive stunts and Broon’s extensive improvisational experience guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike.
Brothers Blackquill: Improvised Plays (dates TBA)
Join Johnathan and Quentin in their quest to write the greatest play ever written. With their trusty bag of scrolls and suggestions from the audience, watch as the Brothers Blackquill create a brand new hit play on the spot. A completely improvised show where you, the audience, get to influence the story, create the characters, and tell us what happens next!
Chalk Artist (all season)
Bristol’s own Magdalena daVinci returns! Join the incredibly talented and self taught chalk artist as she creates massive works of art!
NEWLY RETURNING! Christophe the Insultor (Rated R)(Aug, 21, 22, 28, 29)
The original renfest “roast” show. Hire this wickedly funny vulgarian to insult your friends. You’ll laugh so hard you spurt beer out your nose–even if you weren’t drinking beer. VERY strong language! Don’t worry, he doesn’t insult the unwilling. The man behind this show is also the author of the acclaimed fantasy novel THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF – bring your copy for signing after the show. Did we say strong language?
Cirque du Sewer (July 10 – August 15)
You may recognize the trained rats, cats, and acro-human of Cirque du Sewer from their national and international tv appearances, including a standing ovation and multiple rounds on America’s Got Talent. But watching them live at a renaissance faire is even more thrilling because we can’t edit out when cats are jerks! Melissa combines her skills with the talents of her rescue animals, creating complicated obstacle courses for the rats, dancing with cats, and balancing upside down on a half-inch slack rope.
Clan Tynker (August 14 – September 6)
An enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. Fun for the whole family!
Country Dancing (all season)
Can you hear the beat of the drums? The sweet melody of the violin? Perhaps the soaring notes of a flute? It must be time for country dancing! Join us to celebrate the Queen’s arrival in Bristol by dancing with our family, friends, neighbors, and even travelers from distant lands. You can come to watch, or even better, grab a partner and join the dance!
Courtly Fashion (all season)
Have you ever wondered how many layers the nobles are really wearing? Why do certain nobles wear certain items? How long does it take to put all of that stuff on? All of these questions and more will be answered during this time period, and if you are lucky, Her Majesty the Queen may stop in to display what the current style is while on progress. photo: TG Davison
Craig of Farrington (all season)
A wandering minstrel, specializing in love songs and bawdy songs. Craig of Farrington has been a fixture of Bristol since our inaugural season and continues to delight lovers and sweethearts with songs to bring them closer together. This delightful balladeer can be found wandering the lanes throughout the festival. Stop, listen, and learn to love.
Dan the Bard (all season)
Teller of tales, singer of songs, master of musical humor Dan walks the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds. Listen to the tale of the “Drunken Gnome Illusionist.” Learn why a mouse, a bird, and a sausage are doomed to death! Be sure to look for Dan near the RenQuest™ encampment and ask about this one time… at Bard camp…
Ded Bob Sho (Rated PG-13) (July 10 – August 15)
“Hey Audience!” Announcing the return of the Ded Bob Sho! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest!
The Mighty Drum Jam with The Great Antone (all season)
This is the roaring crescendo of a day at Bristol, where the thunder of drums fuses with the crashing waves of dance to form the sound and fury that is the Bristol Drum Jam.
Eddie Jeff Cahill (July 10 – August 15)
Songs, stories, and tall tales tumble from his lips like barrels over a waterfall, shattering rings & staves on the water. A True Wandering Minstrel!
NEW! Guido’s Academy of Theatrical Swordplay (July 10 – August 1)
Guido’s Academy of Theatrical Swordplay! Is a family-friendly action extravaganza with Yours Truly, Guido Crescendo, and a cast of six fighting actors! Guido marshals the next generation of action stars of the Elizabethan age into a performing frenzy! Stupid Sword Tricks and Shakespeare’s fights to the death – for the children! Learn how to swordfight from the safety of your benches!
The Jackdaws (all season)
The Jackdaws deliver original, contemporary, and traditional Irish Rock to audiences across the land. This trailblazing trio will excite and have you coming back for more with their driving melodies and relentlessly aggressive lyrics. More Irish than a drunken roar, and a damned sight messier, meet The Jackdaws.
The Jousters (all season)
The Jousters are excited to bring their fully armored, hard-hitting and wholly unique style of jousting to Bristol. This is a true sport – every lance break and shield shatter achieved is done in an authentic quest for victory! Come cheer for majestic steeds and noble knights as they compete for The Golden Chain of Bristol!
Lady Ettie – Lady Ettie’s “Me Place” (all season)
Join Lady Ettie for her version of tea-time as she takes a well-deserved break from her self-appointed position as Bristol’s welcoming committee. Bring the whole family to what is truly a mad tea-party, filled with games, stories, and laughter.
NEW! Lady Prudence (Aug 7 – 15)
Lady Prudence is Her Majesty’s Court Composer, providing Songs for All Occasions! Lady Prudence delights with love songs, drinking tunes, heartbreak, myths, and most ladylike of all: revolution! Find her to Choose Your Own Adventure, and don’t forget to ask your Bard for Bardic Inspiration!
NEW! The Langer’s Ball (Aug 21 – Sept. 6)
The Langer’s Ball is a two-piece Irish Folk-punk band that has been writing, touring, and performing for well over a decade. Playing their own brand of traditional drinking songs and original material, their sound is harder-hitting and bigger than you’d expect it ever could be. With a thumping beat and a flurry of notes and harmonies, you’ll dash to refill your drink and cheer for more.
The Lynx Show (all season)
The Lynx Show is a unique blend of magic, sword swallowing, and comedy. Lynx is a veteran when it comes to performing at Renaissance festivals across the country. Not only is there audience interaction and participation but a strong positive message at the end. From death-defying feats of amazement to bewildering moments that just can’t be explained, The Lynx Show is sure to thrill you! So, don’t miss out and be part of the fun!
Manticore Consort (all season)
Share a musical moment with the Manticore Consort as they travel the lanes of Bristol presenting a magical blend of music performed on an intriguing array of ancient musical instruments including the hurdy-gurdy, gemshorn, recorders and more!
NEW! The Pride of Ireland – Matt Young (August 14 & 15)
Singing songs that are Irish, and songs that wish they were Irish. The Pride of Ireland brings the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle to Sterling Shire. Audience members are encouraged to join in the fun by shouting out requests, or drawing a card from the “Deck of Many Sings”, ensuring that you will never hear the same set twice. Combining a rich musical repertoire from toe-tapping pub songs to ballads charged with emotion, with toasts, jokes, and stories; this wandering rogue will have audiences clapping their hands and raising their glasses.
Menage a Moi (Rated R)(all season)
Humorously indecent. Always discreet. The top-shelf comedy stylings of Ménage À Moi pair nicely with either a cooling beer or a warming tequila shot. Come for the sexually liberated, inclusive camaraderie. Stay for the belly laughs, new friends, and an organic unpredictability that ensures every show is unique.
MooNie the Magnif’Cent (all season)
Enchanting audiences for over 20 years without saying so much as a word, MooNie is the undisputed master of Bristol’s Globe stage. MooNie presents a show that combines classic clowning, slack rope work and enough comedy to leave you gasping for breath. Enter the mind of MooNie. Visit MooNie’s Website
Nazario Chickpeazio (July 10 – August 1)
Nazario Chickpeazio and his trusted side kick Nox, perform a menagerie of mystical melodies. Transport yourself to another realm with the sounds of the spice road; the Egyptian Oud, Turkish Lavta, Persian Tabla, and the Balkan Davule. These two peasants abroad will share the music of their distant journeys with you.
New Minstrel Revue (all season)
The New Minstrel Revue has traveled all across America sharing their unique mixture of original and traditional music to excited and appreciative audiences. With a focus on vocal harmonies and a high level of musicianship, these seasoned performers are consistently finding new ways to make you laugh, make you cry, or make you want to get drunk and start a band.
Preshow with Odorferious Thunderbottom – Front Gate (all season)
Start your day at the fair, BEFORE the faire with the preshow provided by Bristol’s “Keeper of the Privies.” Audience participation is just the thing to set the right tone for a wonderful day at the faire, and Odorferious Thunderbottom (aka “OTB”)’s just the thing to get you started. Watch as contestants are put through their paces in a series of challenges that only the mind of a Thunderbottom could provide. Come down to the show before the show!
Rambling Sailors (all season)
Rambling Sailors is a new effort by performers Gregg and Susan Csikos. Both successful soloists in their own right, Gregg and Susan performed for over a decade individually. Now with a combined experience of 25 years on the circuit, a repertoire of hundreds of songs, and harmonies that please the ear and lift the spirit, Rambling Sailors is on a mission to bring traditional sea music, history and stories to the stage, delivered in the style that inspired generations of sailors to go to sea.
The Raven (all season)
The Raven, the black feathered bird man, flies on top of a ball. He swoops down and invites the audience into his world of “eggs-traordinary” magic.
RenQuest (all season)
RenQuest™ is a game full of thoughtful and fun puzzles, a story where you are the main character hero, and a place where the epic legends of King Arthur’s Court live on during Queen Elizabeth’s Renaissance. If you can prove that you are a worthy Heir of the Round Table, you can empower the mighty sword Excalibur. And for those who rise to the challenge, Merlin left a spell that only you can cast.
Gameplay is $10, recommended for ages 12 and up (but we’ve had players as young as 8 with accompanying parents). Sign up at the RenQuest™ Red Vardo, located near the Cheshire Chase stage on your Faire map. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. every Faire day.
NEW! Rose and Thorny (Rated R)(all season)
Rose (Iris and Rose) and Thorny (The Flaming Idiots) is our new incarnation of the adult pub show. Presenting funny and bawdy songs, both original and classic, intertwined with jokes, limericks and toasts, they’re fun for all of the adults in the family. Check out the new dynamic duo, and raise a glass to laughter.
Sewing Circle (all season)
Have you ever wondered what it took to hand sew an Elizabethan shirt or other types of clothing? Ladies from the court will be in the Nobles’ Glade working on current projects, everything from clothing, to hand blackwork embroidery, to weaving and more. Please look on the schedule and come to the glade to ask questions and see the ladies hard at work at this educational entertainment. photo: Chuck Bennorth
NEW! Ship Shape (Aug 28 – Sept. 6)
Ahoy there! We are Ship Shape, a music and comedy group newly ashore and looking to entertain any landlubber looking for a laugh! We specialize in sea shanties, tight harmonies, and nautical humor. Join Mack, Frankie, and Swiss for a shipload of fun!
NEWLY RETURNING! Sound and Fury (August 21 – 29)
Sound & Fury is a vaudeville-nouveau trio who present original comedic parody plays. Using utter destruction of the ‘fourth wall,’ Sound & Fury is light, accessible, and non-threatening to modern audiences with limited attention spans. This is their first time back at the Bristol Renaissance Faire since 2005!
Sturdy Beggars Mud Show® – The Mud Pit™ (Rated PG-13) (all season)
The original Mud Show
All we know for sure is that in 1979 The Sturdy Beggars™ first “fell” into their special “field” of “entertainment” somewhere in the rich and tasty topsoil of the Midwest. Since then the first, the only, the original Mud Show® (Reg No. 1,985,845 with the United States Patent & Trademark Office) has toured to over 22 Renaissance Faires across the continental United States. With their adage “the whole world’s a stage, just add water,” this “greatest show in earth” has left nothing but laughter and mayhem in its sullied wake.
Tortuga Twins (Rated PG-13) (July 10 – August 15)
Playful, bawdy, and unabashed, the Tortuga Twins (all three of them) return! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Asthma-Attack Inducingly Funny.” Be warned.
NEW! Trollmoss (all season)
Trollmoss delivers old Scottish songs rarely heard elsewhere, familiar English Renaissance country-dance hits, as well as the dark corners of early Medieval repertoire. Soaring vocals, medieval oud, hurdy-gurdy, recorder, whistles, frame drum, harp, and anything else they can get their hands on!
Washing Well Wenches (all season)
The Washing Well Wenches take up residence in Bristol 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!
Wiggins Faerie Lore Magician (all season)
Magician, storyteller, and human ambassador to the faerie realm. While Wiggins 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 smallest stage in the shire. If you don’t believe in faeries before you have met Wiggins, you most likely will after!
NEW! Willy Nilly’s One Man Romeo & Juliet (September 4-6)
This isn’t your great, great, great, great, grandfather’s Shakespeare. This wild, hilarious show will sweep you up in the action, romance, and laughter of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Willy Nilly plays all the characters in this fast, comic version with sword fights and sock puppets. Fun for the whole family!