Entertainment of the Shire 2022

The entertainment at the New York Renaissance Faire spans 17 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 to life!


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.

Click Here for the Closing Weekend Stage Schedule – October 8 & 9, 2022

Entertainment: Aaron Bonk fire whip artist

Aaron Bonk (all season)

Aaron Bonk is a 3-time International Performance Champion, 5-time Guinness World Record-setting whip artist, and unique entertainer with a twisted sense of humor who risks his life to make you laugh. You may have seen his TV appearances on Steve Harvey’s Talk Show, Game of Talents, and America’s Got Talent! With stupefying acts of juggling, whip cracking, danger, and craziness, he amuses and amazes the whole family with his Seriously Ridiculous stunt show spectacular.

Entertainment: Arsene Dupin magician comedy

Arsene Dupin Magikhana Show (Aug 27 – Oct 2)

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!

Entertainment: Avon Faire music

NEW! Avon Faire (Aug 27 – Sept 5)

Freshly returned from their 5th tour of England, Avon Faire is a fun, 3-part harmony female singing group, embellished with recorder, percussion, harp, and a dancer, performing folk treasures, romantic Renaissance ballads, and shanties from the British Isles and beyond.
“The group’s signature sound consists of masterfully crafted, beautiful vocal work” ~ World Music Central.

Entertainment: Bret Blackshear magician comedy

Blackenshear the Curious (Sept 17 – Oct 9)

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!

Entertainment: Gi Shiata magician

Gi Shiata (Sept 17 – Oct 9)

Sleight-of-hand artist Bret Blackshear creates interactive mysteries with cards, rings, coins, thimbles, and rope.

Entertainment: Charry musician

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!

Entertainment: Cirque Du Sewer acrobat trained cat and rat

Cirque du Sewer (all season)

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.

Entertainment: Combat Chess

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!

Entertainment: The Royal Court

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.

Entertainment: Ded Bob Sho puppet comedy

Ded Bob (Aug 27 – Sept 25)

“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!

Entertainment: Bad Idea Entertainment Doug Stafford

NEW! Douglas Stafford (Sept 3, 4, 5, Oct 1 – 9)

Douglas Stafford is the bad idea that you were warned about. His unique take on what it means to be an entertainer combines circus, sideshow, magic, and poor life choices.
Based out of Philadelphia PA, Douglas is the second-place winner of the 2019 Ren Faire Awards and Editor’s Choice for the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Entertainment: Eddie Jeff Cahill musician minstrel

Eddie Jeff Cahill (Aug 27 – Sept 25)

Performing at the Wildlife Revealed Falconry Stage, Eddie Jeff brings dignity and pride to the ancient craft of the traveling singer-poet-storyteller.

Entertainment: Fairies

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.

Entertainment: The Flaming Ginger

NEW! The Flaming Ginger (all season)

Jon Norton, The Flaming Ginger, performs a fast and fun family-friendly fire danger comedy show. From juggling fire to seven-foot unicycles and nonstop jokes along the way, you’ll laugh, cheer, and come back for more!

Entertainment: The Four Swords historical combat comedy

The Four Swords (all season)

The Four Swords have history, physics, slapstick, and comedy! Watch four expert martial artists use four life times of training and experience to make fools out of themselves!

Entertainment: The Freestylers of Piping musicians bagpipes

The Freestylers of Piping (Sept 10 – Oct 2)

Inspired by the progressive rock bands and jazz musicians of the 60s and 70s. The Freestylers of Piping, consisting of long-time Renaissance faire performers David Duncan, and Michael Huebner along with Armando Wood, aim to create music that reflects these influences with the use of The Great Highland Bagpipe, Percussion, and Bass.

Entertainment: House Band musicians

House Band (all season)

From opening to closing the NYRF House Band is the heartbeat of the shire and provides musical accompaniment to Maypole and Court Dances, martial brass and drumming for the Chess matches and the Joust, and magical musical moments throughout the faire day.

Entertainment: Iron Hill Vagabonds

Iron Hill Vagabonds (all season)

Iron Hill Vagabonds is an acoustic music duo performing a mix of traditional and original instrumental pieces and songs including Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional American, English, and Irish songs from many eras, Renaissance Faire, Celtic, Folk, and Bluegrass standards, as well as original songs and instrumental compositions.
Brothers Ehrich and Mark Gauvin have been singing and playing music, together and separately, for all of their lives. Iron Hill Vagabonds is the realization of their shared vision, bringing together their diverse influences and talents into a new form to bring to a wider audience.

Entertainment: Jamila Lotus dance

Jamila Lotus (Aug 27 – Sept 25)

The Jamila Lotus Dance Carnivale performs fast-paced original choreography, traditional Middle Eastern belly dance, and feats of balance and daring, featuring a dynamic live band!

Entertainment: Jim Mackenzie juggler

NEW! Jim Mackenzie (Oct 1 – 9)

Jim has been keeping vaudeville alive since 1985 and continues to add new original routines to the act. He learned to juggle at a young age from his dad. He picked up sword swallowing and other skills along the way, taught himself violin, and put it all in a comedy show that has become a favorite with audiences around the country. Experience in-the-moment comedy and amazing original feats!

Entertainment: The Jousters knight charge horses

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!

Entertainment: The Jousters VIP seating block knight

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 pickle, and a non-alcoholic beverage! Tickets are $20 per person/per Joust and may be purchased at the Information Booth in the Village Green. Seating is limited to 150 people per show.

Entertainment: Jeffrey Jene magician

Jeffrey Jene (all season)

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!

Entertainment: Kathlees Finnegan musician

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.

Entertainment: The Langer's Ball

The Langer’s Ball (Sep 10 – Oct 9)

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.

Entertainment: Legend of Robin Hood

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!

Entertainment: The Lynx Show sword swallower

Lynx the Sword Swallower (Sept 10 – Oct 9)

The Lynx the Sword Swallower 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!

Entertainment: Mythic Madness

NEW! Mythic Madness (Oct 1 – 9)

Minerva, the powerful sorceress, is here to demonstrate her mastery of the arts martial and magical. She is accompanied by an unwilling assistant: Mythos, her human-bound fae familiar. Together, they present a hilarious sword and sorcery show- which definitely doesn’t fund a plot to take over the world- that is fun for humans of all ages and magical creatures of every persuasion. Watch this disastrous duo unleash their weapons of wood, steel, and magic upon each other in a fight for power and vengeance.

Entertainment: 2 Noisy Knights

2 Noisy Knights (Sept 24 – Oct 9)

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.

Entertainment: Pinwheel Sideshow

NEW! The Pinwheel Sideshow (Aug 27 & 28)

Pippsy the clown brings the amazing world of sideshow to the stage! Watch in awe as she flirts with death swallowing swords and more! This show has it all – comedy, suspense, puns, danger, and a drinking game!

Entertainment: Randal Piper musician

Randal Piper (Aug 27 – Oct 2)

Randal Piper makes his debut playing the streets and stages with some of his intergalactically renowned critical hits. Come out for the tunes, stay for a ‘Riggle Do’ or two, and leave with some Bardic Inspiration!

Entertainment: Rambling Sailors musicians

Rambling Sailors (Aug 27 – Sept 25)

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.

Entertainment: The Raven

The Raven (Sept 10 – Sept 25)

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.

Entertainment: Jeremiah Wiggins storyteller politician for the fairies

Jeremiah Wiggins (Sept 10 – Sept 25)

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!

Entertainment: Royal Pipers musicians

The Royal Pipers (Sept 10 – Oct 9)

This group, composed of the popular pipers Larry Cole, Christa Patton, and Peter Walker, perform pavannes and other precious pieces for your particular pleasure!

Entertainment: Shakespeare in the Shire

Shakespeare in the Shire (all season)

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!

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Sirens of Sterling (all season)

Vibrant and fun, The Sirens of Sterling will lure you in with melodious songs and keep you there with their vivacious personalities. From beautiful ballads to witty drinking songs and all the bawdy pleasures in between, there’s a little temptation for everyone.

Entertainment: Skaldvik Viking Village

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.

Entertainment: Sky Kings Falconry

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.

Entertainment: Supernova the Strongwoman

Supernova the Strongwoman (all season)

Trained by Cirque du Soleil coaches, Supernova the Strongwoman amazes audiences with insane feats of strength, daredevil acrobatics, and the wanton destruction of perfectly good steel! The whole family can join this cyclone of comedy and demolition!

Entertainment: Tiny Girl Big Show

Stahr Power Presents: Tiny Girl, Big Show! (all season)

Step right up and see the NEW one-woman circus extravaganza that’s wowing audiences across the shire! With charm and sparkle to spare, this award-winning, pint-sized powerhouse packs a punch. Stahr twists her body into ridiculous positions, then adds a whip, a unicycle, fire, juggling, and a bow and arrow held between her (pedicured) toes. Don’t miss Stahr Power’s crazy combination of skills that will leave you laughing on the edge of your seat!

Entertainment: Villagers

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!

Entertainment: Vince Conaway musician

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.

Entertainment: Washing Well Wenches comedy

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!

Made for Kids!

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 with the Knights of England! Learn sword combat from the greatest Knights in the realm, and test your skills against our trained Squires and Pages! Continue your quest for adventure through the Shire! Find out how at the Boffer Wars Vardo.
Boffer Wars occur throughout the day.
Where: Sign up at the vardo in the Enchanted Forest
Cost: $5 per training session/per child
Please note: All swords are foam!
Recommended ages 4 – 12
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