Entertainment of the Shire

Entertainment: Aaron Bonk fire whip artist

Aaron Bonk

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!

Entertainment: Acrobatrix acrobat comedy


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!

Entertainment: Arsene Dupin magician comedy

Arsene Dupin Magikhana Show

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: Bret Blackshear magician comedy

Blackenshear the Curious

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

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

Entertainment: Charry musician


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

The world’s only acrobat, rat, and confused cat show! Experience the most unique comedy acrobatics spectacle that must be seen to be believed!

Entertainment: Combat Chess

Combat Chess

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

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

“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: Eddie Jeff Cahill musician minstrel

Eddie Jeff Cahill

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. Join them for an adventure on the Kids’ Quest, or seek them out for a moment of joy.

Entertainment: The Freestylers of Piping musicians bagpipes

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.

Entertainment: Hey Nunnie Nunnie comedy duo

Hey Nunnie Nunnie!

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!

Entertainment: The Jackdaws musicians

The Jackdaws

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.

Entertainment: Jamila Lotus dance

Jamila Lotus

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!

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 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.

Entertainment: Jeffrey Jene magician

Jeffrey Jene

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: Lady Prudence musician

Lady Prudence

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!

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! Children are invited to join Robin Hood’s Merry Band, and meet the Sheriff, in daily meet and greets at their encampments.

Entertainment: The Lynx Show sword swallower

The Lynx Show

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!

Entertainment: Merry Wives of Windsor music band

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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.

Entertainment: Musical Blades pirate band

Musical Blades

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.

Entertainment: Nautical Guild

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!

Entertainment: 2 Noisy Knights

2 Noisy Knights

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: Matt Young musician

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!

Entertainment: Rambling Sailors musicians

Rambling Sailors

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

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

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 (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!

Entertainment: Shakespeare Approves

Shakespeare Approves!

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!

Entertainment: Shakespeare in the Shire

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!

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: Stewart and Arnold knife throwing

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!

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: 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
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
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