Entertainment of the Shire

Entertainment: Aaron Bonk fire whip artist

Aaron Bonk (all season)

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 (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!

Entertainment: Arsene Dupin magician comedy

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!

Entertainment: Bret Blackshear magician comedy

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!

Entertainment: Gi Shiata magician

Gi Shiata (all season)

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

Entertainment: Cirque Du Sewer acrobat trained cat and rat

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!

Entertainment: Ded Bob Sho puppet comedy

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!

Entertainment: Eddie Jeff Cahill musician minstrel

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.

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! (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!

Entertainment: The Jackdaws musicians

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.

Entertainment: Jamila Lotus dance

Jamila Lotus (all season)

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

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 (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!

Entertainment: The Lynx Show sword swallower

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!

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 – NEW! (Sept. 14- 22)

With over a decade of performance experience as individual artists, now, in their fourteenth year together, Gregg and Susan Csikos delight audiences with a combined repertoire of hundreds of sea chanteys, nautical tunes, and piratical songs! With harmonies that please the ear and lift the spirit, Rambling Sailors is a dynamic duo that graces any performance space.

Entertainment: The Raven

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.

Entertainment: Jeremiah Wiggins storyteller politician for the fairies

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!

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! (Aug 17 – Sept. 15)

Where there’s a Will, there’s a play! Join your friendly neighbourhood 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! These Shakespearean adventures are sure to delight audience of all ages.

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: the Tortuga Twins

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!

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!

Some of the characters you shall meet on the streets of Sterling Shire!

Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth is our wise, beautiful, and strong young monarch who has received royal proposals from around the world. Which will she choose? While all are kept guessing she continues to play the marriage game and keeps all of her partners dancing to her tune.

The Mayor of Sterling Shire

Blanche-Dorothea-Rose: Mayoress of Sterling Shire and Countess of the Golden Isles of Montgomery, is a proud mother, a social activist for the peasantry, and a philanthropist involved in charities throughout all of England.

Photo by Willy Thompson

Robin Hood

From his secret encampment in the Greenwood, this bold outlaw leads a ragtag band of outcasts dedicated to protecting the peasants of Sterling Shire from the vile Sheriff of Nottingham.

Lady Marian Fitzwalter of Castle Dunmow

While Maid Marian has given her heart — and her strong sword arm! — to Robin Hood you may often find her dancing feet and golden voice at the Maypole!

The Merry Outlaw Band

Join the legendary Outlaw Band — Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Jenny Wren, Alan-A-Dale, Fanny Little, David of Doncaster and Tom Sparrow — on their rollicking adventures in the Greenwood!

The Guards of Sterling Shire

No purse is safe from these tax-happy brutes! Find them training with sword, knife, axe and whip at the Sheriff’s encampment.

Philip De Marque, the Sheriff of Nottingham

He IS the law.  Along with his villainous sister Valentina and hired sword Guy de Gisbourne, Philip de Marque makes his fortune off the taxes of the cities of Sterling Shire!

Rancid Harry, King of the Lepers

Never has a man with so many woes inspired so much cheer! Join Rancid Harry on the Pub Crawl, now touring our outstanding pubs thrice daily!

Temperance Belowe, Puritan

The good Lord hath a plan for each of us, and dear Temperance is always ready to tell us how we are mucking it up.

The Buccaneers of Pirate’s Cove

Brought together in an uneasy truce, the greatest pirates of the era — Jack Rackham, Grace O’Malley and Mary Killigrew — seek the treasure of Captain Achilles Lancelot Spectre, The Iron Ghostbut only if they can escape the wrath of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy!

The Royal Navy

These brave nautical heroes are almost as quick with a saber as they are with a sea shanty. Can Admiral Charles Howard bring the Buccaneers of Pirate’s Cove to justice?

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 11:30 am1:00 pm3:00 pm and 5:00 pm
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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