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NEW ENGLAND’S OLDE ENGLAND™

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire®

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Shows & Spectacles

Experience top-notch entertainment at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, featuring talented performers from around the world who showcase their unique skills and talents that are sure to amaze and entertain you. Enjoy a variety of shows and other exciting activities each weekend, making every visit to the Faire a one-of-a-kind experience. And best of all, all performances are included with your admission, so sit back, relax, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained!

Some performers may busk for tips, so if you’re impressed by their skills, feel free to show your appreciation with a generous tip. All shows & activities subject to change without notice.

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Meet the Royals

Step back in time and witness history come alive with the Crown Players’ tribute to King Henry Tudor and Queen Anne Boleyn on the Sovereign Stage! Be mesmerized by the stunning performances and captivating storytelling that will transport you to the royal courts of the 16th century. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the magic of the Renaissance and immerse yourself in the pageantry and drama of the Tudor dynasty. It’s all in a day at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

Warriors of Elysium

Sept 3rd to the 11th only! The Warriors of Elysium are a a full contact martial arts & living history group that portray the life & combat of the ancient Amazon & Myrmidon tribes from North Afrika, Greece & the Black Sea. Walk back into history & watch the mighty battles of the Trojan War, or join our instructors & learn to fight with the ancient panoply. To battle requires rigorous training, & you may join us as we work out in the field. Look for our banners and shields from afar! Our camp is located on The Highwayman’s Loop.

Sheriff Bracken

[Sept 23 – Oct 15] – Beware the streets of Lebanshire, for Sheriff Bracken is on patrol! Witness the sheriff’s unpredictable interpretation of the law. His tactics may seem questionable, but his mission to maintain order in the village is unwavering. Will you be innocent or guilty in the eyes of Sheriff Bracken? Keep your eyes out for a sudden stop and a performance that will leave you questioning your own morality. Experience the thrill of the Renaissance at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Knightwings: Birds of Prey

Witness the wonder of these magnificent birds in action! The Knightwings show presents a captivating display of raptors soaring through the sky, from powerful eagles to swift falcons. Prepare to be amazed as they chase lures and perform incredible aerial stunts, all while showcasing their natural instincts and intelligence. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the majesty of these birds up close and personal at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Knighting Ceremony with the King & Queen

Receive your accolades from royalty at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Young knights and ladies can present themselves to King Henry and Queen Anne on the Sovereign Stage to be honored for their noble deeds. This exciting event happens just before the Royal Parade and provides a great photo opportunity for parents. Don’t miss your chance to see your child recognized by royalty at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

The Harp Twins

[Sept 23, 24, 30 & Oct 1 Only] Enjoy a mesmerizing musical performance by The Harp Twins at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! This dynamic duo is renowned for their unique blend of classical, rock, and pop music, entertaining audiences worldwide. Camille and Kennerly Kitt have performed for world leaders, tech titans, and fashion moguls at countless concerts, festivals, and conventions. Their comedic and interactive performances are perfect for all ages, leaving audiences enchanted and craving for more. Don’t miss this incredible show at the faire!

The Crimson Pirates

Set sail with the Crimson Tide crew for an unforgettable maritime, Celtic, and folk music experience! From traditional Irish, Scottish, and English tunes to modern hits like Animaniacs, our crooning corsairs will have you singing and dancing in no time. Get ready to hoist the anchor and dance the jig with the most dynamic pirate band in the land. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of the high seas adventure! Check out http://www.crimsonpirates.com for more info.

The Lords of Adventure

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with The Lords of Adventure! These identical twin brothers, Jack Bold and Roger Awesome, are bringing their exciting two-man comedy sword fighting show to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. You’ll be entertained with their hilarious banter, epic sword fights, and valuable life lessons that are perfect for the whole family. Don’t miss your chance to witness their token show that you would see at an outdoor festival. Join us and experience the excitement of The Lords of Adventure at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Boom Boom Shake

Get ready to experience a cultural explosion with Boom Boom Shake at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! This Middle Eastern-inspired show will have you dancing to world percussion beats and entranced by unforgettable guitar and violin melodies. Don’t miss the mesmerizing bellydancers as they captivate with fiery veil dances and intricate movements. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to groove to the rhythm of Boom Boom Shake!

Misfits of Avalon

Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting sounds of The Misfits of Avalon! This talented Celtic music group has been captivating audiences at Renaissance Faires and traditional music festivals throughout New England for over a decade. Featuring Brian Weiland on the hammered dulcimer and mandolin, Max Cohen on guitar, and for select shows, the astonishingly brilliant young wizard of the violin Aiden Weiland, this is a musical experience not to be missed. Lose yourself in the haunting melodies and lively rhythms of Celtic music as The Misfits of Avalon transport you to a world of magic and wonder. Catch them at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and let the music take you on a journey of the soul!

Cast in Bronze

[Sept 2 to 24 only] – Hear the hauntingly beautiful sound of the Carillon played by Cast in Bronze’s renowned Carillonneur. Charlie brings his expertise and musical flair to this unique experience, providing epic performances that transport you to another time. Dating back to 1510, the Carillon’s baton keyboard was first used to raise the spirits of the people in Flanders. Don’t miss this unforgettable performance at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

LUTE the Living Statue

Behold a true work of art come to life at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Our mesmerizing living statue embodies grace, serenity, and kindness, enchanting all who witness her ethereal movements. No cheap thrills or rude surprises here – just a stunning display of intentional motion that’s sure to captivate your heart and imagination. You’ll find yourself entranced by the porcelain beauty, moving in sync with her fluid grace. Don’t miss the chance to experience this magical moment for yourself at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Shelli Buttons – Aerialist

Don’t miss the dazzling and delightful Shelli Buttons at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Witness the incredible skills of this adorable and feisty performer as she takes to the air with breathtaking aerial silks, impresses with her juggling, and balances with unbelievable acro-balance moves. Whether on the ground or in the air, Shelli Buttons is sure to leave you in awe. Join us for a captivating performance that will have you on the edge of your seat at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Once Improv a Time

Attention all medieval comedy fans! Get ready to embark on a hilarious adventure alongside Princess _____ and Sir ______alot at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. From thwarting evil empresses to battling wizards, you won’t want to miss this epic mad-libbed musical comedy! With each show being completely unique, join us for a one-of-a-kind experience that will have you laughing until you cry. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the action and see what kind of hijinks our heroes get into next!

Weapons Demo by das Geld Fähnlein

[Oct 1-16] Don’t miss the action-packed military showcase by the fearless soldiers of das Geld Fähnlein. Experience the latest military technology and techniques from the 16th century battlefield, including swords and blackpowder guns. Get ready to witness the ultimate display of bravery and skill at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

The Saucy Sailor

Ahoy there, mateys! Get ready for a rollicking good time with The Saucy Sailor at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Join Jeffrey Tanner as he stumbles from pub to pub in Pirate’s Cove, regaling all with his sea shanties and bawdy humor. Don’t miss out on the chance to sing along and laugh out loud at this hilarious and entertaining show. Come enjoy the festivity of the shire and let The Saucy Sailor transport you to a world of high seas and adventure!

Lady Pretensia Presents

Join us for Merry Manners and The Knowledge Symposium at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, where Lady Pretensia has convinced some of the townsfolk to join her on the Sovereign Stage!

The Penniless Jacks

The Penniless Jacks are back and ready to rock the Connecticut Renaissance Faire with their charismatic brand of pub music! Their centuries-old shanties, boisterous drinking songs, rousing rebel tunes, and ballads of love will have you singing, clapping, and stamping your feet to their infectious energy. Join us for an unforgettable performance and experience the magic of the Renaissance with The Penniless Jacks!

Armored Combat Demo

Witness the epic battles of the Knights of Gore in full plate armor, as they charge into a medieval brawl right before your eyes. Feel the excitement and adrenaline rush as the knights clash swords and beat the living daylights out of each other. You won’t want to miss this thrilling Armored Combat Demo! Check the schedule when you arrive and get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

Historical Cooking Demo by das Geld Fähnlein

[Sep 30 – Oct 15 ONLY] Come witness the culinary mastery of the women of das Geld Fähnlein! From 11AM onwards, immerse yourself in the enchanting aroma of campfire cooking at the Living History Encampment. These skilled camp followers will leave you in awe with their ability to create mouthwatering dishes that will satisfy even the most discerning palates. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a unique culinary experience, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to taste the flavors of the past. Join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and indulge in history, food, and entertainment like never before!

Zoltan the Adequate

[Oct 7th-15th Only!] Zoltan Returns to CTRF: Prepare for a Hilariously Adequate Show! Don’t miss this two-weekend guest spot, full of magic, stupidity, and laughter. Zoltan promises to deliver 100% adequacy in all he does, leaving you wondering why you haven’t seen him sooner. Join us for three daily shows and be prepared to laugh until it hurts!

The Sisters Pendragon

Get ready for a hilarious mix of stories, swords, and comedy with The Sisters Pendragon! These sisters bring classic tales to life with their unique methods of storytelling. Will Penny’s love for dramatic fights win, or will Jenny’s belief in love’s triumph prevail? With two distinct shows, “The Hero’s Journey Comedic Improv Show” and “The Deeds of Cú Chulainn,” the sisters will leave you in stitches. Cheer on your favorite sister or become part of the show. Join us for an unforgettable experience where all’s fair in love and war!

Spur of the Moment Jousting

Are you ready for some excitement? Look no further than the Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s “Spur of the Moment” joust show! Marvel at the brightly attired knights as they charge into battle on their valiant steeds, engaging in thrilling games that test their precision and timing. From rehearsed challenges to unpredictable moments, this show will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss out on the heart-pumping action of “Spur of the Moment” at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

Pub Magic with Master Hildebrand

[All weekends except Sept 22-23] – Get ready for an enchanting experience with Pub Magic featuring Master Hildebrand at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! This talented magician will leave you speechless with his astounding tricks and illusions. Be prepared to be amazed, astonished, and flabbergasted! Catch him wandering the lanes or performing at The Chamber Pot Pub and Stage daily. Don’t miss your chance to witness this unique brand of magic at the Faire!

The Harlot Queens

Come see these cunning and mischievous queens at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! With their wit, charm, and captivating voices, these sultry sirens will regale you with tales of their colorful pasts while luring you into their spell. Don’t be surprised if they pick your pocket or convince you to pose for some “artistic” photos. But don’t worry, it’s all in good fun! Join us for a captivating performance that will leave you wanting more, more, more.

Knight School

Join us for an interactive history lesson at the Knights Encampment! Learn about the lives of knights and squires with fun and engaging activities for all ages.

  • Quest Giving – 11am and 12pm
  • Don’t Lose your Head: Helmet Demo – 12:30pm
  • Strike a Pose: Medieval Weapons Demo – 2:15pm
  • For Honor and Glory: Roles of Knights and Squires Preparing for War – 3:00pm
  • Knighting Ceremony – 4:30pm.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to step into the world of medieval knights and learn about their way of life. Find us every day behind The Chamberpot Pub on Lord Jeffery’s March.

Medical Demonstration by das Geld Fähnlein

[Sep 30 thru Oct 15 ONLY!] Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the incredible medical techniques of das Geld Fähnlein at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Highly skilled and equipped to handle any medical emergency that may arise, das Geld Fähnlein will showcase their knowledge and techniques, from balancing humours to amputating shattered limbs. It’s an eye-opening and unforgettable experience that will both amaze and disturb you. Join us for this unique show and witness the medical miracles of the Renaissance era!

Shakespeare Approves!

Don’t miss the zany and hilarious Shakespearean Adventures at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Your friendly, neighborhood Shakespeare will take you on a wild ride filled with sword fights, mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, musical numbers, and even a bear chase. Laugh out loud as you watch these fun-filled performances that are perfect for all ages. Join us for a day of non-stop entertainment and experience the magic of the Renaissance at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Activities & Things to Do

When you’re not browsing the largest medieval marketplace in New England or enjoying our entertaining shows, we offer an array of activities to keep you fully immersed in the Renaissance experience. Many of these activities may require a fee, and our themed weekends often feature additional contests and surprises not listed here.

Artisan Demos

Indulge in the creativity and talent of master artisans at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Experience firsthand the magic of traditional craftsmanship and watch as skilled artisans bring their creations to life before your very eyes. From blacksmiths to potters, woodcarvers to basket weavers, our artisan demos showcase the best of Renaissance-inspired arts and crafts. Discover the techniques and history behind each art form and take home a unique and handcrafted souvenir. Join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for an immersive and educational experience that celebrates the beauty of traditional craftsmanship.

Tarot Reading

Experience the mystical world of tarot readings at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Our tarot readers are highly skilled and intuitive, offering personalized readings that cater to your specific interests and questions. Whether you’re seeking guidance on love, career, or personal growth, our talented readers can offer profound insights and clarity. Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the faire, as you delve into the secrets of the universe and unlock the mysteries of your own destiny. Discover the wisdom and magic of tarot readings at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire – an experience you won’t want to miss! ** Fees Apply

Knight’s Encampment

Step into the world of Knights and Chivalry at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Join Lord Jeffery and his valiant group of Knights as they teach you the art of combat, the intricacies of armor and weapons, and the secrets of chainmail making. You’ll find them stationed by the Joust Field, ready to share their knowledge with you. Whether you’re a seasoned warrior or a curious novice, this is an experience you won’t want to miss! So grab your sword and shield and join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for an adventure that will transport you back in time.

Face Painting

Looking to add a little something extra to your Renaissance Faire experience? Visit our face painting booth and let our talented artist bring your fantasy to life! Our face painter is a former makeup artist for The Walking Dead, so you know you’re in good hands. With over two million followers on TikTok (facecandyjenna), she’ll create a look that’s sure to turn heads and capture the magic of the Renaissance. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to bring your favorite characters to life!  ** Fee Applies

Archery

Get ready to unleash your inner archer at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Our thrilling archery activity lets you experience the excitement of wielding a real bow and arrow under the guidance of expert instructors. Perfect your aim and hit the bullseye while feeling like a true Renaissance hero. This activity is perfect for most ages and skill levels. Don’t miss your chance to take aim and have a blast at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! **Fees Apply

Tomato Torment

Don’t miss the hilarious interactive comedy show at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Join in the fun and hurl tomatoes at the quick-witted Insulteur as he delivers non-stop laughs for the whole family! With an engaging and interactive performance, you’ll feel like you’re a part of the show. It’s a can’t-miss experience that will leave you laughing for days. Get your tomatoes now and be ready for a side-splitting adventure!  ** Fee Applies

Dog Adoptions

Looking for a furry friend to join your family? Come to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and meet adorable dogs in need of a loving home! Double Dog Rescue runs a dog adoption event featuring a meet and greet with dogs of all breeds and ages. Not only can you find your perfect companion, but you can also support a worthy cause and give a dog a second chance at a happy life. Don’t miss this opportunity to add a new member to your family and make a difference in the life of a dog. Join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and experience the joy of adoption in a magical and unforgettable setting. You’re looking at a picture of Princess – an older dog who was adopted into a happy forever home changing her life for the better for the rest of her life.

Fencing

Attention all swashbuckling enthusiasts! At the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, step into the world of Renaissance swordplay with our exciting fencing booth. Led by skilled instructors, you’ll learn the art of sword fighting in a fun and safe environment. Whether you’re a seasoned fencer or a complete novice, our booth is the perfect place to test your skills and immerse yourself in the thrill of the fight. With a focus on historical accuracy and a commitment to safety, you’ll experience the excitement of a true Renaissance duel. So grab your sword and join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for an unforgettable fencing experience! **Fee Applies

Themed Weekends

Step into a world of adventure and excitement with our themed weekends at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! Experience something new each weekend, with fresh merchants, shows, and contests to keep you on your toes. Get ready to step into a different time and place, as we transport you to magical lands and far-off kingdoms.

From the swashbuckling pirates of Pirate’s Weekend to the time travelers of Time Travelers Weekend, each themed weekend brings a unique twist to the Renaissance Faire experience. And don’t forget to dress up and fully immerse yourself in the festivities – costumes are encouraged, and you never know who you might meet along the way!

So mark your calendars and join us for a season of adventure and discovery. With themed weekends that will take you on a journey through time and space, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire is the perfect destination for those seeking something new and exciting. Visit out Fantasy Weekends page for details.

Throwing Games – Axes, Daggers, and Spears!

Are you ready to sharpen your warrior skills? Come to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s gaming glen and throw some axes, daggers, and spears! This is your chance to test your mettle and train for the coming battle with her Majesty’s enemies.

Listen to the satisfying sound of the axes hitting the target as you learn the art of throwing weapons. It’s not only a fun activity but a great way to improve your focus and coordination. And the best part? It’s suitable for all ages!

Don’t miss out on this exciting activity at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. A fee applies, so make sure to come prepared. Join us for an unforgettable experience that combines history, fantasy, and entertainment.  **Fees Apply

Hair Braiding

Transform your hair into a masterpiece fit for a Renaissance queen or knight at our hair braiding booth! Our skilled artisans will weave intricate designs and patterns into your locks, creating a look that’s both stylish and historically accurate. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your everyday hairstyle or complete your costume for the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, our hair braiding booth is the perfect stop for you. Come and let us help you channel your inner royalty! ** Fees apply

The Royal Maze

Join us on a thrilling adventure through the Maze, where you’ll search for lost treasure and face exciting challenges at every turn. This family-friendly activity is perfect for all ages and skill levels, so gather your friends and family and see who can make it to the end of the Maze first! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to test your skills and uncover hidden treasures at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. **Fees Apply

Blacksmith Demo

Join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for a special blacksmith demonstration! Watch in amazement as skilled blacksmiths craft Renaissance-era items right before your eyes. You’ll witness the art of blacksmithing in action, using traditional techniques passed down through generations.

Our expert blacksmiths will demonstrate their skill and passion for their craft as they use fire, hammers, and anvils to create one-of-a-kind pieces. From intricate details to bold and powerful designs, these craftsmen will show you just what it takes to make weapons and tools in a bygone era.

Whether you’re a history buff, a fan of fantasy and medieval lore, or simply enjoy watching skilled artisans at work, this blacksmith demonstration is not to be missed. So come join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and experience the excitement and artistry of blacksmithing firsthand!

Smite the Knight

Ready to test your sword fighting skills against Her Majesty’s finest warriors? Take on the challenge of Smite the Knight, a thrilling and safe “Boffer” style combat game. Face off against our trained professionals in a fun and interactive swordplay competition. Be the first to land five hits and claim your victory! This activity is perfect for kids and adults alike, so gather your friends and family and join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to experience the thrill of medieval combat!  **Fees Apply

Test of Strength

Be the strongest lord in the kingdom and compete in the daily “Strong Man Contest”! Swing the hammer and ring the bell to prove your strength and show off your skills. Join fellow patrons in this exciting activity and become the champion of the day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show everyone what you’re made of at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! ** Fees Apply

Henna Art

Looking for a unique way to adorn your skin and embrace the Renaissance spirit? Look no further than our henna booth! Our skilled artists specialize in intricate and beautiful designs that will transport you back in time. From simple and elegant to ornate and intricate, our henna designs are perfect for adding a touch of authenticity to your Renaissance Faire experience.

Our henna artists use only natural, safe ingredients to create stunning, long-lasting designs that will be the envy of all your friends. Whether you’re a first-time henna user or a seasoned pro, we have a design that will suit your tastes and style.

So come visit us at the henna booth and let our artists transform you into a work of art! ** Fees Apply

Living History Camp – Das Geld Fähnlein

Experience the authentic sights and sounds of the late 1520s with the Das Geld Fähnlein living history camp! This Connecticut-based Landsknecht reenactment unit brings to life the soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire, offering an immersive and educational experience for all ages. Witness fascinating historical demonstrations, learn about traditional weaponry and combat tactics, and even interact with the soldiers themselves. Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to step back in time and explore the rich history of the Holy Roman Empire!

Meet the Author

Experience the magic of meeting your favorite fantasy and sci-fi authors at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s daily “Meet the Author” Book Signing Event! Step into a world of imagination and indulge in a literary journey with a new author every day. Don’t miss this chance to connect with your favorite authors (or seen to be favorites) and discover new literary gems. Join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for a one-of-a-kind experience that combines fantasy, history, and literature in an enchanting setting. Check out the Guest area of our Shopping page for our author lineup.

Caricature Artistry

Step right up and capture the magic of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire with our amazing caricature booth! Whether you’re looking for a hilarious family portrait or a whimsical portrait of your favorite character, our talented artists will bring your vision to life. Perfect for couples, families, or solo adventurers, our caricature booth is the ultimate way to commemorate your visit to the Faire. So strike a pose and let us work our magic – you’ll walk away with a one-of-a-kind keepsake that’s sure to be treasured for years to come! **Fee Applies

Dice Knight Adventures!

Immerse yourself in a thrilling live-action role-playing (LARP) adventure that transforms your Renaissance Faire experience into an epic game! Become a warrior, rogue, or wizard and level up by completing quests and earning experience points. Join us on exciting adventures throughout the day as you navigate the colorful realm of the Renaissance. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable opportunity to take your Faire experience to the next level! *Fee applies. [Learn more]

All shows & activities subject to change without notice.