Feast like a king, shop like a queen and laugh like a fool. Leave your worries behind when you step through the gates of the 23rd annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire. This enchanted recreation of a 16th-century harvest festival will take you back to the days of yore where you’ll see jousting, live-flight birds of prey, comedy, magic, and so much more. A family adventure for all ages awaits!
Each weekend of the Faire comes with a unique theme, new shows and merchants, and more. Join thousands of other guests who come back again and again to experience more! Our themes come with new contests, shows, shops, and guest authors. Just one more reason to get a season pass.
Time Travelers Weekend
Whether you’re a villain here to “exterminate” The Doctor, boldy going where noone has gone before, or you’re a hero from a galaxy far, far away, you’re going to love our Time Traveler’s Weekend. This theme is your chance to show off your favorite cosplay regardless of where and when it represents. If you choose to “come as you are,” this is an opportunity to see impressive talent, creativity, and tireless work of some amazing individuals.
Meet the Author: Our “Meet the Author” event is just one more reason you need a season pass as we host a different fantasy author each and every day of our show. This is your chance to:
-Get to know the author and let them know what you enjoy most about their book(s).
-Buy a book and have it signed. You are also welcome to bring a book you’ve already purchased.
-Snap a selfie if there is time. Be sure to hashtag it with #ctfaire on Facebook so they can see it later.
-Cosplay a character from their book – we encourage it!
Visit our Market page to see our list of visiting authors.
Deaf Awareness Day: We invite members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community to enjoy an interpreted day at the Faire. Finger Dancers from around New England join us to interpret a variety of shows for our friends who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing one day during National Deaf Awareness Week.
Time Travelers Cosplay Costume Contest: It doesn’t matter WHEN you’re from, WHERE you’re from, or even what galaxy you’re from. Come dressed as your favorite character from history or fantasy and complete in this Time Travelers Cosplay Costume Contest.
Contest Info: Unless otherwise specified, entry into all contests at the Tudor Stage are included with your same-day admission to the Faire. If you are planning to enter a contest, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start. At the discretion of the contest host, some events may choose to limit the number of participants in a particular contest due to time restrictions.
Exciting. Interactive. Fun. Our performers travel from around the United States and Canada to bring something truly unique to Connecticut. See for yourself why our guests return time after time to see these amazing performances. As our show approaches, our entertainment list will continue to grow.
The Sisters Pendragon
Jenny Austen Pendragon and Mary Helley Pendragon are storytellers who make stories jump off the page. Find them in the street and join in the fun, or spectate as they create stories for your amusement and edification! Help Jenny to win hearts, or join Mary in a quest for fierce monsters! Everything’s fair in love and… battle?
The Saucy Sailor
What do you do with a drunken sailor? We hire him! Find Jeffrey Tanner stumbling the streets of the shire going from pub to pub playing his sea shanties for your amusement and delight. Find Jeffrey in our all new Pirate’s Cove this fall!
Meet the Royals
Queen Elizabeth returns to Lebonshire for their yearly celebration! Join her and her Royal visitors at The Sovereign Stage at TEN and FOURTY-FIVE and pay tribute to Her Majesty.
The Bawdy Buccaneers
The Bawdy Buccaneers … Where comedy and music meet! Arrr you ready for a good time! Join Captain Lance D. Boyle & First Mate Truly Scrumptious as they take you on a piratical musical comedy journey. Sing along to Pirates favorite tunes and perhaps learn some new songs as well. This melodic musical duo encourages audience participation by mixing comedy and music, a Piratical/Renaissance Sonny & Cher if you will. They will put a smile on your face and you’ll be humming a song all day long. Two Family Shows as well as One Bawdy Show. Bawdy Show Description: This show is rated PG-13, bawdy pub songs that will take you to the edge of Rrrrrrr.
Knighting Ceremony with Queen Elizabeth
Has your young knight or lady brought honor to his house and to her name? Have them present themselves to Queen Elizabeth at the hour of ONE BELL of the CLOCK at the Rose & Crown Stage to receive their accolades! Happens just prior to the Royal Parade but at the end of Boons & Favours. Don’t miss this great photo op for your child!
The Penniless Jacks
The Penniless Jacks are charismatic purveyors of pub music. Whether it be centuries-old shanties, boisterous drinking songs, rousing rebel tunes, or ballads of love, The Penniless Jacks will have you singing, clapping, and stamping along to their unique sound and energy.
Adorable, fun, and feisty…. cute as a Button! Packed with mad skills in the air and on the ground, Shelli Buttons will wow with aerial silks, juggling, acro-balance, and more!
Duchess of Yorkshire Pudding
The Duchess was born and raised in Lemon Drop Village and later moved to the kingdom of Yorkshire Pudding, where she has brought joy and laughter to young and old, rich and poor and even to creatures! She has so many tales she’d like to tell you!
Spur of the Moment Jousting
When you hear the words “Spur of the Moment” , it evokes spontaneity, impulse and excitement; a perfect description of our Joust show! Come and see brightly attired knights on their valiant steeds battling at the joust, or showing off their skills in games involving precision and timing! Some of the challenges are rehearsed….other times, we wing it!
Education in a fun and real environment! Bring your little ones…or just yourself and learn something about the lives of knights and squires. 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. Every day at the Knights Encampment on Lord Jeffery’s March behind The Chamberpot Pub
The Lords of Adventure
Jack Bold & Roger Awesome are the Lords of Adventure. These identical twin brothers perform their token “two-man comedy sword fighting show that you would see at an outdoor festival show” show. They will delight you with comedy sword fighting and life lessons that are fun for the whole family.
Misfits of Avalon
All Weekends EXCEPT Sept 18-19 The Misfits of Avalon have been delighting lovers of Celtic music at Renaissance Faires and traditional music festivals all over New England for more than a decade. The group consists of Brian Weiland on the hammered dulcimer and mandolin and Max Cohen on guitar, and for select shows will feature the astonishingly brilliant young wizard of the violin Aiden Weiland.
Knightwings: Birds of Prey
Witness the beauty of these incredible birds of prey in flight. Watch them chase lures and perform for the audience.
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. The Shakespearean adventures are zany performances shaped to be fun for everyone!
Story of Queen Elizabeth
The year is 1564. Elizabeth — Queen of England, Ireland, Wales, and France — is celebrating her yearly progress in Lebanshire, where the Lord Mayor has pulled out all the stops for entertaining Her Majesty! Jousting! Juggling! Music! Storytellers! And Fairies! Nobles and dignitaries from around the known world are here to celebrate with the Queen (and even seek her favour) — including her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who is here to ask her cousin, Bess, to name her as heir to the English Throne! What will happen? How will this day end? Join us for a glorious return to the Renaissance for our triumphant 2021 season!
Pub Magic with Master Hildebrand
Prepare to be Amazed! Astonished! Flabbergasted! Dumbfounded! And lots of other words! Master Hildebrand returns with his unique brand of pub magic. Find him wandering the lanes or at The Chamber Pot Pub and Stage twice daily!
Chopping Spree: An Execution Exhibition
Gloom, Doom, and Shroom present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, head chopping, once in a lifetime show shock full of skullduggery and sepulcher. We put the Fun in Funeral. The macabre undertaker, executioner, and apothecary are here to treat one venerable victim to this disquietingly deluxe decapitation. Putrefaction guaranteed.
Armored Combat Demo
Watch as the Knights of Gore don full plate armor and beat the living daylights out of each other in an unrehearsed, no holds-barred, medieval battle.
Sept 18 thru Oct 17 only!
Be wary when you wander the streets of Lebanshire, for Sheriff Bracken is on patrol. His interpretation of the law is versatile enough to incriminate you on wide variety of offences, be they real or imagined. Remember, your innocence is nothing more than the delusion of a wicked mind. Is not Justice Fun?
Historical Cooking Demo by das Geld Fähnlein
Sept 18 thru Oct 17!
11AM and throughout the day at the Living History Encampment. An army marches on its stomach and the women of das Geld Fähnlein are experts at keeping those stomachs full! Campfire cooking produces amazing results in the hands of these skilled camp followers.
Weapons Demo by das Geld Fähnlein
Sept 18 thru Oct 17!
Witness the latest in military technology and technique as demonstrated by the members of das Geld Fähnlein. From swords to guns, these Landsknecht are the most feared soldiers on the 16th century battlefield. Warning: blackpowder guns will be fired.
Dragons & Dice Weekend
Adventure Awaits those who attend our Dragons & Dice weekend. If you love videogame RPGs, Table-tops, LARP, or just having fun, you’ll want to check this weekend out.
Zoltan the Adequate
Oct 9-11 Only!
Zoltan returns to CTRF for only a single guest weekend this year! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder why you keep subjecting yourself to this bizarre form of punishment. Zoltan guarantees 100% adequacy in all he does, and he’ll make you laugh while he’s doing it. Magic and stupidity, three times a day.”
OCT 9 thru 17 ONLY!
Roll up, roll up fiends and fans for a whip cracking, glass smashing, spike hammering good time! Step right up and gaze in amazement as the Karnevil crew astounds, amuses, confounds and confuses like no other danger act in the known world can! Featuring supervillain extraordinaire and king of the bullwhip Dr. J.R. Whitcomb as well as the pain-proof woman Lady Gypsy, Karnevil is guaranteed to satisfy all your adrenaline needs.
Oct 9-17 only!
Vibrant and fun, The Sirens 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.
Medical Demonstration by das Geld Fähnlein
WEEKS 4, 5, 6 & 7 ONLY!
Soldiers are highly prone to injury and illness, which is why das Geld Fähnlein has skilled medical personnel on hand to handle emergencies as they arise. Covering everything from balancing your humours to amputating a shattered limb, the latest in medical knowledge will amaze and, likely, disturb you.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE & DO
When you’re not exploring our bustling marketplace or watching shows, we’ve got plenty of activities to keep you busy. These activities may have a fee.
Test of Strength
Swing the hammer to ring the bell! Compete with fellow patrons in the daily “Strong man Contest” to prove that you are indeed the strongest lord in the kingdom!
Smite the Knight
Do you have what it takes to defeat one of Her Majesty’s greatest warriors? Find out in the ring! Smite the Knight is a safe “Boffer” style combat game where you square off against one of our “trained professionals” in safe, fun sword play. First one to five hits is declared the winner! Fun for kids AND adults! * Fee applies
Throwing Games – Axes, Daggers, and Spears!
“Axes! Daggers! Spears! OH MY!” That’s the sound you’ll hear coming from our gaming glen where you can find games of chance that will not only test your mettle as a warrior, but help train you for the coming battle with her Majesty’s enemies! Throwing weapons are a fun way to hone those long dormant battle skills. Fun for ALL ages! * Fee applies
Dice Knight Adventures!
Join us for an amazing interactive LARP that turns your whole faire experience into a giant game! Earn experience points and level up as a warrior, rogue or wizard. Join us on quests throughout the day. *Fee applies
An interactive comedy show that is fun for the whole family! Hurl tomatoes at the witty insultur as he entertains you!
The Royal Maze
Take a stroll through the Maze as you hunt for lost treasure!
Mandrake’s Mystery returns but with a twist! Find The Fairy Hollow to find out more… Every weekend at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire there is a new mystery to solve! Has something gone missing? Is someone not where they are supposed to be? Whodunit? Collect the puzzle from the greeters at the gate when you enter, and spend the day wandering the Faire looking for clues. Perform challenges and answer riddles to eliminate suspects. Attend the Final Revels and Farewell at FIVE and THIRTY at The Chamber Pot Stage to see if you’ve found the right answer & receive a special commendation!
Castle Escape – Escape Room
The crazed court Jester has trapped you and your friends in the dungeon! Work as a team to solve his clues to escape within the time limit and claim your victory!
Join this group of Knights led by Lord Jeffery and learn the rules of Chivalry, how to prepare your armor and weapons for battle, how to make chainmail and more. Find them along Lord Jeffery’s March by the Joust Field. Stop by any time. Who knows…you may learn something!
Real bows and arrows and we let YOU use them! *Fee applies
Secret Unicorn Hunt
Scattered around the Faire we’ve discreetly hidden our unicorn logo in varying sizes. Can you find 10? 100? 500? Challenge yourself and post your findings on our Facebook page.
Living History Camp – Das Geld Fähnlein
Sept 18 thru Oct 17!
A Landsknecht reenactment unit out of Connecticut portraying soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire in the late 1520s.
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