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From jousts and dueling vixens to traditional dancing lessons and there is a lot to see at the New York Capital District Renaissance Festival.




Royal Jousts, Games performed by Roundtable Productions – The featured event of the festival, join us as the ground rumbles under the hooves of massive horses as wood and metal crash together. Who will win the Queen’s favor?

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told – Described as Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line is it Anyway?– The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told will give you swashbuckling adventure.

Vixens En Garde – If the joust doesn’t satisfy your need for action, Vixens En Garde will. A mix of comedy and sword fighting action, the vixens don’t fail to excite.


Bobert The Great – Step right up! Step right up! See local magician Bobert The Great wow and amaze us.


Mermaid Nixie – Do mermaids exist? At the New York Capital District Renaissance Festival they do. Find out how Mermaid Nixie lives ashore in our village.

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Alice and her Puppet Friends – There be a dragon at the festival, and his name is Arff.

The Society for Creative Anachronism Encampment – Authentic combat, dance and craft demonstrations every half hour!

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Flaming Barrel of Monkeys – Come watch Flaming Barrel Of Monkeys Entertainment spin fire!

Shimmy Gypsies – Ancient and alluring belly dancing performance.

The Holograms Hoop Troupe Performance (Sun. only)


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Pubcrawl (tickets sold at the Biergarten and online until the day of the festival) tour the cidery and sample four brews while learning the process of brewing.

Peasant Dancing at the Maypole with the Maypole Mistriss and Three Pints Shy. (Photo Frank Tirrell)

Morgan Eagle Falconry’s educational programs highlighting the sport of falconry and the birds used in the sport. With a display of live Raptors.

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Uncharted Wild – Spiders, serpents and dragons.

Ilse’s Bucket Tales – Help craft the story in this improv story-telling show!

Ella’s Fairy Wishes & Muggle Juggle Lessons – Tell Ella your fairy wish for the wish registry and learn to juggle with a muggle!

Thimbleberry the Woodsprite – Join Thimbleberry the Woodsprite on the fairy path for a story.

Balloon Ben, The Jester – Bends balloons to your will in the da Vinci Future Barn.

Costume Contest – Join us for a chance to win great prizes in our daily costume contest!

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Where’s Waldorf? – Kids, find Waldorf to win prizes – stop by the information booth near the upper gate to learn how to play.

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Captain’s Quest Treasure Hunt – Follow the clues to the treasure!

Vow Renewal Ceremony (Sunday only)


Caden, Master of Poi – Be dazzled by the art of Poi and learn what it is!

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Steampunk Yoga & Numerology with Arethusa – Drop your chain maille and join in for a few yoga stretches to relaxing music.

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The Holograms Hoop Troupe Lesson – (Sat. only)

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Traitor Knight and Desperate Knight Author Kevin Willis – Reading and book signing.

Whispering Willow Wild – Owls

Photo Ops – See Dr. Who’s TARDIS, a Dalek & sit on the throne for a selfie!

Musical Acts

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Three Pints Shy – Three Pints Shy are going to rock it 16th Century Celtic-style this summer!

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Crimson Pirates – Sea shanties

The Creepy Bard – Rousing music, creepy lyrics

Arethusa One-man Band Tribal Music – Enjoy tribal music selections from around the world.

Cu Dubh – Original Dark Heavy Metal Bagpipe and War Drum compositions for the Celtic / Viking warrior in all of us, played on the ancient acoustic instruments.