From jousts. music and belly dancing to sword fighting and stunning magic acts, 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?

Lords of Adventure

Lords of Adventure – The Lords of Adventure: Jack Bold, Roger Awesome, Nick Nice, Randy Smooth, Arthur Daring, Alex Quick, Will Passion. Choose to be a hero, or be a victim by accident!!!

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Daniel Greenwolf – Wizard and Illusionist


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. Winner of the 14th Annual Renaissance Festival Awards Favorite Children-Geared Performer, Shakespeare Approves! features performances shaped to be fun for everyone! Shakespeare Approves!

Shimmy Sisters – Ancient and alluring belly dancing performance.


Douglas Stafford – Entertainer, juggler, comedian, illusionist


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Peasant Dancing at the Maypole with the Maypole Mistress. (Photo Frank Tirrell)

Balloon Ben, The Jester – Bends balloons to your will.

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

Dice Knights

Dice Knight Adventures – The festival-wide role playing experience! Create your characters and go on quests to level up. Warriors, Mages and Rogues…

Vow Renewal Ceremony (Sunday only)

Whispering Willow Wild – Owls and bird rescue

Musical Acts

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Wandering Monsters – Wandering Monsters are going to rock it 16th Century Celtic-style this summer!

The Charmings – Musical stylings fit for a princess.


Matt Schwarz – Matt Schwarz works in the three musical fields of classical, rock, and European folk. He has composed solo, chamber, and orchestral works. He has performed and recorded on folk harp, guitars, and flute in the NJ and Denver areas-in rock groups, an orchestra, Renaissance festivals, and weddings. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Theory from the University of Colorado.


Kate the Chanticlaire – Enjoy the whimsical, silly, and often nerdy song stylings of Kate the Chanticlaire.  

Enjoy {but not too much) games and take photos in the stocks with grumpy puritan Temperance Belowe