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

2019 NYCDRF Schedule updated 6-4-19

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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?

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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!!!


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!

Cock and Bull Dirty Show (PG-13) & Kangaroo Court (G-rated)

Comedy Renaissance Style!



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.

Viking Warrior Encampment


Shimmy Sisters – Ancient and alluring belly dancing performance.



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Peasant Dancing at the Maypole with the Maypole Mistress. (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



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)




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

The Charmings – Musical stylings fit for a princess.