Renaissance Fairs and Fun Festivals in the North East

by Cie McCullough Buschle on April 3, 2012

in Arts and Culture, Road Trips, Travel Ideas

Rennaisance Fairs have been held around the US for the past fifty years, starting in New York City in 1957 with “A Christmas Masque of Traditional Revels”. This was later broadcast on TV as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and in 1971 was  established permanently  as Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Then in 1963 a class in Los Angelos held a small Renaissance fair in the teacher’s backyard. This turned into the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California (RPFS), now a local tradition, and the idea took wings and spread across the US.

This type of seasonal fair, combining historical elements with the feel of an amusement park, is uniquely American, although similar style festivals have sprung up in Canada and Germany. The idea has also spread into festivals of Pirates, Fairies, Vikings and even some Dickensian Fairs scheduled around Christmas.

The following is a list of festivals held in the Northeast, including the Mid-Atlantic states.

New York Faires & Festivals

Long Island Pirate Festival – June – Sayville , NY – The Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave, West Sayville, NY (200 miles from Albany)

New York Fairy Festival – June – Ouaquaga NY – 2195 State Route 79, Harpursville NY (120 miles from Albany)

Ithaca Scottish Games & Celtic Festival – June – Ithaca, NY – Stewart Park on Cayuga Lake, Gardner Parkway, Ithaca, NY (165 miles from Albany)

Hawk Creek’s Wild Renn Fest – July – East Aurora, NY – Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Grover Road, East Aurora, NY (300 miles from Albany)

Sterling Renaissance Festival – July-August – Sterling, NY – 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling, NY (175 miles from Albany)

Bill Johnston Pirate Days – August – Alexandria Bay, NY – 7 Market Street, Alexandria Bay, NY (205 miles from Albany)

Central New York Scottish Games & Celtic Festival – August – Liverpool, NY – Long Branch Park, Liverpool, NY (150 miles from Albany)

New York Renaissance Faire – August-September – Tuxedo Park, NY 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY (120 miles from Albany)

Capital District Scottish Games – September – Altamont, NY 129 Grand Street, Altamount, NY (20 miles from Albany)

Adirondack Renaissance Fantasy Festival  – September – Boonville NY – Erwin Park, Boonville, NY (120 miles from Albany

The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park – September – New York, NY – Fort Tryon Park, Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, NY (145 miles from Albany.) Read about it in: A Renaissance Fair In New York City.

Connecticut Faires & Festivals

Connecticut Renaissance Faire “Robin Hood’s Springtime Festival” – May-June – Guilford CT – Guilford Fairgrounds, 1 Lovers Lane, Guilford CT (150 miles from Albany)

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire  – June-July – Ansonia, CT – Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway, Ansonia, CT (125 miles from Albany)

Connecticut Renaissance Faire “King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Fair” – September- October – Hebron, CT – Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street, Hebron CT. (130 miles from Albany)

Maine Faires & Festivals

Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous – June – Damariscotta, ME

Eastport Pirate Festival – September – Eastport ME

Maryland Faires & Festivals

Maryland Faerie Festival – May – Darlington, MD Camp Ramblewood, 2564 Silver Rd, Darlington, MD

Maryland Renaissance Festival August- October – Annapolis MD – 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Maryland

Massachusetts Faires & Festivals

Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival – June – Charlton, MA Ye Olde Commons, 120 Northside Rd., Charlton, MA

Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival  – June – Turners Falls, MA 210 Turners Falls Rd, Turners Falls, MA

Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival – July – Gloucester, MA – Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA

King Richard’s Faire – September- October – Carver, MA 235 Main St., Carver, MA Read about it in:  A Day Back in Time at King Richard’s Faire.

New Hampshire Faires & Festivals

The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire –  May – Kingston, NH
9 Thorne Road, Kingston, NH

Waterville Valley Renaissance Faire – August – Waterville Valley, NH 
1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley, NH

The New Hampshire Highland Games – September – Lincoln, NH
Loon Mountain Ski Resort, Lincoln, NH Boonville, NY

New Jersey Faires & Festivals

New Jersey Renaissance Faire Bordentown NJ, June – Liberty Lake, 1195 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ

Wheaton ArtsMedieval and Renaissance Fantasy Faire – June – Millville, NJ – 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 

New Jersey Renaissance Kingdom – June-July – Clinton, NJ Washington Park, in Dunellen, NJ 

4-H Renaissance Faire – September – Harmony, NJ – Warren County Fairgrounds, Harmony, NJ 

Toms River Pirate Festival – October – Toms River, NJ – 415 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 

Pennsylvania Faires & Festivals

New Hope Fantasy Renaissance Faire – April – New Hope, PA

Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm – May – Glen Rock, PA,

Wild Rose Renaissance Faire  – June – Columbus, PA

Celtic Fling and Highland Games – June – Manheim, PA

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire – August-October – Manheim, PA

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival – August-September – West Newton, PA

Fairy Festival – September – Mechanicsburg, PA

Village Renaissance Faire – September – Wrightstown, PA

Vermont Faires & Festivals

Medieval Country Fair  – May – Jericho, VT

All fairs have been thoroughly researched. If you know of any fairs not on this list, please mention them in the comments and I can research and add them as well!

 

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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Mark Monette September 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

Sunday, October 7 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will host the 4th annual Medieval Faire on the grounds of the historic mansion in Lenox. The day’s events will include exciting displays of armored combat, equestrian demonstrations, medieval arts, crafts and clothing; strolling troubadours and musicians, as well as exhibits, food and other demonstrations. Re-enactors in armor and period costumes will take part in the action. Heading the day’s programs is Jeffrey Mann. Mann’s specialty is the study of the evolution of armor through the Middle Ages including, how it is made, and tournament combat. Mann has attained the rank of a knight and master armorer within an reenactment organization. For over 20 years, Mann, his squire and retainers have taken their interest and knowledge of medieval life to schools, nursing homes and scouting organizations, bringing the Middle Ages alive.

Mann states, “Our lively presentation helps sort fact from fiction and explain how many of our modern customs evolved from then till now.”

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for 5 to 17 years of age, and free for children 4 and under and include admission to the mansion/museum.Self guided tours will be available. “Day-of” tickets are $22 and $12 respectively. For reservations, call 413-637-3206. Ventfort Hall is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox. Schedule of Medieval Events:
Armoured Combat Display

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Equestrian Exhibitions

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Archery

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lecture on Medieval Armor with Jeffery Mann

3:30 p.m.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes Showtimes
“Rumplestiltskin”

11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

Armor will be on display at Ventfort Hall from 9/23 to 10/8

Amanda’s Kitchen- Open all day

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