After years of hearing about and seeing pictures of the Renaissance Faire, we finally went. It was a 600 degree day. It was super hot (bring a hat, sunblock and water). It was a lot of fun for everyone.
If you haven’t been, here’s what to expect.
The Faire is set up like a village, with actual buildings that are adorable, fields, stages, woods, a lake and more. It’s on 65 acres of land (we got lost a number of times), and has 20 stages and 100 craftspeople. Plus 250 costumed actors – plus costumed guests. You won’t be bored!
- Everyone (almost everyone) dresses up. Costumes, make-up, hair, you name it. The costumes were fantastic. We wore regular clothes. It’s okay, no one threw things at us.
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- It’s great people watching. Such an interesting crowd.
- Lots of entertainment. You can see everything, but take a look at the schedule when you get in, so you can pick out what you want to see. Some of our favorites were
- Expect crowds (no shock there)
People were friendly and there were lots of kids. I went with a group of teens, who all had fun – several of them go yearly.
There’s lots of free (and fun) entertainment – see the stage schedule here. We started out watching a father/son team in a comedy routine that ended up with knife throwing (that’s an audience member getting knives thrown at her).
We watched a female Shakespeare troupe that was funny, as well as our favorite, Ded Bob. This was a super funny act that you should not bring the little ones too. We weren’t even supposed to bring our 12 year old, but we did – and it was the highlight of his day. Inappropriate humor – imaging a tween loving that!
There’s also jousting, human chess (that one went on forever and was a bit boring, but we liked the set-up). Also listened to some singers and other side entertainers.
There’s a glass blowing demo as well as glass for sale. Maybe they have a different guy this year – not sure. The one last year bored us to tears and it was hot hanging out by the oven, imagine that.
Just walking around is fun. There’s a fairy trail with some little fairy villages on the hillside.
There were plenty of activities focused on the kids, plus parades.
Plenty of paid activities as well:
My son had fun shooting some arrows at the archery booth. You can get your fortune told by one of several psychics.
Get your aggression out throwing tomatoes. I saw very few people hit the target, but it was still good to watch.
Get out on the water – rent a boat!
As it’s set up like a village, there are lots of cute shops to explore. You can even rent a costume!
Your kids will be interested in the small games and rides area. I almost forgot about that, because my kids are now too old!
Good to know:
-strollers are allowed. Much of the grounds are wheelchair accessible. They have regular bathrooms (not porta-potties)
-they have a variety of food for purchase (no outside food, but I don’t recall them checking our bags too carefully), including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and food kids like. The Renaissance Faire website has a list of vendors and offerings.
-you can buy alcoholic drinks there
When: August 6-October 2, 2016 (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Different weekends have different themes, so if that’s of interest, check it out before planning your date.
Where: Tuxedo Park, NY
Tickets to the New York Renaissance Faire:
Tickets are $25/adult, $12/child ages 5-12, $20/seniors 62+, $20/military with ID, free ages 4 and under
Discount tickets to the New York Renaissance Faire:
There are several places to get New York Renaissance Faire discounted tickets or codes.
–Goldstar offers tickets for $21.
-Get $20 tickets at Walgreens ($10 for kids)
-Join the Renaissance Faire mailing list and get a coupon mailed to you (undisclosed discount – I didn’t sign up)
-Advanced tickets are good for any day.
-Look for coupons in Clipper Magazine and some newspaper ads.
Parking: There are 2 options – preferred parking across from the gate for $10, or free parking further away. There’s a bathroom by the paid lot, by the way.