Old World Renaissance Festival opens in the fall. Fair-goers travel to King’s Inn in Putnam, Conn. for a single weekend of revelry. The Festival features two small stages for performers and a modest marketplace with less than 20 merchants. Despite passing showers and the ever-looming threat of rain, the Festival outgrows its humble beginnings as hundreds of guests take to the grounds to experience the days of Olde England.
To accommodate the estimated crowds, the Festival moves to a new home at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds in Brooklyn, Conn. and adds a second weekend to the fair. By the end of its two-weekend run, the Festival doubles in size and more than triples in attendance.
Owners rename the Old World Renaissance Festival to The Connecticut Renaissance Faire. The emerging, autumn event includes additional weekends and relocates to Connecticut’s Woodstock Fairgrounds to hold the increased numbers of performers, merchants, and faire guests.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire endures the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history, which produces torrential rains over New England for several weeks. A small stream flowing through the center of the Faire’s marketplace becomes a raging river and flooded the grounds. The Faire closes for the remainder of the season. The catastrophe nearly destroys the annual tradition. [Learn More]
Faire supporters encourage owners to re-open the beloved festival in the fall. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire relocates to Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, CT. The ideal site is minutes from Hartford, and enables the Faire to grow at a rapid rate, both in attendance and in festivities.
The Faire celebrates its 10th season.
To answer the demand for more Renaissance fun, the Faire expands to include two annual events: The Robin Hood Springtime Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire adds fifth weekend to annual event.
Faire hosted on the Enfield, CT Green in July to benefit nonprofit “Kids Free” organization. The Faire expands the number of days it offers its evening “Halloween Knights” show from two nights up to five.