//Shows & Entertainment

What to See & Do at The Faire!

Forget thy cares and share a day of laughter & merriment with us. Enjoy continuous entertainment throughout the day both on-and-off stages all included with your admission. Cheer for your favorite knights as they joust and battle on the field of honor; cringe as fire eaters and sword swallowers ply their ancient art; laugh at the antics of silly jesters; be amazed with our magicians; and prepare thyself to share a day of interactive fun that will brighten your spirits and make thy day.

Also find all the fun things there are to do at the faire besides watching shows. We have games, contests, activities, and much more!


Want to make your faire experience even more enjoyable? Consider clicking one of these insightful itineraries to enhance your fun:


All shows are subject to change without notice. 


Pet Costume Contest — Sept 27


Perfect Pooch Dog Costume Contest – Dress your dog to impress and compete in our Dog Costume Contest. Prize awarded for best costume.  Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes early. No advance registration required.


Henry & The Emperor’s New Clothes

History meets fairy tale in our newest day long adventure. When the Kings reckless spending sends England’s finances to the brink of disaster, his noble Queen pleads with a cantankerous Dutch banker to borrow the money to keep the country afloat. Meanwhile, a pair of charming swindlers […]


Meet the Royal Court

Start your day off with the biggest of bangs by joining anybody who’s anybody at this highly interactive presentation. Meet Henry and Catherine, ask a question, pose for a picture, or just stop by to say “hi!”. Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with the royals.


Traditions of Chinese Acrobats – (Sept 27 & 28 Only)

(Opening Weekend Only) Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics includes demonstrations of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, and the manipulation of Chinese water bowls and Chinese yo-yos. This show was a huge hit last year so we’ve brought back Li Liu for another opening weekend […]

tribal de luna

Tribal de Luna (Sept 27 & 28)

A long standing favorite act at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, Tribal de Luna brings the magic art of dance to the stage on our first weekend only! Don’t miss this chance to see the ladies do their thing!


Cirque du Sewer

Cirque du Sewer is a highly visual act where amazing trained “acro-rats” jump through hoops of fire, execute obstacle courses to musical accompaniment, and join Melissa on her slack rope for a finale that is truly unique. She’s here for the whole run!


Zoltan the Adequate (Oct 11 – 26 Only)

You demanded it and we’ve answered! Now THREE weekends of “Just Adequate” performances on our stages 3 times per day on our last three weekends. That’s 7 days to catch your favorite so-so showman!

We’ve imported one of the best acts Canada has to […]


Noble Eye for the Peasant Guy

Join Master of the King’s wardrobe Thomas Cawarden and up and coming fashionistas Bert and Daisy for an audience participation show about fashion – 16th century fashion. Watch as two unsuspecting fashion criminals are picked from the audience and transformed into up to date renaissance Lords and […]


Royal Parade

Dance, sing, & be merry. March with us as we process through the streets of the shire or just stand on the sidelines and enjoy the show.


The Queen’s Royal Masque

Queen Catherine and her mistress of misrule Wilhelmina Sommers are your hosts for an interactive celebration of music, dance, pantomime and fun!


Princess Tea Time – FREE ACTIVITY

Join the noble ladies of the realm for “tea” (cookies and juice) and fun as you play games & learn of courtly manners. Fun for kids age 2 to 10 (kids must be able to sit at a picnic table alone)

Princess Tea Time […]


Living History Encampment

The mercenaries and women of Das Geld Fähnlein invite you stop by and learn about their daily tasks. Check in for a variety of scheduled demos throughout the day including battlefield medicine *, cooking , and military drills .

* WARNING: Battlefield medicine includes leeching […]


Lords of Adventure

These identical twin sword-fighting brothers will teach you to release your inner hero in their token “two-man comedy sword fighting show that you would see at an outdoor festival show” show! Choose to be a hero, or be a victim by accident!


Mandrake’s Mystery – FREE ACTIVITY

Ask for a “Mandrake’s Mystery” clue sheet at our entrance and get ready for a whacky ride through the fairgrounds while you interact with dozens of performers in a game of Renaissance clue. New mysteries each weekend.

Vixens En Garde

Vixens En Garde

The Vixens En Garde are an all-female fight company that is uniquely modeled after a commedia dell’arte troupe, in that each of the seven members plays the same archetype-based character from production to production. Therefore, over time each actor can develop a uniquely personal and in depth […]

knight school

Knight School – FREE ACTIVITY

Explore an interactive knight encampment and learn how knights live long ago. See rousing weapon demonstrations, discover the types of armor knights wore, and try your hand at fashioning some chain armor. Presented by The Knights of Gore.

mayor talk show

The Mayor’s Talk Show

His honor the Lord Mayor of Norwichshire welcomes you to a show that is part town meeting, part talk show featuring special guests, games, and midlevel beaurocratic hilarity.



Something new is pushing it’s way into the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. The King has so much on his plate with the upcoming festival! Visiting dignitaries, players a plenty, and the kitchens simply bursting with food! All that celebration can cause quite a mess, but don’t you worry! […]

the trouveres

The Trouvères

The Trouvères is a high energy performance troupe which combines an audience-interactive show with songs, music, and plenty of audience participation!. Celtic, Traditional, Ren Fest, Mid-Eastern, and other styles are blended with innovative instrumentation and powerful vocals to create a unique music and performance experience that will […]


Shakespeare, The Bard of Avon

Every day of the 2014 Season – Join Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, as he takes you on adventures full of merriment, sword fights, mistaken identities, star-cross’d lovers, romance, shipwrecks, musical numbers, and … being pursued by a bear! The Shakespearean adventures are a family-friendly, madcap, zany time […]

Jypsy Jesters

Topsy Turvy – The Jypsy Jesters (Oct 11 – 19 Only!)

Topsy Turvy is an acrobatic, family friendly variety show featuring two ragamuffin, comedic sisters. They amaze and entertain audiences with their silly humor and amazing stunts. Watch as they perform acrobatic feats, tip toe like ballerinas on high rising stilts, mesmerize with the enchanting hula hoop and […]


The Royal Choir

Beautiful madrigals from the renaissance as performed by our cast.


Fairytime at The Faire

Autumn Bittersweet? Winter Berri? Maybe Queen Bee herself? Watch for the fairies of the shire to make an appearance here, there and everywhere!


The Pope & Cardinal

Join saintly (but confused) Pope Urbino and Cardinal Claudio in a series of specialty shows from their SINGALONG comedy music show.


Babes In Bodices Contest (Oct 18)

Ladies! Have you been blessed with amazing assets? Then strut your stuff at our Babes in Bodices Contest, where the audience will help our judges decide who gets to go home with the coveted title Sexiest Babe in a Bodice (or Corset, Waist Chincher etc). FREE to […]


The Renaissance Players

Where comedy and music meet. Join Lord Ben Dover and Lady Eileen Dover as they take you on a musical journey of the Renaissance. Sing along to Renaissance Fair favorites and perhaps learn some new songs as well. This melodic musical duo encourages audience participation by mixing […]


Vow Renewals with Pope Urbino (Oct 18 & 19) Free Participation!

Celebrate your wondrous journey together by having your vows renewed by Pope Urbino himself in this special ceremony for married couples. This romantic group event is free with your admission to the Faire and includes a free frame able certificate. Don’t forget a rose as a token […]


The Hopeless Romantics Comedy Show (Oct 4 & 5 Only)

He is back!The Hopeless Romantics Comedy Show:  Come hear Master Story teller, Guido Libido tell the “real” version of your favorite love tragedies like Romeo & Juliet or Adam & Eve in a way you have never heard before…..or will want to hear again. He  […]


Sheriff Bracken

Evil doers beware! Sheriff Bracken is on the job and patrolling the streets of the shire bringing his special brand of justice to the kingdom.


Bloggio the Minstrel

You couldn’t ask for a better mood setting song than one played by this talented minstrel. Listen for him in the streets and be captivated by his tunes.


Secret Unicorn Hunt – FREE ACTIVITY

We’ve hidden 60 CTRF Unicorn logo’s throughout the shire. Can you find them all? How about half of them? Ten? Three?!?! Keep your eyes peeled and enjoy this Faire Scavenger Hunt! This is a great “something to do” activity at the faire. It’s no cost and just […]


Paragon Jousting

Shining Armor. Handsome Knights. Breathtaking Action. You’ll see it all from the edge of your seat as the Knights of Paragon Jousting take to the Field of Honor.


Clash of the Cupcakes (Oct 18)

Creative. Sweet. Fun. The War of the Roses has nothing on our Clash of the Cupcakes hosted by Enjoin Weddings. We’re inviting bakers from around New England, New York, and New Jersey to show their creativity. 

All employees of The Connecticut Renaissance Faire including actors, entertainers, merchants, […]


Men in Kilts Contest (Oct 19)

Join us for the annual Men in Kilts contest! Gentlemen put your best leg forward in this open-to-the-public contest. Win prizes provided by our sponsors and cheers from the ladies.

Contestant will display strength, testosterone and their bonnie knees while they attempt to charm the audience […]


Handfasting for a Day

Romance is in the Faire. Get handfasted for the day in this old tradition.


Finale in Song

Join us at the close of the festival day as we celebrate the end of another glorious time spent with you, our guests. King Henry and Queen Catherine invite you to sing along with us and all our friends as we say our fond farewells for another day.


Skarazula (Oct 18 – 26 Only)

(Weekends 4 & 5 Only) Skarazula will bring you on a journey back in time with influences from medieval European, Turkish and Arabic music.

Shakespeare, The Bard of Avon

Every day of the 2014 Season – Join Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, as he takes you on adventures full of merriment, sword fights, mistaken identities, star-cross’d lovers, romance, shipwrecks, musical numbers, and … being pursued by a bear! The Shakespearean adventures are a family-friendly, madcap, zany time […]