Entertaining. Colorful. Fun. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is your chance to experience what a harvest festival might have been like in 16th century England.

The fun begins when you let yourself go, leaving your headaches behind. Revel in the day as you laugh, smile, and boost your mood with continuous themed entertainment throughout the day. Unless otherwise specified, all shows are included with admission. Some shows may busk (pass the hat for tips). If you enjoyed a performance consider showing your gratitude. Tipping is always done at your discretion.

Here is some of what we have in store for you. More shows are added as the event approaches:


Pope & Cardinal

Experience musical comedy entertainment like you’ve never heard in the middle ages! Sing along as the Pope & Cardinal add their own wacky flavor to some of your favorite tunes. #CTFAIRE

The Rogues

The Rogues created a new genre of Celtic music with exceptionally well-played pipes and driving percussion. From street festivals to Scottish Highland games to performing with a symphony orchestra, The Rogues deliver a commanding performance that will have you dancing and wanting more. Final Weekend Only.

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.


Cooking Demonstration

An army marches on its stomach and the women of das Geld Fähnlein are experts at keeping those stomachs full! Campfire cooking produces amazing results in the hands of these skilled camp followers. #CTFAIRE

A Midsummer’s Night Musical

“If music be the food of love, play on!” The woods are alive with music, romance and laughs as CTRF proudly presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS MUSICAL. A whirlwind retelling of the classic with familiar tunes and hilarious new lyrics.  Crazy complications, warring fairies, mismatched lovers, singing guys, girls, and donkey headed actors populate Shakespeare’s magical forest of fun. Don’t miss it! #CTFAIRE

Shelli Buttons

Aerial rockstar Shelli Buttons will amaze you with her mad aerial silk skills. Watch at the edge of your seat as she climbs, drops, spins, and gets you cheering for more.

Royal Parade

Dance, sing, & be merry during the royal parade. March with us as we process through the streets of the shire.

Medical Demonstration

Soldiers are highly prone to injury and illness, which is why das Geld Fähnlein has skilled medical personnel on hand to handle emergencies as they arise. Covering everything from balancing your humours to amputating a shattered limb, the latest in medical knowledge will amaze and, likely, disturb you. #CTFAIRE

Meet the Nobles

Join the Queen and her court and don’t forget your camera! This is your chance to rub elbows with royalty and grab a selfie or two. #CTFAIRE

Bloggio the Minstrel

Bloggio sets the mood for any occasion with thousands of songs on the fingertips of this musical master.

Shakespeare, Bard of Avon

Shakespeare Approves!

Brewing demonstration

Beer is such a staple of 16th century life that it is more heavily consumed than water. Learn how it was made when an open fire was the only source of heat. This demonstration will include historical notes on the types of beer, how it is made, and the laws that surrounding brewing. #CTFAIRE

Cirque du Sewer

Watch Cirque du Sewer and see trained “acro-rats” defy instinct and jump through hoops of fire, execute challenging obstacle courses hundreds of rat feet in the air, and thrill to the inspiring talent of Melissa on her slack rope for a truly unique finale.


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 appeal to all ages.

Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics

Witness the strength, grace, and talent of acrobat Li Liu as she performs a variety of traditional Chinese acrobatics. Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics will astound you. #CTFAIRE

Weapons of War

Weapons of War – Witness the latest in military technology and technique as demonstrated by the members of das Geld Fähnlein. From swords to guns, these Landsknecht are the most feared soldiers on the 16th century battlefield. Warning: guns will be fired. #CTFAIRE

Scott Xavier

Although he is not quite a psychic and not really an illusionist, Scott Xavier will read your mind with his unique mix of mentalism, hypnotism, and comedy.

The Bawdy Buccaneers

Arr me hearties! You won’t want to miss a measure of these comedic 18th century pirate songs and shanties sung by this talented pirate duo. You’ll be singing along with the Bawdy Buccaneers in no time.

The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys are a troupe of high energy performers who have joined forces to bring the world a unique blend of original music, and traditional folk tunes, along with contemporary and classic rock n’ roll parodies with a renaissance flair. Reported to have invented rock and roll in the year 1599, the boys have entertained audiences at Renaissance Festivals, theaters, and rock and roll clubs across the country. It’s Spinal Tap meets Shakespeare In Love, and fans of music with comedy and comedy with music will surely enjoy this musical insanity. Accept no substitutes: the Lost Boys!

Marketplace Weekend

Spend $200 during our opening weekend and then turn in at least $200 in official Marketplace Weekend receipts at our gift shop to get a complimentary General Admission ticket to return this season. Follow this link for details and restrictions. #CTFAIRE

Bill Darr

Master archer, Bill Darr, will leave you speechless as he demonstrates his incredible skill with the longbow in a show that simply doesn’t miss.

Tintagel’s Forge

Watch our resident blacksmith forge a variety of items on-demand throughout the day at Tintagel’s Forge, learn a few things about this amazing craft, and maybe get something during your visit.

Meet the Author

Every day of our show we feature a different local fantasy author spinning tales of other places and times. This is your chance to meet the person behind the story, buy a book and get it signed, and maybe even grab a photo with them. Shop in to show your support for imagination, creativity, and fun.

Human Chess

What happens when guests of the Faire face off against armored knights trained to be merciless in battle? A human chess match, of course. Become a piece in a game of living chess and see if you’re crowned a king or placed in the pile outside the board.

Three Pints Shy

Three Pints Shy is a raucous pub band, updating and reinvigorating the Celtic music scene that is much beloved around the world. Opening Weekend Only

Lords of Adventure

You can choose to be a hero or be a victim by accident! These identical twin sword-fighting brothers will teach you to release your inner hero in this hysterical sword-fighting comedy show. Don’t miss the Lords of Adventure.


Paragon Jousting

Watch from the edge of your seat as the knights of Paragon Jousting take to the Field of Honor and attempt to unseat each other from their highly-trained horses.

Paulo Garbanzo

A show so filled with tension and danger you’ll watch it through your fingers. Professional knife thrower, Paulo Garbanzo, juggles, performs amazing feats of balance, and throws knives into a wall around his beautiful assistant.

Zoltan the Adequate

Amazing!? Brilliant!? No. Just Adequate. You’ll cringe as Zoltan performs stunning magic tricks combined with comedy that will have you in tears. See all three of Zoltan’s daily performances: Zoltan Classic, Zoltan’s Goes Mental, and Zoltan’s Weird Show.

Living History Camp

The mercenaries and women of our Living History Camp, Das Geld Fähnlein, invite you stop by and learn about their daily tasks. Stop in to learn more or watch an educational demo.

  • 11:45 Cooking Demo
  • 4:00 Renaissance Medicine



Knight School

Explore an interactive knight encampment hosted by the Knights of Gore, learn combat moves with a sword, see armored combat demonstrations, join a quest, and learn how knights lived long ago. #CTFAIRE 


Welcome to Silliness, Mockery, Entertainment, Laughs & Libations University or S.M.E.L.L.U. Here children will learn about the history of jesters from the Masters of Morons themselves, Pester the Jester. With his Bachelors in Buffoonery, his Masters in Mockery, and his PHD in FUN(Finding Unique Novelties), Pester has a wide array of ridiculous knowledge to help teach hopeful young(and old!) fools on their way to become fully fledged professional idiots!