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The New York Renaissance Faire is still celebrating its’ 38th anniversary in Tuxedo, New York, and has been since August 1st 2015. With all types of fantastical endeavors for one to explore, the fair is the perfect opportunity to let your imagination run wild.
Travel back in time to the 16th century and get a taste of Elizabethan England with the Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth I and all types of magical escapades within the Sterling Forest. The Renaissance Faire has been bringing a unique experience to the Hudson Valley of New York for nearly 40 years, and brings together both the enthusiasts and the curious. You can find all types of interesting characters attending the fair, letting their imaginations and fantasies run wild with armored suits, swords, corsets and face paint. Even if one doesn’t own a medieval get-up, costumes are available for rent and come in all types of shapes and styles. From a knight in shining armor to a damsel or a wench, fair-goers can really get in the Renaissance spirit.
But costumes are not required, and many come to the fair with families and friends just for the entertainment, shopping and food. One can experience hundreds of brightly-costumed performers fill the bustling streets of the village with laughter and fun.
Each weekend the stage is set for “entertainment of the shire” with numerous shows throughout the day. Acrobatics, magicians, jugglers, comedians, pirates and dancers fill the day with performances. You can even cheer knights at the Joust Tournament, watch a Living Chess Match or steal a kiss from your loved one on Ye Olde Kissing Bridge. Attendees can also get in on the fun with the many games of skill and chance. Throw rotten tomatoes at the sneering jouster, test your aim at the knife and ax throwing stations, or practice your best Hunger Game impression at the archery post. Small prizes and bragging titles are fully at stake.
It wouldn’t be a medieval fair without a proper feast. Although giant turkey drumsticks are the star of the fair (sans silverware), there are many options for every type of taste bud, and plenty of booze to wash it down. Bars and pubs carry a strong variety of craft and seasonal beers, wine, mead and themed-concoctions. There is also a large marketplace featuring over 100 artisanal and handmade goods. Come empty handed, but be prepared to shop for one-of-a-kind crafts like pottery and sculptures, soaps, perfumes and candles, hats, footwear, clothing and even musical instruments. Enjoy a psychic reading, have your hair braided, and watch the ancient skills of glassblowing, leather working and black smithing.
This is the final weekend of the New York Renaissance Faire until next year! With the end date of September 27th in site, take a drive up Route 17A to Sterling Forest – Tuxedo and experience the magical, medieval world of the Renaissance Faire. Word to the wise, go early to avoid long traffic lines! Parking lots are free but fill up quickly. A shuttle bus is available to transport guests from their distantly parked car to the fair grounds.