Staged on a wooded site that covers 65 acres and takes in several small natural lakes the New York Renaissance Festival has been held every year since 1977 and now attracts more than 250,000 visitors every year.
The fact that the site is a naturally wooded is fully taken advantage of but if you want to take advantage of the free rather than paid parking you do have to be prepared for quite a walk through the Sterling Forest before reaching the heart of the New York Renaissance Fair.
The fair hosts over 100 different artisans in its market places every year and there are usually over 20 different food and drink locations open across the Fair.
The Shire of Sterling circa 1590 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. According to the Fair’s backstory the Queen and her court have traveled from London to the countryside for the summer and many of the best actors and performers in the land have gathered in the Shire of Sterling to entertain them.
When it is Held:
The New York Renaissance Fair is held from the first week of August to the last week of September. (Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Aug. 3rd – Sept. 22nd, 2013 ,Sterling Forest , 10am – 7pm)
Once the Fair is over the grounds are used to host the macabre Forest of Fear Halloween spectacular until the weekend before Halloween.
Interactive Performances – There is an emphasis on interactive performances in the case of many of the shows and spectacles staged every weekend at the New York Renaissance Festival. Fair-goers can join Robin Hood’s band of merry men, be championed by one of the knights who take place in the Joust every day.
The Royal Tournament – One of the permanent centerpieces of the Shire of Sterling is the Rose Lawn Tournament Field. The best attended show of any day at the Fair is the hour long Jousting Tournament that is held at 5.30pm every day.
Popular Rides – Popular rides that are featured every year include The Dragon Swing, Bedlam Barrel, Crow’s Nest, Carousel, and Dream Boats. The most popular games include Archery, Knife Throw, Axe Throw, Star Throw, Test O’ Strength, Dart Toss, Leapin’ Lizards, Chinese Crossbows and Load the Pirate’s Cannon.
For more information and tickets: http://www.renfair.com/ny/