Thursday, August 21, 2014

Family Day At The New York Renaissance Faire

Last weekend my family and I journeyed back in time to the era of jousting, music, magic, and royals at the New York Renaissance Faire. This was our first time visiting the festival, and honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been to other period events before, but this was so much more. There were costumes, live performances, aerial dancing, magic shows, archery, ax throwing, face painting and so much more!

The moment you step onto the New York Renaissance Faire grounds you feel like you enter another world. Set in a 65 acre medieval village, the festival provides plenty of activities and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. We had a great time watching live jousting matches and magic shows, listening to beautiful period music from harpists and pipers, and feasting on turkey legs. Arianna even got into the renaissance spirt with a flower crown and shield. It’s definitely an experience and it may not be for everyone, but for those who don’t mind a little fantasy adventure in their lives, it’s quite the event.

The New York Renaissance Faire is located in Tuxedo, New York and is only open on weekends from August 2nd to September 21st.

Here are some useful tips I picked up from my visit: 

1. Arrive Early. It gets crowded fast which leads to long lines and parking issues. Bus services are available in parking lot to shuttle you to entrance if needed.

2. Dress Up. You might feel silly driving in full costume, but once you get to the faire you will feel right at home.

3. Bring Cash. You will be spending lots of money on food, games, souvenirs and most vendors only accept cash.

4. Get a map. The $1 you spend on the map will save you lots of time trying to figure out what to do and see.

5. Wear sneakers. Most of the faire is on dirt and gravel which can be quite painful with open-toe shoes.

6. Avoid main dining area. It’s very crowded with very little seating. There are food vendors all over so you’re better off choosing somewhere else, or further down by the chess board.

7. Pick shows carefully. While most are tame and kid-friendly, some like Washing Well Wenches can get a little racy and may not be appropriate for younger kids.

8. Be Prepared for Porta-potties. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the flush toilets by the kissing bridge. Porta potties are the only other option.

{Disclaimer: Media passes were provided to me for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are my own. See disclaimer/disclosure for more info.}


  1. Oh wow it looks like the fair was super fun! Madison would've ran the other way when she saw those skeleton masks! :)

    1. LOL.Those belly dancers were awesome! That was only for dance. :)


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