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Our mission is to provide a safe, clean, and inviting experience for family entertainment. To ensure all of our guests enjoy their time at the New York Renaissance Faire, we require every visitor to comply with our CODE OF CONDUCT.
Please note that we have made a few changes at the Faire by incorporating guidelines received from the CDC and appropriate governmental and local agencies. Our goal is to keep you, our valued guests, our participants, entertainers, and staff safe.
Some images that are shown throughout this website, our social media channels, and other promotional materials do not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures.
2023 Entrance Requirements:
1. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask inside the Faire. (However, masks may be required on public transportation to and from the Faire.)
2. Some experiences may be modified to reduce physical contact.
3. For the protection of everyone, we encourage you to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination offered free of charge through your local Health Department, and various pharmacies in your area.
4. Please be mindful of keeping your social distance around other guests.
5. If you have flu-like symptoms such as a cough or fever, we encourage you to stay home.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting the New York Renaissance Faire, a Renaissance Entertainment Productions event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, August 26 through October 8, 2023, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission includes all entertainment, including jousts, parades, and the on-going spectacle of hundreds of performers in street and stage performances. There are interactive living history exhibits, craft demonstrations, and activities for children.
No! Tickets are also available online via ShowClix. Click here for all ticket information. We recommend purchasing tickets online to avoid Box Office lines!
FRAUD AND TICKET SCAM ALERT: We have received recent reports of ticket fraud and scams. Please know that the New York Renaissance Faire cannot guarantee the validity of tickets purchased through any entity other than RenFair.com or ShowClix. To avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen, void or inflated tickets, purchase them directly and only from the New York Renaissance Faire website.
Any sort of ticket scalping is strictly prohibited by the New York Renaissance Faire.
As always, the only way you can be 100% sure your tickets are real and will get you in is to buy them from our sources. Together we can fight fraud.
Do not worry! ShowClix has recorded your transaction and you will get your tickets.
Please contact their customer care team by phone or email. email@example.com or 1.888.850.8718
Customer Care is available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST
For weekend assistance please visit showclix.force.com/support
You can give tickets as gifts! The ticket purchaser’s name appears on the ticket simply as a security feature. We will not be checking the name printed on the ticket at the gate unless there is a barcode error. Happy gifting!
Yes. Tickets are valid on a specific date. Holidazzle tickets have a flexible date range as is printed on those tickets.
If you have a single-day dated ticket(s) from Showclix, you may exchange tickets for any other 2023 operational date, pending availability.
The instructions are in your confirmation email, or you may follow the instructions here:
Note that you must create an account in order to exchange tickets. If you do not already have an account, there is no charge and it is quick and easy to do. Simply go to this link, click on ‘forgot password’, and follow the prompts. Then after you log in you will click on the word ‘Replace’ and follow the two steps from there.
2023-dated tickets are valid only during the 2023 season.
We offer senior and military discounts. Group rates are not available.
No, group rates are not available.
Yes! Members of the military with valid IDs and seniors age 62+ receive $5.00 off the full-price Box Office ticket. This discount cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. NEW – you can purchase these discount tickets online!
Yes! The Box Office accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) to purchase admission tickets. Most craftspeople in our Marketplace also accept credit cards, but each creates their own policy. Most food, and all beverage stands, are cash only. ATMs are available at the Faire.
ATMs are located just inside the Front Gate, on Spende Penny Lane near the Hawker’s Crossing Pub, Greenfield Common, and beside the food booth adjacent to the Chessboard. An ATM is also located outside of the park by the restrooms in Parking Lot 2.
We’ve extended the valid dates of the 2023 comp tickets one additional weekend due to the Sept 23 & 24 closure. If you have a 2023 complimentary ticket you can now use that ticket September 30 or October 1st, 2023. After those dates, they expire completely so please use it while you can.
Complimentary tickets are only valid for the season in which they are issued. They are not valid for any future season.
Please do not. Guests may not trade or distribute free items. Trinket trading is prohibited at the Faire. Distributing materials on site is a violation of our no soliciting rule. Further, distributing products (especially those intended as edibles) without a permit on-site is in violation of state law and contrary to the application process that each member of our Marketplace undergoes to continue to offer quality artisan goods.
The New York Renaissance Faire has designated smoking areas. These areas are noted on the printed map you may pick up at the Information Booth. They are located at both ends of Sir Arthur Avenue, either up the hill from the Front Gate or the Blacksmith, and between the Peacock Pavilion and the Guardians of Sterling Garden. All smoking, including vapes, is permitted only at these locations. Thank you kindly.
Yes, carry-in bags and backpacks are permitted. Clear bags are not required. Please know that all bags are subject to search by our security team before entering the Faire.
No pets are allowed at the New York Renaissance Faire. Service animals are permitted. All service animals must meet the Federal ADA guidelines. According to the ADA, only dogs can be designated as service animals. Emotional support animals Do Not enjoy the same rights. They are not allowed into the faire. All other animals and pets are prohibited. Service animals MUST remain on a leash or harness and under the control of the owner at all times. The ADA does not require that all animals be accommodated at all times. The ADA guidelines stipulate that the dog must be leashed or under strict verbal command at all times. Even if the dog is a service animal, we are not obliged to accommodate the animal if these guidelines are not met.
We ask you do not leave animals on the sidewalks and surrounding areas of the park perimeter. In such cases, the appropriate authorities will be notified.
Please do not request to bring your service dog who is currently “in training”. With the best of intentions, a service dog in training is just that, in training. You risk harmful advancement and potential anxiety development having a dog in a very dusty and busy environment competing with thousands of feet moving right next to them. Please wait until they are fully vetted to provide the service which will help you.
No. Drones are not permitted at the New York Renaissance Faire.
A Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a 16th-century village filled with performers, crafts, games, and food that gives guests the illusion of stepping back in time. The New York Renaissance Faire features more than 125 performances on 20 stages, and over 100 craftspeople, all set within 65 acres of beautiful forest.
We recommend arriving as close to our 10:00 a.m. opening as possible. Plan to spend at least 5 hours to see most of the performances and have a chance to do some shopping. However, the Faire is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for guests to enjoy a full day!
The Faire is open rain or shine, except where there is a danger to our guests or employees. No refunds or rain checks are offered. The entertainment schedule may vary based on weather conditions.
We are approximately 45 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.
NYRF offers both Preferred Parking (Lots 1 & 2) close to the front gate for $20 per vehicle (cash only) and free parking further from the gate. There is a complimentary shuttle bus to the gate from the free parking lots. Accessible parking is available in lots 2, 3, and 4. Please note there is a limited number of spaces for large SUVs and trucks in preferred parking.
Yes! Save $5 per adult ticket to the Faire ticket when you purchase a day trip tour package from Shortline/Coach USA. The round-trip tour originates from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. The NY Renaissance Faire tour package choices are either a round-trip bus-only ticket to the Faire OR a Day Trip Package which includes a round-trip bus ticket plus the discounted Faire ticket. You must purchase this day trip ticket online in advance and then exchange your receipt for a printed ticket at the Port Authority window before boarding your bus to the Faire. Purchase here: https://web.coachusa.com/shortline/booking.asp?action=ProductBooking&productId=3167&=1
There are a very limited number of Uber and Lyft drivers available in our area. Please ensure the ride back to your destination is booked and confirmed if you choose to use them for transportation. We have had guests encounter issues with pickup for return trips
Yes, but you must receive a hand stamp on your way out and show it to the front gate personnel for re-entry to the Faire.
Yes, check the Information Booth to see if your item was returned, or contact the Main Office during the week at 845-351-5171.
No. We do not have facilities for weddings, birthdays, corporate or private parties.
Yes! All 125-plus performances are included in the ticket price.
A joust is a form of competition between two knights on horseback, in which they gallop toward each other carrying long poles called lances. They use the lances to try to knock each other off of their horses. Often the unhorsed knight will continue the fight with his (or her!) sword.
Yes! We have a variety of shows that are especially good for children. Kids can also be made a knight or lady of the realm at the Queen’s Knighting Ceremony, join Robin Hood’s Band, and experience the magic of the Fairies in the Enchanted Forest! Check the stage schedules for exact performance dates & show times.
Yes! You can shop among our crafts vendors, have your fortune told by one of our psychics, enjoy human-powered rides or try your hand at clever games of skill. These do have an extra charge.
Yes! Much of our site has paved roads and nearly all of it is accessible with strollers.
Yes! Our Royal Flush Privies (near the Peacock Pavillion) feature diaper changing facilities in both the men’s and lady’s rooms and at the Parking Lot #2 restrooms (Preferred Parking lots). Additionally, there are diaper changing facilities at all portable toilet locations.
Yes! We have pizza, turkey legs, chicken fingers, burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, french fries, fried cheese, and pickles to name a few. We also have a large assortment of offerings for the sweet tooth. Our complete menu is available here.
Yes, you may bring baby food and/or bottled breast milk/formula. We suggest a small soft-sided cooler bag, as we do not allow full-size coolers.
The Guardians of Sterling, our volunteer support guild, have set aside an area in their garden for any parents (and babies!) who would like the option of a quiet place to eat and drink, and/or nurse away from the bustle of a Faire day. The Guardians of Sterling Garden is located on the Queen’s Highway, between the Peacock Pavilion and the Skaldvik Viking Village. Additionally, our EMTs would be happy to provide privacy and electricity in the First Aid building, if a breast pump is required. You may find these locations on our map here: https://recfair.com/ny/the-faire/map-of-the-faire/
Yes! Many of our visitors come in costumes ranging from simple to elaborate. It’s a great way to add extra fun to your day.
No, comfortable clothes are recommended. Many of our guests come in costume, and we feel that the whole experience is heightened and more fun when you come dressed to play.
The Faire is an outdoor event. We suggest you dress for the day’s weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone dressed in a manner deemed as offensive by Faire management. No clothing with written obscenities, violent or sexual images, excessively revealing or transparent fabrics, or offensive symbols. Shirts and shoes are required.
Full-face covering masks (such as with fursuits) are welcome, but we must ask that you remove the mask before you reach the entrance gate as we take your ticket. Once you are inside the Faire you may put your costume mask back on.
Note: This applies only to costume masks. Medical masks do not need to be removed.
Yes! The Belrose Costume Rental shop rents costumes by the day. This shop is located inside the Faire, near the Information Booth. The best choices are available early in the day, so plan to arrive as close to our 10:00 AM opening as possible. Child-sized costumes range in price from $8 – $25 (Average price is $15.) Adult sized costumes range in price from $18 – $65 (Average price is $39.)
Wagon Rentals are also available at the Belrose for $20 for the day
Visit www.thebelrose.com for more information.
We want all guests to have a great time while being as safe as possible. Our primary rule is all weapons should be sheathed and peace-tied. Foam/LARP/Plastic weapons do not need to be sheathed where sheaths do not exist for their dimensions. Realistic-looking weapons cannot be carried “in hand” and must be peace-tied to your person. Exposed sharpened steel is not permitted. Reproductions of modern-era weapons are strictly not allowed. Metal blades must be zip-tied into their sheath and to your belt or baldric. At no point should a bladed weapon ever be drawn from your side/back. Replica firearms must have the trigger zip-tied in the ‘fired’ position. Toy guns must have their orange tip on the end of the barrel. Wooden walking sticks are mobility devices and do not fall under our weapon policy. You may bring a bow and arrows; however, the bow must be unstrung or strung with yarn or some other cord that cannot hold tension. Arrows must be un-tipped and peace-tied into their quiver. Our security team will check all weapons at the gate to ensure that they are compliant and to offer assistance if needed. If a weapon is deemed non-compliant by the security team or police, you will be asked to return it to your vehicle before you may enter the Faire.
While we encourage creativity and permit costumes from all eras and fantasy realms, we must maintain an environment suitable for guests of all ages. Shirts and shoes are required at all times.
No. Due to an unfortunate number of people who have brought instruments and attempted to busk in our streets, you may not bring in any instrument.
Most areas of the Faire are accessible. A large percentage of the Faire has paved paths, with the remainder hard compacted gravel. We also have wheelchair-accessible portable restroom facilities.
Yes. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow from the main office. They are first-come first-served. No reservations are taken.
Sadly, we do not have any motorized chairs or scooters at this time.
Yes! For those seeking a bit of a break during the day, please stop by one of these areas: the Enchanted Forest, the Viking Village, or The Guardians of Sterling Garden. These locations are indicated on our map here: https://recfair.com/ny/the-faire/map-of-the-faire/ Please note that if you choose to leave the Faire for a while, please ensure that you receive a hand stamp for same-day re-entry.
The Faire offers a wide variety of food including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Our complete menu can be found here. If you are on a very special diet, you are welcome to return to your vehicle to eat. Please ensure that you receive a hand stamp on your way out so you can rejoin the fun!
Yes! Be sure to have your hand stamped on your way out and returning will be no problem.
Yes! Our emergency medical services are provided by RPS/Tuxedo Ambulance Corp. There is an ambulance stationed at First Aid throughout the day.
We have a wide variety of food ranging from simple to exotic. Roasted Turkey Legs might be considered the “don’t leave without trying one” Renaissance food. We’ve also expanded our menu to include vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options! Click here to see our complete menu.
We accept official state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, Military IDs and passports. A valid ID must include photo and date of birth.
Mead is the oldest form of alcoholic beverage known to man. It is simply fermented honey made in a similar brewing process as beer.
No outside food or drink is permitted into the Faire with the exception of one water bottle per guest (any size), and baby food/formula. Water bottles may be refilled at the drinking fountain inside the Front Gate near the Village Bakery. The Faire offers a wide variety of food including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Our complete menu can be found here. If you cannot eat any of our food options, you are welcome to return to your vehicle to eat. Please ensure that you receive a hand stamp on your way out so you can rejoin the fun!