Special Events & Theme Weekends

Special Events and Theme Weekends add an extra layer of fun for our guests. Every weekend celebrates the joy and spirit of the Renaissance, and on the following weekends, we infuse an exciting twist.

Theme Weekends 2023

Marketplace Weekend

September 2, 3 & 4, 2023

Go shopping this weekend spend $250 or more and receive 2 FREE tickets to come back to the Faire through September 24, 2023. Bring your receipts to the Information Booth to redeem this offer. All receipts must be for purchases made on the same day, either September 2, 3, or 4, 2023. Tickets must be claimed on the date of your visit, September 2, 3, or 4. Please note that this offer excludes admission, food, beverage, rides, games, and the Renaissance Collection shop. Limit 2 tickets per shopper.

Time Traveler Weekend

September 9 & 10, 2023

We invite all our guests to dress up in their finest time-traveling attire! Celebrate your favorite era with characters of any genre, be it fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, cosplay, and more. No matter which century you portray, we’re looking forward to celebrating a leap back (or forward) in time! It is, after all, a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff.

Time Traveler Costume Contest – Join in or raise a cheer for the contestants at 1:45 p.m. on the Storybook Stage! No pre-registration is required to participate.

Pirate Weekend

September 16 & 17, 2023

Yar! Hoist the mainsails, drop ye anchor, and don your best dress, ye scallywags, for pirates and sailors of all sorts are taking over this weekend! Whether you love to sing sea shanties, have perfected your pirate talk, or just love the beauty of sailing upon the open ocean – this is a weekend for all things nautical, piratical, and fun!

Pirate Costume Contest – Join in or raise a cheer for the contestants at 1:45 p.m. on the Storybook Stage! No pre-registration is required to participate.

Are you hosting any other theme weekends?

No. We are only hosting three Theme Weekends for the 2023 season: Marketplace, Time Traveler, and Pirate Weekend. We look forward to the return of other theme weekends (such as Scout Weekend) in future seasons. Thank you for your continued support.


Special Event: VIP Joust Seating

VIP Joust Seating

Put yourself in the middle of the action with VIP Seating at the Roselawn Tournament Joust Field! Enjoy the Royal Treatment with covered seating, a pickle, a pennant, and a non-alcoholic beverage! Tickets are $20 per person/per Joust. Seating is limited to 300 people per show.

Tickets for the 12:00 p.m. VIP Joust seating will be available at the Information Booth only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for the 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. VIP Joust seating may be purchased in advance online by selecting your date and time here or in person at the Information Booth. Important: all online tickets must be redeemed at the Faire’s Information Booth at least 30 minutes prior to the Joust start time to ensure you receive your beverage, pickle, and pennant. If the event is not sold out, tickets will also be available at the VIP Joust seating area.

(Tickets available July 28. Click Here to reserve your seat!) 

VIP Joust tickets are non-refundable.

Special Event: Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Play the best beer game this side of 1599 at the New York Renaissance Faire’s legendary Pub Crawl. Join the loud, lusty, and very entertaining pub crawl crew as you travel along the village streets to visit four fine taverns and public houses. Skip long lines at the pubs and try not to spill as you jiggle with merriment at the most bodacious songs, jests, jokes, stories, and riddles the shire has to offer. You will receive one alcoholic drink at each Pub Crawl stop for a total of four along with a bottle of water at the conclusion of your Crawl.

The Pub Crawl departs at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. – FOUR times daily and costs $65 to party with us.

Tickets for the 11:00 a.m. crawl will be available for purchase at the Information Booth only on the day of the crawl on a first-come basis.

Tickets for the 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Pub Crawls are available online only and must be redeemed at the Information Booth between 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to receive your wristband. You MUST check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled Pub Crawl to receive your wristband. No wristband means no Pub Crawl. If you are late, you will not receive all 4 drinks. No refunds.


You may only Crawl once per day!

The Pub Crawl sells out quickly and does not include admission to The New York Renaissance Faire. You will need an admission ticket and a Pub Crawl ticket if you wish to drink with us.

Must be 21 to participate (IDs will be checked for everyone). Children are not permitted on the Pub Crawl (including children in strollers). Please drink responsibly, we like return customers!

Important Traffic Note: Congestion on the local roadways and lines into the parking areas can be quite long. Please factor this in so that you can make it on time as Pub Crawl tickets are non-refundable. If you are late for your scheduled Pub Crawl, please understand that you will not receive all four drinks as the Crawl will already be in progress.

New York Renaissance Faire Reviews

This faire has a gorgeous permanent site with lakes and lovely landscaping. The shows are entertaining and there is a wide variety of goods for sale from armor to garb to finely crafted jewelry and decorations. The food and drink are also wonderful. I highly recommend seeking out the Skaldvik Viking Village on-site, it’s a great setup where you can learn a bit and even play games, Kub in particular is great fun. – Laura Clark

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