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Going to the New York Renaissance Faire? Here’s What to Expect

Lords and ladies, grab your best fairy wings and jousting swords: NYRF is back.
Photos courtesy of New York Renaissance Faire and Deborah Grosmark

The Renaissance Faire is back in the Hudson Valley, bringing Elizabethan England, creative costumes, and exciting entertainment with it.

Leave your worries in the past — or should we say the future? — and travel back in time to 16th century England. The New York Renaissance Faire returns to the Hudson Valley after being closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, bringing fantasy to reality.

For seven weekends from August 21–October 3, and including Labor Day, visitors can relax and rejoice in a quaint Renaissance-era village in Tuxedo alongside fairies, pirates, knights, and maidens. Featured guests will include Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and Queen Elizabeth I herself, so don’t forget to dress for the occasion in your Renaissance best.

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This year marks the NYRF’s 43rd jubilee. The festival will continue to celebrate old traditions while keeping in mind new-age CDC protocols. If you’re vaccinated, a mask is not required as you cheer on the jousting tournament and gorge on a wide variety of food, from bangers and mash to chocolate covered bacon (there are vegan and gluten-free options, as well). If you’re not vaccinated, the Faire asks that you wear a mask while you challenge your opponents in games of chance and wit or stroll through the artisanal marketplace including more than 100 vendors specializing in areas like glassblowing, armory blacksmithing, and even psychic readings.

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“We are very excited for the Faire to return, as are our guests, performers, and the artisans of our Marketplace,” says Maria Finucane, a representative of the Faire. “A visit to the New York Renaissance Faire has always been an escape to ‘Where Fantasy Rules.’ After the challenges of the past year, we hope to bring much-deserved smiles and cherished memories to all of our guests.”

Tickets and additional information are available on the New York Renaissance Faire website: www.renfair.com/ny.

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