Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival

The Sterling Renaissance Festival is one of the oldest and most successful producers of professional interactive entertainment in the world. Thrill to the excitement of over 100 stage and street
performers, professional actors, comedians and musicians who whimsically recreate an authentic English Renaissance village for you to experience. Join the merriment at the Pub Sing, Wench Auction and Trial & Dunke. Witness dozens of artisans demonstrating their fine craftsmanship and selling their unique wares. Enjoy digging into our savour delicacies – from steak-on-a-stake, pita pockets, succulent turkey legs, portabella mushroom sandwiches, mile high cakes and more!
Saturdays & Sundays ~ July 6 – August 18 2013

July 6, 7: Family Weekend
Opening weekend special!  Buy one adult ticket at regular price and get one ticket for HALF PRICE!  or get one FREE CHILD’S TICKET for every regular price ticket purchased! Help us kick off a great season by joining us on opening weekend July 6th and 7th at a great savings. Offer available at gate upon arrival.
July 13, 14: Wine, Chocolate & Romance Rendezvous
Looking for a summer pleasure fest? Find it at our Wine, Chocolate & Romance Rendezvous, a weekend for lovers. Singles are encouraged to pick up a $1 Romance Rune Stone at the gate. On it is a word or symbol of fated love. Find another with the same symbol and go to any pub for a free round of adult beverages. The rest is up to you!
Already have a love?  Attend our Renewal of Vows Ceremony at the Chapel.
Taste special wines and meads at our pubs or tasting booth. See our Grape Stomping Competition at the Market Cross Stage where you can be crowned this season’s Lord and Lady of Wine. Indulge in our incredible hand made chocolates, or attend our chocolate pie-eating contest!
July 20, 21: Celtic Christmas Weekend
It’s Christmas in July! Everyone loves December’s holiday season with it’s pageantry, feasting and gift giving, so we thought, “Why wait?” We’re having Christmas six months early!
Join us as we celebrate an old fashioned Celtic style Christmas. Sing along with ye olde revelers as they traverse the festival with ancient Christmas carols. Peruse the wares of our expert artisans. Meet Father Christmas himself as he tells stories of Yules long ago and take part in merry games and activities including a “guess the present” competition for prizes. It may look like summer, but it will feel like a family yuletide celebration.
July 27, 28: Pirate Invasion
Yaar! Those pirates are back again, and are set to invade the 37th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival’s 2013 season on a special piratical weekend, July 27 & 28. Pirates are invading the Shire with swashbuckling adventure, comedy and song. Join our Pirate Costume Competition for kids and adults; raise a glass of grog in the Snickleway pubs Tavern’s Pirate Revel. Pirate bands will rove, shanties will be sung, and very little honest work shall be done.
Have a care; lest you be captured for ransom or pressed into service on a pirate cruise. Don’t be lured into the wanton path of wild abandon, drink and song, and hang on to your mate lest they be sold at a pirate auction. So you say you are a pirate? Well then, have a merry time!
August 3, 4: Highland Fling
Thrill to the lilt of highland bagpipes in the hills! Wear your kilt and celebrate the mighty Scotts with us at the 37th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival’s 2013 season on a special Highland Fling, August 3 & 4.
Hear Scottish pipe bands play on stages and in the lanes; see highland dancing; and watch our Scottish athletes compete in a Caber Toss and Stone Put competition and demonstration. Share the music of the Highlands at pub sings, and hear Celtic jams on stages and in the lanes that are sure to put a wind up your kilt.
August 10, 11: Fantasy Weekend
Follow your Fantasy to the 37th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival’s 2013 season, as they present a special event as part of their seven weekends of merriment. Fantasy weekend takes place on August 10 & 11. Come celebrate all things Fantastical as the town of Warwick pays tribute to the myths and legends of Old England.
Sprites, Fairies, witches, and Robin Goodfellow himself will be seen in a masquerade of folkloric characters, and you may come as you please. Pull out those outfits that you wouldn’t dare wear anywhere else and join our Favorite Fantasy Costume Contest, or just enjoy being some one else for a while. Stories, entertainments and pageants will all serve to appease the inhabitants of the unseen world that surrounds the woodlands of Warwickshire. Shakespeare’s The Tempest will play the boards too, as music, mischief, and mystery rule.
August 17, 18: Grande Finale Weekend
While it’s true that all good things must come to an end, all of us at the Festival look ?at our Grande Finale as a special time for you to experience all the richness, pageantry, and fun that can only be found at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. The mood will ?certainly be celebratory, as the villagers from 1585 will be relishing (and reliving!) all the wonderful memories of an exceptional season while looking forward to 2014!
This is the weekend which promises to be one filled with exceptional fun, unbridled hilarity and merriment as it is the last chance for a whole year to enjoy a repast of many unique ?and varied Festival foods, gather fine, hand-crafted wares from many skilled Artisans ?and share a toast of your favorite ale to yet another glorious season at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.
The Grande Finale…the one you must not miss!