The Carolina Renaissance Festival is
Your Source for Premier Live Entertainment!
- Over 500 Costumed Characters!
- 12 Stages of Music, Comedy, and Circus Entertainments!
- Knights on Horseback Jousting Thrice Daily!
- Faire Games & Peasant Powered Rides!
- Vegetable Justice Tomato Tossing!
- Artisan Demonstrations!
- Over 100 vendors in the Village Aristsan Marketplace!
(Schedule & Map Updated September of Each Year)
Festival entertainment features the following performers:
NEW FOR 2017!
The CRAIC Show!
The CRAIC Show is a high energy & wildly entertaining band that brings a sound that is unlike any other!
Irishman Daniel leads this group with roguish vocals, rhythmic mandolin, and intense bagpipes. These pipes are paired up with enchanting Lady Lydia playing harmonizing violin. The energy & enthusiasm of Cockney mate, Dylan, on percussion is delightfully contagious. Anchoring the band with strong vocals & heavy bass drum is the Nordic beauty, Tonya. Watching the group switch and interchange instruments throughout the show is something to see, songs are often started on pipes and ended with the entire group on percussions.
Ever-changing and constantly blending styles, The CRAIC Show is always bringing a fresh, high energy blend of World Medieval Music! Visit www.thecraicshow.com for videos, photos, music and more!
NEW FOR 2017!
The Reelin' Rogues!
The Reelin’ Rogues perform Celtic music with attitude! Consisting of Zach Dean with soaring lead vocals and acoustic guitar, his lady, Giuliana Marie, on her galloping bodhrán and Laura Smith with a fiery fiddle that will ensure your toes are a-tapping, they breath a new life into traditional Celtic songs by melding vocals that will capture your ears and spirit with unique arrangements inspired by their love of old school punk rock and traditional folk music. Visit them at www.thereelinrogues.com for music, videos and photos!
Rick the Hypnotist!
Yes! Hypnosis IS real! And with Rick The Hypnotist it’s pretty darned funny too! Want to ride a rocket ship to the moon? How about winning a million-dollar fishing tournament? Or temporarily forgetting your name? You’re never quite sure what will happen in this uproariously funny hypnosis show! Certified hypnotherapist Rick Stratton takes his volunteers on a journey they’ll never forget! www.rickthehypnotist.com
Renaissance Vaudeville with
Snorkel the Dancing Pig!
Comedy, Juggling, and a Trained Pig! What more could you want!? Rick and Jan wow the crowds with their machete and fire juggling while Snorkel The Pig steals the show with his dancing, bowling, and hoop-jumping prowess. Be sure to attend the Meet & Greet with Snorkel after the show! www.rickandjanshow.com
Bret Blackshear! Comedy & Magic!
He's back! Bret Blackshear (formerly Blackenshear the Curious) returns to the stage with a solid comedy show featuring magic, comedy, and audience participation! Suitable for all ages fun! Bring your spouse, bring your date, bring your mom, bring everybody! Only three shows daily so make your plan and be sure to catch his act!
The Washing Well Wenches!
They're wet! They're wacky! And they want your laundry! The Washing Well Wenches bring us "good, clean fun and wet, dirty women"!
Roses of the Realm - Music, Comedy & Belly Dance!
Why settle for a single rose when you can have a bouquet?? The beautiful Roses of the Realm belly dancers are accompanied by the live music of the Secondhand Gypsies and the hilarious comedic mayhem of Johnny Kabob - all in one amazing show! Click here to visit the Roses of the Realm online.
Twig The Fairy's
Twig is a curious, lively woodland sprite who embodies childlike innocence and wonder. Her bashful mannerisms and graceful flitting movement create a whimsical space that she warmly invites everyone to share. Click here to visit Twig's website.
Twig is expecting! Baby Twig is due at the end of September! Twig will be quite busy with her new motherly duties and unable to visit Fairhaven this season. Be sure to visit Twig's Woodland Friends Juniper the Fairy and Veelie the Fairy.
Aventail Productions brings alive the spectacle and pageantry of the chivalric age. Knights in shining armor perform in a 3-part display of daring deeds of bravery and skill including a realistic recreation of a joust to the death. Click here to like the Jousters on Facebook!
A variety of birds-of-prey display the unique skills that enraptured nobles long ago and made falconry the sport of kings. Children and adults alike will be amazed by these beautiful creatures in flight.
Outrageously unpredictable and unstoppably hilarious, these three twins tell tales with the participation of the audience. Adults will enjoy the twists in familiar stories like Robin Hood. Click here to visit the Tortuga Twins' website. Click here to watch Tortuga Twins' Videos!
The charming Prince of Spain and his faithful man servant have traveled to Fairhaven as ambassadors from their native land. The great swordsman and master of the whip will amaze and amuse with tales of the duo’s many adventures. Click here to visit Don Juan & Miquel's website.
The London Broil “core audience” cheers as three comical comrades juggle a variety of implements of destruction, leaving you laughing all the way. Watch all three shows:Blades of Fury, The Story of Louie,and Jugglers on Fire featuring the "flaming fountain of fire!" For video and more, click here to visit the London Broil's website.
Mother Redempta and Sister Philomenia of the Sisterhood of the Wailing Souls have come to offer counsel to the visitors to the village. In their reverently irreverent way they will have you wailing with laughter. Click here to visit the Nunnie website.
Comedic fire juggling, fire breathing, and world class precarious stunts. Cale breaks down and rebuilds Newtonian Law in a fit of primed crackerjack fury. A truly unpredictable, all inclusive show suitable for all ages and everything in between!
A privateer and patriot home on leave, Captain Drake is here to raise glasses, melt lasses, and leave knees weak in his wake. When your cups are empty, and your morals more so, come find him, he'll be waiting. Follow your beloved Captain Francis Drake on Facebook or Instagram , or visit his website here!
Feel like Royalty when you are in the presence of the Hounds. The Fewterers will help you learn what life was like for a greyhound during the Renaissance! You too can learn how to adopt a Royal Hound of your own. Click here to visit the Royal Hounds of East Fairhaven website.
You will be entertained by Geoff Marsh's variety of amazing skills and daring tricks. He truly is a jack of all circus trades and master of fun! Click here to visit Geoff's website.
These champion Irish step amaze and delight! Don't miss them performing throughout the village and with Lissakeole at the Rialto Stage. Huzzah! Click here to visit The Redlich Sisters on Facebook.
Join the Lord Mayor John Bullfrog as he traverses amongst the people inside his fyne village to ensure fun is had by all! Try to stump The Mayor with knowledge of all things renaissance and be amazed by how wonderful he is and how you too can be like him! Attention children of all ages; The Mayor's Fairy Tea Time at the Royal Pavilion is fun and educational and teaches you how to catch a fairy! Click here to "like" the Lord Mayor on Facebook!
What fun would a leisurely stroll through the Village of Fairhaven be if not for the echoing calls of: "Insults?! Get your insults here!" Shamus The Insulter roams the village lanes offering services of both impressive insults and gracious compliments. Prank your friends and family with Shamus' fabulously pointed barbs that will leave you and your guests laughing long after he has disappeared! Click here to visit Shamus on Facebook!
Musc and stories based in Celtic traditional folk and folklore. From the hills of Caledonia and the emerald shores of Ireland, to the
majestic castles of Wales and the seas of Arcadia, the magic is weaved through melodies and spoken word. Sirena de Arcadia will sing you a story, or tell you a song. Grab a tambourine or shaker and join in the music – music is always more fun when we play together! www.facebook.com/FaewynSongsStories
The Pirate Shanty Man and Bonnie Lass are not just singing pirates! Come join this dashing duo for a high-energy pirate show! Comedy, music, fire eating, rope walking and more all make fore a knotty good time! ARRRGH!
Unhurried in his movement, the mysterious Green Man travels the village. Be careful, or you might miss the man/tree as he progresses with the quiet dignity befitting the spirit of the trees. Click here to learn more about our beloved Green Man!
With quick wit and humorous observations, the Irish Rogues perform a capella renditions of rich and hearty Irish folk songs and the music of Heather Dale that will have you cheerfully singing along. Click here to follow The Irish Rogues on Facebook!
With songs to sing and perform for all occasions, Lady Prudence looks forward to meeting all of our honored guests and will play a song to suit any mood! Find her in the Village lanes and click here to learn more!
Blending familiar favorites with original songs, the Hidden Harbour Minstrels offer folk music old & new! They love to hear you sing along, but they also want you to hear something you won't hear elsewhere. Click here to visit their website! Photo courtesy of Ron Tencati Photography.