The Carolina Renaissance Festival is
Your Source for Premier Live Entertainment!
Over 500 Costumed Characters!
14 Stages of Music, Comedy, and Circus Entertainments!
Knights on Horseback Jousting Thrice Daily!
Faire Games & Peasant Powered Rides!
Vegetable Justice Tomato Tossing!
Over 100 vendors in the Village Aristsan Marketplace!
(Schedule & Map Updated by September of Each Year)
New! Living Mermaids!
Fairies of the Sea!
Fantasy and history collide once again! Journey to the grotto and experience the all new Living Mermaid exhibit where Fairies of the Sea enchant, delight and swim about inside a 30,000 lb. aquarium. Click here to visit the Circus Siren website!
New! Fireflicker The Dragon!
Fireflicker is a curious young dragon who wanders the streets of the festival looking for shiny things to hoard, and is always excited to meet all the young knights and Princesses of the realm. She may even share some dragon gold with those who also have magic in their hearts! Visit www.fireflickerthedragon.com to learn more!
The CRAIC Show!
This Celtic steampunk barbarian blended band of minstrels features roguish vocals, rhythmic mandolin, harmonizing violin, intense percussion and blaring bagpipes. The CRAIC Show is a fresh, high energy, heavy medieval good time!
Visit www.thecraicshow.com for videos, photos, music and more!
The Reelin' Rogues!
The Reelin’ Rogues is a high-energy Celtic music group consisting of Zach Dean with soaring lead vocals and acoustic guitar and Giuliana Marie on her driving bodhrán and vocals. The Reelin’ Rogues bring a fresh take to traditional Celtic music 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!
Twig The Fairy & Juniper the Fairy!
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. Also visiting is Twig's sister, Juniper the Bubble Fairy!
The peasants are revolting! Join SERFs, Inc. for songs of protest, revolution, and general disgruntlement. The Great Peasant Revolution has begun! Frontwoman Lilly Bragg is here to ensure the rabble is properly roused. It's top secret, though--DON'T tell the royalty!
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.
They're wet! They're wacky! And they want your laundry! The Washing Well Wenches bring us "good, clean fun and wet, dirty women"! The Washing Well Wenches are the funniest pair of “ladies” you’ll ever meet! Part vaudeville, part sketch comedy, full-on entertaining, the Washing Well Wenches make interactive theater fun for everyone! Click here to learn more!
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.
They're back, diving through fire, hurling machetes, and testing the limits of natural selection! Don't miss seeing your favorite acrobats endanger their lives in this hilarious, award winning show. The day starts with their "Sharp Knives and Stupid Humans Extravaganza" and ends with the incredible "Fire Finale." Come laugh, cheer, and become a part of the action! Click here to visit Barely Balanced online!
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
Rick and Jan present Snorkel - the Vaudeville Dancing Pig! One show only at the Merriment Stage at 11:00 AM! Don't miss this wildly amusing porky as he dances his way into your heart!
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!
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.
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!
With fiddle in hand and grog by his side, he'll woo you until the sheep come home! Look for Bobo at the bottom of the Woods Walk.
Part living statue, part magician, all mystery featuring pure sleight of hand that will amaze, impress, and delight! Look for Gi Shiata in the lanes of Fairhaven.
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.
Imagineering and building new contraptions for improving life for the common villager and noble alike, Gunther can be found roaming the village showcasing his many inventions!
As a traditional minstrel, Bathos entertains his audience with stories and songs both thoughtful and amusing.
The Jamila Lotus Dance Carnivale, featuring the amazing one-woman band and the champion Irish step dance duo, the Redlich Sisters! Don't miss this wonderful display of music and talent! Performing by the King's Kitchen on the hour at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Huzzah!
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!
Join the Lord Mayor’s Household as they demonstrate daily life in the home of our beloved Lord Mayor during the late Elizabethan era (1580-1620). See what is being cooked in the kitchen. Visit the armory. Help process wool into usable clothing. Different demonstrations each weekend. Bring your knitting or sewing and sit a spell!
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!
Watch carefully as Statue Comedius de Marbleous comes to life to delight and amuse.
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!
Vagabonds & Sailors bring folk music to life with intoxicating a capella vocals, a sense of whimsy, a dash of mischief, and an abundance of heart.
Keplar the Wanderer is a high energy one bard band featuring multiple instruments playing at one time.
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.
Sarah performs traditional dance tunes on the harp. Sarah can be found in the streets of Fairhaven each year. Click to hear for yourself at Sarah Mullen's website!
Beautiful gentle harp music that will enthrall and delight for everyone to experience and enjoy.
Raven is a visual splash that draws audiences into a realm of eggstrordinary feats of magic, balance, and lunacy.
Jeremiah offers intimate power through story telling and the magic of fairyland placed directly in patrons hands through close up illusion.