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Renaissance Faire Fun, Frolic & Fashion

These faires and festivals are the closest eventsfaery fest we have to traditional 1st harvest celebrations. Along with plenty of food and drink (you must try the mead!) there are jousting matches, wandering troubadors, storytellers, jugglers, bellydancers, musicians, puppet shows, traditional craft demonstrations & lots of friendly folks dressed in Renaissance or Medieval stylefaery fest speaking in Olde English & Irish dialects and generally having a great timefaery fest re-enacting lifefaery fest in the days of brave knights, fair maids faery fest , cheeky knaves & bawdy wenches.

My husband John and I took these pictures at the NY Renaissance Faire faery fest in Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, NY. These pictures represent only a small portion of the all we did and saw; to appreciate a Faire faery fest you have to experience it for yourself. Once inside the gates you'll feel like you've entered an exotic alternate universe. The hardest thing about going to a Renaissance Fairefaery fest is leaving! And it's even more funfaery fest if you make an effort to dress faery fest up a little (or a lot!) so I've also included linksfaery fest to online stores selling some beautiful fantasy costumes, jewelry and props.

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That's me hiding behind an ostrich feather fan at one of the many vendor booths. Some of the merchandise for sale at Renaissance Faires faery fest can be pricey, but so much of it is unique & beautiful, it's hard to resist. If you're a shopaholic like me, just bring what you can afford to spend in cash and leave the charge cardsfaery fest at home :-)

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We heard music everywhere we went. There were groups like this one, performing on the balcony of a pub. (Inside you could buy ale and mead, which is a kind of wine made from honey.) There were also lone troubadors wandering the Faire faery fest grounds looking for pretty ladies to serenade.

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And of course every fairfaery fest has at least one bellydancer accompanied by middle eastern drums, gypsy guitars & flutes. Most of the performers at Renn Faires faery fest are very talented, and some are professional dancers, singers & musicians.

This living chess game featured royals, nobles, clergy and peasants as the "pieces" When a piece moved into a square where there is already a piece, the two pieces fought for the square. Fights ranged from verbal battles to the clashing of swords and the audience, divided into teams, cheered and hooted for "their" side and trash talked the opposition. All in Renaissance style faery fest of course :-)

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John gets fitted for some Pan horns. As you probably know, Pan is a noisy, merry, lusty god, part human and part goat. Most comfortable in wild places, he is also a wonderful musician, accompanying woodland nymphs on reed pipes while they danced.

No, this isn't one of those dancing woodland nymphs, just me on my way to a Hallowe'en party. But since lots of people dressfaery fest in fantasy costumes at Renaissance style faery fest , I might just wear this outfit next time. Lord of the Rings inspired costumes are especially popular, especially Elvish designs. And I also saw quite a few Renaissance romantigoths faery fest wearing long black dresses faery fest with shredded hems so a Stevie Nicks-ish Rhiannon outfit would be a fun faery fest costume too.

Costuming Resources

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These Faires usually feature excellent bellydancers.
If you've been inspired to learn or are in search of inspiring Middle Eastern music, check out my Learn To Bellydance page.

Renaissance & Medieval inspired Music

Blackmore's Night Blackmore's Night Renaissance music Renaissance Faire music

The Renaissance inspired music of Blackmore's Night ranges from infectious gypsy dance songs to dreamily romantic mistrel tunes. Some of my favorites are Shadow of the Moon, Under a Violet Moon, Fires at Midnight and their latest CD Ghost of a Rose.

Renaissance & Medieval Dances

Medieval and Renaissance Dances
for Recorders, Dancers, and Hand Drums
by Isabel McNeill Carley

Renaissance Dances
For Dancers Young and Old with CD
by Isabel McNeill Carley

Courtly Dance of the Renaissance
A New Translation and Edition of the Nobilta Di Dame (1600)
by Fabritio Caroso

Books about Costuming & Life during Elizabethan & Medieval Times

Medieval Celebrations
How to Plan for Holidays, Weddings, and Reenactments
With Recipes, Customs, Costumes, Decorations, Songs, Dances, and Games
by Daniel Diehl & Mark Donnelly

Medieval Tailor's Assistant
Making Common Garments 1200-1500
by Sarah Thursfield

Medieval Costume in England and France
The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries
by Mary G. Houston

Elizabethan Costuming
for The Years 1550 - 1580
by Janet Winter

Patterns of Fashion
The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620
by Janet Arnold

Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance
All 154 Plates from the "Trachtenbuch"
by Christoph Weiditz

Historic Costume (CD-ROM and Book)
From Ancient Times to the Renaissance
by Tom Tierney

Life in a Medieval Castle
by Joseph Gies

Daily Life in Elizabethan England
by Jeffrey L. Singman

Dressing Renaissance Florence
Families, Fortunes, and Fine Clothing
by Carole Collier Frick

Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony
by Madeleine Pelner

The Medieval Wedding Guide
by Vanessa Hand

Shoes and Pattens
Finds from Medieval Excavations in London
by Francis Grew & Margrethe de Neergaard; illustrated by Susan Mitford

by Brian R. Price

Renaissance Swordsmanship
The Illustrated Book Of Rapiers And Cut And Thrust Swords And Their Use
by John Clements

Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age
by Theodore K. Rabb

Uppity Women of the Renaissance
by Vicki Leon

Uppity Women of Medieval Times
by Vicki Leon