If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I like to attend renaissance and medieval faires. In the past, I would attend these events for entertainment, but recently, it was more to make contacts and gain information to use to write my medieval fantasy novel series.
When I go to these faires and then write about them, it is in the past tense. If you are in the New York, Vermont, Massachusetts area, it is too late to attend, because they have already occurred. I thought I would tell you about upcoming faires I am planning on visiting, in case you want to visit them. If I had attended them in the past and did a review, I am including a link to those previous posts so you can read a description about them.
Our first faire is the New York Capital District Renaissance Festival which will be held on June 11 and 12th at the Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, NY. I attended this event for the first-time last year. In fact, this was the first event I wrote about in my blog last year. I met some wonderful vendors there, Teardrop Creations and Halderberg Meadworks. This was also the faire where I was introduced to the SCA-(Society for Creative Anachronism, The Eastern Kingdom).
Mutton and Meade Festival (June 18 &19) held in Montague, Mass. It hosts a food drive for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and also raises money for the Montague CommonHall. This faire ended up being quite entertaining last year (review). I would say if you do go, check out every inch of the faire, but particularly Cirque Du Sever, it is the best; if not only, acrobatic rat performers in the world. I was also quite impressed with the The Brotherhood ofArrows and Swords, their knowledge and skill handling medieval weapons is unsurpassed.
Krebashia Kingdom Medieval Fantasy Faire (July 9 & 10) Malone, NY. Being small and relatively new, does not mean it is not worthwhile in going. I met some great people, read about them here. One of the most enjoyable fighting performances I have seen was done by Steadfast Steel. I also saw my friend from Teardrop Creations there. There was a very entertaining joust done by the Paragon Jousting LLC. One of the best performances I saw there was done by the Ravenbane's FireCraft.
The Time Line of World History Weekend located at Schuler Flatts Park in MENANDS, NY (I do not have upcoming dates, but usually held on a weekend in August) Not truly a medieval faire, but includes collectors and reenactors of several historical periods. This event can be very entertaining and educational.
New York State Renaissance Festival (weekends: August 6 to Oct 2) Tuxedo Park, NY. I must include visiting Skáldvik Viking Village , Catskill Mountain Moccasins and the Bullseye NYRF Read about my experiences there last year.
One faire that I have attended in the past, but not last year was the Sterling Renaissance Festival (weekends, July 2-August 14), Sterling, NY. This was the first medieval fair I had ever attended, and unlike in 2015, I try to go back there every year. This year, I hope I get to attend this fair; and afterwards I will describe it here on my blog.
So these are the medieval renaissance festivals I will be attending over the upcoming summer. I hope you will return and read about each and every one, or if possible be able to visit them. In a future post, I will describe the country/regional fairs I plan on attending this year.