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Our 2018 A.D. Show Line-Up

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New Riders of the Golden Age - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Tournament Field

New Riders has been jousting since 1982. The use of Belgian, Percheron, Shire, and Clydesdale horses and full suits of period-designed tilting armor differentiates the New Riders of the Golden Age from groups and organizations presenting staged theatrical medieval jousts. The use of period equipment allows the New Riders to engage in an authentic full contact joust, and the great horses add an unmatchable sense of power and presence to the joust.  Family Friendly!

Human Combat Chess - Unique to this year's scenario: Norse Vikings!

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Chess Field

An action packed performance using live actors as chess pieces retelling of the Battle of Edinton.  Under the rule of Guthrum, the Norse Vikings are intent on bringing a brutal and final blow to the Kingdom of Wessex.  King Alfred, with the last of his West Saxon forces, will not give in without a fight.  Only one side will prevail, choose your side wisely!  PG-13

Ronin Taiko - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: TBD

A high energy theatrical performance group combining dramatic movement, sound, music, martial arts and fire in their stage presentations. Experience the powerful sound of Taiko drums as they roar thunderously in this exciting performance you don’t want to miss!   Family Friendly!

Wheel of Death - RETURNS!

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Wheel of Death Field

Death defying, daring and dangerous. Ichabod Wainwright will run, jump, flip and more atop the worlds only wooden wheel of death! A three story tall rotating contraption built to defy gravity and equilibrium. Come see Ichabod attempt the impossible! Family Friendly!

Washing Well Wenches

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Market Stage

Who would think women washing clothes could be hilarious? These outrageous wenches will wash away your blues while they wring laughs from the entire audience. If you are in the front row, watch out! Rated PG-13

Cu Dubh

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Castle Stage

Cu Dubh (Koo-Doo) is a lively bagpipe and tribal drum band that mixes eastern instrumentation and dance rhythms. Playing invigorating compositions on thundering Turkish war drums and Highland Bagpipes, they have carved a unique sound that will have young and old alike dancing in the aisles. Family Friendly!

Renaissance Man/ Witch Trial & Bear Baiting

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Castle Stage

The Renaissance Man
Stand Up Tragedy! England's foremost Actor of Tragedies (Ned Alleyn) brings a feast of interactive comedy!  Leeching & Chamber Pots, Royal Foibles, Shakespeare, Greek Myths...oh, and juggling!  Family Friendly.

Witch Trial & Bear Baiting
A double-bill of traditional English entertainment: the original Bear-Witch Project.  The atrocious made amusing, the horrible, humorous, and the terrible made to tickle your ribs!  Rated PG-13.

St. Nikolaus Celebration

When: Nov 17 - 18
Where: Children's Realm Stage

The festivities conclude as thoughts turn to Christmas on our Final Weekend! Visit Father Christmas in our Kid's Realm! Our young guests may just receive a free gift from St. Nick!

Jimmy & Michele Moreland

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Mordred's Heart Tavern

This talented musical duo comes to our village to amaze one and all with their high energy Celtic music! They put their own special spin on their music just to put a song in your heart. Family Friendly!

Children's Realm

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Children's Realm Stage

Come enjoy the free activities and performances planned for the children of the realm. Children can do all kinds of activities continuously throughout the day. Plus, there will be an assortment of performances put on by the cast of the Sarasota Medieval Fair. They are sure to entertain & maybe even educate our young Guests on the history of the past. Family Friendly!

The Return of the Dark Monk

When: Nov 10 - 11
Where: TBD

He was called many names...the shamen, priest, ninja pirate, dark monk, etc. Most people call him salamander and eventually the name stuck. Now this mysterious traveler wonders the lands alone trying to find his true destiny in life.  Family Friendly!

Knightwings Birds of Prey - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Castle Stage

Edu-tainment at its best! Birds from all over the globe, some you have never seen before.  This traveling presentation has been astounding crowds for over 15 years. Audience interactive, birds up close and personal.  Family Friendly!

Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance

When: Nov 3 - 4
Where: Castle Stage

Special Engagement for one day only: Nov. 3th. The Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy will dance their way into your hearts for your enjoyment! Family Friendly!

The Jackdaws - NEW

When: Nov 3 - 4
Where: TBD

The Jackdaws deliver original, contemporary, and traditional Irish Rock to audiences across the land. This trailblazing trio will excite and have you coming back for more with their driving melodies and relentlessly aggressive lyrics. More Irish than a drunken roar, and a damned sight messier, meet The Jackdaws. Family Friendly.

Geoffery Piper

When: Nov 3 - 4, Nov 10 - 11
Where: Woodchuck Inn

A talented long time musician at renaissance festivals across the nation!  Enjoy the songs, the stories, and the music of this talented minstrel!  Family Friendly!

Irish Dance Academy of Sarasota

When: Nov 3 - 4
Where: Castle Stage

Special Engagement for one day only: Nov. 4th.  Irish Dance Academy of Sarasota was established in 2009 by Gillian McCormack-Aeppli TCRG, who has a passion sharing her Irish heritage and passing along the gift of dance. Her students have had many noteworthy accomplishments, including Regional, National, and World recognition.   Family Friendly!

Giacomo the Jester

When: Nov 17 - 18
Where: Old Mill Stage (New)

Magic, ropewalking and extremely obnoxious behavior. Carl Asch. Family Friendly!

Looney Lucy

When: Nov 17 - 18
Where: Lane Performances

Like Venus...But with arms! You'll find her on the streets...where she belongs! Family Friendly!

Demetrius & Darin

When: Nov 17 - 18
Where: Old Mill Stage (New)

High Energy Celtic tunes & pub songs, featuring fiddle, guitar, and vocals, that will keep your toes a'tappin'!  Family Friendly!

The Harmless Danger Juggling Show - NEW

When: Nov 10 - 11
Where: TBD

Harmless the Danger Juggler performs a madcap comedy show that is equal parts outrageous silliness and dangerous stunts. Featuring audience participation and plenty of surprises, it's a funny juggling show with serious consequences!  Family Friendly!

Empty Hats

When: Nov 17 - 18
Where: Castle Stage

Unplugged...but Wired. This band of talented musicians comes to our village to amaze audiences with their high energy Celtic music, both traditional and original. Family Friendly!

Blue Skye Pipes and Drums

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Market Stage

Local performance band Blue Skye Pipes and Drums is fast becoming a favorite in the southwest Florida community, and area known for its impressive Scottish heritage. The band, named for the magical Isle of Skye, is comprised of a group of extremely talented female members who play an assortment of traditional and modern music with a decidedly highland flair! Performing on bagpipe, drum, whistle, violin and harp, these musicians are all former or active competitors and recognized award winners throughout the southwest Florida highland music community.  Family Friendly!

HUN Archers

When: Nov 10 - 11
Where: Archery Field (Near Chess Match)

The HUN Archers are a Sarasota based Archery team made up of Hungarians with the love of their Culture and Heritage. Demonstrating archery techniques and art forms of the Ancient HUNs. The team has also incorporated younger members onto the team to adhere to their motto: "Keeping the Tradition Alive" for generations to come. Hajra Hun Archers!  Family Friendly!

Jesse Linder

When: Nov 3 - 4
Where: TBD

Whether singing a shanty, a song of battle, a love song, or a traveler’s wistful song of home, Jesse Linder can be a true shantyman specializing in the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and England, with his powerful voice and his repertoire of story songs!  Family Friendly!

Dragon’s Head Productions - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Near Chessfield

Visit the Viking Caravan's encampment.  These Northmen (and women) have traveled the known world and offer a unique view into the daily lives of Norse textile traders.  Come learn from the warriors about Viking combat and the wool workers about cloth production.  See the games and pastimes of the Vikings. Family Friendly!

Syng Reys - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: TBD

Two singing pirates, truly sweet harmonies, a ton of wild instrumentals...... And you have the Syng Reys!  Come get your Syng on!  Family Friendly!

Donald the Growler of Good Intentions - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: TBD

Raise up your mugs and sing along. Pub songs served up in a fun, light hearted style. Family friendly.

Landsknechts - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Near Chessfield

The Landsknechts are a reenactement / entertainment troupe that studies the costumes, fighting practices, and personas of much of historic Western Europe.  Joining us from Saxony this year, the Landsknechts will be teaching historic combat techniques, and will be wandering about the festival telling stories of their exploits and conquests!  Family Friendly!

Wyrd Brothers Productions - NEW

When: All Three Weekends!
Where: Near Chessfield

Experience the Viking Age with the Wyrdwood Vikings! Combat demonstrations, games, textiles, crafting and education!  Family Friendly!


PLUS MANY MORE!
Plus special appearances each weekend, artisan and crafter demonstrations, interactive lane performances, daily festival parades, contests, AND MUCH MORE!

An important note: The shows listed above do not include every performance that you will encounter at the festival. For a complete daily listing of performances, please refer to the festival program distributed at the front entrance upon your arrival to the festival. Shows, schedules, and stage locations are subject to change without prior notice. Huzzah!