The Renaissance Festival is Arizona's winter destination for quality entertainment. The village comes to life with over 2,000 costumed characters recreating a 16th century marketplace, including the Queen and her court. In addition, the fourteen Festival stages have ongoing performances by Festival favorites.
Ancient Art of Falconry
A variety of birds-of-prey, some endangered, display the unique skills that enraptured nobles long ago and made falconry the sport of kings.
Heroines in Disguise are a singing, sword-fighting, and comedic adventure show! These ladies are on a mission to both empower and entertain as each tale they tell contains a heartfelt message disguised in witty innuendo and geeky puns. Be sure to check the ratings warning as their missions range from family-friendly fun to wildly nerdy and dirty loose cannon comedy!
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!
Bathos the Muse
As a traditional minstrel, Bathos entertains his audience with stories and songs both thoughtful and amusing.
Cirque du Sewer
Cirque du Sewer- the acrobat with rats and cats! As seen on ABC's "The Gong Show", physical performer/ rope walker Melissa and her trained animals perform stunts together that will change your ideas of what rats and cats are capable of! New for 2018: one-year-old kittens Shrodinger and Sputink making their stage debut!!
We are CROFT
Our goal is to promote fellowship while researching the lifestyles and trades appropriate to the Celtic Peoples from 400 BC until 1746 AD. Although most members claim Scots, Irish or Welsh ancestry and do Celtic re-enactment, participation is open to anyone with an interest in period crafting, living history and entertainment, no matter what his/her ethnicity.
Daniel the Fox
This street nomad has a tendency to escape any trap! Are you lucky enough to find him and yell out a challenge? Engage this sword-fighting bandit in a battle of wits and (boffer!) weapons. The crowd decides the winner, so be prepared for anything. Have fun, catch you later...
Performing historical dances from royal courts of the Renaissance, the troupe recreates the dances of old. The dances performed range from round dances to include children, to intricate couples dances designed to woo. Watch if you like, or join in the fun! The Danseries can teach you courtly dances of the era. This troup can be found behind Middleshire Stage. Hope to see you this and every year!
Fairhaven Morris Dancers
Bells! Axe Handles! Razor-sharp handkerchiefs! See this locally-based English Folk Dance troupe. Morris Dancing is a proud English tradition and they love performing traditional dances with a 'Fairhaven' spin. Morris may be their specialty but keep a look out for their Hobby Horse, Danse Macabre and Abbot's Bromley Horn Dance, all during the Festival day!
Far From Home
Come and join the melodious husband and wife duo of Papa Dill and Pepper, as they play and sing for you music influenced and inspired by Renaissance, Celtic and geek culture. They will play and sing for you songs of mythical beasts and regal you with historical stories of love and loss. Joined by the rest of their “spicy” family members you are sure to walk away having learned something new.
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 knights and princesses of the realm. They may even share some dragon gold with those who also have magic in their hearts!
Ghazaal Beledi World Music & Dance
Ghazaal Beledi is a world fusion and tribal belly dance troupe with choreographies ranging from Middle Eastern belly dance, East Indian Bhangra, Bollywood and Rajasthani, and Spanish-influenced skirt and fan dances, to props such as sword and fire, Ghazaal Beledi is a high-energy fusion of passion, music and fun!
A showman who is devoted to expanding upon the wonderment of children and adulta, Gypsy Geoff: juggler, physical comedian, puppeteer, international champion street performer and variety entertainer is both mesmerizing and enchanting. Come witness and be part of the master of mayhem and manipulation. The flurry of fire that is Gypsy Geoff.
The Jamila Lotus Dance Carnivale performs fast-paced, original choreography and feats of balance and daring, featuring the live music of their dynamic Band of Eternal Souls! This limited-seating show appears four times daily at the rollicking Dancing Pig Pub at the entrance to the Joust Arena!
Jeremiah offers intimate power through story telling and the magic of fairyland placed directly in patrons hands through close up illusion.
The Jousters ignite all the spectacle and pageantry of the chivalric age. Armored knights compete in a three-part jousting tournament, a true test of skill, courage and horsemanship. Cheer your champions as they battle for the highest score in the original sport of Kings! Each joust is unique and an authentic quest for victory…until the end of final joust, where tempers flare and they perform a realistic recreation of a fight to the death!
Lady Prudence, the Court Composer, sings Songs for All Occasions! Prepare to join the band with percussion for a peppy tune, or relax to a dulcet lullaby with lilting harp and sweet soprano. Meet her under her tree near the Royal Pavilion for a bit of song and to earn her Favour! For more information, see Facebook.com/Lady.Prudence.Piper.
Lady Tess, The Countess Trueheart
As the Fashion Advisor to Nobility, Lady Tess gives presentations to all visiting Noble Persons. For ladies, she explains a lady’s toilette--the bathing, hair dressing, and application of make-up; and shall explain and demonstrate the garments and accessories worn by Noblewomen. For gentlemen, she explains proper tonsorial care; and shall explain and demonstrate the garments and accessories worn by all men of Noble birth.
The Living Fountain
This elegant and sophisticated show combines artistry and illusion as a beautiful statue transforms herself with magical grace into a Living Fountain. As music plays, delicate jets of water appear from her fingertips as a shimmering halo cascades from the crown of her head in this beautifully choreographed performance. Visually stunning!
The London Broil Show
The London Broil “Core Audience” cheers as three comical comrades juggle with knives, clubs, and fire! AJ, Louie and Matt have performed thousands of shows together and have the perfect recipe for a hilarious, charming and innovative mix of free-flow comedy and spectacular team juggling. The London Broil Show: Comedy and Juggling, Well Done.
Mistress Bawd is an Interactive One-Woman "Musical Comedy" experience you are sure to want to experience. Whether you see her family approved, "Muse Show" or her, not for the kiddies, Loose Cannon, (LC) "Musical Comedy Show". You are sure to enjoy singing along, because you will surly return over and over again, to join in the festive fun of song.
Songs of the Nightingale : Here with stories from this universe and beyond the Nightingale and Baba Manouche ask that you lend your heart as they take you upon uncharted journeys through the magic of Music. With this whimsical songstress at your side you may find something within yourself you never expected!
Raven is a visual splash that draws audiences into a realm of eggstrordinary feats of magic, balance, and lunacy.
Statue Comedius de Marbleous
There are many Living Statues, but there is only one Lively Statue and his name is Comedius de Marbleous. Keep an eye out for this Living Marble Marvel. He has an aversion to pigeons, but he's not camera shy at all. He's all about photo ops with young, old, and those as ancient as he (he was sculpted in 1457).
Three Guys & a Bunch of Drums
The magic is in the title, these three men will dazzle you with their percussion skills and energetic attitudes. Always fun for the whole family!
Washing Well Wenches
Love, Laugh, Launder... Repeat. Doing the laundry has never been so much fun! Come for some good clean fun with two wet, dirty women! Gerty and Sprout will be putting men to work for a full half hour, giving the ladies of the Village a well-deserved break. Bring your beer and someone special... or just bring your beer. And remember, what happens at the washpit, stays at the washpit."
The Wyld Men
The Wyld Men present a hilarious, fun-for-all ages feast for the imagination that stands alone in the comedic landscape. Come see this rollicking ‘Live Cartoon’ with its riveting rhythmic soundtrack, wacky sounds, captivating slow-motion fights and astounding and magical muddy special effects!