Cirque du Sewer (July 8 – 30)
Duende (July 8 – 30)
Jamila Lotus (July 15 & 16)
Washing Well Wenches (all season)
Adam Crack: Fire Whip (all season)
Holder of SEVEN Guinness Book World Records, Adam Crack’s skills are unrivaled anywhere. Adam performs sophisticated, high-energy routines, featuring his own dry humor in spoken material, anecdotes, historical or educational stories. And yes, there is always room for audience participation, so come prepared! Visit Adam’s Website
At Your Service (all season)
Bristol’s very own home grown Commedia dell’Arte troupe is back! These comedic actors perform traditional slapstick comedy in character masks as the stock archetypes that resonate to this day. They sing, they dance, they throw tantrums, they scheme… Join the Bugia family (imported all the way from Pesto, Italy) for their stage shows throughout the season, and you just might catch a different show every time!
Barely Balanced (all season)
Bristol’s favorite masters of acrobatic comedy have come home to roost, climb, balance and amaze! Performing acrobatic feats that you will see nowhere else, as well as their end of day fire show, Barely Balanced must not be missed! Visit Barely Balanced’s Website
Belly Dance With The Great Antone (all season)
Performing with authentic instruments that date from before the Renaissance, the exotic sounds and hypnotic dance will sweep you away to distant lands where poets found solace and inspiration in moonlit rose gardens. Don’t be surprised, you may be inspired to join in with the dance.Dance dress sponsored by Lunss custom made.
Billy Miller & Misti Bernard (all season)
Joined by Rex Blazer (August 5 – 13)
With boundless joy and a sweeping timelessness that will haunt your memory, this is music in its truest form. The joy and magic of instrument and voice as they intertwine.
Bounding Main (Jul 15 & 16, Aug 5 & 6 )
Bounding Main is a costumed vocal group that sings richly harmonic versions of traditional maritime songs. Their shows are filled with spirit, humor and harmony; their arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of pirates, adventure and romance. Visit Bounding Main’s Website
Breakfast With Brass (all season)
Start the morning off with an infusion of music that will carry you throughout the day. Bristol’s Royal Brass is a team of master musicians who play their way through a morning set that both provokes and invigorates. Awaken the dawn and have cup of Breakfast with the Brass.
Bristol’s “Completely Legitimate” Market (all season)
Shop some of the finest “licit” wares ever to have “fallen off the back of the ship” or be “misplaced” by certain members of high society. It’s a festival day and all manner of strange folks and stranger goods have found their way into the city. Who better to take advantage than the buffoons of our street market?
Bristol Rovers (all season)
Bringing you song, dance and music from their many travels abroad the Rovers have stopped in Bristol for the festival day! Watch for their colorful twirling skirts so you don’t miss then as they sweep through the streets. Keep an open ear as well, for if you’re lucky you might hear them divulge some of their old Rover wisdom. Let them hypnotize you with their unique style of dance and song matched to traditional eastern folk music. photo: Wayne Hile
Broon (Aug 26 – Sept 4)
Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches. With his variety skills and stand-up comedy style Broon presents a show filled end to end with sly humor and impressive stunts and Broon’s extensive improvisational experience guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike.
By the Sword (all season)
Come, heroes and villains alike, and prepare yourselves for lighting fast steel and razor sharp wit! Since its beginning, By the Sword has maintained a tradition of including on its cast a troupe of stage combatants who provide guests the thrill and excitement of live swordplay, both on the streets and stage.
Chalk Artist (all season)
Bristol’s own Magdalena daVinci returns for her third year! Join the incredibly talented and self taught chalk artist as she creates massive works of art!
NEW Cirque du Sewer (July 8 – 30)
The world’s only acrobat, rat, and confused cat show! Welcome Cirque du Sewer this July for the most unique comedy acrobatics that must be seen to be believed! Watch her video: http://www.cirquedusewershow.com/video/
Clan Tynker (August 12 – September 4)
An enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. An impressive variety of juggling skills, stage magic, comedy, Central Asian/Middle Eastern dance, sword swallowing, fire-eating and tight-wire walking with an accompanying musical soundscape played on an eclectic variety of instruments including concertina, accordion, harmonium, dumbek, Balkan tupon, as well as various horns, bells and whistles. Fun for the whole family! Visit Clan Tynker’s Website
Country Dancing (all season)
Can you hear the beat of the drums? The sweet melody of the violin? Perhaps the soaring notes of a flute? It must be time for country dancing with the Dirty Duck Inn! Join us as we set aside our daily chores to celebrate the Queen’s arrival in Bristol by dancing with our family, friends, neighbors, and even travelers from distant lands. You can come to watch, or even better, grab a partner and join the dance!
Court of Common Pleas (all season)
Laugh your way to the stocks as Bristol’s Guilde Masters hear the many zany crimes committed on this festival day and hand out their special brand of justice. No crime, however small or obscure, will be ignored while the Queen is in the city. photo: Byron Paris Landerman
Courtly Fashion (all season)
Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 4pm in the Nobles’ Glade. Have you ever wondered how many layers the nobles are really wearing? Why do certain nobles wear certain items? How long does it take to put all of that stuff on? All of these questions and more will be answered during this time period, and if you are lucky, Her Majesty the Queen may stop in to display what the current style is while on progress. photo: TG Davison
Cutlass Cooking (all season)
Place pirates, a chest, and cooking utensils on a stage. Mix well and let form into outrageous comedy! The Hawser family set out to make dinner in the strangest cooking show ever to sail the seven seas. Fun for the whole family! Visit the Cutlass Cooking website.
Dan the Bard (July 8 & 9, July 22 – Aug 13)
Teller of tales, singer of songs, master of musical humor Dan walks the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds. Listen to the tale of the “Drunken Gnome Illusionist.” Learn why a mouse, a bird, and a sausage are doomed to death! Be sure to look for Dan near the RenQuest™ encampment and ask about this one time…at Bard camp…. Visit Dan the Bard’s Website
Danse Macabre (all season weather permitting)
The Danse Macabre at Bristol is a faithful reenactment of this tradition. As the characters in the allegory of the Danse come from all walks of life, the performers of the Danse are drawn from across all of Bristol’s participants. Weather permitting, the mysterious and elusive Danse Macabre will arise near the end of the faire day for a performance that must be seen to be believed.
Ded Bob Sho (Rated PG-13) (July 8 – 30)
“Hey Audience!” Announcing the return of the Ded Bob Sho! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest! Visit Ded Bob’s Website
Dirk & Guido: The Swordsmen (all season)
Blades flash in the sunlight and the cry of “What ho!” echoes through the air. Dirk & Guido: The Swordsmen, return to Bristol for their twenty-second season of flashing steel, daring do and the wooing of women. Bold and Stupid Men at your Service! Visit The Swordsmen’s Website
The Mighty Drum Jam with The Great Antone (all season)
This is the roaring crescendo of a day at Bristol, where the thunder of drums fuses with the crashing waves of dance to form the sound and fury that is the Bristol Drum Jam.
NEW Duende (July 8 – 30)
Duende is a high-energy dance band that marries melodies from the Balkan Regions with Latin flavors & American vivacity. This accordion-heavy band led by Amanda Kitchens will take you on a journey of passion through the music of other cultures. Whether you are looking to free-style or dance a traditional lesnoto, Duende is the band for you!
Dylan Robertson (all season)
Dylan Robertson (Chicago Based Arne Parrott) began writing music when he realized he just wasn’t cool enough for sports and had nothing to write home about in the “personal appearance” department. Now, he offers sarcastic, satirical, and only slightly blasphemous original music that (up until this point in his lengthy musical career) he has had little to no success with. He spends most of his days with his hands on his hips gazing off into the distance, wondering if he’s ever made any good choices. Visit Dylan Robertson’s Facebook Page
Eddie Jeff Cahill (July 15 – 30)
Songs, stories and tall tales tumble from his lips like barrels over a waterfall, shattering rings & staves on the water. A True Wandering Minstrel!
Fantastikals (all season)
The Fantastikals bring magic, wonder, and surprise to the town of Bristol! The Queen’s visit loosens the boundary of the enchanted realms, and fairies, elves, elementals, and spirit archetypes materialize, their supernatural energy swirling through the town, and manifesting a magical forest right at the heart of everyday Bristol. Humans both young and grown who are gifted with “second sight” (maybe just for this one special day) may find themselves seeing and even communicating with these wordless beings– be ready for goosebumps! photo: Kevin McIntosh
Free Advice (all season)
Our locals love to tell people how to live their lives. This is your chance to ask any questions. Remember, you get what you pay for.
How Not to Die! (all season)
Whether its succumbing to disease or getting three feet of steel thrust at you, health and wellness in the 16th Century can be hard work! Join your Bristol Trayn’d Bande in an entertaining look at health, swordplay, and learn the most valuable lesson of How Not to Die!
How Weapons Work (all season)
The Bristol Trayn’d Bande takes you on a journey through history showcasing how weapons and armor work. On hand is our trusty Barber Surgeon to fix all of the damage we cause. Caution! Exploding produce is a daily occurrence!
Gabriel Q (all season)
Gabriel Q is a puppeteer, costume and puppet builder and a variety performer. He has performed for 25 years at major Renaissance Festivals across the country. He has also performed at the Kim Tom Clown festival in Shaghai, China in 2008. For the past 10 years Gabriel has built and performed large puppets for the krewes of Orpheus and Muses for the Marti Gras parades in New Orleans.
Iris & Rose – (Rated R)(all season)
Iris & Rose – Wild & Thorny! is a naughty, bawdy, comedy experience. Taking top honors for several years running in the Best Bawdy Act category of the Renaissance Festival Podcast Awards, these two singing sisters share suggestive songs, tickling toasts, lusty limericks, and jaw-dropping jokes. Iris & Rose encourage mature audiences to laugh and make merry with them as they make light of life’s more serious subjects. Hoist a pint and lift up your cares!
Iron Hill Vagabonds (all season)
Iron Hill Vagabonds is an acoustic music duo performing a mix of traditional and original instrumental pieces and songs. This material includes Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional American, English and Irish songs from many eras, Renaissance Faire, Celtic, Folk, and Bluegrass standards, as well as original songs and instrumental compositions in many styles.
Ivanovich! (all season)
You’ll hear the crowd chanting even before you can see what’s happening. When you move through the crowd you see it. But you won’t believe it. Ivanovich the Impossibilist, master of prestidigitation, brings his own flavor of magic, mystery, and illusion to Bristol. Visit Ivanovich’s Website
NEW Jamila Lotus Dance Carnivale (July 15 & 16)
The Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale performs fast-paced original choreography, traditional Middle Eastern bellydance, and feats of balance and daring, featuring a dynamic live band!
Jeremiah Wiggins, Politician for the Faeries & the Raven (all season)
For over two decades Joshua Safford has been mesmerizing and tickling the imagination of Renaissance and Faerie festival patrons in the streets across the country under the guises of the Raven and Jeremiah Wiggins, politician for the faeries. Visit his website
Jock Stewart (July 8 – 30, Aug 12 – 20)
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. Jock Stewart’s warm, comforting voice and tender guitar playing will take you away to a time when the troubadour’s music was truly art, and the art was truly magical. Whether performing solo or as a part of 3 Pints Gone, Jock Stewart continues to delight faire-goers season after season.
The Jousters (all season)
The Jousters have an entertainingly fresh take on a very old sport! These knights utilize full armor with a very original jousting style. Combine that with bold attitudes and true competitions; no outcome is “fixed” and no equipment is rigged to break. Experience the true sport of The Jousters.
Jynks the Jester (all season)
The original tallest man in Bristol, Jynks has become a staple of the city and something of a local dignitary. Jynks is most often spotted along Guilde Hall Row and the Queen’s Kitchens.
Kids’ Kingdom (all season)
This is the pocket of Bristol designed for children. Come and explore our pirate ships, adventure among our hobbit houses, and meet our playful group of fairy tale characters. We have stage shows, hunts, pretend picnics, stories and games. Fun for everyone!
Lady Ettie – Lady Ettie’s “Me Place” (all season)
Join Lady Ettie for her version of tea-time as she takes a well-deserved break from her self-appointed position as Bristol’s welcoming committee. Bring the whole family to what is truly a mad tea-party, filled with games, stories, and laughter. Visit Lady Ettie’s Website
Lauryn Murray – Aerial Silk Fantasy (July 8 – Aug 20)
Lauryn Murray graces the floor and nimbly climbs the precarious heights of silk, appearing as though gravity were merely a suggestion, not reality. Lauryn’s beauty, grace and skill will awe the young and old alike as she floats effortlessly 30 feet above Shakespeare’s Meadow near the RenQuest™ encampment.
Manticore Consort (all season)
Share a musical moment with the Manticore Consort as they travel the lanes of Bristol presenting a magical blend of music performed on an intriguing array of ancient musical instruments including the hurdy gurdy, gemshorn, recorders and more!
Menage a Moi: 7 Deadly Sins (Rated R)(all season)
“Dirty comedy, clean booze. Booze costs extra.” Menage a Moi – 7 Deadly Sins is the bawdy comedy experience your mother warned you about. Raise a pint, sing along, and enjoy the show!
MooNie the Magnif’Cent (all season)
Enchanting audiences for over 20 years without saying so much as a word, MooNie is the undisputed master of Bristol’s Globe stage. MooNie presents a show that combines classic clowning, slack rope work and enough comedy to leave you gasping for breath. Enter the mind of MooNie. Visit MooNie’s Website
Musical Blades (Aug 5 – 13)
Since the turn of the century, this fearless band of misfit rogues has been terrorizing and delighting the Midwest with a unique blend of hilarity and harmonies. The Musical Blades have spent the last 13 years bringing soaring vocals and vibrant performances to countless renaissance festivals and clubs in 11 states across the country’s midsection.
Nazario Chickpeazio (all season)
Nazario Chickpeazio, Chicken Troubadour Extraordinaire, will be visiting Bristol this season. While touring the busy lanes of Bristol, just keep a look out for his gypsy wagon and belly dance chickens, or listen for his lovely Oud and Lute music. He wishes to assure everyone that your chickens are safe, he is not a chicken thief, it is not his fault he is a chick magnet.
New Minstrel Revue (all season)
The New Minstrel Revue has traveled all across America sharing their unique mixture of original and traditional music to exited and appreciative audiences. With a focus on vocal harmonies and a high level of musicianship these seasoned performers are consistently finding new ways to make you laugh, make you cry, or make you want to get drunk and start a band. Visit the New Minstrel Revue’s Website
Ogham (all season)
Ogham (pronounced om) features multi-instrumentalists and vocalists T.J. Hull and Amanda Caretta-Hull. Based in Milwaukee, but performing all over the Midwest and beyond, they specialize in high-energy Irish dance music on fiddle and bodhran, and Renaissance period vocals backed by bouzouki. Their music will carry you away and fill your heart with joy. Ogham is where the heart is. photo: Carl Rollmann Visit Ogham’s Facebook Page
The Painted Lady (all season)
Angela Hunt is the Painted Lady, storytelling in the street to those who add to the paintings on her canvas dress. Stories for all ages, bring out your inner child and delight at stories to ignite the imagination and spark a smile!
Three different shows!
Children’s storytime offers tales to delight and ignite the imagination, from fairies to pirates and beyond!
Painted Lady Wild Stories! Can you catch the elusive Painted Lady?! This show is for all ages- enthusiastic volunteers join the Painted Lady on stage attempting to paint something from the witty stories she energetically tells!
Dark Fairie Tales for Mature audiences. Do you enjoy Grimm’s originals? Come appreciate stories in a darker vein!
Preshow with Odorferious Thunderbottom – Front Gate (all season)
Start your day at the fair, BEFORE the faire with the preshow provided by Bristol’s “Keeper of the Privies.” Audience participation is just the thing to set the right tone for a wonderful day at the faire, and Odorferious Thunderbottom (aka “OTB”)’s just the thing to get you started. Watch as contestants are put through their paces in a series of challenges that only the mind of a Thunderbottom could provide. Come down to the show before the show!
Privy Council (all season)
Saturdays at 4:30pm in the Nobles’ Glade. What does government look like when you are traveling across country with the queen? Is it all hunting and games, or is there actually government work getting accomplished? Privy Council will bring legal issues and concerns forward for decisions to be presented to the queen for her approval or denial. See how government works and who really has the power. photo: Denise Prohaska
Queen’s Show (all season)
Bristol’s Anniversary celebration is interrupted by an unfortunate business matter brought to the table by Don Guerau de Espes del Valle, Ambassador from the Court of Spain. As the Queen and Ambassador work through the issues at hand, we are reminded that the common thread is unity. How we get there is sometimes the challenge.
Rambling Sailors (July 8 – Aug 20)
Rambling Sailors is a new effort by performers Gregg and Susan Csikos. Both successful soloists in their own right, Gregg and Susan performed for over a decade individually. Now with a combined experience of 25 years on the circuit, a repertoire of hundreds of songs, and harmonies that please the ear and lift the spirit, Rambling Sailors is on a mission to bring traditional sea music, history and stories to the stage, delivered in the style that inspired generations of sailors to go to sea.
RenQuest: Secrets and Lies (all season)
You have found new messages upon the “Adventurers Wanted” board. A hasty scrawl reads: “Only two favors remain until we are free! Join the Band today!” An elegant hand pens: “We seek those who wish to give of themselves to aid those who are less fortunate. Call upon any Disciple for more information.” Will you join the intrepid Travelers of the Band of the Twisted Claw and help free them from crushing debt? Or will you join the crafty nobles of the Draco Disciples to clear their ‘good’ name? Keep your wits, strength, dexterity and charisma about you! Only you can lead your faction to victory! RenQuest is designed for players age 13+. Sign up for RenQuest at the red vardo from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., across from the Friends of Faire Garden. RenQuest costs $10 per day to play. Each episode lasts 2-3 hours, can be played at your own pace, and must be completed by 4:45 p.m. to receive your prize.
Rex Blazer (August 5 – 13)
Rex Blazer has been energizing audiences nationwide for over 25 years. With a massive repertoire of traditional fiddle tunes, Rex is well known for his deep knowledge of traditional genres while blending them into his own uniquely improvisational style., He may be seen variously as a street performer, in bands as stage acts, and for dance troupes.
Sage and Basil, the trolls (all season)
Everyone deserves love on a festival day, even the trolls who live under Bristol’s bridges. England’s only complete pair of living bridge trolls can be spotted all about the city.
Sewing Circle (all season)
Sundays 4:00 to 4:30 in the Nobles’ Glade. Have you ever wondered what it took to hand sew an Elizabethan shirt or other types of clothing? Ladies from the court will be in the Nobles’ Glade working on current projects, everything from clothing, to hand black work embroidery, to weaving and more. Please look on the schedule and come to the glade to ask questions and see the ladies hard at work. photo: Chuck Bennorth
Stories with Ben Ginen (all season)
Bristol’s local toymaker knows something more about the magic of this place than most other citizens. His delightful stories tell of enchanted toys, far off lands, and heroes given their just rewards!
Street Corner Shakespeare (all season)
Witness our favorite scenes, monologues, and sonnets that the Bard penned. A different cast every morning, no two shows have ever been the same. If YOU have a brief (3 minute or less) piece that you would like to perform, you are welcomed and encouraged! You won’t find a more receptive audience anywhere else!
Sturdy Beggars Mud Show® – The Mud Pit™ (Rated PG-13) (all season)
The original Mud Show
All we know for sure is that in 1979 The Sturdy Beggars™ first “fell” into their special “field” of “entertainment” somewhere in the rich and tasty top soil of the Midwest. Since then the first, the only, the original Mud Show® (Reg No. 1,985,845 with the United States Patent & Trademark Office) has toured to over 22 Renaissance Faires across the continental United States. With their adage “the whole world’s a stage, just add water,” this “greatest show in earth” has left nothing but laughter and mayhem in its sullied wake. Visit The Mud Show’s Website
The Angry Mob (all season)
What upsets the denizens of Bristol? Just about anything, as it turns out. Daily demonstrations against just about everything will continue until a problem is identified. photo: Sean Boyd
The Bristol Buskin’ Frolic (all season)
The merry bande of the Bristol Buskin’ Frolic can be found first dancing a maypole, then performing country dances alongside the nobility at the Maypole Commons. Next you’ll find them about the streets of Bristol, Morris and Irish Step dancing, playing music, performing short plays, and singing. After they have finished performing for the Queen at the Queen’s feast and then at their stage show at Kid’s Kingdom, you can find them finishing up their day with another maypole dance. They encourage and welcome participation by adults and children at all maypole performances. photo: John Karpinsky
The Guilde of St. Lawrence, AKA The Dirty Duck Inn (all season)
Welcome to the Dirty Duck Inn, finest inn in three counties! Centrally located in the heart of Bristol, right across from the Cheshire Chase Action Stage, The Dirty Duck Inn plays host to the citizens of Bristol as they take their sup. Come on in and enjoy the shade of our dining hall, meet the town folk, sing along with us as we work, and catch up on the local gossip of the town of Bristol.
The Towne Criers (all season)
Listen to the most popular musical tradition of the renaissance, the madrigal. Her majesty has appointed them to pass along the news, they’re doing it in style. photo: Wayne Hile
The Shanty Shipwreck Singalong (all season)
Join the denizens of Bristol’s streets as they host a rousing singalong of sea songs and folk favourites across from the Queen’s Indulgence Pub in the mid afternoon. photo: Wayne Hile
The Shanty Shipwreck Show (all season)
All the naughtiest nautical songs in Bristol are ready for your ears. A shipload of original music awaits you with enough musical booty to fill your bosom with giggles, guffaws and titters aplenty. photo: Jamie Sun
Tinker MacLea (Aug 19 – 27)
With a festival career spanning thirty-four years, the music of the Tinker has appeared on countless albums and nationally syndicated radio shows (such as the Dr. Demento Show). Come sit for a spell and raise a pint as Tinker MacLea returns to his roots as a solo artist and song writer.
Tortuga Twins (Rated PG-13) (July 8 – Aug 13)
Playful, bawdy and unabashed, the Tortuga Twins (all three of them) return! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Asthma-Attack Inducingly Funny.” Be warned. Visit The Tortuga Twins’ Website
NEW Washing Well Wenches (all season)
The Washing Well Wenches take up residence in Bristol to earn a living by cleaning laundry… or by marrying a wealthy man. This naughty and tempestuous twoseome will win your hearts with a rollicking, laugh-filled, one of a kind show!
Weapons of War (all season)
Your Bristol Trayn’d Bande is ready to take on any foe! We’ll show you how to do it too, if only our Captain and Lieutenant can agree on the best soldier for the job. Comedy and violence erupt as the battle between Pike, Shotte, and Cavalry takes place!