Royal Medieval Faire

Royal Medieval Faire
The Royal Medieval Faire is the longest-running festival of its kind in Canada. It is held every September in the city of Waterloo, Ontario. Unlike Renaissance festivals in the United States that run for several weeks, it is a one-day event.

The first Royal Medieval Faire was held in 1997. Since then, it has become one of the most notable Medieval festivals in Canada. The fair is set in the fictional kingdom of Mearth and features Celts and knights. It has an attendance of more than 5,500 patrons.

The Royal Medieval Faire is an interactive experience featuring authentic costumes and decorations, swordplay, games, hands-on displays, vendors, food & drinks, Celtic music, ceilidhs (Celtic social gatherings with dancing), magic, and much more. 150 actors, performers and volunteers work hard to create a unique atmosphere and produce an unforgettable event for attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

The fairgrounds include Queen’s Stage, Royal Pavilion & Tournament Ring, and Wizard’s Pavilion that host various performances, including music, dancing, singing, magic, comedy, jousting tournaments, bird of prey flying displays, living history demonstrations, and more. Besides, there are games, contests, a medieval marketplace, food and beverage vendors, and other attractions. The Royal Court, jesters and minstrels help to keep attendees entertained.

At the medieval marketplace, merchants and artisans offer a great selection of unique wares, including armor and swords, jewelry, arts and crafts, medieval clothing, and literature. Here you can buy leather goods, handmade candles, cute and whimsical items, handmade paper and textiles, ceramics, and many other items you will never find anywhere else.

Each fair has a theme and a story, which makes it even more interesting and exciting for both attendees and performers. The story unfolds throughout the day in the tournament area. Past themes have included Who Will Be the Proxy Queen?, Who Is the Pirate King?, The Creature, The Vikings, A Game of Clue of Thrones, Riddle Mearth This, Strange Luck, So a Knight, a Pirate and a Fairy Walked into a Castle, Things Are Not Always As They Appear, and others.

In 2020, the event was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Medieval Faire

Photo: Tony Chubb




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