The Joust

The Joust is both a means of battle and a form of entertainment enjoyed by the Nobility and commoners alike. Knights are pitted against one another in a series of mounted and armoured combats that are fought as contests. Through a series of battles, only one prevails through to the final round. He who is the last man standing or holds the best record throughout each round is declared the winner.

The Joust A’plaisance Tournament is a series of elimination jousts. An overall winner is determined after the last battle is fought and all other opponents have been eliminated.

The Grand Joust is defined by its extravagance. It is a true spectacle, designed to thrill and delight those who witness the tournament. Many years of ceremony and chivalric conduct serve as the foundation of the Joust. Knights fight for the affections of the Queen and eligible Wenches; a Knight would battle in honor of his lady and could win her courtship if he wins the Joust.

Who will reign victorious and impress the fair Queen? Join us for the tournament of the century!



The Wyldewood Players

Step through the gates of beautiful Warwick and you will soon find yourself greeted by the town’s jubilant citizens, who will warmly welcome you as one of their own.

One of the features that distinguish the Sterling Renaissance Festival from other Renaissance Festivals is its full-time professional corps of actors, selected from a national audition tour.  Weeks of training and rehearsal go into the varied and colorful Denizens of Warwick you see around you. 

The Wyldewood Players is the oldest full-time professional acting troupe of any Renaissance Festival, and the inspiration behind many interactive entertainment groups in major theme parks across the country.

In addition to the many Lane Encounters you’ll experience, The Wyldewood Players present stage performances throughout the day.

Some of the scheduled shows of the Wyldewood Players are listed here, the rest are unannounced events that happen all day throughout the Village of Warwick, so you’ll just have to keep an eye out.

Stage Antics Of The Wyldewood Players

The Warwick Inn

The Warwick Inn houses town notables and lesser nobility which the inn keeper and her servants try to keep happy. The result is a "faulty tower" of fun and mayhem. Inside the Inn is an intimate sit-down pub with an interior balcony open to the second floor, where the unscheduled antics take place all day. On the outside, you’ll find these hysterical adventures.

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 11:15, 1:30, 5:00

Braggart's Row

Braggart's Row Next door to the Warwick Inn lies the worst real estate in the shire, peopled by the worst beggars, scallywags and rogues in the shire. Visting here, encamped where rent is cheap and folks are willing to listen, is... ROGUES SURVIVAL and a BEAR BAITING will entertain young and old, rich and poor.

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 12:45, 3:30

The Laundress Lair

Across the green from Braggart’s Bow sits the village’s wash pit, where shows are presented in honor of the day, and little real work gets done. Bubbling with mischievous energy, the wench show proves if you never do laundry sober, you'll always have loads and loads of fun! Come on over to the wash pit and hang your troubles out to dry! THE WASHING WELL WENCHES SHOW...Good clean fun, wet dirty women. Danielle Dupont, Kitty Turner.

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 12:00, 2:45, 4:15

The House of Physic and Graveyard

Here in our humble village lies a place devoted to the secret sciences and mysteries of the earth, an institute of higher knowledge and service to the troubled. If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, meet the most dangerous man in Warwick... ENOCH THE ALCHEMIST... as he and his faithful servant presents, The Book of Doom! - A lighthearted look at the end of all things.

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 11:15, 12:45, 3:30

The Trial & Dunke Stage

COURT OF SESSIONS... The constabulary mete out justice in fetid depths of Frogge Pond twice daily. The accused are placed in the dunking chair to be dunked at the Sheriff's pleasure.

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 12:00, 4:15


Royal Performances at Festival Stage

Her Majesty's Court

Her Majesty and her courtiers amuse themselves and you with games, courtly revels, and children's knighting ceremony.

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 12:45


A Courtly Duel

The court demonstrates their dazzling dueling abilities with rapiers, chivalry, and wit!

Scheduled Antics Take Place At … 4:15

Stage Performers

We boast a top-notch lineup of Renaissance style acts, variety performers, and circus arts. Thrill to feats of daring and skill, laugh to uproarious comedy and storytelling, and marvel at the pageantry and beauty brought forth for the day’s enjoyment.

Warhorse Productions

Warhorse Productions

An exciting recreation of a 16th Century Tournament Joust á Plaisance.  A live, full-armored joust and swordplay performance.  Don’t miss this keystone event of the festival!!  

Puke and Snot

Puke & Snot

NEW!  Puke and Snot, yes, that’s their names, are the longest running comedy act in North American renaissance festival history.  This “Renaissance vaudeville duo” has been a must-see act at Festivals for decades, and now YOU get to see them at the Sterling Renaissance Festival for six weekends, opening to August 11th!  

In fact, 2024 is their 51st year of spewing carrot bits and witty banter while clashing swords and insults in what they call “high-fashion comedy with deadly weapons.”



Juggling Geoff

Don’t watch the circus, come be a part of it!  Geoff Marsh’s physics-defying tricks and dangerous juggling stunts are pulled off with ease, but his personality alone will capture and intrigue everyone regardless of age!  With as much heart, as he has talent, Geoff gives a show to remember when the kids become the star of the show: a witty, fun-filled, interactive performance of unthinkable yet hilarious juggling feats, musical plate spinning, audience participation, and much, much more!



The Gwendolyn Show

NEW!  Anything can happen in the hilarity of “The Gwendolyn Show”.  Highly interactive, and ridiculously silly, Gwendolyn Steele regales audiences with fairy tales and stories in the way that she remembers them…however that ends up being.  Shows are fast paced and always different; the audience might be surprised to find themselves an integral part of the show. Visiting August 3rd to 18th.

Cirqa Brava


Cirqa Brava

Cirqa Brava’s high-flying acrobats mesmerize & delight with their one-of-a-kind aerial & circus spectacle! Blending razor-sharp comedy with breathtaking beauty, these ladies’ antics will turn your world upside down, inside out, and leave you tangled in laughter!  


Sky Kings Birds of Prey


Sky Kings Birds of Prey

Dedicated to the education and preservation of our planet's wildlife, this show features Falcons, Hawks, Owls, Vultures and other interesting birds. Their program focuses on the natural history, unique traits and abilities of these incredible animals. 



Clan Tynker Circus


Clan Tynker Circus

The Clan Tynker Circus is a family of traveling performers who take you by the hand, leading you into their world of wonder. You will laugh, clap and be amazed through the whole show, and on the edge of your seat for the DANGER FINALLY!


Theatre of Fools

Theatre of Fools

The Wacky Chicken Show! Inspired by Shakespeare's cock-combed fool, Theatre of Fools brings you on a hyterical joyride of absurd theatrics.

Emry's Fleet

Emry's Fleet

The Big Rat Show is comedy noir. Her Majesty has declared the Big Rat Show to be a royal shift of whit!  Featuring Wilber, the Dancing Weasel.  “You’ll feel like you’ve had a nap!” 


Washing Well Wenches


Washing Well Wenches

Good clean fun, wet dirty women.  The Washing Well Wenches are the funniest pair of “ladies” you’ll ever meet!  Part vaudeville, part sketch comedy, full-on entertaining, the Washing Well Wenches make interactive theater fun for everyone!


Harmless Danger Juggling

The Harmless Danger Juggling Show

A madcap comedy show with more surprises than you can shake a baby at! It's a funny juggling show with serious consequences. Dangerously daring deeds of dexterity done dumbly.


Nature of Mercy

Nature of Mercy

Dueling school for the children of the realm. The Captainchallenges the children to a duel in the streets!  This highly energetic and interactive sword fighting comedy show teaches children (and adults?) the power of honor and compassion.  

Ren Men

The Renaissance Men


NEW!  They are a comedy sword fighting duo ready to bring the fun!  Join Rowland and Florian in a thrilling and hilarious Sword fighting Competition. Danger, excitement, and laughs abound as the two strive to attain the ultimate prize: your validation and the title of The Renaissance Man!  *Filling in for Puke & Snot on the finale weekend, August 17th& 18th.

Looney Lucy

Looney Lucy

Like Venus, but with arms.


Giacomo Jester

Giacomo The Jester

Magic ropewalking and extremely obnoxious behavior.

Borerraig Irregulars

Great highland bagpipes and drums, Scottish Highland Dance!  Also, a full crew of Highland heavy athletic players will perform Highland Games demonstrations on the jousting field.  Eric and Krysta Albert & Company.  *Performing on Highland Fling Weekend only – August 3rd & 4th.

Morganeagle Falconry

Raptor display located at the old wash pit! Educational talks on the sport of falconry, and daily demonstration on the field of Honor.


Gabs the Fool

Gabs the Fool

Join Gabs the Fool, a silent clown on his hilarious journey of wonder, transporting you to a world of joy and delight. Performing in the lanes all season, and four shows daily on August 17th & 18th.

On the Bawdy Side, strong language and themes not recommended for the little ones


Greenleaf Holmes

The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry Of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes

Take a stroll down the malodorous backalleys of English literature with Britain’s poet laureate of the perverse. Not for children, the weak and infirm, or the morally indignant.



The streets are filled with merry tunes from the many musicians and minstrels of Warwick! Dancing, singing, and revelry are abundant at the festival; whether you fancy a raucous pub song or a jolly toe-tapping melody, our skilled musicians of different genres will be entertaining the masses all festival long.

Clan Tynker Circus


Crannog is known for their adventurous arrangements of traditional music. "Thrash Celtic" at its best, they feature primarily Irish songs and Celtic tunes set to fiddle, concertina, percussion, guitar and vocals.  



Plays ancient airs and dances featuring harp, viola da gamba, and violin.  A free-spirited playfulness is characteristic of Cantiga’s sound, bringing the ancient songs to life for a modern audience. 

Empty Hats

Empty Hats

Celtic music “unplugged…but wired.”  

Jim Hancock

Jim Hancock & Friends

A celebration of songs, encompassing maritime, love, drinking, and the best that Jim can find.  He plays with everyone, and helps lead the band at the Pub Sing.  Come sing along on your old favorites, and learn some new favorites!  Jim Hancock.

Lord Cailean Carmichael

Scottish emissary to Her Majesty Elizabeth’s Court.  He can be found playing the bodhran or other instruments at any opportunity. 


Merry Mischief

Merry Mischief

A merry and mischievous band of minstrels play toe-tapping tunes, ballads, lovely ditties, and hug you with music!  



Ancient bagpipes and bombastic drums!  Early music for modern minds.