Location: 342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY 12009 (map)
A weekend of music, magic, and wonder at the 8th annual New York Capital District Renaissance Festival. The two-day event, set in the bucolic fields and orchards of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, NY, has a little bit of fun for everyone.
Shop more than 60 artisan vendors offering everything from custom-made jewelry to pottery, weaponry, and Renaissance garb!
Catch befuddling feats of magical skill, fierce sword-fighting acts, musical performances, and of course, the Royal Joust!
There’s plenty for children, too. Sing songs with The Charmings — princesses from yore — come dressed for a knighting ceremony and a separate costume contest, or just spend some time in the sun playing in the Kid’s Kingdom – a land of peace and imagination.
Enjoy craft beer and cider? Add a pub crawl to your experience and be entertained by charming and hilarious guides as you sample different brews from Indian Ladder Cidery and Brewery in a hand-made collectible mug. The crawl walks you through the brewing process whose ingredients are all grown and brewed less than a mile from where they are poured.
Don’t forget to eat! There are so many options for great food during your visit. Enjoy turkey legs smoked for 12 hours by a pit master, try expertly crafted Lebanese cuisine, find out what a Texas Tornado Chip is, pair it with a barbecue sandwich, burger, or hotdog, or interesting deep-fried veggies and a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade for an unforgettable day!