Fantasy Faire, June 23 & 24, 2018

Fantasy Faire

Produced in partnership with Mystic Realms, Ltd.


A family-friendly festival of medieval folklife & fun!

 Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Strolling costumed characters, portraying historical and mythical figures, interact with each other and visitors throughout WheatonArts both days. Enjoy a variety of live performances, storytellers, dancing, drumming and sword demonstrations. Experience the obstacle course, pirate games, scavenger hunt, and archery skills.
Four stages will host live performances from 10:30 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Meet new friends!

Meet the Pirates from Treasure Island as they run a rickety set of Pirate Games where everyone is a winner. Collect coins and turn them in for pirate prizes. (Fee)

Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band who are visiting from Sherwood Forest. Practice your archery skills for a small donation to the band.

At the Court of Miracles, children can meet Esmeralda and other characters from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and enjoy dancing and drumming techniques by individual and troupe performers. Performances at quarter past and quarter of the hour.

Storybook characters will teach your children to sing along to many well-known children’s songs.

The Misplaced Pub is a minstrel group blending traditional music with modern humor and otherwise irresponsible behavior.

fantasy Faire Parade of Charaters

Learn new skills!

Observe and learn orb manipulation! Find Merlin the Magnificent Wizard as he travels the Kingdom of Wheaton, teaching and displaying the magic of contact juggling.

Spring Pole Raising and Dance 1:30 p.m.
(children participate in the dance)

Springpole Dance – Come and join the traditional dance at 1:30 p.m. We ask parents to encourage younger children by holding the ribbons and dancing with them in this joyous celebration.

Phoenix Swords Performances 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Watch these renowned performers give authentic demonstrations of western martial arts.  Visitors may take introductory sword lessons ($5.00) through the day.

Society for Creative Anachronisms 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The members of the Society For Creative Anachronism will be performing throughout the day.

Create a Fire Breathing Dragon Marionette 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FREE! Create your own fire breathing dragon marionette using recycle paper towel rolls. Adorn your dragon with scales and sequins to make it uniquely yours. You will be able to make your dragon walk and fly by attaching strings to a small twig. Once completed, take your dragon for a test flight through the Kingdom of Wheaton.  Location TBD.  Suggested ages: 7 and above with parental assistance.  Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Tell Us About Your Imaginary Friends! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find your way to the Museum Lobby for a creative writing prompt inspired by the works of Kim Thomas and her imaginary creatures, one of 28 contemporary artists featured in “Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science, and Art”. Click here for a PDF print out.

Admission to Fantasy Faire is included in WheatonArts general admission.

Spring Pole Raising and Spring Dance


Meet the King, Queen, and Barons of the Kingdom of Wheaton as they stroll the streets.

Keep a look out for a mob of dancers to show off their Medieval Moves!  Join in the dancing if you like!

The Loch Nessa and the Pied Piper will introduce fair goers to the fantastic creatures she has encountered on her journeys.

Misplaced Pub keeps the pace with their songs and merriment all over the faire.

Get candy and other treats from the not-so-wicked Grymm Witches if you dare.

Keep your eyes open for the giant walking tree!

Fire Breathing Dragon Marionette made with toilet paper rolls
Group Performs Medieval Dances
Robin Hood and his band of men

Get your Face Painted and have fun with Glitter Tattoos at Erin Coverdale’s booth! (Fee)

Join the “Kingdom of Wheaton Scavenger Hunt,” available at the Front Gate. Collect a Pirate Coin once you’ve completed the hunt! Click here for a PDF copy of the scavenger hunt.


ACTS I through V of “A Queen in Disguise”
These shows tell the story of the Kingdom of Wheaton, a land divided into four Baronies, ruled by King William.  If you arrive late, just ask one of the costumed characters to fill you in on the details. Acts on the hour:

12:00 p.m. King’s Welcome

1:00 p.m. Threatening the North & South

2:00 p.m. Presentating the Champions

3:00 p.m. Almost Captured!

4:00 p.m. Tournament of Prosperity

Meet the Merchants!

Beads on Cypress
Birght Ideas To Go
Bow Lady Bowtique
Cherelle Oriolo
Dopey Dragon Dry Goods
Dye of Your Dreams
Elven Creations
eSpec Books/The Hornie Lady Custom Costume Horns
Face Painting by Erin Coverdale
Faire Play Encounters
Finian in Wonderland
Florance and Leah
G + H Sales
Green Cow Studio Handcrafted Soaps

colorful jesters playing with bubbles

The program schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Armchair Wizards gaming for a crowd