Fantasy Faire, June 22 & 23, 2019

Banner for Fantasy Faire. Background contains four diamond shaped images of various performers.

Produced in partnership with Mystic Realms, Ltd.

Join us for FANTASY FAIRE

A family-friendly festival of medieval folklore & fun!

 Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 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. Watch as colorful champions battle to save the Kingdom of Wheaton!
Four stages will host live performances from 10:30 a.m. till 4 p.m.
fantasy Faire Parade of Charaters

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)

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.

Join the “Kingdom of Wheaton Scavenger Hunt” and get signatures from our friendliest characters! Available at the Front Gate. Collect a Pirate Coin once you’ve completed the hunt!

Learn new skills!

Merlin the Magnificent Wizard
Observe and learn orb manipulation! Find Merlin 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)
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 from Phoenix Swords give authentic demonstrations of western martial arts.  Visitors may take introductory sword lessons ($5.00) through the day.

Society for Creative Anachronisms 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The members of the Society For Creative Anachronism will be performing throughout the day.

Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch as members from Markland re-enact medieval life by constructing and using reproductions of the period’s accouterments.

Blow a Glass Bubble from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Experience what it feels like to Blow a Glass Bubble! During this quick experience, a glass blower will bring you a small gather of glass on a blowpipe. They will then instruct you how to position your mouth on the pipe and how to force air down the pipe, thereby expanding the glass. You will blow until your bubble pops! A physical piece will NOT be kept at the end. This experience is FREE, however, spots are limited so pre-registration is required. Click Here to Register. 

Create Fused Glass Medallions in the Education Studio
Pre-register to create a wearable Fused Glass Medallion to boost your magical abilities. Available for ages 5 & up at an event discount of $10 per person. Call to register at 856.825.6800 ext. 152. Walk-ins welcomed if seats are available.

Fantasy Faire is included with WheatonArts General Admission.

ADMISSION:
$10 Adults
$9 Seniors 
(62+)
$7 Students
Kids 5 & under are FREE
Two performers dressed as pirates interact with children during Fantasy Faire

STREET PERFORMANCES

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

Keep a lookout for a mob of dancers showing off their Medieval Moves!  Join in the dancing if you like!

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

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

Keep your eyes open for the giant walking tree!

Glass artist Joe Mattson instructing a young girl how to blow a large glass bubble with a blowpipe.
Costumed ninja and child posing for a picture during Fantasy Faire

FREE Family Art Activities, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Create a fire-breathing dragon puppet!
Adorn your dragon with scales and sequins to make him/her uniquely yours. Once he/she is complete take him for a test flight through the Kingdom of Wheaton. Suggested Ages: 5 and above with parental assistance. Estimated Time: 30 minutes.

Decorate your own personal Shield!
Be ready for a mythical battle with your own hand made shield! Use a variety of materials – duct tape, glass gems, paper plates, markers, and more to design and create a shield that represents you and any character you may play. Suggested Ages: 5 and above with parental assistance. Estimated Time: 15 minutes.

Robin Hood and his band of men
Glass Studio Artist Skitch Manion shaping glass in front of an observant audience

Tournament Field Performances

At this year’s Tournament of Prosperity, good King William and sweet Queen Grace are faced with their greatest challenge yet. Warlike King Leon, of the neighboring Kingdom of Waterford, has married Queen Cordelia and together they intend to conquer the Kingdom of Wheaton. Will Wheaton’s champions be able to avert disaster?

This year’s champions will include:
Porthos
of the Three Musketeers, Julie D’Aubgny the famous 17th-century swordswoman & opera singer, Davy Jones the infamous Pirate scoundrel, Ursula the Sea Witch, Mordred & the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian Legends, And a Djinn from Aladdin.

The Royal Scepter: Glass Blowing Demonstration!

Visit the Glass Studio for the 1:30 p.m. demonstration and watch as the WheatonArts Royal Glassblowers create a glass scepter, complete with magic glass orb! At the end of the show, one prospective King or Queen from the audience will be picked to take home their very own glass scepter! Audience members will be asked to fill out a door prize slip upon entry into the Glass Studio. Must be present to win. One entry will be chosen per day.

Fantasy Faire 2019 Stage Schedule

Stage Schedule for each stage, court of miracles, and story grove for Fantasy Faire on June 22 and 23, 2019.

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

Armchair Wizards on an outdoor stage, performing for a crowd.
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