Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire banner with a kid knighting a man with a toy sword.

Produced in partnership with Mystic Realms, Ltd.

June 24 & 25, 2023
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A family-friendly festival of medieval folklore & fun!

Strolling costumed characters, portraying historical and mythical figures, interact with each other and visitors throughout WheatonArts both days.  Everyone is welcome to come dressed in their favorite fantasy garbs to enjoy a variety of live performances, storytellers, dancing, drumming, and sword demonstrations. Watch as colorful champions battle to save the Kingdom of Wheaton!

Fantasy Faire is included with WheatonArts General Admission. Tickets are available online and at the front gate.

$12 Adults
$11 Seniors
$7 Students
Kids 5 & under are FREE
fantasy Faire Parade of Charaters

Below are the event details from 2022 for reference. Please check back at a later time as we plan an engaging 2023 program for everyone! Thank you.

Costumed ninja and child posing for a picture during Fantasy Faire
Fantasy Faire Witches

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. 

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!

Meet the King, Queen, & Barons of the Kingdom of Wheaton strolling the streets.

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

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

Keep your eyes open for the giant walking tree!

Learn New Skills!

Adventurer Training
Children can learn the skills of a heroic adventurer by completing various challenges. Can they avoid the webs and recover treasure from the Spider’s Lair? Will they be able to cross the Frog Pond by walking the lily pads? Can they solve the Wizards Puzzle? All these skills and more make an expert adventurer!

Spring Pole Raising & Dance 12:30 p.m. (children participate in the dance)
Come and join the traditional dance at 12:30 p.m. We ask parents to encourage younger children by holding the ribbons and dancing with them in this joyous celebration!

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

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

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

Archery in Sherwood Grove (fee-based)
Robin Hood and his merry band are visiting the Kingdom of Wheaton. They’ll teach people about archery, and you can practice your archery skills for a small donation to the band. There’s also knife and ax throwing!

Create Fused Glass Charms & Talismans (fee-based)
A charm and talisman is an object believed to bring good luck and have mystical powers. Create your charm or talisman for role-playing games or daily life. Oval pre-fused glass bases will be available to adorn with pre-cut pieces of colorful glass and frit. Once fired, we add a metal loop & lobster claw clasp to the back. Glass charms & talismans will be ready for pick up or shipped (shipping fee applies) about one week after the event. Located in the Education Studio and available for ages 5 & up (with parental assistance) at an event discount of $10 per person.

Fantasy Faire 2019 attendees and actors participate in maypole dance with other Faire attendees admiring on the sidelines.
Fantasy Faire 2019 dancers perform in front of a crowd of attendees in front of the American Museum of Glass.
Fantasy Faire 2019 attendees dressed in fantasy costumes stand next to a life-like tree creature outdoors.
Robin Hood and his band of men
3 Fantasy Faire Cosplayers
Fantasy Faire 2019 actors perform on the green stage in front of a watching audience outdoors.
"The Misplaced Pub" on Blue Stage at Fantasy Faire

Stage Performances

These are just a few of the many acts a day at the Kingdom of Wheaton has to offer. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from kid’s shows to educational content.

“Trouble in the Kingdom” ACTS I-V
These five stage shows take place on the Tournament Field and tell the continuing story of the Kingdom of Wheaton. This year the vile King Leon has invaded, and the Heroes of Wheaton must work together to save the land! The show occurs every hour, beginning with the “King’s Welcome” at 11 a.m. and ending with the “Tournament of Prosperity” at 3 p.m. The 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. shows develop the story. There is plotting, planning, and sword fighting in every show! If you arrive late, ask one of the costumed characters to fill you in on the details.

Grymm Witches
The Grymm Witches are a hilarious mix of Shakespeare and silliness. Join these not-so-wicked witches as they tell their own “truthful” versions of traditional fairytales. And see them at their “Potion Brewing” show, where they will once again try to save the Kingdom of Wheaton.

Pirates Versus Fairies
Everyone in the Kingdom of Wheaton knows that fairies and pirates are naturally competitive. A competition of wits & creativity will take place to settle a score in their favorite way. Watch as these zany characters battle for the most laughs!

Whip Cracking with the Whipsy Rover
Sean, “the Whipsy Rover,” travels the Kingdom of Wheaton teaching the art of the whip. Nothing captures attention in your favorite fantasy fiction than the sound of a cracking whip – Catwoman, Zorro, Indiana Jones, and others. It’s easy to get started, so come by for a demonstration and a free lesson. Sean will have you cracking in minutes, and if you like, you can walk away with your very own whip!

Traditional Dance
This informative show explains the steps and intents behind some of the most popular dances from the Medieval and Renaissance Periods. Audience participation is encouraged!

Sing-A-Longs and Storytelling
Join your favorite storybook characters in the StoryBook grove. Shows throughout the day will have the characters singing children’s songs with audience participation. Parents and children can also listen to the characters read their favorite fairy tales with photo opportunities.

Myrtle the Cottage Witch
Join Myrtle the Cottage Witch, who has journeyed to the Kingdom of Wheaton from her home deep in the forest. With her voice and instruments, she will share songs and stories from throughout the land. Tales of fallen cities, evil queens, mighty warriors, and dangerous forests will entertain and delight listeners of all ages! 

A glass sculpture, Rhyton Pink, of a dark red bull with black horns hangs alone in the center of a white background.

Meet & interact with Theo Brooks in the Glass Studio as he sculpts a giant glass minotaur! Theo Brooks is a glassmaker originally from London, England. He currently lives in Philadelphia, working at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as the Glass Studio Technician. Initially, he apprenticed in hot glass with glass maestro Simon Moore and glass cutting with Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg in Paris, France. He moved to the USA to undertake an MFA at Bowling Green State University under Alli Hoag and Joel Dorisso in Ohio. He is in permanent collections and exhibited internationally in Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the USA.

FREE Family Art Activities

Take a seat at the Family Art Activity Station for complimentary craft time! Recommended for ages 5 & above with parental assistance. Estimated times of 15 to 30 minutes per activity.

Create a Fire-breathing Dragon Puppet!
Adorn your paper bag dragon puppet with scales & sequins to make them uniquely yours. Once completed, take it for a test flight through the Kingdom of Wheaton.

Decorate a Personal Shield!
Be ready for a mythical battle with your own handmade shield! Use a variety of materials – duct tape, glass gems, paper plates, markers, and more to create a shield that represents your playing character. 

Build a Fire Breathing Accessory!
Pretend to breathe fire by creating a handheld accessory with construction & tissue paper. Blow through the tube to activate the tissue paper flames! 

Fantasy Faire 2019 attendees participate in kids' craft activities with a Fantasy Faire actor dressed in a whimsical yellow dress and colorful butterfly wings at a tented booth outdoors. Other attendees walk passed in the background.
Fantasy Faire 2019 attendees participate in kids' craft activities with adult supervision outdoors.

Meet the Merchants! 

Beads on Cypress
BowLady Bowtique
Calypso’s Zen Garden
Cherelle Oriolo Paper Beads
Creative Fox Studio Face Painting
Dana Migliaccio – Metaphysical Items
Danielle Ackley McPhail – Books
Dopey Dragon Dry Goods
Ends of the Earth Peddler
Henna Body Art by Drax

LunaCraft Creations
Marlene Dixon
New Jersey Fairy Hair
On the Road Ministry – Minerals
Philomena’s Rising
Riverside Macarons

Samantha Bartlett Pottery
Spritely Shelters: Faerie Houses and More!
Sticks & Things
Tapestry Gal
The Delores Romero Foundation
The Deptford Bowl Factory
The Hornie Lady/Ginger kick/eSpec books
The Mystic Vibes
Tori’s Critters
Uniques by Lori
Witches Brew Scrub
White Cloud Massage
White Fire Rose – Soul Awakening

Feast in the Food Court 

Frosbite Icecream
Karen and the Nut
Matty G’s Dogz
Shark Bait NJ
3 Guys Rolling Pies
Twisted Lemonade
Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine (Saturday Only)

Fantasy Faire Parade group photo

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

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