Scarborough Renaissance Festival

A member of the Scarborough Renaissance Festival royal family bestows a knighthood on young visitors during a recent weekend.


Scarborough Renaissance Festival’s Chivalry Weekend, May 11-12, celebrates the chivalry and romance of the Renaissance along with Mother’s Day.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Scarborough Renaissance Festival invites visitors to treat Mom like a queen with the Mother’s Day Brunch for the whole family. The scrumptious Scarborough Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet will include quiche Lorraine, ham, roasted potatoes with rosemary, mixed fruit and fresh baked breads along with mimosas (for ages 21 and older), coffee and tea.

There will be lively Renaissance entertainment and members of the Royal Court will make a special visit to honor all the mothers. 

The Mother’s Day Brunch will take place from noon-1 p.m. at the Crown Pavilion both Saturday and Sunday. This is a separate ticketed event (in addition to festival admission): $20 for adults (ages 13 and older) and $10 for children (ages 5-12), with children 4 and younger free. Purchase tickets online at

“Chivalry in today’s world is a lost art but, here at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, we strive to bring some of the honor, courtesy and courage that embody chivalry back to our 21st century visitors,” says festival general manager Coy Sevier. “It’s just a little bit of the age-old magic and majesty that makes Scarborough such an amazing place.”

In the spirit of chivalry and romance, visitors are invited to celebrate their own modern-day romances with a Renaissance flair by participating in the Vow Renewal Ceremony. Each day at 11:30 a.m., couples renew their vows and commitments to each other in a romantic ceremony in the festival’s picturesque Wedding Garden (free with festival admission). For many of the festival’s patrons, this is an annual tradition.

At 3:30 p.m. each day at the Festival’s Royal Marquee, where the knighting ceremony is held, visitors can join the Knights of the Noble Cause for lessons in chivalry.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is interactive fun for everyone, 16th century style. Visitors will enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, 25-plus stages of interactive and unique entertainment, the Mermaid Lagoon, Renaissance combat competitions and knighting ceremonies. There are also Renaissance rides, games of skill, food and drink fit for a king and much more.

Don’t miss the limited engagement performers May 11-12: Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange, a crew of escape artists with fantastical narratives and death-defying stunts; Sir Guy and the Dragon, a heroic hero with tales of heroism; the Pride of Ireland, bringing the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle through songs, jokes and banter; and the Stonhenj Players, a mixed a cappella group singing shanties, Celtic ballads, English traditional and comedy originals.

The wines featured this weekend at the daily wine tasting events will be wines of Spain and the daily beer tasting events will feature American craft creative beers. The tasting events have limited seating available and require a separate ticket. Participants must be ages 21 or older to attend.

Explore the creations of this weekend’s guest artisans: Living Art & Lanterns, Fuglyware Pottery, Masquerade Life Castings, Gnome & Fairy Pottery and Sculpted – Connie Colten Jewelry. And don’t miss the all new Grand Labyrinth Game (a giant-sized version of the classic children’s game) in the Pecan Grove.

Upcoming themed weekends include Live the Fantasy Weekend (May 18-19) and the final weekend, The Last Huzzah (May 25-27). Each weekend also has a variety of special events.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. rain or shine Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday, through May 27. 

For more information and tickets, visit, Facebook and Twitter (SRFestival) or Instagram (theSRFestival).

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