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Tennessee Medieval Faire 2019

 Professional Entertainment

Noble Cause Jousters

 Royal Joust by Noble Cause

Field of Honour 3x a day

Back by popular demand, Noble Cause Productions returns with their full performance theatrical jousting.  Their noble knights are trained in games, lance passes, sword, shield, and staged stunt combat.  Meet them and their horses after each show.  

"Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage."    --C.S. Lewis

Combat Chess Fight

Combat Chess

Royal Players

Field of Honour 2x a day

Watch an actual war game!  The chess pieces are live people who actually fight to take over the squares.  Cheer on your side!  Who will win!?  

Photo Credit: Rob Welton Photography

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Comic Stunt Juggler

Globe Stage 4x a day

All Show Days!

NEW THIS YEAR all the way from Minneapolis!  Tuey’s show is a perfect blend of family-friendly comedy, jaw-dropping skills, and danger.



Celtic Musican

The CrossJacks

Lively Sea Shanties, Fiddle Tunes & Folk Music

Different Stages 4x a day

All Show Days!

Our very own Crossjacks are back!  They are two rambunctious minstrels (Mark Dudek and Jesse Wine of greater Knoxville) who believe it's better to sing for one's supper than to scratch or scrape for it.  They entertain with an upbeat mix of sea shanties, fiddle tunes and folk music from far and near, in exchange for not being arrested on charges of vagrancy.

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Cosmo's Fables, Fantasies & Fortunes

Interactive Improv & Musical Comedy

Castle-Keep Stage 4x a day

May 25-26-27, June 1-2 Only!

Welcome back to Master Cosmo, a comedy improv storyteller extraordinaire.  He takes suggestions from the audience and weaves an adventure story or song to delight all ages.  Facebook:

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Thunder & Spice

Rousing Celtic & Folk Music

Castle-Keep Stage 4x a day

May 25-26-27 Only!

NEW from Raleigh!  This theatrical couple play old-time Renaissance, Celtic, and Folk music, with rousing Sea Chanteys thrown in!  Sing and clap along, or just listen as this talented duet tell stories and weave enchantment with their romantic vocal harmonies!  They might even teach a round or two.  Performing regionally in TN, KY, VA, NC, SC since 2009.

Albi Belly Dance

Albi Belly Dance

Castle-Keep Stage 4x a day

June 1-2 only

Albi Belly Dance is a family-friendly professional belly dance company from Knoxville, Tennessee. With decades of combined experience, the members of Albi Belly Dance specialize in Egyptian-style belly dance with the infusion of modern props, folkloric choreographies and that signature Albi flair. At the TN Medieval Faire, Albi is joined by a group of wayward musicians, collectively known as Ra'ud. Together this band of eclectic artists will delight and entertain you with music, dance, and a little bit of silliness.

Einstein Simplified Comedy

Einstein Simplified

Comedy Improv Troupe

Venetian Stage 4x a day

Every show day BUT Sat June 8

Performing since 1994, Einstein Simplified is the longest running comedy improvisational troupe in the greater Knoxville area.  Currently eight members in size, their short form shows include a variety of improv games based on suggestions from the audience.  Enjoy and join in the fun!

Cumberland Striptease

The Harry Man Show 

Comedy Improv Troupe

Venetian Stage 4x a day

Sat June 8 ONLY

NEW!  An improv comedy troupe from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) known as "Cumberland Striptease."  But, with our PG show in Harriman, they agreed to perform as "The Harry Man Show."  :-)  Come support these funny UT students as they take suggestions from the audience and help to make your day a happy one!

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Two from the Lost Boys 

Upbeat Celtic Folk Music

Castle-Keep Stage 4x a day

June 1-2, 8-9 only

The Lost Boys are a popular Renaissance Festival band from Atlanta.  Two of these rogues will perform upbeat Celtic folk songs, jigs and reels, and more!  Come delight in their beautiful harmonies, soaring melodies, and upbeat tunes!!!!

Misfit Gypsies

Castle-Keep Stage 4x a day

June 8-9 only

misfit gypsies dance troupe

New!  Misfit Gypsies founded in 2002, members Paula Nidiffer and Teresa Thompson, have been sharing their love of Middle Eastern (fusion) dance in the Tri-Cities and surrounding region for over 15 years. Their collaborative efforts with both artistic direction and choreography allows them to offer audiences a truly unique dance experience. Both members teach and perform regularly around the region in venues ranging from intimate cafes to full-scale theater productions and festivals.

Gypsy Spirit is a “sister troupe” performing with and under the direction of Misfit Gypsies, and accompanies the Misfits at entertainment venues throughout the region. Members Heather Stroup and Christina Stitt bring their unique backgrounds to their performances and love to express their passion for dance.

Punch n Judy Puppet Show

Punch and Judy

Puppet Show

Professor Brent DeWitt

Happy Hollow Stage 4x a day

May 25-26-27, June 1-2 Only

Back by popular demand, internationally reknowned, Professor Brent DeWitt, brings you his olde-time Punch and Judy Puppet Show, sure to entertain the young and young-at-heart!


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Willy Poore's 

Pennie Merriment

Happy Hollow Stage 4x a day

June 8-9 Only

New!!  Lords and Ladies come enjoy Willie Poores' Pennie Merriment's, a cavalcade of comedy, an entertainment extravaganza, a feast of family fun, featuring Music, Magic, Juggling, and Puppet shows featuring Snort the Rainbow Dragon, who will read your mind.  Enjoy the Misadventures of Punch and Judy, as well as the original Flea Circus featuring Fleacules, the worlds strongest flea, Petite Marie the High diving flea, Fleavel Kenieval the super stunt flea and the high flying Major Tom Little.

Tim Simek Hammer Dulcimer

Tim & Michael Simek

Hammer Dulcimer and Guitar

At Different Stages 4x a day

All Show Days!

New!  Tim Simek of Louisville, TN and son, Michael Simek, of Harriman join the TN Medieval Faire for the first time.  However, Tim is no new-comer to music!  He's been playing traditional and Celtic music for over 27 years.  Tim also plays at various venues throughout the southeast, holds workshops throughout the year, gives private lessons, and is available to play for private events. Tim is a 2-time national champion, winning the national mountain dulcimer championship in 1993 and the national hammer dulcimer championship in 2011.   Tim's CDs will be available for purchase at the TN Medieval Faire!

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Loremaster Ficticia

Tales of Mythical Creatures

Happy Hollow 4x a Day

Every Day but June 8

New!!  Come meet Elizabeth Kidder!  Professional artist, actor, dancer, author, and Loremaster of Mythical Creatures!  Learn about dragons and other magical beasts!

Glenn Allen Risner Musician

Willie Poore's

Harp & Mandolin Music

Gazebo & Pub (2x-4x a day)

All Show Days!

Back by popular demand!  Glenn Allen returns to the Shire playing his beautiful harp and mandolin music.  Feel transported to a life of beauty and harmony.

Black Mash Hollow Musicians

Black Mash Hollow

Americana & Celtic Music - Townsend, TN

Gazebo 4x a Day!

May 25, June 1, June 8 Only! 


Gracing our festival are George Kraushaar and Dianne Gruber.  They share a passion for discovering and playing Appalachian fiddle tunes, traditional Old Time, Americana, and Celtic melodies. Master George and Mistress Dianne play guitar, mandolins, banjo and fiddle in various combinations.   Their “front porch” style will take you back to the way music was played before electronics invaded our lives.

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King Alfred and the

Queen's Missing Crown

Meet the Author & Book Signing

Happy Hollow

May 25-26-27 Only! 


New!   Meet the beautiful young author, Anna Skjei (pronounced "shay"), and have her sign your very own copy of her adorably funny children's book, "King Alfred and the Queen's Missing Crown."  Plot:  The queen's crown is missing, and it has been seen on the dragon-like crocodile, Big Betsy!  See what lengths good King Alfred will go to make all things right in his castle and kingdom!

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In a Pickle!

Comedy Sword-Fighting Show

Gazebo 3x a Day!

All Show Days!


Young and in love, Mary and William are on their way to get married when they are waylaid by the infamous, Captain Pickle!  Does he want Mary or just her dowry?  What will her noble but innocent fiance, William, do about it?  There are surprises in store with every twist and turn in this comedy adventure.  Will they live Happily Ever After?  Come and See!

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Brian "Tinker" Leo

Medieval/Renaissance Festival Music

Gazebo & Pub 4x a Day!

June 8-9 Only! 


New!   All the way from greater Chicago, Brian "Tinker" Leo comes to east TN!  He is a musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, and has been performing for numerous years.  The Tinker's love for music is evident as he shares songs of love and adventure.  Get carried away and take his songs home on CD.


Timothy Russell

Celtic & Adventure Music

Pub 4x a Day!

All Show Days!


New!!!  "Bards" in the Middle Ages were travelers; lovers; and tellers of news, adventure, and romance.  Master Timothy of Chattanooga will share his skills on the guitar, transporting you to a life of love and adventure.  You too can right the wrongs, live passionately, and love truly.  HUZZAH for the MAGIC of the BARD!

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Lady Pan

Puppet Show

Happy Hollow Stage 4x a Day

June 8 ONLY


New!!!  A dragon is hatching!  Can you imagine!?  Lady Pan invites children young and old to join her once again for an interactive musical adventure! Explore the magic of playing make-believe, sing along, and even try your hand at being a puppeteer!  For when you believe in something good, you hatch the very thing you always could!  "In any place the theatre can be, so long as there's an audience like you and players like me."



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Royal Players

Street Character Ensemble

Our ~25 trained costumed characters help take you back in time to a land of chivalry and adventure!  Find villagers, minstrels, English rogues and royalty in our village of interactive entertainment.  You’ll find our costumed ensemble presiding at the jousts, fighting in the combat chess matches, performing on stage, leading interactive fairy tales, competing in boasting contests, and vying for the hand of a love.  Join in by cheering for your favorite knight.  Get knighted after a chess match.  Join in the Speed Courting and Folk Dance.  This moment in time is for you!  "Live the Age of Chivalry!"  HUZZAH! (photo by Trend Eades)

TN Medieval Faire Patron Volunteers

More by Royal Players:

  • Patron Costume Contest

  • Robin Hood's Gong Show

  • Patron Knighting

  • Sheriff's Variety Show

  • Tales from the Hood

  • Guard's Variety Show

  • Chester, The Heroic Little Pig

  • Endicott's Revenge 

  • Speed Courting 

  • Folk Dancing

  • And More! 

(Photo by Rob Welton Photography)

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