Festival Location - Waterloo Park West
Located in the heart of Waterloo, ON, the Royal Medieval Faire takes over the beautiful west side of Waterloo Park (sometimes known as Centennial Park or the Bandshell side). There are 2 entrances along the park road, one near the soccer field and another near the servery building. Another 2 entrances, one across the bridge from paid parking lot C for UW and the other just along the walking path from the baseball diamonds or bridge from the east side..
The Royal Medieval Faire will take place ONLY ONLINE on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Look for more schedule details of the day as they become available.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Faire for 2020 and COVID19
Q: Will the faire happen this year with COVID-19 in Ontario?
A: No, we've decided to cancel the in-person faire this year in the interest of public and participant safety. There will be online activities during the faire day that people can participate in that allows them to get a sense of the faire even though it cannot run it in the park this year.
Q: What events will happen online and how to do I find out about them?
A: We are still working through what activities might be fun to provide online on faire day (Saturday, September 19th). We are currently looking at what we could arrange with demonstrations, potentially some storytelling, some aspect of virtual faire space which people can explore and other creative ideas that translate well to online. We will likely provide a lot of this through Facebook live streams from our Royal Medieval Faire page. Look for updates on our website and our Facebook page as we get into September.
Q: Will there be a fee for this year's online faire?
A: No, all online activities we will provide will be done for free this year. Donations to offset administrative costs this year would always be greatly appreciated.
What to Expect At The Faire Normally
Q: What kind of entertainment is there at the Faire?
A: At the 2 festival stages, there is singing and dancing. At the tournament area, there is an intriguing story that unfolds throughout the day with knights in battle. The Royal Court, minstrels and jesters are sure to charm you. Medieval merchants are located throughout the marketplace interspersed with games.
Q: Do I have to pay extra to play the games?
A: No, you do not have to pay extra to play the games at the Faire. Once you have paid your admission fee, this entitles you to play the games for free and to enjoy live entertainment at the 2 festival stages & the intriguing story that unfolds throughout the day at the tournament ring. When you fare well at a game, you will be given a token. You can trade your tokens for prizes at the Games Magistrate tent.
Q: Are there food and beverages available at the Faire?
A: Yes, there is an assortment of food fit for a King or Queen that is available for purchase.
Q: Is there seating available at the Faire?
A: The Faire is an outdoor event. There is limited seating at each of the festival stages, at the Tournament area, in the Tavern and interspersed in the park.
Q: Are there washrooms on-site?
A: Yes, there are washrooms in the Tavern area and portable washrooms are located throughout the park.
Q: Are there emergency services on-site in the event I fall ill while at the Faire?
A: We will have first aid services on-site to assist patrons who fall ill or may be injured while visiting with us. There is a mobile unit stationed at First Aid throughout the day.
Q: I am having a medieval wedding. Where can I rent/buy medieval costumes in the Kitchener-Waterloo region?
A: The following are the costume shops in Kitchener-Waterloo that would outfit your guests:
A Kind of Magic
591 Lancaster St W - Unit #5
Kitchener, Ontario N2K 1L7
18 Queen Street East
Cambridge Ontario NEC 2A6
If you are looking for anything custom, we would recommend:
Richard Crossman, Laird of Glencoe and Lochaber
Hever Costumes and Designs
If you know someone else who sews, there are many Simplicity & McCall's medieval dress patterns available in the costume section of the pattern book. You can check the Simplicity one at www.simplicity.com.
Q: Where do the proceeds of the Faire go?
A: The Faire is a volunteer not-for-profit organization. The gate admission that patrons pay offset the expenses incurred (e.g. park rental; sword repairs; costumes; storage; banner installation, programme, posters & flyer production; sound system rental to name a few) in putting on an event of this magnitude and the remaining funds go towards the next year's Faire.
Q: Who organizes this event?
A: The Faire happens largely due to the generous time volunteered by individuals within our community. There is a group of work coordinators assigned to particular areas of the medieval faire which is then overseen by a board of directors. We are always looking for more help, so, if you'd like to assist with the year to year running of the medieval faire, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (519) 279-4018.
Q: My grade 4 class is studying the medieval period, do you do school presentations?
A: We do not do school presentations. The Royal Medieval Faire is made possible by many enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Given our limited resources, we have decided to focus on producing an affordable high quality event.