The Sterling Renaissance Festival returns for another summer of old-time revelry Saturday, July 1.

The festival, now in its 41st season, draws about 100,000 to its Farden Road grounds every summer. It’s set in the village of Warwick, England, in 1585, and features musicians, artisans, jousting, food, theater, games and more from the era. The festival also has a company of performers, the Wyldewood Players, who interact with patrons as though they’ve stepped into the long-ago time period. 

This summer, the Sterling Renaissance Festival is both celebrating its first 40 years and bl…

For its 40th anniversary season last year, the festival added The Warwick Inn, a three-story facility that combines a sit-down pub and a performance space.

“It’s a lovely little creative experiment,” festival Creative Director Gary Izzo told The Citizen last year. “As the mythology keeps adding, people will see delightful stuff. They’ll always see something new on it.”

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 1 through Aug. 13, at the grounds, 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. Themed weekends this season include:

July 1-2: Family Appreciation Weekend

July 8-9: Market Place Weekend

July 15-16: Ale Fest Weekend

July 22-23: Highland Fling Weekend

July 29-30: Pirate Invasion Weekend

Aug. 5-6: Fantasy, Fairies & the Future Weekend

Aug. 12-13: Grand Finale Weekend

Festival tickets are $10.95 and up.

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