Cloisters Demo

Hosted by Canton of Whyt Whey - New York, NY

Event date: September 30th, 2018

Event Last Modified: September 26th, 2018

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Event details

The Medieval Festival at the Cloisters is our largest demo opportunity of the year -- with tens of thousands of people visiting the site, it's a great chance to show off all of the things we do in the SCA, and we'd love your help sharing our passion with the public.

We're looking for more chatelaines, more fighters and fencers, more marshals and heralds, more artists and craftspeople of every stripe.

Please join us on Sunday, September 30th, in Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan.  (And yes, this is the site of the first official event held by the East Kingdom, fifty years ago.)


Please join us to demo for an audience of approximately 60,000 at the 2018 Medieval Festival outside the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park.  From 11:30am to 6pm, we will be set up on the "south lawn" as a medieval village, under shady tents with tables, demonstrating medieval arts, crafts, sciences, combat, dancing and singing.

Email the event steward, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin <>, if you can help out with demonstrations, including the activity you would like to show, how much table or open space you will need, and whether you can bring tents & tables to the event.

In addition to our demo, there will be dozens of other artisans, re-enactors & performers, as well as an enthusiastic audience fully dressed for the occasion.  Come and enjoy the largest & most audience-participatory celebration of medieval & Renaissance culture on the Eastern seaboard, in its 34th year.  See the festival's website for full details on the fun:


Here’s a summary of some of what we’ll be exhibiting to the public:

The Society of Creative Anachronism will host a medieval village on the south lawn re-creating many aspects of life from the end of classical antiquity through the renaissance.

Learn how you can join our society, master these skills, and immerse yourself in living history, so you can experience “the middle ages as they ought to have been.”

Fine Arts & Practical Crafts:
Visit throughout the day for displays of fine arts and practical crafts, including calligraphy and illumination, spinning and embroidery, glass and metalwork, weapons and armor.

Performance & Pageantry:
Get an up-close look at the music and dance, clothing and ceremony of the middle ages.

• 1:00 Musical Performances And Medieval Sing-Along
• 2:00 Historical World Fashion Show
• 3:00 Medieval and Renaissance Dance
• 4:00 Musical Performances
• 5:00 Crown Provincial Court

Fighting Arena:
Armored fighters protected by steel and leather fight brutal battles with heavy weapons, while fencers engage in rapier duels that are more elegant, but just as deadly.

• 11:30 Fighter Practice & Challenges
• 12:00 Fencing Tournament
• 1:00 Armored Combat Tournament
• 2:00 Fighter Practice & Challenges
• 3:00 Armored Combat Championship
• 4:00 Fencing Tournament

Youth Activities:
Discover the kinds of games kids would have played five hundred or a thousand years ago.  Watch our trained child warriors fight to the (pretend) death, or let your own youngsters try some target practice with our foam-padded swords and spears.

Site Opens: 11:30 am (setup begins at 9:00am)
Site Closes: 6:00 pm (followed by teardown)

Event Location

Fort Tryon Park
799 Fort Washington Ave.
(at Cabrini Blvd.)
New York, NY  10040
Google Map

The event site is accessible per the East Kingdom Accessibility Porter's Checklist.


Detailed directions are available here:

By subway:  The best way to reach the festival is to take the “A” train to the 190th St.  station, then follow the crowds up the elevators and into the park.  When you reach the park, walk through the main gate and continue down the road for another minute until you see an open field on your left; our encampment is in a cluster of tents on the top of that little hill.

By bus:  Take the M4 bus north to its last stop.  (Accessibility note:  this route has no stairs.)

By car:  Park elsewhere and use public transportation as above, or drive to the neighborhood and look for street parking or a paid garage, as described in the link above.

A limited number of parking passes are available by pre-arrangement with the festival for people who are bringing large amounts of equipment & setting up before the festival begins.  You MUST email the event steward to arrange for this parking.

Registration Fees

The event is free.  You are welcome to donate to the festival at the entry gate but no donation is required.

There is no feast.  Food is available from vendors on-site, and we have a potluck within our encampment for our participants.  You are invited to bring food for the potluck!

Make Checks Payable to: No fee!

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin (Matthew Cavalletto)
(917) 502-7795

Send Reservations to:

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin <>