Cloisters Demo

Hosted by Canton of Whyt Whey - New York, NY

Event date: September 29th, 2019

Event Last Modified: August 21st, 2019

Health Acknowledgement

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Event details

Once again, we will be participating in The Medieval Festival at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the largest event of its kind in our area, with an audience of approximately 60,000.

Please join us as we exhibit the wide range of Society activities to the public, including medieval arts and sciences, crafts and clothing, fencing and armored combat, dance and song, chivalry and pageantry.

We'll post additional information about the event here soon, including a schedule for the fighting and performance areas.

In the meantime, please consider volunteering to assist, as we are in need of many hands for set up, take down, organizing, and hosting for this demonstration.

If you have items or skills you wish to display at the demonstration, please contact the event stewards so we can organize space and logistics with you.  We are keen to demonstrate many forms of art & science including music, fiber arts, scribal arts, arms and armor, blacksmithing, jewelry making, games, clothing and millinery.  If you’d like to demonstrate a skill that is not listed, please let us know.

We welcome fencers and fighters from near and far!  Our fencing champion and heavy fighting champion will be hosting their respective provincial championship tournaments at the festival this year.  Come to demonstrate your skills before an eager audience, and receive recognition and glory within the Province!

We are also seeking chatelaines and other volunteers to help staff chatelaine tables.  These tables will make it easier for onlookers and those curious of our crafts to come and discuss more in depth what the Society of Creative Anachronism does and how they can get more involved.

If you wish to volunteer with any of the needs above, or in general, or simply wish to come and have fun with us, please contact the event stewards!

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

Event Location

Fort Tryon Park
1 Margaret Corbin Drive
New York, NY  10040
Google Map

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


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 a minute until you see an open field; 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.

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 payment is required.

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
mka Matthew Simon Ryan Cavalletto

Zahra al-Andalusiyya
mka Sarah Berman

Catelin Straquhin
mka Caitlin S.

Send Reservations to:

Contact the event stewards for assistance with logistics.