Medieval and Ancient Civilizations Festival

A colourful cast of medieval re-enactors, musicians, buskers, artisans, falconers, archers, merchants and jousting Knights in shining armour on horseback will converge at Upper Canada Village.  The festive encampment of tents, mini-stages, and livestock quarters will also feature a “weapons of war” competition, children’s games and activities, and a medieval marketplace.

See more about our full line-up of MEDIEVAL ENTERTAINMENT - ALL WEEKEND LONG, in the section below.

Teachers, visit our MEDIEVAL MONDAY - EDUCATION DAY section below!


Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 7 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, June 8 EDUCATION DAY 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Child (5 and under) FREE
Youth (6-12) $14.00
Adult (13 and 64) $20.00
Senior (65 and over) $17.00
Students on Monday See Medieval Monday information below.


Saturday through Monday, June 7 to 9, 2014

(Please note: We are expecting lots of school children visiting on Monday for our Education Day.

The entire weekend (Saturday through Monday) will be filled with continuous shows and entertainment, artisans and merchants … all in true Medieval-style! All performances are included in the price of your festival ticket. 

Detailed schedule of daily performances and activities.

Knights of Valour – Heavy Armour Jousting Tournament
Renowned for their exciting shows of horsemanship, bravery and chivalry, the Knights of Valour have been entertaining audiences for over a decade (*led by head knight Shane Adams from the History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting Show). 
The Knights will perform two action-packed shows per day on Saturday and Sunday (one heavy armour joust and one light) in a style worthy of Kings!
Between shows, the Knights will meet with the public to talk about the history and chivalry of Knights. Their magnificent horses will be on view throughout the festival.

On Monday, June 9th, the Knights of Valour will feature an ALL-NEW tribute to Warriors through Ancient Civilizations, showcasing warriors through the ages from Ancient Greece through to the medieval era, with each  paraded in full military regalia and weaponry, including a horse and chariot, gladiator games and a jousting tournament.   (The horse and chariot will be on display for public  viewing on Saturday and Sunday as well.)

Plus Much More ….
The festival offers continuous entertainment outside of the Jousting Tournaments. Colourful medieval performers will present a variety of interactive shows each day. Comedians, dancers, talented buskers, a wizard and wandering minstrels will create music and laughter throughout the event, adding to the faire atmosphere. Warrior and domestic encampments, archery demonstrations and armoured and unarmoured combat performances are sure to keep the excitement level high. And last but not least, the Royal Court, including the King and Queen and their entourage, will be in attendance at a number of events throughout the festival.
Falconry shows will also be offered, with the birds on display between shows.
There will be plenty of opportunity to witness the fine craftsmanship of Medieval artisans during the festival. Demonstrations in blacksmithing, armour manufacturing, leather working, chainmaille making, period fashions & jewelry making will all be part of the festival’s activities.

Children of all ages can try their hand at one of several games throughout the festival including Jacob’s Ladder, a Maze, Catapult game, Turtle Race, Skittles and more.

A number of colourful merchants will set up their tents at the festival, offering a wide selection of Medieval merchandise and food items. Be sure to stop in at the Bow and Arrow Eatery, and check back closer to the festival to see our complete line-up of merchants and food vendors.


Monday, June 9, 2014

The friendly dragon will return in 2014!

Broaden your student’s awareness of medieval history, architecture, music and society in a full day of ACTION-PACKED FUN, including a jousting tournament, continuous hands-on medieval workshops, music, dance, comedy acts and more! All presentations and workshops offered during our Medieval Festival Education Program are not only designed to be grade and age level appropriate, they are also both educational and entertaining. Home schoolers are welcome too.

Detailed schedule of daily performances and activities.

Making the Most of Your Visit

To get the most of your school visit, please plan to attend the Festival for at least half a day. We make every effort to include one of every type of "scheduled" show or workshop in both morning (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and afternoon (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). This includes the Knights of Valour’s ALL-NEW tribute to Warriors through Ancient Civilizations, showcasing warriors through the ages from Ancient Greece through to the medieval era, with each paraded in full military regalia and weaponry, (including a horse and chariot, gladiator games and a jousting tournament.

Other activities including historical encampments, vendor booths, medieval games and wandering entertainment, continue throughout the day. Medieval characters will also be available for interviews with students to discuss the daily lives of the medieval period.  Students will also enjoy a number of performances such as music, dance, comedy, buskering, fighting demonstrations and falconry.

Teachers are encouraged to assign students a project while they are in attendance at the festival, or to have them search out different characters and ask them questions related to their position in the shire. Students and chaperones are welcome to come dressed in medieval attire if they so choose!

Medieval Festival - Education Kit

Ticket Booking Form

Tickets must be purchased in advance by filling out our Student Ticket Booking Form and sending it to our Customer Service Unit. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED FOR TICKETS TO BE MAILED BY MAY 16/14. Upon receipt of your completed Ticket Booking Form and full payment, we will send you your Pre-paid Tickets. Please note that the Education Day Program has sold out in the past and that we encourage teachers to book as soon as possible. Please read on for more information on planning your trip:

  • A student ticket includes entrance to the festival, all entertainment, workshops and the Knights of Valour Show.
  • Chaperones must supervise their students at all times. There must be a minimum of one chaperone for every five students. A complete list of Education Program ticket prices are on the Student Ticket Booking Form.
  • Items sold at vendors’ booths are extra (however, some booths that normally carry high cost items may substitute other items to make the event more affordable for students).
  • Medieval games run by the Festival are FREE; vendor games are typically $1 to $2. Horse rides are an extra fee.
  • Students are allowed to bring a packed lunch or they may purchase items from our food vendors.
  • The festival is an outdoor event and will operate rain or shine from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Educators and chaperones should monitor the weather and advise students to dress appropriately for any weather condition. Tickets are non-refundable.
  • If the Medieval Festival Security has any issues with a student, the teacher will be notified immediately and the student will be escorted off the festival grounds.

Admission to the festival is through the main Upper Canada Village entrance gate. The grounds of the Medieval Festival are outside of the Village proper, and are accessed through a castle facade entrance located at the eastern border of the site. Visitors will also have full access to the Village’s uninterrupted, authentic 19th century program during the festival dates as part of their admission for the day … two historic and entertaining experiences for the price of one!!