Pirates, fairies and knights, oh my! His majesty the king has summoned the very best fire breathers, jugglers, musicians, dancers, pipers from all across the realm to please the patrons of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival. Sword will ring upon shield as knights do battle for the honor of their lady fair, the royal falconer shall fly birds of prey, see sleight of hand and feats of daring. Come one, come all! Check back often as the scribe shall be adding new names to the list of enchanting entertainers as they respond to the royal decree!
Lances will shatter and sword will ring upon shield as the brave knights of Joust Evolution do battle at the Great Plains Renaissance Festival being held in Sedgwick County Park. Experience the thrill of medieval combat as knight and steed work to win the day. May the most gallant knight win!
The Great Plains Renaissance Festival is proud to bring you the Master Falconers of Raptors Keep! Falconry was a popular sport and status symbol among the nobles of medieval Europe and the Middle East. Eggs and chicks of birds of prey were quite rare and expensive, and because the process of raising and training a hawk or falcon requires a great deal of time, money, and space, it was largely restricted to the noble classes. Be sure to catch one of Raptors Keep informative and entertaining shows, you’ll simply be amazed! Huzzah!
Herr Karl and His Company of Knights
Become a knight in shining armor! Herr (Sir) Karl is a 15th Century German Knight, sworn to truth, honor and the code of chivalry. Join Herr Karl and his company of knights…literally! Kids of all ages can live out their fantasy of being a 13th century knight by dressing in chainmail, gorget, gauntlets and knightly helmets – great for photo ops! Then watch our “Arming the Knight” show where you can actually learn the steps to knighthood, the parts of a knights armor and help…Herr Karl be suited in his 15th Century full 16-gauge plate harness. Sir Gregory and Don (Sir) Vilhelm will also be wearing their armor at various times each weekend to provide photo ops. Educational and entertaining- huzzah!
This picture says a thousand words…you know these scoundrels can’t be up to any good!
The Dangling Dames (Pending)
Wichita’s first and only aerial performance art group featuring Gaia, Tracey and Haley; aerial yoga, silks & lyra
2018 IHGF All-American Highland Games Championship
The Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival has been chosen as the weight over bar Championships as well as the All-American Championships at our spring show April 21st and 22nd, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita, KS. We are greatly honored to host these world class Olympic level events right here in Wichita. Be part of the action and come out and support local events and these great athletes who will represent the USA in the 2018 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships in France!
2018 IHGF All-American Highland Games Series Schedule by Francis Brebner IHGF President
The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) is pleased to announce the 2018 IHGF All-American Highland Games series, made up of ten games held across the USA:
- Queen Mary, Costa Mesa, CA – 17–18th February 2018
- Phoenix, AZ – 3–4 March; IHGF All-American Caber Tossing Championships
- Las Vegas, NV – 14–15 April; IHGF All-American 56-lb. Distance Championships
- Wichita, KS – 21–22 April; IHGF All-American 56-lb. WOB Championships
- Albuquerque, NM – 20-21; IHGF All-American 28-lb. Distance Championships
- Costa Mesa, CA – 26–27 May; IHGF All-American 16-lb. Open Stone Putt Championships
- Pikes Peak, CO – 14–15 June; IHGF All-American 28-lb. Braemar Stone Putt Championships
- Dublin, OH – 4–5 August; IHGF All-American 22-lb. Hammer Throwing Championships
- Topeka, KS – 18 August; All-American 16-lb. Hammer Throwing Championships
- Broken Arrow, OK – 17–18 September
- Wichita, KS – 24–25 September, All-American Championships
At each games in the series, the athlete with the most points overall in the competition will progress to the 2018 IHGF All-American Championships, which will be held at the Great Plains Renaissance Fair & Highland Games (Wichita, Kansas), 24–25 September.
From there, the winner of the 2018 IHGF All-American Championships will represent his country at the 2018 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships, which will be held in Bressuire, France, and will also compete in the IHGF World Highland Games series planned for 2019.
NEW FOR FALL 2018! The 19th Annual Fall Great Plains Renaissance Festival is pleased to bring you The Frostylocks Stage Show! Frostylocks: An off-beat singer-songwriter whose story-songs highlight his entertaining stage show. Splinter: An energetic fantastical creature whose playful shenanigans evoke refreshing wonderment, comedic rapture and awe.
Please welcome Francis Brebner to the Wichita Highland Games & Celtic Festival! He is our Announcer for the Highland Games, and the President of the International Highland Games Federation. He has held many World Championship titles and holds two World Records in the Weight For Distance category in the Highland Games.
SGA World Highland Games Championship 1997
IFSA World Games Champion 1996
World Caber Championship 1991, 93, 96, 98, 99, 2000, 01
World Record Holder 56ib weight for Distance 48ft 1”
World Record Holder 28lb weight for Distance 94ft 1”
British Caber Championship 1992, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000
Scottish Caber Championship 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 2000
Scottish 28lb weight for Distance Championship 1997
Scottish 56lb Weight for Distance Championship 1993, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000
Scottish 56lb Weight over the Bar Championship 1997, 98
British 28lb Weight for Distance Championship, 2001, 02
Scottish Championship 1990
European Championship 1993
World Team Challenge 91, 92
Tokyo Championship 90, 91
Royal Braemar Games 1998
Braemar Caber Championship Presented by the Queen 1998, 99
North East of Scotland’s Strongest Man 1987
North East of Scotland Arm Wrestling Champion 1987
Amira Dance Productions
These lovely and talented ladies have been with us since our very first year but still find new and exciting ways to delight and thrill the patrons of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival with their middle eastern dance performances! Sharing the joy of dance since 1974
The Knights of Canterbury and the Unicorn Galahad
Unicorns are real and Galahad is here to prove it! Galahad is a friendly war horse and jousting champion that moonlights as a Unicorn! Marvel at his nobility and grace. The Knights of Canterbury will offering Unicorn rides for kids of all ages during the festival. Hip, hip huzzah!
Tribal dance with a bang! Tribe Atomic is the performing troupe of Sarpa Rajni studio. The dancers comprising the troupe have over over 25 years of dancing between them, including two additional certified ATS instructors. Each member brings their own unique flair and style to the dance, making each performance dynamic and exciting in its own right. Tribe Atomic is also available for private performances.
Our favorite singing pirates are back and better than ever! Aye maties, head on over to hear the dread songs of the sea! AARRRRGGGGG!!!!
Learn about and play Viking Games! Don’t worry, these are Vikings you’ll like!
Ongoing interactive educational displays of Musketeers arms and armor, duties and responsibilities.
What is a Musketeer?
Musketeer refers to any soldier that carries a musket. Often the image brought to mind is that of the French Musketeer. Created by King Louis XIII of France, the served as Household Guard, Secret Service, and the Special Forces for the King. These men were unmatched by any ordinary soldier
Éiníní is a folk music band that performs traditional music from cultures throughout history. Our name, pronounced “eh-NEE-nee,” means “little birds.”
West Morris Dancers
Playing Celtic/English tunes and English folk dance using sicks, hankies and bells. Pure magic, we say. look for the West Morris Dancers throughout the day for the Queen has said “Let there be dance!”
Flint Hills Pipers
Queen of Scotland
Black Oak Shillelagh
Give a big Great Plains Renaissance Festival welcome to Black Oak Shillelagh! Exciting, energetic and fun! These talented troubadours will have you dancing to their jigs and reels and Celtic tunes. Their repertoire includes traditional Irish and Scottish ballads and songs and covers of the music of modern Irish artists such as Christy Moore. They’ve also been known to throw in a few songs from the sea and from places where the Irish immigrated. We also happen to think that Black Oak Shillelagh is the coolest name for a Celtic band – EVER! Huzzah!
The Jolly Bodgers
Crafters and re-enenactors do live demonstrations of their craft.
The Brothers of Bedlam
Mad Tom Bedlam and brother dear wander the festival grounds in search of good cheer. Interactive and entertaining and not to be missed (how can you?)! Here’s a helpful hint: Keep your eyes on your turkey legs!
Pipe Major Ian Briggs
Pipe Major Ian Briggs previously played with the Pipe Band of the Scots Guard where he played regularly for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and he has travelled the world as a member of the British Airways Pipeband as well as winning numerous prestigious awards for his pipe playing. We are greatly honored to have Pipe Major Briggs join us on the fields of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival! This year the Pipe Major will play for tips to benefit the Kansas Honor Flights!
Soap Suds the Pirate
The Society for Creative Anachronism
Blazing across the Midwest, Carpe Incendia, is quickly becoming a fan favorite with their fire and acrobatic wizardry. Troupe leader Tempest Storm and her Flamgra dancers dazzle young and old alike with their mesmerizing feats of daring, skill and flame!
The Royal Court
Chivalry for Children
“Knighthood lies above eternity; it doesn’t live off fame, but rather deeds.”
During their formative years, children are fascinated by the stories of heroes. In these legends and fairy tales, they find not only role models, but also an opportunity to explore for themselves the endless possibilities inherent in their imagination and creativity.
Even today, with the Internet and other incredible forms of mass communication and entertainment, the world of knights, with their tales of courtesy and chivalry still exert a powerful influence on the minds and imaginations of children of all ages.
Chivalry for Children seeks to tap into that fascination, and with stories and activities, to use it as a vehicle to inspire, encourage, and guide children and young adults to seek within themselves the qualities of “chivalry” which they possess but which may lie dormant within them, and to exhibit those virtues in their interactions with others.
Academ’e de Duello
The Acadam’e de Duello is a renaissance fencing club dedicated to the teaching of Renaissance Fencing as used from 1450 to 1750 AD based in Wichita, Kansas. “What is renaissance fencing?” Simply put, the European martial art of rapier fighting. The rapier was an effective, lightweight civilian weapon worn by nobles and scoundrels alike. The fighting style used by Acadam’e de Duello fighting is more effective than the Hollywood versions…”
The master of magic, sleight of hand, and wondrous wizardry! This is one medieval magician extraordinaire!
The Royal Parade
The Pirate Smoker
See all the jokes and acts that can’t be seen on the rest of the stages at the Great Plains Renaissance Festival! Trust me – this show isn’t for the feint of heart, nor is it for children. And, it’s the only show were you can drink a beer! In fact, no one under 18 years of age is allowed in the show, and 21 or older to drink.
There’s a $5 cover charge for the Pirate Smoker show – but, it’s well worth it!
Blackhearts Fencing Club
The Blackheart Renaissance Fencing Club holds practices every Tuesday in Derby, Kansas. We are a non-profit group that studies and practices swordsmanship from the renaissance and post renaissance eras dating from approximately 1100CE to 1800CE.
Sir William Paulette
Chief Herald, Knight of the Realm and the self proclaimed King of Hospitality – it just wouldn’t be the Great Plains Renaissance Festival without our favorite ambassador of good will and cheer greeting our patrons as they enter the festival grounds. Here’s a tip – if your visiting us for the very first time be sure to say hello to Sir William – you are sure to get the royal treatment! Hip, hip Huzzah!