Tryon Palace Announces ‘Colonial Market Days: A Tryon Palace Renaissance Fair’

Tryon Palace is announcing its inaugural Colonial Market Days: A Tryon Palace Renaissance Fair, set for June 3-4 throughout the Tryon Palace grounds in downtown New Bern, N.C.

Colonial Market Days will bring a new outdoor festival to Tryon Palace that celebrates the cultures of the early inhabitants and settlers of North Carolina. Held in the spirit of a traditional renaissance fair, Colonial Market Days celebrates the period of 1660-1720 with a lively outdoor market, encampments and multiple performance stages.

Cultural areas dedicated to North Carolina’s early inhabitants and settlers will be displayed on the South Lawn with encampments representing French, English, German, Swiss and African settlers, as well as the native American Indians. Visitors may also meet pirates and privateers to learn about life on the sea during the time period.

Performance stages will come to life with a variety of entertainers, including musicians, puppet shows, magic shows, singing, dancing and theatre. Guests will also enjoy performances by the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps and Jonkonnu Troupe.

The fair will include a wide range of children’s activities that include games, pony rides, an animal farm and crafts. Food vendors, historical goods and crafts vendors will also be available.

Tickets to Colonial Market Days go on sale Wednesday, March 1. Tickets prices are: $20 plus tax for adults, $10 plus tax for youth ages 7-18, $18 plus tax for adult Foundation members, $8 plus tax for youth Tryon Palace Foundation members (ages 7-18), and preschool aged children (6 and under) are free.