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New this Season
Chess Stage Area



Chess Stage

2014 marks the start of a new era on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The Faire’s Human Chess Match Stage Arena has undergone complete reconstruction in preparation for the 34th annual Renaissance Faire, but will also moonlight as a concert venue for multi-genre entertainers.

In 1996, the Chessboard, comprised of a live grass and dirt grid, measuring 50’ X 50’, was replaced with a wooden version, which was easier to maintain through the years, but not a favorite of the actors performing rolling, diving and falling stunts on the hard surface. The new Chess Board is stunt-grade Astroturf atop a bed of one-inch foam. In addition to the welcome cushiony surface to be appreciated by the Faire’s acting company, the board will be available for blanket seating directly in front of the stage for concert events.

The Human Chess Match Stage Arena will be accompanied by the Pawn Shop (located directly behind the main stage) and is the perfect place to pick up your Official Festival Merchandise!

In the mood for more entertainment after watching the Chess Match? Stop by the Chess Gazebo throughout the Faire day for an intimate performance experience with some of your favorite traveling acts!

Chess Construction Chess Chess Board
Pawn Shop