What is a Renaissance Faire?
Our Faire is 30 acres of pure fun! 20 stages offer variety entertainment all day long. In addition, we dazzle you with a fully armored joust, the Queen and her glittering Court, amazing arts and crafts, delicious food, fine spirits, music, dance, parades, rides and games, and entertainers in the streets all day long. Join us for a day of play!
What are the dates and hours?
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 8 through September 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
How much are the tickets for admission? What does the admission price include?
Ticket prices are $25.95 for Adults. $11.50 for Children. Children 4 and under are always free. For more information on ticket prices, click here.
Admission includes all entertainment, the Jousts, parades, the on-going spectacle of hundreds of performers in street and stage performances, making music and holding a dance. There are interactive living history exhibits, craft demonstrations, a battle pageant, and activities for children are available at Kids Kingdom.
Do you offer a military discount? A senior discount?
Yes! Members of the military with valid ID and seniors age 65+ receive $2.00 off any regularly priced Box Office ticket. Cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Not valid for online tickets.
I purchased tickets through Ticketfly and can’t find the confirmation email/ need to reprint.
Do not worry! All tickets are saved on Ticketfly’s system. Simply log in to this webpage:
Using the email and password you created during checkout and you should be able to print your tickets. If you still cannot access your tickets, please call Ticketfly at 877-435-9849 or email them at [email protected] Please contact Ticketfly before calling us, as they have faster access to their ticket systems.
How much is parking?
Bristol offers both a preferred parking lot near the front gate for $5 (cash only) and a free parking lot to the far north side of the faire (entrance off the frontage road only). Both lots are mowed grass fields. There is handicapped parking available in the preferred parking lot.
Do you accept credit cards?
The Box Office accepts credit cards to purchase admission tickets. All food and drink merchants only accept cash. There are ATMs on site for your convenience ($3.50 transaction fee). Most merchants in our Marketplace accept credit cards, but each merchant creates their own policy.
Is there a place to secure bicycles?
While Bristol does not currently have a bicycle rack, there is a roped off area used for motorcycle parking near the front gate. You may secure your bicycle to the posts there. There is no charge to secure a bicycle.
May we bring outside food and drink?
No outside food and drink is permitted – with the exception of ONE single, empty water bottle per person. Tailgating/Grilling on our premises is not permitted and you will be asked to leave without refund. Infant formula/food is the only other general exception to our rule.
I have allergies/dietary restrictions. Can I have a special exception regarding outside food?
Yes. This exception will apply only to the person with the dietary restriction and will NOT give you permission to bring in food for your entire party. Please call the office at 847-395-7773 or contact [email protected] to obtain permission.
Are there vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options available on site?
Yes. A complete menu can be found here:
Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free offerings are marked.
COSTUMES & WEAPONS
Do I have to come in costume?
No, comfortable clothes are recommended. We do offer costume rentals through several of our merchants. Many of our guests come in costume and we feel that the whole experience is heightened and more fun when you come dressed to play.
Rates for renting costumes from Wizard’s Wardrobe range between $20 and $55 for the day, depending on the complexity of the costume. Renters must pay an additional $10 refundable cash deposit (per costume rented), while the actual rental fee itself may be paid by cash or credit card. Renters must be 18 years or older to sign a costume rental agreement. All Wizard’s Wardrobe costumes are laundered between rentals. Costuming is available for adults of all ages and children as young as four years old.
If I wear a costume do I get in for free?
Are shoes required?
Yes. Due to safety & insurance requirements all guests are required to wear shoes at all times. Tennis shoes, boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc are all permitted. Bare feet are never appropriate.
Is a kilt appropriate?
We receive this question quite a bit. On one hand, were kilts worn in 1574? Yes. Are most modern kilt patterns period appropriate? No. But even though Bristol recreates an English village, our guests should feel free to come however you are most comfortable. In years past we’ve had guests arrive in everything from Roman legionnaire garb through WWII fatigues… and Lord of the Rings through Star Trek. We welcome anyone who is willing to get into the spirit of things and play for a day.
May I bring my (costume) weapon?
All weapons should be sheathed and peace-tied. You may not have exposed steel. Our security team at the entrance gate will assist you if you do not know how to peace tie your weapon.
May I bring my bow & arrows?
Yes. You may bring your bow if it is unstrung, or strung with yarn (or some other line that cannot hold tension). Arrows must be untipped and cable-tied together and secured to the quiver. Our security team at the entrance gate will assist you if you do not know how to peace tie your weapon.
May I bring my instrument?
No. Due to an unfortunate number of people who have brought instruments and attempted to busk in our streets, you may not bring in any instrument except for a drum for our drum jam.
May I bring a concealed firearm?
No. The Bristol Renaissance Faire is a “special event” by Wisconsin law. We do not permit any person to bring any type of concealed weapon or firearm on our property. Below is the relevant passage:
It is unlawful for any person to enter or remain at a special event if the organizers of the special event have notified the actor not to remain at the special event while carrying a firearm or with that type of firearm. The provision does not apply if the firearm is in a vehicle driven or parked in the parking facility, to any part of the special event grounds or building that is used as a parking facility. The law defines ―special event‖ as an event that is open to the public, is for a duration of not more than three weeks, and either has designated entrances to and from the event that are locked when the event is closed or requires an admission. Wis. Stat. § 943.13(1m)(c)3.
MISC. & POLICIES
What other amenities are available?
For your convenience, we have the following on the faire grounds:
Handicapped Rest rooms
Wheelchairs for rent (Manual-only. No electric chairs.)
First Aid (located next to the Globe Stage)
Lost & Found (located at the Guest Services Gazebo)
Baby Changing Tables & Nursing Room (in Kids Kingdom)
Is the Faire wheelchair accessible?
Yes, with the understanding that we are an outdoor event. We are under the trees with rough terrain. You may encounter hills and roots. It is best to have a strong friend available to help you push your chair if yours is not motorized. The Faire also has a small selection of wheelchairs that are offered for a daily rental of $15.00. There is a deposit of $50.00 which is recredited to you when returning the wheelchair in good condition.
Do you have motorized wheelchairs or scooters?
Sadly, we do not have any motorized chairs or scooters at this time.
Can we bring in a stroller or wagon?
Yes. Strollers and wagons of all sizes are welcome at the Faire.
May I bring in a backpack?
Yes. Backpacks are permitted. Please know that all bags are searched at the gate by our security team for your safety.
Can I smoke or vape at Bristol?
The Bristol Renaissance Faire now has designated smoking areas. These areas are noted on the map you can pick up at Guest Services and are located near the Three Sheets Pub, The Town Square Public House, Tuscany Tavern, The Cigar Shop Area located by the Joust Tavern and in the Friends of Faire Garden (for Friends of Faire Members). All smoking, including vapes, is permitted only at these locations. Thank you kindly.
Do you spray for mosquitos?
Yes. We spray two times each week to control the mosquito population. All spraying takes place between Monday – Thursday.
May we bring a pet?
For your animal’s safety, pets are not permitted. Service animals are welcome. Service animals are defined in section III-4.2300 of the Title III Technical Assistance Manual to include any guide dog, signal dog (e.g., a “hearing dog”), or other animal individually trained to do work or provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
May I distribute free items at Bristol?
Please do not. Bristol partners with numerous charities and advertisers each and every year. To distribute other materials on site is in violation of our no-soliciting rule. Further, distributing products (especially those intended as edibles) without a waiver on site is in violation of Wisconsin state law and contrary to the application process that each member of our Marketplace undergoes to continue to offer quality artisan goods at Bristol.
Can I bring my drone to Bristol?
Drones are not permitted at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. We use black powder for our musket and cannon demonstrations. Please do not fly over the Faire for the safety of your drone.
Can I leave the Faire and come back in?
Yes, you can ask for a hand stamp from the greeters at the front gate.
What if it rains?
The Faire is open rain or shine. No refunds or rain checks are offered. Almost all entertainment acts will continue in rain or shine. Many performers have unique shows they only perform in the rain!
All our policies can be found here.
Does the Faire recycle?
Yes! Our waste collection is managed by Advanced Disposal who sorts all refuse and recycles all recyclable materials at their processing center. There are no separate collection bins at the Faire for recycling because Advanced Disposal does all the sorting for us!