SPECIAL EVENTS 2018
Every Faire Day
The Pub Crawl
Play the best beer game this side of 1599 at Bristol’s legendary Pub Crawl. Join the loud and lusty pub crawl crew, skip long lines as they personally amuse you along the village streets to several fine taverns and public houses. Try not to spill as you jiggle with merriment at the most bodacious songs, jests, jokes, stories and riddles the shire has to offer. Travel with your own bartender, for immediate service, and choose from more than 20 beers on tap or a delicious mead as you go. We also offer a gluten free cider. FOUR alcoholic drinks are included in the Pub Crawl – one at each pub.
The Pub Crawl departs at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Pub Crawl departs at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Every Pub Crawl costs $45 to party with us. Half the tickets for each crawl are available online, the other half are available for purchase on the day of the crawl on a first-come basis. Pub Crawl tickets purchased online must be redeemed at Guest Services between 10 a.m. – 12 noon, or the red RenQuest vardo between 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. to receive your wristband.
You may only Crawl once per day!
The Pub Crawl sells out quickly. Day-of tickets will be available at Guest Services until noon – then at the Red Wagon in the RenQuest camp until 2:30. We recommend online purchase before you arrive at Bristol to guarantee your spot. A ticket to the Pub Crawl does not include admission to The Bristol Renaissance Faire. You will need an admission ticket and a Pub Crawl ticket if you wish to join the Pub Crawl.
Must be 21 to participate (IDs will be checked for everyone). Children are not permitted on the Pub Crawl. Please drink responsibly, we like return customers!
photo: Allen Castillo
Every Faire Day
Every Faire Day
Two members of the Order of The Mice, spies for King Coal and his family, have arrived in Bristol and are searching for a prince and princess. With many nobles arriving in Bristol recently, it could be anyone. Use all of your cleverness and sneaking to help the Mice and find this elusive pair. The adventure is designed for children ages 4-10 and should last 20-30 minutes. The quest is $5 payable at the RenQuest Vardo, however, the adventure begins in Kids’ Kingdom at the Hobbity House with the big blue door. We ask that parents accompany their child while they complete their quest. Sign up any time between 10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. to quest at your own pace. Questing ends at 4:30 p.m.
Weekend 1, July 7 & 8
Join our Lord Mayor, Arthur Trewilliger Brimm, and his beloved sister, Henrietta (but you may call her Hattie) Brimm, as they open wide the gates to the 2018 Bristol season! Be the first to see what the season has in store, with NEW merchants, NEW entertainment, and ALL sorts of fun lurking around every corner for you and your family!
Did you know? You can receive a SPECIAL Adult Ticket price this weekend with our coupon! Join our e-mail list to receive the coupon!
Children age 12 & younger are admitted free when accompanied by paying adult. Coupon not required for child tickets. Limit 6 children per adult.
Weekend 2, July 14 & 15
Yar! Hoist the mainsails, don your best dress, and polish your peg leg, ye scallywags, for pirates and sailors of all sorts are taking over Bristol this weekend! Whether you love to sing sea shanties, have perfected your pirate talk, or just love the beauty of sailing upon the open ocean – this is a weekend for all things nautical, piratical, and fun! Mark it on your calendars, because this is a weekend you don’t want to miss!
Photo Meetup: Meet us in yer best and seafaring finest for a photo meetup at 3:15 p.m. on our BRAND NEW 3 Sheets Stage! Get yer portrait taken and commemorate the day ye took Bristol by storm!
NEW for 2018 – Photo Treasure Hunt: Seek treasure, do ye? Like puzzles and adventures? Want to see Bristol through a new set of eyes? Then our new photo hunt is for you! Seek out the clues at the Guest Services Gazebo near the front gate and follow them to four locations throughout Bristol. There find the Official Bristol Photo Hunt sign and take a selfie with it! Once you’ve located all four signs and taken photos with them, post those photos to social media using our special hashtag #brfpirate! We’ll choose three lucky winners each day this weekend to win tickets to return to Bristol!
Weekend 3, July 21 & 22
Marketplace Bonus Ticket Weekend
Shop the wares of more than 175 merchants and artisans! If you spend $250 or more in a single day this weekend and then present your receipts at the Guest Services Gazebo, you will receive two complimentary tickets valid any 2018 operating day!
(Offer only valid July 21 & 22, 2018. Limit 2 tickets per adult customer. Excludes Box Office, games, rides, food, and beverage purchases.)
Trying to decide whether to hit the faire or the con this weekend? Now you no longer have to choose! Join us on RennCon™ for our celebration of cosplay in all its forms. Attend a panel, take in the scenery, and enjoy some very special surprises! Whether you draw your inspiration from the sci-fi scene, anime, comics, television, fairy tales, or anywhere else… we invite you to mingle with our 16th-century townsfolk at the biggest costume party in Wisconsin!
NEW FOR 2018: Limited Edition RennCon™ Moscow Mule copper mug available to the first 95 purchasers at the Town Square Public House. Drink available everywhere, mug only available while supplies last!
Masquerade Costume Contest: Both Saturday and Sunday: Register at Guest Services any time before 2 p.m. to receive your entry number. Mingle at the Maypole from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for judging and a group photo. Be at the Kids’ Kingdom Stage at 5:15 p.m. for the announcement of the winners. Prizes provided by Arda Wigs & Anime Central!
Children (12 & younger) Costume Contest: Both Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. be in the Bristol’s Kids’ Kingdom area. No need to pre-register for the Children’s Contest!
Special Concert: Steam Powered Giraffe! The singing musical automatons are proud to return to the Bristol Renaissance Faire during RennCon™ Weekend! This quirky act combines comedic sketches, improvised android banter, and original music fused with multimedia visuals, billowing steam effects, and robot pantomime.
The robots perform Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. on the Globe Stage.
Autographs 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets to the Faire already include the concert, no additional ticket needed for Steam Powered Giraffe concert.
Cosplay Photo Meetups: Meet and greet and get your photo taken with like-minded cosplayers! Are you a Disney princess, an Anime hero, or a video game warrior? We want you to show us what you got! All cosplays from all genres are welcome! All Meetups take place on the green between the Guest Services Gazebo and the Maypole.
Game of Thrones sponsored by Age of the Geeks (Sat)
Legend of Zelda (Sun)
Princess Bride (Sun)
Star Wars (Sat)
Dr. Who (Sat)
Infinity War (Sat)
Adventure Zone (Sun)
My Hero Academia (Sat)
Arda Wig Meet-up – All cosplays using Arda Wigs are welcome for a special meet up with the company! (Sat & Sun)
Panel Schedule: Find our informational panels at the stage in Legion Field (to the west of the Maypole, next to the old oak tree).
11:00 – How To Build Interesting RPG Characters and NPCs!
Learn how to build interesting RPG characters and NPCs with Casimir and Mynogan from The Skald’s Circle! You will hear tales of some of the most common errors players and GMs make and how to avoid them!
11:30 – Creating A Unique Fantasy World
Make your own complete, stand-alone, fantasy world that your players or readers will talk about for years to come.
12:00 – Harry Potter Trivia
Wands at the ready! Just for fun trivia for all to enjoy.
12:30 – Wigs 101 by Arda Wigs (Saturday only)
Learn about Wig care from the professionals!
1:00 – Special Effects Makeup on a Budget
Learn about different types of special effects and cosplay makeup, and how to do them on a budget! We’ll cover alternatives to popular special effects products as well as ‘hacks’ to make your makeup pop (or shiny… or scary…)!
1:30 – A Wizard Did It – Responsibly Adding Magic to a World
How to add magic to a world you’re building or playing in without breaking the world. Topics covered will be The Price of Magic, Magic as a seed of variance, and Hard vs. Soft Magic.
2:00 – Scum and Villainy
An exploration of bad guys in categories with particular focus on how to write them. Branches covered will be “Cool Villains”, “Love to Hate Villains” and “Sympathetic Villains.” What kinds of powers, motivations and backstories make for these kinds of characters?
Weekend 5, August 4 & 5
NEW – Monsters & Magic
Whether you believe it’s “LeviOsa”, or “LevioSA”, we’re sure you’ll find our weekend dedicated to all things magical and monstrous an uplifting experience! Join us as we celebrate all things dark and spooky, as well as the magic that allows them to exist in our Monsters and Magic weekend! Tighten your neck bolts, comb your fur, and sharpen your fangs because this weekend is going to be wicked!
Monster Meetups: Meet and greet and get your photo taken with characters in your genre! Wizards, witches, warlocks – all are welcome! Are you a classic monster, a shambling zombie, or a fanged and furred monstrosity? Doesn’t matter – we want to see you! All meet-ups take place on the green between the Guest Services Gazebo and the Maypole.
12:00 p.m. – Gryffindor House meetup
12:20 p.m. – Hufflepuff House meetup
12:40 p.m. – Ravenclaw House meetup
1:00 p.m. – Slytherin House meetup
1:20 p.m. – Magical Beings meetup
1:40 p.m. – Zombies & Monsters meetup
2:00 p.m. – Creatures & Beasts meetup
Spooky Limerick Contest: Give us a fright by submitting your spooky and scary limericks to us. Limericks should feature either monsters or magical themes and should somehow feature Bristol – either as a locale, or some of our local characters. The top four limericks will be featured on our Facebook page wherein you – the adoring public – get to vote! The two winners with the most likes will win tickets to visit Bristol this season! Please submit your limerick to email@example.com before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31st. Voting will take place on Facebook on Wednesday, August 1st!
THEN – join us at the Globe stage at 5:30 p.m. for dramatic readings of the best limericks!
Weekend 6, August 11 & 12
We invite all our guests to dress up in your finest time-traveling attire. No matter which century you portray, we’re looking forward to celebrating a leap back (or forward) in time with you! Gas up your airship, pop-up your parasol, and dust off your cravat – because this weekend is going to be a steamy sensation!
This weekend only: The return of the Absinthe Bar (near the Lord Mayor’s Forum Stage), and a special visit from the Green Fairy.
Saturday: The Steampunk Promenade Costume Contest with Grand Prizes for the top three individuals whose costumes are the best handcrafted head-to-toe ensembles. Participants will be judged on their overall look and creativity, as well as an additional emphasis placed on ensembles that feature handmade or crafted pieces. Register at Guest Services any time before 2 p.m. to receive your entry number. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for anonymous judging. Be at the Globe Stage at 5:30 p.m. for a group photo – contestants sit in the first 5 rows. Semi-Finalists will be called to the stage for additional photos. The Champions will be announced thereafter.
Sunday: The Marvelous Steampunk Accessory Contest with prizes for the most epic handcrafted accessories! Judging will focus on creativity, uniqueness, and functionality. Pieces that feature practical effects or reuse everyday items in clever ways will receive additional points. Register at Guest Services any time before 2 p.m. to receive your entry number. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for anonymous judging. Be at the Globe Stage at 5:30 p.m. for a group photo – contestants sit in the first 5 rows. The winners will be announced after the group photo!
Weekend 7, August 18 & 19
NEW – Heroes & Villains
Wear your colors with pride! Step out and join the Heroes or the Villains for a weekend filled with daring deeds and wicked mischief! Whether you love to be hated or hate to be loved – we want you to come out ready to do battle and in your best costumes! Mutants, gods, aliens, super geniuses, and daring average joes – we’re waiting to see you all come and take Bristol by storm!
Photo Meetups: Meet and greet and get your photo taken with characters in your genre! Gather at the Maypole at
1:00 p.m. – Heroes!
1:15 p.m. – All Heroes & All Villains in a posed mock battle
1:30 p.m. – Villains!
Everyday Heroes Write-In Contest: Is there someone in your life who is a superhero or heroine? Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their everyday acts of kindness, selflessness, or heroism? We’d like to hear about it! Head to our Facebook Event Page and tell us in 50 words or less why your nominee should be selected as our hero or heroine. Entrees accepted until 5 p.m. on August 6th. We’ll pick our favorites and treat them to a day at Bristol, as well as invite them to a special ceremony where they can be recognized and knighted!
Weekend 8, August 25 & 26
Salute to Military & Scouts Weekend
Salute to Uniforms: Special Discount at the Box Office for Active and Veteran Military, Police, Fire Department, and EMT personnel with valid ID. Save $5.95 off adult single-day admission. No coupon needed. (We’d love to see your affiliated T-shirts!)
Scouts Weekend: ANY SCOUT (Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Spiral Scout) is welcome to participate. Leaders and scouts IN uniform receive a discount for their entire party – no coupon needed.
Adult Tickets (age 18+) $20.00 (regularly $25.95)
Scouts (age 13-17) $15.00 (regularly $25.95)
Child Tickets (age 5-12) $8.50 (regularly $11.50) – limit 6 children per paying adult.
Stop at Guest Services to pick up a Scouts Weekend Passport filled with activities. Complete the printed number of activities to gain access to purchase a special Bristol Renaissance Faire patch! $5 per patch, $3 per rocker year patch.
Weekend 9, September 1, 2 & 3
Closing Weekend & Labor Day
It is the final weekend, but you have THREE DAYS to experience the magic of the Bristol Renaissance Faire’s 2018 season! Join us as we pull out all of the stops and close out the 2018 season with three days of fun, fantasy, and frivolity!