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Our mission is to provide a safe, clean, and inviting experience for family entertainment. To ensure all of our guests enjoy their time at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, we require every visitor to comply with our CODE OF CONDUCT.
Welcome back to the
Bristol Renaissance Faire
After the plague comes the Renaissance
Here’s what to know before you go.
May 18, 2021
Welcome back to the Bristol Renaissance Faire! As you prepare your return, please note that we have made a few changes to our fantasy world by incorporating updates from the CDC and appropriate governmental and local agencies. A few things may be different from the last time you visited, as our goal is to keep you, our valued guests, our participants, entertainers, and staff safe. This commitment of creating cherished memories, entertainment, and fun is what drives us. We could not be more excited to invite you and your family back to the Faire.
Some images shown throughout this website, our social media channels, and other promotional materials do not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face coverings. Please check this page before you visit as it will be changing weekly as we react to the defeat of the dreaded COVID-19 disease.
2021 Entrance Requirements:
1. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask.
2. Some experiences may be modified to reduce physical contact.
3. For the protection of everyone, we encourage you to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination offered free of charge through your local Health Department, and various pharmacies in your area.
4. Please be mindful of keeping your social distance around other guests.
5. If you have flu-like symptoms such as a cough or fever, we encourage you to stay home.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting the Bristol Renaissance Faire, a Renaissance Entertainment Productions event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.
Please check back as this will be updated weekly with changes as our event progresses. Thank you.
Our Faire is 30 acres of pure fun! 20 stages offer a variety of 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!
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 10 through September 6, 2021, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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 across our 16 stages, 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, and activities for children available at Kids’ Kingdom. Click Here for Family-friendly activities at the Faire. Use this link for Adult Shenanigans. Did you know these 6 things about the 2019 Faire?
Yes! Members of the military with valid ID and seniors age 65+ receive $1.00 off any regularly priced Box Office ticket. Cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Not valid for online tickets.
Do not worry! ShowClix has recorded your transaction and you will get your tickets. Please reach out to their customer care team by phone or email.
Customer Care is available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, and Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
FRAUD AND TICKET SCAM ALERT: We have received recent reports of ticket fraud and scams. Please know that the Bristol Renaissance Faire cannot guarantee the validity of tickets purchased through any entity other than RenFair.com, ShowClix or our off-premise ticket seller, Menards (2019). To avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen, void or inflated tickets, purchase them directly and only from the Bristol Renaissance Faire website, in person at our venue box office, at participating Menards location or by calling our office directly.
Any sort of ticket scalping is strictly prohibited by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
As always, the only way you can be 100% sure your tickets are real and will get you in is to buy them from our sources. Together we can fight fraud.
You can give tickets as gifts! The ticket purchaser’s name appears on the ticket simply as a security feature. We will not be checking the name printed on the ticket at the gate unless there is a barcode error. Happy gifting!
Bristol offers both a preferred parking lot near the front gate for $10 (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 accessible parking available in the preferred parking lot.
The Box Office accepts credit cards to purchase admission tickets. All food and drink merchants are cash only. 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.
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.
We offer a variety of fresh, delicious food for our guests to enjoy at concession stands throughout our Faire; however, we understand that guests may need to bring outside food and drink into our Faire. Please note the following guidelines for bringing food and drink into our park:
- One water bottle per guest (any size).
- Any food required for medical purposes and medically–indicated nutritional supplements
- Any food required for special dietary needs
- Baby food/baby formula
- Picnic lunches
- Food that requires heating or refrigeration
- Alcohol and glass containers (excluding baby food jars)
No, comfortable clothes are recommended. 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.
We do not have any costume rental shops at Bristol for the 2020 season. We hope to offer rentals again in the future.
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.
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.
Yes. All weapons must 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.
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.
Yes! Walking canes and staffs of all kinds are welcome.
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.
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.
No pets are allowed at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Service animals are permitted. All service animals must meet the Federal ADA guidelines. According to the ADA, only dogs can be designated as service animals. Emotional support animals Do Not enjoy the same rights. They are not allowed into the faire. All other animals and pets are prohibited. Service animals MUST remain on a leash or harness and under the control of the owner at all times. The ADA does not require that all animals be accommodated at all times. The ADA guidelines stipulate that the dog must be leashed or under strict verbal command at all times. Even if the dog is a service animal, we are not obliged to accommodate the animal if these guidelines are not met.
Please do not request to bring your service dog who is currently “in training”. With the best of intentions, a service dog in training is just that, in training. You risk harmful advancement and potential anxiety development having a dog in a very dusty and busy environment competing with thousands of feet moving right next to them. Please wait until they are fully vetted to provide the service which will help you.
For your convenience, we have the following on the faire grounds:
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)
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.
We do not have any motorized chairs or scooters.
Yes. Strollers and wagons of all sizes are welcome at the Faire.
Yes. Backpacks are permitted. Please know that all bags are searched at the gate by our security team for your safety.
The Bristol Renaissance Faire 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, and the Joust Tavern. All smoking, including vapes, is permitted only at these locations. Thank you kindly.
Yes. We spray two times each week to control the mosquito population. All spraying takes place between Monday – Thursday.
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.
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.
Yes, you can ask for a hand stamp from the greeters at the front gate.
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!