SPECIAL EVENTS 2019
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 p.m. 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 (including children in strollers). Please drink responsibly, we like return customers!
photo: Allen Castillo
Every Faire Day
Every Faire Day
Sinbad the Sailor and his pirate crew have arrived in Bristol looking for their friend Puss in Boots. The pirates find the notorious cat living, a life of responsibility, in a castle with the Princesses Penelope and Rapunzel. The pirates are intent on bringing Puss back to a life of adventure, but the Princesses wish them to remain in the Kingdom. Help Puss decide which life she should choose by proving yourself a worthy pirate or a respectable noble. 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 3:00 p.m. to quest at your own pace. Questing ends at 4:00 p.m.
Weekend 9, August 31, September 1 & 2
Closing Weekend & Labor Day
It is the final weekend, but you have THREE DAYS to experience the magic of the Bristol Renaissance Faire’s 2019 season! Join us as we pull out all of the stops and close out the 2019 season with three days of fun, fantasy, and frivolity!
Weekend 1, July 6 & 7
Join us as we open wide the gates to the 2019 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 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by paying adult. A coupon is not required for child tickets. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Weekend 2, July 13 & 14
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!
NEW – Beard Contest: Bring your whiskers to Bristol and be rewarded for the longest and the most decorated beard. Winners receive tickets to return to the Faire during the 2019 season. 4:15 p.m. at Trader’s Cove Stage.
NEW – Pirate Puns for the Young Swashbuckler: Bring your favorite Pirate Pun to Kids’ Kingdom for a just-for-fun pun-off! 1:30 p.m.
NEW – Pirate Swagger Contest: Do your sea legs make others weak in the knees? Show us your best swagger down the aisle for a chance to be rewarded with the adoration of the entire pirate crew and a swag prize. 5:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Chase Action Theatre. Register at the Guest Services gazebo before 4:00 p.m.
Photo Treasure Hunt: Seek treasure, do ye? Like puzzles and adventures? Then our 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 Instagram 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 20 & 21
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 2019 operating day!
(Offer only valid July 20 and 21, 2019. 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!
Masquerade Costume Contest: Both Saturday and Sunday: Register at Guest Services any time before 1:15 p.m. to receive your entry number. Mingle at the Maypole from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for judging and a group photo. Winners announced at 3:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Chase Action Theatre. Winners receive VIP seating at the 5:30 p.m. Joust, a photo op with our Game of Thrones knight, and tickets to return in 2019!
NEW – Cosplay Maypole Dance: Join us at the Maypole at 2:00 p.m. and dance as your cosplay character! Will the heroes kick up their heels? Will the villains begrudgingly have fun? Keep your cameras out because anything could happen!
Children (12 & younger) Costume Contest: Both Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. be in the Kids’ Kingdom area. No need to pre-register for the Children’s Contest!
Superstition and Sci-Fi in 1574
Ships flying through the air and weapons made of light are a staple of science fiction. Just how long have we been dreaming of such things? Our expert panel is here to guide you through the magic, superstition, and science of the Renaissance. 1:00 p.m. at Trader’s Cove
The Danse Macabre and its Meanings
Assemble the meanings and stories of the archetypical characters of the Danse Macabre and arm yourself with the knowledge to better appreciate the Danse. 4:15 p.m. at Trader’s Cove
Match wits with our trivia mistress and get to the Goblin City before time runs out at this just-for-fun trivia event. 5:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Chase
1574 Witch Hunt
This parlor-style role-playing game is similar to the old ‘Werewolf’ campfire game. Join us for our 1574 fantasy interpretation! 10:30 a.m. at Trader’s Cove
Weekend 5, August 3 & 4
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!
NEW – Renaissance Interpretations of Classic Monsters – Costume Contest: Creativity is king for this new costume contest. Take your favorite ‘bump in the night’ terror and reimagine it into the year 1574. Register at Guest Services any time before 1:15 p.m. to receive your entry number. Mingle at the Kraken Stage from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for judging and a group photo. Winners announced at 3:00 p.m at the Kraken Stage. (Warning: This contest may be too frightening for children under the age of 13.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th. Voting will take place on Facebook on Thursday, August 1st!
THEN – join us at the Globe stage at 5:30 p.m. for dramatic readings of the best limericks!
NEW – Children’s Magic Spells Brought to Life: Kids! (Age 12 & younger) With your parent’s permission, come up with a magic spell and what you’d like it to do. Then, email it to email@example.com before 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29th. Ten random winners will be selected to join us on stage to see if the magic of Bristol can power the spell!
Harry Potter Trivia: Just for fun trivia event. 5:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Chase stage.
NEW – Classic Monster Trivia: Just for fun trivia event. 4:15 p.m. at Trader’s Cove stage.
Weekend 6, August 10 & 11
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.
Out of Time Photo Hunt: The mad scientists strike again! They’ve left temporal weak spots in the city. 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 Instagram using our special hashtag #brfsteampunk and #chicagosteampunkexpo! We’ll choose three lucky winners each day this weekend to win tickets to return to Bristol or a pass to the Chicago Steampunk Expo!
Weekend 7, August 17 & 18
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!
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! Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 1st. We’ll pick our favorites and treat them to a day at the Faire, as well as invite them to a special ceremony where they can be recognized and knighted!
NEW – Be The Queen’s Hero: YOU can escort the Queen to the gates of Bristol at the end of the day – but only by proving yourself worthy! Pick up your Code of Honor from the Guest Services Gazebo, collect signatures from the noted citizens of Bristol, and turn in your completed list between 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Dais before the Joust to the Death. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the completed ballots to escort the Queen to the gate!
NEW – Elizabethan Trivia: Just for fun trivia event. Trader’s Cove at 2:00 p.m.
Weekend 8, August 24 & 25
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, etc.) 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.
You may also be interested in the complete list of activities available for every scout age group. Click Here.