Theme Weekends

Theme Weekends add an extra layer of fun for our guests. Every weekend celebrates the joy and spirit of the Renaissance, and on the following weekends, we infuse an exciting twist.

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July 16 & 17, 2022 – RENNCON™

RennCon™ is a celebration of cosplay in all its forms. 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 villagers at the biggest costume party in Bristol.

Best Handmade Cosplay Costume Contest – Sign up at the Guest Services Gazebo by 2 p.m. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for anonymous judging. Winners will be announced later in the day – check the stage schedule for the time & place.

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July 23 & 24, 2022 – MARKETPLACE WEEKEND

Go shopping this weekend and receive 2 FREE tickets for every $250 spent to come back to the Faire through August 28, 2022. This offer does not apply to games, rides, food, beverage, or the Renaissance Collection Stores. Paper receipts must be presented at the Guest Services Booth (located inside the Faire, near the front gate) by 7 p.m. to receive tickets. Applies to purchases made July 23 & 24 only.

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August 6 & 7, 2022 – PIRATE WEEKEND

Bluebeard, Blackbeard, No Beard? Dress and talk like a pirate on August 6 and 7!

Best Handmade Pirate or Sea Creature Costume Contest – Sign up at the Guest Services Gazebo by 2 p.m. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for anonymous judging. Winners will be announced later in the day – check the stage schedule for the time & place.

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August 13 & 14, 2022 – STEAMPUNK WEEKEND

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! It is, after all, a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff.

Best Handmade Steampunk Costume Contest – Sign up at the Guest Services Gazebo by 2 p.m. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for anonymous judging. Winners will be announced later in the day – check the stage schedule for the time & place.

Absinthe Bar – The perennially popular absinthe bar returns! Join us near the Lord Mayor’s Forum to experience this famous liquor.

ARE YOU HOSTING ANY OTHER THEME WEEKENDS?
No. We are only hosting four theme weekends for the 2022 season: RennCon™, Marketplace, Pirate, and Steampunk Weekend. We look forward to the return of other theme weekends (such as Scout Weekend) in future seasons. Thank you for your continued support.

Pub Crawl

The Pub Crawl sells out quickly and does not include admission to The Bristol Renaissance Faire. You will need an admission ticket and a Pub Crawl ticket if you wish to drink with us.

Play the best beer game this side of 1599 at Bristol’s legendary Pub Crawl. Join the loud and lusty pub crawl crew, and 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 14 beers on tap or a delicious mead as you go. We also offer gluten-free cider. FOUR alcoholic drinks are included in the Pub Crawl – one at each pub. Just $65 per ticket, the Pub Crawl runs four times each Saturday: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and three times each Sunday: 12:00 p.m., 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.  Half of the tickets for each crawl are available online, and half are available for purchase on the day of the crawl (at Guest Services) on a first-come basis.

Pub Crawl tickets purchased online must be redeemed at Guest Services between 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to receive your wristband. You MUST check-in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled Pub Crawl to receive your wristband. No wristband means no Pub Crawl. If you are late, you will not receive all 4 drinks. No refunds.

You may only Crawl once per day!

The Pub Crawl sells out quickly and does not include admission to The Bristol Renaissance Faire. You will need an admission ticket and a Pub Crawl ticket if you wish to drink with us.

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!

Faire Reviews

Most excellent hilarity and general merriment was had by all. I highly recommend the Pub Crawl! – Lynette P

I wanted to offer my biggest, most heartfelt thank you to the Bristol Staff for a truly magical weekend. My friends and I were very impressed with the genuine talent of each and every actor and performance. I also wanted to extend a personal thank you to Uncle Jack, who was welcoming and loving to my friends and me. His extra attention and care made him fun to talk to, and my friends and I found ourselves seeking him out throughout the day to have conversations with him again. Love you, Uncle Jack! We look forward to joining you in the Pub Crawl soon. An additional thank you/apology to the handsome gentleman portraying William Shakespeare. We loved your genuineness and authenticity, (as well as your patience with the cherry thief, and I am only slightly apologetic but very thankful for the wonderful laughs and memories that followed).
For someone who has never been to a Renaissance Faire before, I have been delighted and enthused with my trip to Bristol. I wish I could write more expressing my happiness because of my trip. Please know that you all are the reason people believe in magic, and the joy you have bringing imagination to life is outstanding. Please keep up the amazing work! I will be visiting again. With love, Emma

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