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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Steampunk Weekend (July 17 & 18, 2021)

We invite all our guests to dress up in their 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.

Steampunk Costume Contest

The theme for 2021: Best Handmade Costume! Sign up at the Guest Services Gazebo by 2 p.m. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for photos and anonymous judging. Winners will be announced at 4:45 p.m. at the Castle Keep stage.

(Costume Contest takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s winners may not compete again in Sunday’s contest.)

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Pirate Weekend (August 7 & 8, 2021)

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 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!

Pirate Costume Contest

The theme for 2021: Best Handmade Costume! Sign up at the Guest Services Gazebo by 2 p.m. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for photos and anonymous judging. Winners will be announced at the Castle Keep Stage at 3:30 p.m.

(Costume Contest takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s winners may not compete again in Sunday’s contest.)

The Ringing of the Bells (August 14, 2021)

11 a.m. (BYOB: Bring your own bell)

When words fail, let the bells ring. To honor the memories and celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost, we invite you to join us on August 14th at 11 a.m. for a moment of joyous noise.

Enjoy the serenity of Cotswold Commons, bring and display photos of your loved ones, and raise a toast (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) in our open house of rememberances.

Loki Day (August 21, 2021)

A truly unique variant of a day.

Lokis assemble! Bristol needs your help to capture photos of the numerous variants throughout the Faire on your Instagram Story (be sure to tag the Bristol Renaissance Faire so we can share them) – and we’ll select a random winner to receive return tickets to the Faire!

Today only – don’t miss Loki’s Lifeline – a delicious new cocktail – while supplies last.

Superhero/villain Costume Contest

The theme for 2021: Best Handmade Costume! Sign up at the Guest Services Gazebo by 2 p.m. Mingle at the Maypole from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for photos and anonymous judging. Winners will be announced later in the day (4:30 p.m. at the Castle Keep Stage). Yes, any superhero or supervillain may enter. (Contest is Saturday Only.)

Are you hosting any other theme weekends (Scouts, RennCon)?

No. We look forward to the return of more theme weekends in future seasons.

Pub Crawl

Play the best beer game this side of 1599 at Bristol’s legendary Pub Crawl. Join the loud and lusty 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 14 beers on tap or a delicious mead as you go. We also offer a gluten-free cider. FOUR alcoholic drinks are included – one at each pub.

The Pub Crawl departs at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and costs $55 to party with us. 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!

Special Events: Pub Crawl 2019 cast by Allen Castillo

PUB CRAWL TICKETS ON SALE NOW- CLICK HERE TO BUY

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!

photo: Allen Castillo

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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