Is the Bristol Renaissance Faire on your summer to do list? If not, I highly urge you to get this fun family event on your radar. It has been voted the No. 1 renaissance faire in the nation!
It’s a family tradition to attend every year, and our summer is not complete with a visit. Even though we visit year after year, the Faire is always adding something new to discover so every experience is different. Find out what’s new this year as the Faire celebrates 30 years of providing family entertainment, 16th century style. Huzzah!
New family-friendly shows to entertain! The comedic act Cirque du Sewer combines acrobatics, rescued rats and a cat. It’s one not to miss! The musical group, Duende, will have you dancing to their accordion-played beats. If you have kids older than 13, The Washing Well Wenches will make you laugh out loud with their antics.
Complimentary family games are offered three times a day. Every game is different, so don’t forget to check the weekly stage schedule.
A new theme weekend: RennCon Weekend (July 29-30). It will be one huge costume party where all cosplayers are invited to experience a weekend like no other with panels, cosplay photo meet-ups, special guests and a costume contest with the largest prizes the Faire has ever awarded.
Instagram-worthy photos are awaiting your young ones at the entrance of Kids’ Kingdom. Six new thrones with themes such as dragon, witch and steampunk have been installed at the entrance of Kids’ Kingdom for the ultimate photo op experience.
Four new merchants grace the streets including The Elven Caravan for your very own elven ears and armor. Other new merchants include: Silk Empress for hand dyed and hand painted silk scarves, Heartfelt Hats for leather hats and Earthwalker Footwear for the comfort of a moccasin, with the wearability of a boot.
To better meet audience demand, two new pubs and two soda/water stands were built. There are also plans to add 12 new larger picnic tables and more than 150 new benches to continue to add more seating throughout the site.
Why you’ll want to go
Experience a real joust. The audience has three chances to see the joust. The horsemen/women are true athletes who are truly competing for points and use lances made out of solid pine.
Kids can be knights. Arrive at Kids’ Kingdom at 4:15 p.m. to meet Queen Elizabeth where children are knighted in a truly photo-worthy ceremony.
Fun hand-powered rides and games. Unique games — all powered by muscle — await.
Feast on giant turkey legs, pickles on sticks, monkey tails, cheese fritters and so much more. The food alone is worth the visit. Trust me, you will not leave hungry.
Read more about our experience here.
If you go
Bristol Renaissance Faire
12550 120th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Weekends and Labor Day, July 8-Sept. 4, 2017
Admission is $25.95 per adult, $11.50 for children 5-12, and kids 4 and under are free.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.