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Hear ye, hear ye. This is for the lords and ladies that are looking for something that will completely take them away from reality (if only for a day!). The Bristol Renaissance Faire that runs until Labor day, is a whimsical world that takes you back to the times of reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth I, featuring a wonderful world of historic adventure of  “16th Century merriment” and wonder.

At the faire, you’ll meet an incredible cast of characters that seem as if they are plucked from the 16th century, but you will also come across magical fairies, jesters, and even witches.  Don’t miss the many medieval specialty shops and merchants, cafes and pop-up restaurants and the new-for-this-year—Kids’ Kingdom with enchanting hobbit houses to boot. Here are some of our favorite tips so you can party like it’s 1574.

Tips for the Bristol Renaissance Faire, Wisconsin

  1. Guys feel free to wear your kilt. Don’t have one? Visit the marketplace, they have shops selling them!
  2. Come in a Renaissance costume because it will make the experience even better!!! Just the people watching alone is worth the trip (and you can rent costumes at the Faire too!).
  3. With over 20 beers on tap, The Pub Crawl might be the best way to enjoy the Faire.
  4. Renaissance food options are great, my favorites include vegetable tempura, ice cream, and crepes, mushroom soup and for the meat lover, plenty of turkey legs.
  5. Many shops and restaurants take cash only. No worries plenty of ATMs!
  6. Don’t miss the shows at different stages throughout the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
  7. Stay until it closes.  I was surprised, but quite a bit of people left early, but if you stay, you will enjoy the best closing ever!! There is a parade with all of the townspeople and the queen even thanks everyone for coming and everyone is singing, just like in a fairytale story.
  8. Buy your tickets online… You save some money or visit Walgreen’s for special discounts.
  9. Bring your camera, plenty of great pictures to take and memories to be had.

The Faire is located off of the  I-94 expressway at the Illinois/ Wisconsin border. Be sure to visit their website for dates and times at www.renfair.com/bristol to plan a Renaissance day full of fun and surprises.

 

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.