Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wis., is ready to party like it's 1599. According to Bristol's staff, this year is "Bigger, bolder and more boisterous than ever."
Ths year's faire site is a whopping 30 acres and offers 16 different stages for entertainment, a kids-only area (Kids Kingdom), and includes over 1,200 performers and artisans. The queen herself is there to visit with attendees as she guides you through a back-in-time journey to a warm, summer day in Elizabethan England. Faire visitors will experience 16th century entertainment shows for children and adults, games, arts, crafts and endless choices of food.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Faire is bringing new acts into the mix, including the Seelie Players’ “Sirena: From Down Below We Sing,” an all-woman trio who sing like sirens (July 7-Aug. 19); Klaxton, a pipe and drum band (July 21-22) and circa Paleo, traditional folk music from around the world (July 14-15, 21-22). Returning headliners include “Dirk & Guido: The Swordsmen,” MooNie the Magnif’Cent and aerial artist Lauryn Murray (July 7-Aug. 19). Chicagian David Woolley and partner Doug Mumaw have been performing at the Faire for 22 years and are back again to entertain with their professional fighting skills.
Also back again this year, is an all-time favorite live action, fantasy-play game, RenQuest. RenQuest offers a new storyline while creating an interactive theatrical experience that challenges players to test their mental and physical skills.
Other festival highlights:
Games and rides
*Located on 30 wooded acres, just west of I-94’s Russell Road exit, near Kenosha, Wis.
*Open rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday, July 7 through September 2, and on Labor Day Monday, September 3.
*Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $9.50 for children.
*Advance ticket discounts are available at www.renfair.com or (847) 395-7773.