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The Bristol Renaissance Faire provides intense 16th-century action every weekend through Labor Day. (PHOTO: Cynthia Suits)

Bristol Renaissance Faire: July 9-Sept. 5

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Grab your corset or your homemade chainmail armor; the Bristol Renaissance Faire is set to make its annual return.

Open rain or shine, every Saturday, Sunday and on Labor Day Monday, the Bristol Faire takes visitors for a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., complete with 16th-century arts, crafts, games, rides, food, music and one-of-a-kind encounters with a colorful cast of characters from the era.

Where: The Renaissance Faire is located in Bristol, off I-94 at the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Go here for directions.

Hours: The Ren Faire is open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday from July 9 until Sept. 5. It is also open on Labor Day.

Admission: Adult single-day tickets are $24.95. Kids 5-12 are $11.50, and kids under 5 are free. More specials, including discount ticket locations and season passes, are available on the Ren Faire's website.

Highlights: From glass blowers to potters, blacksmiths to soothsayers, almost 200 shops, tents and carts offer a world of fresh and wonderful wares. Plus, games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and encounters with a spectacular cast of characters teleported from 1574, both famous – Robin Hood, Queen Elizabeth – and fairly mundane. The Faire boasts a 30-acre site with open-air stages featuring swordfighters, minstrels, jesters and the famous "Mud Show." All entertainment is included in the price of admission.

For more information: Visit the Ren Faire's website or (847) 395-7773.


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