The Connecticut Renaissance Faire

Grand Opening & Market Weekend


Join us for the Grand Opening and Market weekend of the 24th annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire. It’s a three-day-long shopping spree where you can earn complimentary General Admission tickets to return to the Faire. Collect $200 or more in special Market Receipts and turn them in at the Faire’s information booth before the weekend ends to get your reward.

Spend $200 at the Faire in a day (or over our opening weekend) and then turn in at least $200* in receipts at our info booth (near the front gate) before the weekend ends and receive a complimentary ticket to return this season. Be sure to get your official Market Weekend receipt with each purchase.
* Restrictions: Admission, food, drinks, and games do not count toward the $200 minimum requirement. You must request a special Market Receipt from the merchant at the time of purchase. You can turn receipts in at our Information Booth at any point during Faire hours. You must turn in your receipts before the end of the weekend to receive your reward.


Neighbor Appreciation Day: To show our appreciation, we provide complimentary admission to all Lebanon residents and their children on our Neighbor Appreciation Day. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or state-issued ID bearing a Lebanon address or a household bill (electric, gas, water, etc.) with a Lebanon address. Youth (7-15) receive complimentary admission when accompanying a parent or guardian from Lebanon. Children (6 and under) are always free.

Pet Costume Contest: Wizards. Princesses. Knights. Dragons. Fairies. Who doesn’t love to dress up their pet in fantastic costumes? Get your extended family member involved in the fun by dressing them up in a fantasy costume and joining us for our costume contest. All dogs require proof of rabies vaccination to enter the Faire.


Pet Trick Contest: Does your pet have a trick that makes them stand out from the crowd? Are they able to do something that will WOW the audience as they look on? If so, this is your chance to shine and maybe win some prizes. All dogs require proof of rabies vaccination to enter the Faire.

Monday (Labor Day)

Musical Sit Contest: You’ll walk your dog around the stage during this bone-afide game, and when the music stops, the last dog to obey the sit command is out. The last dog remaining is the winner. All dogs require proof of rabies vaccination to enter the Faire.

All dogs require proof of rabies vaccination

Meet the Author: Each day of our show, we schedule a new up-and-coming fantasy author. Buy a book, get it signed, join their fan club, and grab a selfie to show you were there. See who the author is for a given day in the Guests Merchants section of our Shops page.

Contest Info: All contests occur on the Sovereign Stage at 4:00 pm. Unless otherwise mentioned, the Faire includes these events with your same-day admission. If you are planning to enter a contest, please arrive 10-15 minutes before starting. At the discretion of the contest host, some events may choose to limit the number of participants in a particular contest due to time restrictions.