NEW ENGLAND’S OLDE ENGLAND
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Grand Opening & Market Weekend
SEVEN CONSECUTIVE WEEKENDS OF FUN & MERRIMENT
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.
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.
Free Kids Day: On this day, we provide complimentary admission to the Faire for all Youth (ages 7-15) when accompanied by an adult with a paid general admission.
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.
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 Tudor 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.