Tips for Attending a Renaissance Faire

If it’s your first time attending a Renaissance faire, we’ve got some useful tips that we’d like to share. With Renaissance fair season in full swing, you may be planning a trip with the family. If that’s the case, read up on our helpful advice so that you can be sure you have a great time.

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Bring Cash. With any attraction like the county fair or an amusement park, there are a lot of things that you can spend your money on and the Renaissance fair is no different. Between the parking, food, games, and souvenirs, you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of cash on hand to enjoy the day. ATMs are available but often include a fee to withdraw money, so avoid unnecessary fees and head to the bank first.

Dress Up. Costuming is one of the best parts of the Renaissance fair and it will feel like you’re part of the experience when you’re dressed up. There are often booths where you can rent costumes, but if you prefer to wear your own, you can always find great styles at At first it may seem awkward to wear a costume out in public, but once you’re inside the fairground, you’ll be glad that you did!

Grab a Map and Schedule. There are a variety of activities throughout the day, from performances to games to classes and more. Make sure you know what times the shows are and where they are located so you don’t miss out. Also, it will help you navigate so that you know exactly where you want to go. (It’s not fun wandering around looking for food when you’re hungry).

Tip the Performers. Sure there are a bunch of great performances at the fair, but one way to show your appreciation is by tipping them at the end of the show. Most, if not all the performers make their living by traveling from fair to fair and tips is how they earn money. Even a couple of dollars are appreciated, so be sure to keep some extra bills on you.

Pack Smart. Whether you have kids or not you may want to bring a pack with you. Drinks can really add up at the fair so I recommend bringing a couple bottles of water for the day. Also, since this is an outdoor event, make sure to wear sunscreen! You don’t want to end up with a bright red bosom! For those who are sensitive to dust and pollen, allergy medicine is a must. Lastly, extra shirts or sweat towels may be helpful depending on how hot it is that day.

We hope that basic tips will come in handy for your first time visit. Are you a seasoned Renfair attendee and have a tip for first-timers that you’d like to share? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!

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