From NY/NJ I-95 N (towards New Haven, CT) or from New London/RI I-95 S to: Exit 48 onto I-91 N. Follow I-91 N to Exit 12 (Washington Ave, Rt. 5). At the end of ramp take a right. North Haven Fairgrounds is approximately 1/8 mile on right.
From Boston I-90 W to Exit 9 onto I-84 W to Exit 57 onto CT-15 S to Exit 86 I-91 S or from Hartford to: I-91 South to Exit 12 (Washington Ave, Rt. 5). At the end of ramp take a right. North Haven Fairgrounds is approximately 1/8 mile on right.If traveling on RT 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merit Parkway) take Exit 63 and follow the signs.
To arrive at the Fairgrounds by bus from downtown New Haven: Take the North Haven bound “C” CT Transit bus in the direction of “C1 – Grand Av – Quinnipiac Av” departing from the stop at Church St and Chapel St. Get off at “Washington Ave – Opposite Arby’s”. Walk north to the Fairgrounds (2 minutes). The total travel time is around 50 minutes.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an enchanted recreation of an old world harvest fair as one might have been in the Middle Ages. Costumed performers wander the streets interacting with guests, craft shops line the streets selling unique wares and eight stages run continuous entertainment throughout the day. The Faire is a great place to share the day with your family and friends.
We encourage you to stay the whole day with us, watch as many shows as you can, play games, get a bite to eat, shop, and have fun! Take it easy – there’s no rush. And if you are feeling so inclined, come back and visit us again before the season is over.
Our Faire has two major performances each year: The Robin Hood Festival in Spencer, Massachusetts and The Connecticut Renaissance Faire in North Haven, Connecticut. Throughout the country there are over 170 Renaissance Faires and Festivals. We run the second and third largest Renaissance Faires in New England.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is open rain or shine unless the weather becomes so serious we choose to close for safety concerns. You can escape inclement weather in any of our tented craft shops, food tents, and in some instance buildings. Some performances may be delayed or cancelled due to dangerous performing conditions.
Please note: It is our goal to keep the faire open all days so severe-weather closures are typically announced shortly before our actually opening time so we can gauge the day. If the weather is looking awry please call ahead at (860) 478-5954 or watch our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ctfaire. Closures will also be announced via our newsletter, Facebook fan page, and/or on our website.
Yes, however commercial photography without express written permission from Faire Management is forbidden (this includes the sale of photos for editorial use). Photographic permission for personal use is granted. All guests of the Faire (whether paid or free) grant permission for their photograph to be used in our collateral materials.
No. Pets are not allowed on site EXCEPT for our “Bring Your Pet Weekend”. See our Themed Weekends Page for details. ADA approved service animals are always welcome. The ADA defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability”.
Yes. You may wear a sword or dagger with your costume as long as that weapon is peace-tied and all edges covered. This means the weapon must be in a sheath and tied in such a manner that it can’t be drawn. Our security personnel will check your weapon at the gate and peace-tie any weapons as needed. Weapons that cannot be peace-tied will be refused at the gate and security reserves the right to refuse any weapon. Our security team will monitor weapons on the grounds and may confiscate any weapon or escort a patron from site without refund for removing a peace-tie. The Faire reserves the right to refuse any weapon.