Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

2019 Season:  July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

Festival gates open at 11am and close at 7pm - opening ceremonies begin at 10:45am and we end the day at 6:15pm with our Finale in Song! We are open rain or shine.

Ticket Prices:  The gate admission prices are as follows:
Adult (one day)$ 22.00
Child (one day)$   6.00
Weekend Pass$ 35.00
Season Pass (Adult)$ 75.00
Season Pass (Child)$ 25.00

Notes on Tickets and Ticket Prices:

  • Children are ages 5-12. Children age 4 and under are always free.
  • If you order your tickets online you may save a few dollars off the gate price
  • Group discounts on tickets and advance discount tickets are available - check the General Information page or contact the office for more details.
  • Seasons Passes are not transferable. A Seasons Pass is a photo ID that is good only for the person to whom it has been issued.
  • Tickets from previous festival seasons are no longer valid.
  • Payment Options:
    Payment Options include cash, check, money order, travelers checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

    The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is located 7 miles South of I-90 on State Route 534. There are more detailed directions on our Directions Page.

    The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is pleased to offer acres and acres of free parking. Handicap Parking is available near the front gate - you must have a marker present.

    Are my Avaloch Dollars valid this season?
    Yes! Your Purple Pounds or Avaloch currency is transferable from from year to year.

    Are there ever ticket sales or special deals?
    Yes! We offer discounted pre-season tickets in the months leading up to the festival, including special deals at selected times. These deals are only offered via the Great Lakes Medieval Faire eMail Newsletter - you can sign up on the Home Page.

    Are pets permitted on the Fairegrounds?
    Yes, pets are permitted on leashes. A pet registration must be filled out at the gate and a $5 fee per animal will be assessed. Female animals in heat are not permitted. You must clean up after your pet. The Faire has all rights to remove any pet from the faire. No animals may be taken near any animal exibits, including the Joust and the Birds of Prey. Pets may not be left in the parking lot or in vehicles.

    Are coolers permitted in the fairgrounds?
    All coolers must be kept in your car. However, you can leave and re-enter the Faire with a handstamp.

    Do I have to tip the stage acts?
    All stage acts are paid according to what was agreed upon during their contracting. Tipping is completely voluntary and you should in no way feel you are forced to contribute. If you feel you were unfairly approached, please contact a member of Faire management.

    Weapons Policy:
    Any weapon adornment or costume accessory must be "peace-tied" and otherwise protected so any sharp edges are covered, and so it cannot be drawn or wielded while on the grounds. All weapons will be examined at the gate. Due to the wide variety of potential weapons, each item is handled on a case-by-case basis when the patron enters the festival.

    Are you currently hiring?
    If you are an actor, performer or entertainer, check the Entertainment Page for information and audition notices, or contact our Entertainment Director at

    For others, the Great Lakes Medieval Faire hires for multiple seasonal positions. Applications are accepted in May and June in our office. Positions will be listed prior to opening. If you are hoping to work at the Faire, please note:

  • Most positons require that you be 16 years or older
  • Most positions require you to wear a Medieval period-style costume, which will be provided
  • Most positions require you to speak and conduct yourself in Medieval period dialect and manners; however training will be provided
  • I'm hoping to work for one of the independant Faire vendors - can I get into the Faire for free to meet with them on the first weekend?
    No, you must contact these vendors prior to faire opening. There is also a bulletin board available at the office, if you wish to post your contact information or resume.

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