In this day and age, we’re all looking for ways to save some money and still have a good time. Here are methods I use to find the Joy of Faire without having to share too much of my jingle with the King.
- Media Contests – Contests are probably the best way to get free tickets. Promoters offer local radio stations, newspapers, and bloggers tickets to use as prizes. Great publicity for the Faire and media outlet, great prizes for the show or column’s audience.
- Make a Donation – Donations of canned food or blood on specific weekends are usually rewarded with free or buy-one-get-one tickets. Watch the Faire website and newsletter for information about these promotions.
- Multi-Day Tickets – Buying a weekend or season pass can save you up to 50% of the ticket cost. This is great for the die-hard playtron like me. It’s not uncommon for Faires to offer special Buy-One-Get-One deals for opening weekend.
- Group Discounts – Seeing Faire with friends is great and can save some money. The size of the "group" differs bye venue so check your Faire’s website for group discount ticket requirements.
- Membership Discounts – If you’re a member of a group, your Faire may have planned an appreciation weekend. I’ve seen discounts offered to emergency personnel, military personnel, state employees, Boy Scouts, Red Hat Society members, and numerous other groups. If the dates you plan to attend are not set in stone, see if you qualify for any affiliation discounts.
- Advance Sales – Buy your tickets in advance to save both time and money. Start checking your Faire’s website about three months before opening weekend for announcements about advance sales. There’s usually a larger discount if you purchase by a deadline. If you miss the pre-sale deadline, tickets may still be a few dollars less expensive if bought from the online sales pages or local merchants who are selling tickets. Grocery and drug stores are often ticket outlets. Even if they’re not discounted, the time saved by not having to stand in line can make it well worth buying in advance.
- Discount Coupons – Find discount coupons on your Faire’s website, in their newsletter, in the local paper, and at local sponsors. Coupons vary in value from $1 to $5 and are sometimes good for multiple tickets.
- Wear Garb (Costumes) – Several Faires that I have attended offer a small discount if you wear costumes. The requirements vary. I’ve seen discounts for wearing any costume, free admission for your costumed child, and a $5 discount for wearing “a full period 16th century costume.
Most Faires have newsletters these days which give advance notice of the savings they’ll be offering. Sign up and let them deliver the savings right to your inbox.
Good luck saving your pennies from the King and … we’ll see you at Faire.
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