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The Renaissance Festival of Kansas City
Every Fall, from Labor Day through Columbus Day, Kansas City takes a step back in time and enjoys the food, culture, entertainment and wares of the 16th century during their annual Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
The Renaissance Festival Kansas City is a huge tradition that has been around for more than 35 years. Located in Bonner Springs, KS, each year more than 200,000 people come from all of the midwest and all of the country to enjoy the variety of activities and entertainment that the renaissance festival has to offer.
Entertainment runs all day, everyday, throughout the festival with a wide variety of music, comedy, magic, period dance, and choreographed fights. Patrons can experience traditional cuisine of the renaissance period and purchase arts and crafts, such as chainmail, period clothing, paintings, and jewelry.
Directions to Kansas Renaissance Festival
Directions to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Where is the Renaissance Festival?
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is located in Bonner Springs, KS which is just about 15 minutes outside of downtown Kansas City. The official Kansas Renaissance Festival address is:
633 N. 130th St Bonner Springs, KS 66012
From Downtown Kansas City - Take I-70 West to K-7 (Bonner Springs Exit 224). Turn north on K7 and head about a mile or two north. Follow the festival banners and signs to Free Parking.
Entertainment at Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Shows at Kansas City Renaissance Festival
What to do at the Kansas Renaissance Festival
There are so many different things to do at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival from browse the hundreds of artisans, gourge on turkey legs and ales of beer, to the multitude of shows throughout the park. Here are a list of just a few of the shows and activities at this years festival.
Queen's Tea - join queen majesty Catherine as the fairies of Midsummer Night's Dream entertain her with songs, dances, and magic from the enchanting world of Fae.
Feast of Fooles - join Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham for a five course meal that includes hilarious and raunchy entertainment throughout the meal.
Highland Games - join in on the themed weekend of September 14th and 15th to watch the amazing champions of the Scottish Highland Games compete in multiple sporting events. There is a Bagpiping competition and free arts and crafts for the kids. There is even a prize for best warrior costume.
Royal Pub Crawl - Take a tour through the village with the sassy wenches of Canterbury. You get to spend 90 minutes with three of the baudiest wenches, in three different pubs, and enjoy the taste of three different ales and revel in the antics and debauchery of the loud and laudy!
Fairy Forest - explore the enchanted forest, down the winding paths, through the Secret Garden. Be on the look out for the fun and flirty Fairy's who make their home in the trees of the Secret Garden.
Wedding packages at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Renaissance themed wedding - get married at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Ever dreamed of having a fairytale wedding, consider having your wedding ceremony at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. The Kansas City Renaissance Festival offers four different wedding ceremonies for you to chose from.
Chapel of Blessed Mercy - the chapel is a replica of a 16th century chapel in Canterbury, England with beautiful stained glass and garden greenery from the Royal Gardens. The price of $650 includes 10 complimentary tickets to the festival.
Queen's Tea Room - located next to the Royal Gardens, the Queen's Room is located in the heart of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and can be used for both the ceremony and reception. The price of $450 includes 8 complimentary tickets to the festival.
Royal Gardens - if an outdoor ceremony is your wish, then let the Royal Gardens be the place. The Royal Gardens offers a serene setting with a tranquil fountain. The price of $350 includes 4 complimentary tickets to the festival.
Pub Deck - the pub deck is located near the Cotswald Commons and can accommodate parties up to 35. The price of $350 includes a 2 hour reception.
***All wedding couples are responsible for providing an officiator for the ceremony who is legally recognized by the state of Kansas. Officiator's fee not included in price of wedding packages.***
All of the wedding couples can choose to walk in the Queen's Procession and have their nuptials announced throughout the village for all to celebrate.
Randal Spangler Fantasy Art
Artisans of Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Part of the draw of the festival is not just the festivities and entertainment, but the chance to browse and purchase the handmade crafts of the festival artisans. The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is very particular about what artisans they allow to sell their wares within the festival. They try to remain true to the heart of the festival by including artisans with exceptional skill at making period specific items, from jewelry and tapestries, costume and clothing, to armor and weaponry. Some of my favorite artisans are listed below.
Artists Prints - includes works from well known artists Renae Taylor Art, Spangler's Realm Fantasy Paintings, and Tarnished Images
Armor / Chainmail - includes armor from Enchanted Chains, Fairytale Chainmaille, and Cearweddyn's Creations
Costumes / Clothing - includes designs from Fairy Winks, Boss Wench, and Cameleons
Glass Art - includes works from Enchanted Etchings, Unicorn Glass, and Mirrored Art
Weaponry - includes weapons from Dwarf Mountain Knives, Talon Armory, and Bows of the Risen Son
Food at KC Renaissance Festival
What to eat at the festival
There is a vast array of food choices at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. For those who want to fully emerse themselves in the festival can enjoy food from the 16th century:
- Turkey Legs
- Bangers and Mash
- Fish and Chips
- Queens Quarters
- Apple Cider / Ales of Beer
For those who are not so keen on eating with your hands, or just prefer to eat something from the 21st century, there are plenty of options as well:
- Hot Dogs
- Chicken and Fries
- Lemonade, soda, and bottled water
What to wear
One of the best things about the Kansas City Renaissance Festival is that everyone is encouraged to come in costume, from the performers and vendors, to the guests and pets. Yes, pets are welcome at the renaissance festival too. There is even a pet costume contest each year.
So if you love halloween or playing dress-up, come in costume and stay in character. If you are not sure what constitutes a period costume here are a few suggestions:
- The baudy wench
- The fair maiden
- The blacksmith
- The looting pirate
- The lyrical bard
If you choose not to attend in costume, then make sure to wear loose comfortable clothing and wear proper footwear. The festival is located in grassy/dirt areas, so I recommend a comfy pair of boots or tennis shoes. There are a few mulch strewn paths, but no concrete sidewalks or streets. The majority of the shows do not have seating areas so you will be on your feet the majority of the time.
The festival goes on rain or shine, so be prepared for the weather.
Kansas City Renaissance Festival Discount Tickets
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival offers various ticket discounts in the following forms:
- Military Discount - Military and Civil Service members will receive $3.00 off the ticket price with a valid id.
- Corporate Partners Discount - if you are a member of their Corporate Partners you may receive a discounted ticket.
- Group Discount - group tickets may be discounted depending on the order quantiy. Please call the toll free number 800-373-0357 for more information.
- You can also purchase discounted tickets at local Hy-Vee grocery stores.