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Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Updated on November 15, 2013

Fun At The End Of Summer

This lens is about another great local place to go. I love the Renaissance Festival. It takes place outside of Shakopee, MN. That's about a 45 minute drive from my house. It was where my husband and I went for our first date, but I loved it before then. Watching those people walk around in period costumes and put on shows is a great time.

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What's Here?

If you go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, be prepared to have a great time. You'll probably also spend a lot of money.

The Festival runs from the middle of August to the end of September. It's only open on weekends and Labor Day. Each weekend is based on a different theme. What that means is you get to learn about different parts of the world during the Renaissance Era.

There's great food, great shows, and there's even "people-powered" rides for kids. You can also choose to take a "people-powered" taxi anywhere on the grounds. All the people are dressed in costume, and they talk like they did back in that time. They even stage a "joust". It's the real thing, with the knights in suits of armor and riding horses.

There's a Raptor show, music all over the grounds, and lots and lots of shopping. You can buy everything from period costumes, to weapons, to jewelry, to just your basic souvenirs.

I could go on forever about this place, but the best thing for you to do, is to go there yourself.

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Each Weekend This Year


Bird Show

Bocce Ball Tournament

Garlic Farmer/Demos

Arabian Horse Show

Spaghetti Eating Contest

AUGUST 24TH AND 25TH: Royal Ale Fest

BBQ Competition and Vendors

Free Grain Belt Beer Tastings

Homebrew Competition

Beer Demos

Tattoo Competition


AUGUST 31ST ,SEPTEMBER 2ND, & 3RD: Silk Road: Discover The Riches

Longbow Competition

Belly Dance Lessons and Performances

Belly Dance Competition

Middle Eastern Music

SEPTEMBER 7TH & 8TH: Highland Fling!

World Highland Games

MN Highland Games

Midwest Women's Highland Games

Scottish Vendors and Food

Free Schell's Beer Tastings

Sign Language Saturday

Kilt Competition

SEPTEMBER 14TH & 15TH: Wine, Chocolate, & Romance

Wine and Chocolate Festival

Free Sutter Home Wine Tastings

Homemade Wine Competition

Men In Tights Competition

Best Bloomers

Charity Auction

Free Wine Tastings

Free Vow Renewals

Chocolate Pie Eating Contest

Grape Stomp

SEPTEMBER 21ST & 22ND: Oktoberfest

Beer Tastings

German Vendors and Activities

Pub Parade

Beer Demos

Beard Competition


Discounted Admission and Group Rates

Educational Classes

Ladies Shopping Day


SEPTEMBER 28TH & 29TH: Shamrocks and Shenanigans

Harvest Market

Irish Village and Food

Irish Dancers And Music

Cricket Demos and Games

Free Guinness Beer Tastings

Kilt Competition

New this year:

Cupcake Battle

As you can see, every weekend has things to do in it. I suggest this for everyone!

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More Info Here

Here's where you can go to find out any other information you might want.

Does this look like fun? Have you been to a festival like this? Let me know what's on your mind right here.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @JanieceTobey: I have to agree with you. They are great fun!

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      VillaDejaBlue 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      There's a Renaissance Festival near us that we go to every year. They're so much fun!

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      Looks like fun, and a fun first date ... sweet! Autumn is always such a lovely time for festivals.

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      SirAwesome 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Good work!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Gosh, I wish I was close enough to come along to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival - it would be lovely to bump into you and Drifter :)

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      I'm headed over to our RenFest this weekend....only about 20 miles away :D

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      brandonmotz lm 7 years ago

      I would love to go to this renaissance festival! :) I like the sound of free beer in the one.

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      brandonmotz lm 7 years ago

      I would love to go to this renaissance festival! :) I like the sound of free beer in the one.

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      amy1980 8 years ago

      Great! I love the MN Ren Fair! Always a great time, and I miss it since I moved.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Turkey legs and Bawdy Women! Renfests rock!

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I can see that you really love Minnesota - I used to live in Brainerd - brrr - Denver is better for me anyway!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      We have a big renaissance fair in Mass here... it's quite the collection of people. I went one time and there were some pretty hardcore "renaissance" fairgoers there. A sight to see. Nice work!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Looks like fun!