Jenniffer Arocha


Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017

Every Sat. and Sun. from Aug. 19-Oct. 1
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sept. 4
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sept. 29
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
$14.95-$25.95; season passes available
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Music, Theater

Huzzah! The Renaissance Festival is returning to Shakopee for its 46th season, once again encouraging visitors to indulge in all manner of medieval fantasy. For many, the festival is a chance to put on elaborate period attire, but those lacking velvet doublets and leather bodices need not worry. The 22-acre festival grounds are irreverently anachronistic, evoking an immersive kingdom teeming with minstrels, maidens, and knights. While the 16 stages allow for a plethora of entertainment options, just as much spontaneous fun can be had while engaging in chance encounters with the roving bands of jesters, hypnotists, dancers, and storytellers. Between jousts and sword fights, visitors can browse the 250 artisan booths in search of such souvenirs as ornately detailed costumes, handcrafted jewelry, and intricately forged metalwork. Food and beverage options similarly abound, moving beyond the ever popular turkey leg and ale to incorporate surprising variety. With each weekend featuring a special theme, visitors can even mix the medieval hijinks with other idiosyncratic interests. Tickets and more info can be found at


Experience the magic of the 2017 Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

The Festival begins weekends August 19th through October 1st, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 29th. Gates are open from 9am to 7pm, rain or shine. King Henry and his court invite all to his kingdom featuring 16 stages of entertainment, over 250 artisans, and village streets full of memorable characters. Free parking is provided and discount tickets are available online.