Wenches, nobles and fairies, oh my! As you walk into the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, you are greeted with singers, fairies, magicians and other characters using Elizabethan words and phrases so you feel like you have been transported back in time.
The Renaissance Festival has been going on for 43 years, and has grown tremendously from when it first started in 1971 on 22 acres in Jonathan, Minnesota. It was only opened for two weekends and had 25,000 visitors. Now it has moved to Shakopee, it is open for seven weekends and has over 300,000 visitors a year, which makes it the largest in the United States.
They have seven themed weekends, live jousting, 250 artisan booths, and a great variety of food vendors so you are sure to find something you would like to eat or drink. The kids will enjoy the face painting, wand making, costume contests, the petting zoo, or a ride on a horse, elephant or camel. They also have a sheepherding demonstration, which is enjoyable for all ages.
You can also bring your dog along with you. Check their website for requirements before you go. One of the themed weekends is the Pet Fest with special activities, and a pet costume contest.
Tickets are available at the door, but you can check their website for locations that sell discounted advanced tickets. We have attended the Renaissance Festival for three years and plan to keep going, maybe one of these years we will dress in costume, many people do, will you?