2013 Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Where: 12364 Chestnut Blvd Shakopee, MN 55379

When: Open Weekends. Aug. 17th to Sep 29 and Labor Day 9am to 7pm

This weekend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival will begin. The festival began in1971 and now has an annual attendance of 300,000 people! Every weekend there are themed weekends, and yes you are expected to dress Renaissance style if you already didn’t know. This weekends theme is the Italian Carnivale, which includes: a Longbow Competition, Bocce Ball, Spaghetti Eating Competition, and many other activities. Make sure to check out their website for more, because there is a lot going on. Next weekend is the Royal Ale fest, which includes free beer tastings. Also, stay tuned for Oktoberfest; that is usually the highlight of the festival. Oh, and don’t forget to get a TURKEY LEG!

Key Notes

  • Free Parking
  • Live Armored Jousting
  • 7 Themed Weekends
  • 16 stages of live entertainment
  • 250 Artisan Booths
  • Food, Drink and more
  • Dogs are allowed

For a list of themed weekends and other info, make sure to visit:


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