The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is a must see event just southwest of the twin cities. In the past it has been in Shakopee, MN and it sounds like it will be until 2020. It is a grand event that lasts for weeks. Each week has a different theme so choose your weekend wisely. It is only open Saturday and Sunday during the festival.
Weapons are allowed (no firearms, it is the renaissance, not the old west), but you will need to keep your sword peace-tied. They need to be able to add a cable tie that will prevent you from unsheathing your sword. Check out the festival’s FAQ‘s section for more details.
Get your tickets ahead of time to save a little cash. It is open sun or shine so there is no worries about getting rained out.
There are great shows, some of them are even family friendly. Puke and Snot is probably my favorite, super funny show. If the guy who reads poetry shoos your family away from his show there is a reason for it. Of course there is the jousting event held three times a day. If you are lucky you will catch the daily parade.
There are many activities for the children. You can force your children to dual to the death, or until the balloons pop. You can make them climb a tower. We saw a kid make it to the top. It was impressive. There are tons of games and henna tattoos and other stuff.
Last, but not least you will want to bring a few dollars for the food (just ok), drink (Mead honey wine is a must), and clothing and other goods. You can find the clothes you need to dress up for next year at the festival. There are a lot of trade goods like soap, leathers, trinkets, and swords to name a few.
They always suggest eating a turkey leg. It seems cool, but it isn’t actually that great in my opinion. Others love it. I am all about the Mead honey wine even though it is the one alcohol that pushes me down after just one sip. Literally I start stumbling and spilling after a single sip. I don’t know why.
The first year I went to this festival with the girl who would become my first roommate in college. She was really into the festival. I didn’t get it but I had a lot of fun. Now it is something I enjoy doing every couple of years. I like to see all of the outfits people wear and watch the shows. It is just an all around good time.