Ren Fest riding up on 43rd year

Published 5:25 pm Saturday, August 3, 2013


Jousters clash during the 2012 Renaissance Festival. Photo by Jennifer Arocha

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is ramping up for its 43rd year with highlights ranging from fairies to highlanders and of course, food.

The Renaissance Festival, one of the largest themed events in the country, opens Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 29 including Labor Day and Friday Sept. 27.

Aside from food and shows, the festival once again features themed weekends including the Royal Ale Fest on Aug. 24-25 and the Highland Fling on Sept. 7-8.

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Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the festival’s run. Cost is $21.95 for adults, $12.95 for children and children 4 and under are free. Parking is also free.

Twig the Fairy. Photo by Chelsey Demmers

Twig the Fairy. Photo by Chelsey Demmers

  2013 theme weekends

Aug. 17-18                Italian Carnivale

Aug. 24-25               Royal Ale Fest

Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2   A Silk Road: Discover the Riches

Sept. 7-8                  Highland Fling

Sept. 14-15              Wine,Chocolate and Romance

Sept. 21-22              Oktoberfest

Sept. 27                    Festival Friday

Sept. 28-29             Shamrocks and Shenanigans