SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Aug. 19, 2015) – All Lords and Ladies are welcome to experience the new family events, delectable eats and show stopping entertainment available at the 2015 Minnesota Renaissance Festival. His majesty King Henry invites one and all to attend the royal event of a lifetime.
Clocks, Locks, and Secret Passages. Put your problem solving skills to the test in Castle Escape, the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Team up with a group of friends and work together to solve puzzles in order to break out of a fully-themed castle room. You will have 20 minutes to beat the clock and escape before time runs out. Castle Escape will cost $14.95 per person and will be available every weekend at the Festival.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting Princess Garden where kids will have a chance to live like a real princess. Children of all ages will be able to try on costumes and tiaras, learn courtly etiquette, listen to stories, and even take pictures with the Princess Court. Taking a break from royal duties and time at The Royal Lodge, the lovely princesses will be gathering daily in their own garden to meet and greet one and all. Benevolent and kind, they invite you to visit them and see first hand what it feels like to be a real princess. Our Princess Court features princesses of all ages and all are eager to show each of their guests a royally good time.
Make sure to visit our very newest, fully immersive family experience by talking a walk throughSherwood Forest. This area will be connected with our Fairy Wing Forest to create a truly mystical world to disappear into. At first glance, it looks like any ordinary forest, until you find the hidden entrance and enter the portal to the lush beauty and secrets concealed inside. As you descend the long staircase you’ll soon discover troupes of actors, craftsman building, and thieves returning. In Sherwood, you’ll meet those who live and play in secrecy. Performing actors may invite you to join their show, tinkerers will engage you to help them build new crafts, and there are games and diversions everywhere. Who knows, Robin Hood and the Merry Men may very well be there to greet you and your family.
Bring all of the princesses you know to this a mystical fairytale land, The Little Glass Slipper. Zezolla, the original Cinderella, will be in her garden wearing the gown and the slipper the Prince gave to her. The fairytale tells the story of the princess Zezolla and how she meets her Prince. With the help of a fairy godmother, the Prince falls in love with Zezolla, but she runs away before he finds out who she is. Eventually, the Prince captures one of her slippers and invites all the maidens in the land to a lavish feast wherein he will try to find the perfect match for the slipper on one and all. When Zezolla arrives at the party, the slipper jumps from the Prince’s hand onto her foot and they live happily ever after. In this new experience, see the sparkling glass slipper for yourself and meet Zezolla in person.
Get creative and show off your artistic skills by painting and submitting a unique Renaissance-themed mural for the chance to win $250 in our brand-new Mural Competition. The competition is free to enter and all entries will receive two admission tickets to the Festival just for submitting a mural. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever dreamed of creating a masterpiece and having it displayed to the public. All of the guests who visit the Renaissance Festival will be able to see the murals as they enter the front gates and the winner of the competition will be based on votes from the public for their favorite mural. Whether you are participating as an artist or simply voting for your favorite mural, this event will be a fun time for all.
In honor of the Festival’s 45th year, guests will be able to travel throughout the Festival and experience all of its history from the past with our Festival History Tour. While walking around the Festival grounds keep your eye out for a variety of posters filled with photos and fun facts from the past. There will be informational boards located at certain sites all over the Festival, where guests will be able to learn about how the area was used in past years and even look at photos from long ago.
Bring out your creative side by joining our Fantasy Mask Competition. Any and all materials are acceptable as long as the mask is handmade and unique. Feel free to use paint, beads, feathers, latex, clay, leather, and anything else you can find. Once the mask is complete, guests will be able to model their creations on-stage during the competition. There will be an adult and a child category so all ages are welcome to participate and show off their artistic skills. Prizes will be awarded to the judges’ favorites for both the adult and child categories. The competition will be taking place during our Silk Road: Discover the Riches weekend on August 29 & 30.
Skipping down the cobble stone path of the Renaissance Festival wouldn’t be complete without a tasty treat to settle your appetite. A juicy turkey leg may be a great tradition, but this year the Festival will feature 21 new mouthwatering foods that will be sure to satisfy both your hunger and curiosity. Delicious entrees like Boneless Country Style Ribs, Po’Boy Sandwiches, and Mexican Grilled Corn will be sure to keep the hearty eaters full, while the Fried Oysters and Waffle Tacos are just waiting to be tasted. You can’t forget about desserts and with a variety of new treats, including gourmet cupcakes, artisan ice creams, and a churro dog, every sweet tooth will be satisfied.
2015 will also feature a brand new theme weekend for all the pet and holiday lovers out there. On September 12 and 13th, we will be bringing the holidays to you early with our Canines and Christmas weekend. This weekend will also feature one of our most popular events of the Renaissance Festival, Pet Fest. We will be holding lots of pet-focused events, such as the 4th Annual Wiener Dog Race, a Pet Costume Contest and a NEW Peanut Butter Licking Contest. You will also be able to get into the Christmas spirit early while visiting a variety of Christmas and holiday-themed vendors.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival begins its 45th season on Saturday, August 22, and ends onOctober 4, 2015. The Festival is open weekends; Labor Day and Festival Friday, October 2, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., rain or shine. The Festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee on Highway 169. Festival patrons can enjoy 16 stages of live entertainment, 250 artisan vendors and 7 theme weekends, full combat jousting and food fit for a king. Admission at the gate: Adults $22.95; Children 5 – 12 $13.95; seniors $20.95; four and under are free. Discount tickets are also available at participating Menards, Super America, Whole Foods and Walgreens. Coupons toward admission are available at participating Subway and Papa Murphy’s locations. Visit www.renaissancefest.com or call952.445.7361 for more information.