SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Aug. 25, 2015) – The Renaissance Festival turns east in a weekend dedicated to the Middle-Eastern and Asian arts and cultures. August 29 and 30 will welcome belly dancing performances, swordsmanship demos and magical spirits to the Realm during our Silk Road: Discover the Riches theme weekend.
The Pavilion stage travels to a land far away with musical performances from John Khoury’s Arabic Ensemble and captivating belly dancing from members of Amwaai throughout the weekend. Patrons are also encouraged to indulge in Free Woodchuck Hard Cider tastings from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Shepherd’s Green.
All ages are encouraged to compete in the Minnesota State Belly Dance Competition on The Pavilion Stage at5 p.m. for your chance to win the title of Minnesota’s best belly dancer. All winners will receive special prices from Dahlal’s Internationale, known for their authentic Middle Eastern belly dance costumes and accessories. Held daily, the competition is free to all patrons and all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.
We want to hear your hips jingle at the free Belly Dance Lessons in Bad Manor Green hosted by John Khoury’s Arabic Ensemble. Practice before the competition or try it for the very first time on stage. Learn to shake it at10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. each day. If dancing isn’t your thing, head over to Shepherd’s green forJapanese Swordsmanship Demonstrations by Kaishin Dojo. Focusing on the functional art of the kenjutsu style, qualified instructors demonstrate sword techniques with a spotlight on skill, combative application and theory. The demonstrations will take place at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Be sure to stop by Queen’s Gate at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday to watch talented archers show off their skill in the Longbow Competition. Watch these men, women, and children put their arrow to the test to discover who the ultimate longbow champion will be. There will also be Japanese archery demonstrations before and after the competition at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. by the Minnesota Kyudo Renmei. This group exemplifies the beauty and magic of Kyudo, which encourages the development of mind, body, and spirit.
Get into the competitive spirit yourself with more of our fun and free events happening throughout the Festival! Find out who the best backyard bean bag player is in our Bean Bag Toss Tournament. This tournament will take place at both 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Shepherd’s Green and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. You can also put your artistic skills to the test in our Fantasy Mask Competition. Create a unique masterpiece using any materials you want and then prepare to model your art on the Pavilion Stage at 2 p.m. daily. Prizes will be awarded to the judges’ favorites in both the adult and child categories so get crafting.
All Renaissance Festival guests are encouraged to attend our 4th annual Fairy Festival. Follow the glitter and pixie dust around the Festival grounds as we enjoy all things fairy and magical. We will be featuring vendors who specialize in fairy houses, lawn and garden ornaments, and related items to enhance your very own fairy garden. You will also find beautiful fairy wings and accessories, artwork, and books that will add a little magic to your life.
All patrons big and small are invited to make their own unique fairy house and share it throughout the weekend. Festival patrons will be able to examine the handcrafted, miniature dwellings and vote for their favorite on Facebook in order to find the best fairy house in the land during the Fairy House Competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three houses each day in both adult and child competitions. We will also be featuring vendors who specialize in fairy houses, lawn and garden ornaments, and related items to enhance your very own fairy garden.
During our Silk Road weekend, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival would like to thank all Military and Public Service officers for their service, dedication and sacrifice. We are offering a special FREE adult ticket with the purchase of the same for any Military ID, Veterans ID, or Police Officer, Firemen and EMS staff badge duringAug. 29 & 30.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival 45th season begins on Saturday, Aug. 22 and ends on Oct. 4, 2015. The Festival is open weekends; Labor Day and Festival Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., rain or shine. The Festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee on Highway 169. Admission at the gate: adults $22.95; children 5 – 12 $13.95; seniors $20.95; four and under are free! Visit www.renaissancefest.com or call 952-445-7361 for more information.