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Minnesota's History with the Faire
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1971 on a 22 acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the two weekend grand opening of the festival than named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, MN and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000.
About Mid-America Festivals
Mid-America Festivals is the nation’s largest producer of outdoor themed events. In 2014, we entertained nearly one million people in a wide variety of locations across the country.
Mid-America Festivals currently devotes its time towards developing some of the best festivals in the country. Mid-America Festivals, along with affiliated entities, owns and operates the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, the Trail of Terror (located in Minnesota), the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI (located on the grounds of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa Bay, Florida), the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, the Michigan Renaissance Festival, St. Louis Renaissance Festival and many other events. The company demonstrates its event production and promotion leadership by embracing all aspects of event production from specialty merchandise and corporate sponsorship to ticket sales and multi-media marketing.
Based in Minneapolis, Mid America’s staff is comprised of talented manager’s experiences in all aspects of entertainment. Mid-America Festivals began producing Renaissance Festivals in 1976 as a natural extension of its president’s career in major venue promotion and production. The company’s back ground ranges from rock and roll events like the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, and Prince to event management for concerts like “Rock the Garden” in Minneapolis.
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The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is handicapped accesible and we have scooters for rent for $60 by calling our office at 952-445-7361
All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the festival
without written permission from the Marketing Department is strictly prohibited. We prohibit the
use of video or photographic monopods or tripods unless authorized by MRF management.
The Festival bans guns on our premise. Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung,
arrows, with tips are not allowed unless you are competing in the longbow competition that day.
Swords, Knives, Dirks and Daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. Axes, Claymores, Maces,
Antique Firearms, Pikes and Halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site. No drawing of any weapon
at any time. Must be 18 years or older to carry a weapon. If you have additional questions, please contact
the Festival Office for more information at 952-445-7361.
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