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Experience the beauty of human expression at our Experience Love for the Arts Weekend! From murals to dance to cosplay and beyond, you’ll fall in love with the arts!


ALL DAYExperience Love for the Arts VendorsShepherds Green Field
10:00 AMShakespeare Guild PerformanceShepherds Green Stage
10:15 AMRenaissance Painting Lessons RegistrationShepherds Green Field
10:30 AMRenaissance Painting LessonsShepherds Green Field
10:30 AMKrafts for KidsShepherds Green Field
11:00 AMJoust - Quintain Gaming ShowPavilion
11:15 AMBelly Dance Lessons RegistrationShepherds Green Field
11:30 AMBelly Dance LessonsShepherds Green Field
11:45 AMBaratok Belly DancingPavilion
11:45 AMUnicorn Cake Eating Contest RegistrationShepherds Green Stage
12:00 PMUnicorn Cake Eating ContestShepherds Green Stage
1:00 PMJoust- Full ArmoredPavilion
1:00 PMBelly Dance Performance - Dance Caravan of OtsegoShepherds Green Stage
1:30 PMThespian's Game of Charades RegistrationShepherds Green Stage
1:45 PMThespian's Game of CharadesShepherds Green Stage
2:30 PMDoggie DashPavilion
2:30 PMArt of Cosplay Costume Contest RegistrationShepherds Green Stage
2:45 PMArt of Cosplay Costume ContestShepherds Green Stage
3:00 PMJoust - Full ArmoredPavilion
3:30 PMBelly Dance Performance - Dance Caravan of OtsegoShepherds Green Stage
4:15 PMFace Painting Competition RegistrationShepherds Green Stage
4:30 PMFace Painting CompetitionShepherds Green Stage
5:00 PMJoust - Quintain & RingPavilion
5:30 PMBaratok Belly DancingPavilion


2:00 PM & 4:00 PMAnheuser BuschPavilion
1:00 - 4:00 PMNutrl & Owen's Craft MixersShepherd's Green Field


Calling all artists! Share your creativity and help brighten our Festival for the 2023 Season!

Our annual Mural Competition has begun and we’re looking for creative painters to paint a beautiful mural that captures the spirit of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Your murals can include but are not limited to jousting, juggling, mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns, witches, wizards, your favorite acts from the Renaissance, and more! Designs must be original and painted by the person submitting the form.

Contest is FREE to enter.

All murals must be 2′ x 2′ and painted with an outdoor paint or finished with a waterproof cover. They must be painted on a weather-treated material (i.e. treated plywood). The murals will be put on display at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and will be exposed to the elements during the duration of our 2023 season. Please write your name on the back bottom right corner of the mural.

Each submitted mural competitor will receive one free admission ticket, only valid weekends 1-4 & Festival Friday.
See application form for rules and tips.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing all of the amazing murals this year!


Forms Due By: August 17th through Google Forms
Murals Due By: August 17th 2023
Murals can be dropped off from August 1 – August 3 between 9 AM & 3 PM
OR be dropped off from August 7 – August 9 between 9 AM & 3 PM
OR be dropped off from August 15 – August 17 between 9 AM & 3 PM
Murals dropped off after 8-17-23, will not be accepted!
If Murals aren’t registered they won’t be accepted


Once completed you may drop your murals at the Festival Studio Office located at:
**Please call ahead to schedule your drop off time 952-698-9625**

Drop off at the box labeled Mural Competition Drop-off Box at our Festival Site Office: 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee MN 55379
Murals will become the property of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival once dropped off.


  • Grand Prize: 2024 Season Pass, T-Shirt, & Festival Mug
  • Second Place: 4 Festival Admissions Tickets & T-Shirt
  • Third Place: Festival T-Shirt & Mug

Mural Competition Form

Mural Competition Voting Form

Voting will be open up until the end of weekend 4. Patrons will vote for their favorite mural. The top 3 murals will be awarded a prize!

Huzzah! The King has declared September 16th as Sign Language Saturday during our Experience Love for the Arts weekend! ASL Interpreters will be available for a variety of stage performances and events. Interpreters provided by Keystone Interpreting Solutions.

Interpretations will be available at the following shows:

Sherwood Stage
The Robinhood Show
Fandazzi Fire Circus
Kazimir’s Sword Swallowing Show

Huzzah Stage
The Court Revelers
The Elizabethan Syngers
Fellowship of the Quest
The Leprechaun Pirates
The Littlest Dragon

The Mead Booth
The Elizabethan Syngers

The King’s Noble Wine Cellar
The Court Revelers
The Hounds of Dublin
Rogues Daughter
The Elizabethan Syngers
Hette Sunsinger
The Leprechaun Pirates

The Pavilion
Playtron Academy
Joust – Quintain Gaming Show
Baratok Belly Dancing
Joust – Full Armor
Anheuser Busch Tasting
Doggie Dash
Joust – Full Armor
Joust – Quintain and Ring

Shepherd’s Green Stage/Field
Renaissance Painting Lessons
Krafts for Kids
Belly Dance Lessons with Dance Caravan of Otsego
Unicorn Eating Contest
Thespian’s Game of Charades
Art of Cosplay Costume Contest
Belly Dance Performance with Dance Caravan of Otsego
Face Painting Competition

Viking Encampment
Viking Songs and Stories – Battle Sagas
Viking Weapons Demo
Viking Songs and Stories – Folk Tales and Lost Myths
Viking Songs and Stories – Gods and Monsters

Grove Stage
Kipp the Conjurer

Witchwood Stage
Slapstick Fairytales
Shakespeare’s Pyramus & Thisby
Wacky Chickens

Folkstone Well
Washing Well Wenches
Gabs the Fool
Kipp the Conjurer

Bakery Stage
The Danger Committee

Tree Top Stage
Oops! The Danger Freak
Brother Paul Magician
Zilch the Torysteller

Crown Stage
Johnny Phoenix
The Tortuga Twins

Doggie Dash: The Doodle Derby

Pure-Poodle, Mix-Doodle… the only requirement here is that signature Doodle Texture!

*An “Anything Goes” dog race, open to all breeds, mixes & sizes, will immediately follow the theme race.


Scout Days

By order of his Majesty, King Henry has declared that all current Boy or Girl Scouts and their leaders may come to the festival in their uniforms for half price admission. To take advantage of this discount, please arrive in your uniform.


Any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive $5 off their gate Admission to the festival with the proper ID. It’s our special way of saying thank you to our country’s biggest heroes. This deal is valid for all current and past military members with government issued ID. To take advantage of this discount, present a valid military ID at the festival box office. Limit one per person.

Are you interested in being a vendor on this weekend? Fill out the form below!

Thank you to our Experience Love for the Arts Sponsors!