FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION

What time does the Festival open?

9 AM – 7 PM

What are the dates and hours of the Festival?

We are open for 7 weekends (SAT & SUN) August 17th – September 29th, 2024 Plus Labor Day, September 2nd & Festival Friday, September 27th, 2024 • 9 AM – 7 PM

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, the Festival is Dog Friendly! See our Dog Rules & Registration page for more information.
DOGS ONLY. No other pets will be allowed on Festival grounds.

Are there ATMs available at the Festival?

Yes. ATM machines are located in the following locations:

  • Outside of Queen’s Gate near the Ticket Booth (2)
  • Outside of King’s Gate near the Ticket Booth (2)
  • Shepherd’s Green (Area 1) near Puke & Snot
  • Oven Hill Market (Area 2) near Bad Manor (4)
  • Treetop Round (Area 3) near the Botanical Booth
  • Marketplace (Area 4) near First Aid (4)
  • Folkstone Well (Area 5) near the Soda Booth
  • Narrows Market (Area 7) near the Soda Booth
  • Narrows Market (Area 7) near the Witchwood Stage
  • Cartwheel Cove (Area 8) near Queen’s Pub (2)

See the Festival Map to find one.

What credit cards does Festival accept?

We welcome VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER and AMERICAN EXPRESS at Ticket Booths, most merchandise shops and some food locations. Most game locations and wine, beer, craft cocktail, and mead locations ONLY accept cash.

Does Festival accept personal checks or foreign currency?

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival does not accept personal checks or foreign currency in ANY locations.

Does the Festival provide any accommodations for the deaf or hard of hearing?

We run an annual Sign Language Saturday every year during our Festival season! During this day, interpreters can be found at most stages on Festival grounds. 2024 information coming soon!

Can we bring our own Food and Beverage to the Festival?

Outside food and beverages may not be brought into the festival, with the exception of bottles or baby food for infants or toddlers and packed lunch for those with life-threatening allergies or dietary concerns. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival offers a wide variety of dining options at various restaurants and food vendors throughout the Festival. Groups looking for catering may contact Group Sales at 952-445-7361 or groupsales@renaissancefest.com for delicious meal options available at our catered event locations.

You may leave the festival and parking lot at any point during the day. Please remember to have your hand stamped so you may re-enter the festival without having to pay. Guests will be required to have their hand-stamped to re-enter the park. For safety reasons, Festival prohibits grilling and open flame fire pits of any kind on property including any and all parking lots. No alcoholic beverages are allowed outside of the Festival.

What if I need medical attention?

The Renaissance Festival provides a fully equipped and professionally staffed First Aid Station, which is clearly marked on the grounds near Petting Zoo. You can access the Festival Map here. If there is an emergency or you require help, please go to First Aid and/or find a member of Safety Services staff wearing a yellow tunic with a red cross and carrying a flagged pole.

Where is the lost and found?

Anything that is turned in to the Festival can be found at the Information Booth during that weekend, otherwise call the office Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM, to collect your lost items.

For more information please contact the Festival Office at 952-445-7361 or email at: info@renaissancefest.com

Can I bring a stroller, wagon, or wheelchair?

Single strollers, double-seat strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, and electric convenience vehicles (ECVs) may be used during your visit to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and you are welcome to bring your own. Electric Convenience Vehicles are available for rent in advance on our website here.

Can I bike to the Festival?

For those who are within biking distance on the day of their visit to the Festival, there are two bicycle racks to park your bike for the day. Both are located near King’s Gate.

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COMMON QUESTIONS

Is the Renaissance Festival open during the week?

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is open during two week days during the season: Labor Day Monday, September 2nd & Festival Friday, September 27th, 2024. Otherwise, the Festival is only open weekends (SAT & SUN) August 17th – September 29th, 2024, again with the exception of Labor Day Monday, September 2nd & Festival Friday, September 27th.

Can I take a shuttle to bus to the Festival?

Yes, guests can shuttle to bus to the Festival. Check out our Park & Ride page for more information!

Are you open during inclement weather?

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is open rain or shine. We do not offer refunds in the event of inclement weather, including rainchecks.

What time are the Jousts?

Jousting takes place 4 times daily at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Joust Track.

What time is the Daily Parade?

Daily Parade and Royal Tribucade is held at 1:00 PM each day.

Can I bring prop or peace-tied weapons?

Check out our Weapons policy for information about weapon regulations.

What if we have special dietary needs?

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival makes every effort to accommodate the needs of our guests. If you adhere to a specific dietary regiment or have food allergies, the following Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available to guests with special dietary requirements. Please refer to the festival map for locations.

Due to high volume production, The Minnesota Renaissance Festival food locations cannot accommodate or guarantee separation of cooking surfaces. Those guests who suffer from sensitive or life-threatening allergies (such as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs and wheat) should exercise extreme caution as foods are transported, stored and prepared in close proximity.

Instead of risking adverse reactions, we encourage our customers who are concerned with food allergies to bring a packed lunch to safely enjoy.

Mid America Festivals is providing this information for informational purposes only. Neither MAF, its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, vendors and/or employees assume responsibility for sensitivity or allergy to any food product or ingredient provided by or in our festival.

Is the Festival wheelchair accessible?

The Festival is held in a natural, outdoor setting. Wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are allowed. We have disabled accessible parking, and disabled accessible portable toilets.

Can I rent a Scooter or Wheelchair while at the Festival?

We do not have wheelchairs or strollers for rent, but we do offer a limited number of motorized scooters for rent.

Scooter Rental Information:

Full Day – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – $65.00
$100.00 refundable credit card damage deposit is required to pick up the scooter.

Reserve your motorized scooter here.

Where can I camp nearby the Festival?

There is no camping or overnight parking on the Festival grounds. However, there are close camping sites listed on the Discover Shakopee website.

If I wear a costume, can I get in for free?

No, but we have a costume contest that occurs each morning at 10:30 AM at the Palace Garden. Themed costume contests also take place every weekend at the Shepherd’s Green Field! See the Theme Weekends tab for full weekends schedules.

If I leave the Festival, can I get back in?

When any patrons drive off the site, the Parking Pass is voided and if the patron wishes to re-enter the Festival, the patron must purchase an additional Parking Pass for that date, subject to availability. All parking fees include applicable sales tax.

You may leave the festival at any point during the day. Please remember to have your hand stamped so you may re-enter the festival without having to pay. Guests will be required to have their hand-stamped to re-enter the park. Festival only allows same day re-entry to the grounds.

Re-admission is not allowed after 7 PM.

What else can I bring?

All bags, purses, pouches, backpacks, waist packs, etc. are subject to inspection prior to entering.

Sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited on Festival grounds and should be left at home or secured in your vehicle.

Can I bring a bottle of water?

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival allows guests to bring in one factory sealed 20 oz or smaller bottle of water per person. Water can also be purchased at over 20 different locations on site.

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ADMISSION INFO

How much are tickets?

Check out our Ticket Pricing & Info here. Click here to purchase tickets online!

Ticket inquiries may be directed to our sales department by emailing info@renaissancefest.com

What does the admission price include?

All entertainment shows, including the Tournament Jousting and Theme Weekend Events in the Shepherd’s Green Field. You may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverage, or enjoy some rides and games (costs vary). You may also choose to attend one of our Daily Royal Events at an additional cost.

Do you offer discount tickets?

Discount tickets and coupons can be found at various locations. Check out our Ticket Outlets page for a list of participating outlets.

Are there special discounts for Military Service Members?

Yes, we have two promotions that celebrate all members of the armed services at our Festival: Soldier Savings and Huzzah for Hometown Heroes.

For our Soldier Savings promotion, any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive $5 off their Gate Admission to the 2024 Festival. 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. This promotion is valid during ALL Weekends at the 2024 Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

For our Huzzah for Hometown Heroes promotion, The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is proud to announce that any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive up to TWO (2) Buy One Get One Free Adult Admission tickets to the Festival. This deal is valid for all current or past military members with government-issued ID. To take advantage of this discount, present a valid military ID at the festival box office. This promotion is ONLY valid during Wine, Chocolate & Romance Weekend (Sept 2, 3, & 4) at the 2023 Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

For more information on promotions, please check out our Promotions page!

Are there special discounts for First Responders?

During Woofstock Weekend (Sept. 7 – 8), First Responders, including all Law Enforcement, Firefighter, and EMS personnel can enjoy a day of magic and adventure for half the price of admission. We offer Live Combat Armoured Jousting, 16 Stages of Exciting Entertainment, Food & Craft Beer Fit for an King or Queen for first responders. Fire, Police and First Responder personnel who qualify for discount admission include: Firefighters, EMT’s, Uniformed Police Officers, State Troopers, 911 Dispatchers, Correction Officers, Evidence Technicians, Investigators, Medical Professionals & Nurses. To take advantage of this discount, present a valid First Responder ID at the festival box office during Woofstock (Sept. 7 – 8) only.

For more information on promotions, please check out our Promotions page!

Are weekend passes or season passes available?

Yes, Weekend and Season Passes are available and can be purchased here.

What is the age policy for tickets?

Children 4 and under are free. Children ages 5 – 12 would need to purchase a child ticket. Anyone who is 13+ would need to purchase an adult ticket. Anyone who is 65+ would need to purchase a senior ticket.

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GUEST SERVICES

Where can I nurse at the Festival?

Per Minnesota law, breastfeeding is allowed anywhere on site where a mother/child is otherwise allowed to be.

If you are seeking a designated Nursing station, you can proceed to go to the First Aid location.

First Aid is located near the Petting Zoo. Chairs and air conditioning is provided.

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