The Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2016 will continue the tradition that began in Shakopee, Minnesota in 1971. This small town situated near the Minnesota River becomes an interactive recreation of an English town from the sixteenth century from the middle of August until the last weekend of September every year. It attracts people from the Twin Cities and around the region, offering a wide variety of entertainment, from musical concerts to comedians and storytellers.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival History and Facts
The first Renaissance Fair in Minnesota held was in Jonathan, Minnesota on a 22-acre plot. Even in its first year some 25,000 people attended. It later transitioned to its current place in Shakopee and continues to grow in popularity—along with the State Fair, it's one of the biggest events in Minnesota. It is a family-friendly affair where adults and children alike can participate in activities, games, rides, and entertainment. Visitors will also enjoy themed weekends, plays, and great food and drink from the period.
Tickets to Minnesota Renaissance Festival
There are several ticket options available, all of which are discounted when purchased in advance. You have the option of a single-day or two-day pass. There are also discounted rates for seniors and children ages 5 to 12 (under 5 get in free).
Directions to Minnesota Renaissance Festival
You will find the Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2016 three miles south of Shakopee, which is located off of Highway 169. You will see signs from the north or south traveling along Highway 169. The area is well marked.
Lodging near Minnesota Renaissance Festival
There are nearly twenty hotels within easy driving distance of the festival grounds. Many of them are chain hotels and motels that offer very reasonable rates, especially when purchased in advance. These include America’s Best Value Inn and Suites at 1244 Canterbury Road South, Hampton Inn at 4175 Dean Lakes Boulevard, and the Best Western Shakopee Inn at 511 Marschall Road.