Bold North Vikings Invasion

August 29th & 30th, 2020

All vikings are invited to participate in pillaging the village. This will be a weekend filled with competitive spirit and new experiences. Do you have a awesome tattoo to showcase, well enter into our contest to win some great prizes!

2020 Updates Coming Soon!

Events: August 29 & 30 – Bold North Vikings Invasion

Longbow Competition

Registration at 12:15pm. Start time is at 1:00pm.


  • Child (Age 12-17)
  • Adult (Age 18+)
  • Female (Age 18+)
  • Longbow

2019 Longbow Competition Registration Form

Archery Tournament Rules:

  • A separate tournament will run for archers strictly using a traditional longbow, other divisions can follow the equipment requirements listed above on the Registration form.
  • Complimentary tickets will be given to you on the day you are competing.
  • You must have some experience in this sport to be accepted in the competition.
  • Tournament is of retreating distance style starting between five and fifteen yards and retreating in five yard increments to a maximum of 100 yards.
  • Each archer is allowed three shots from each distance until disqualified.
  • Awards will be given out to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
  • Disqualification happens when archer fails to hit the target area with one of their three shots.
  • Tie-Breakers: In case of a tie, farthest distance will be selected on course with all of the remaining Each archer will be allowed one shot at this distance. Closest to the bulls eye will win the contested position. The next closest competitor will place in the next lower position.

Bocce Ball Tournament

Registration at 11:00am. Start time is at 11:30am.

2019 Bocce Ball Tournament Registration Form

Bocce Ball Tournament Rules:

  • Prizes will be awarded to the 1st & 2nd place teams.
  • Teams can sign-up the day of the tournament but are encouraged to send in the application in advance.
  • You may sign-up as an individual, or as a team (teams are encouraged).
  • Equipment is provided by MN Renaissance Festival.

Tattoo Competition

Let’s find out who’s the BOLDEST in the NORTH!  Come show off your ink at the classic Tattoo Competition.

Location: On the Special Events stage

No registration needed

Contest starts at 3:30pm

Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners

Uff Da Hot Dish Eating Contest

What is casserole anyway?  Come fill your bellies and celebrate a classic Minnesotan dish at the second annual Uff Da Hotdish Eating Contest! Sponsored by: O’Brien’s Public House!

Location: On the Special Events stage

No registration needed

Contest starts at 1:30pm

Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners

NEW – Tug a War Competition

Work together or face your friends head-on at the brand NEW Tug-a-War Competition

Location: On Special Events field

No registration needed

Contest starts at 2:30pm

Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners

Turkey Leg Trot – 5K (Sunday)

Sunday, August 18th, 2019
Race is on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 and will begin at the Front Gate Entrance of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival at the sound of the cannon! Racers will make their way on the trail around the Renaissance Festival! Making their way through twists and turns to get to the finish line!

Registration is $30 and includes FREE admission to the 2019 Renaissance Festival on the day of the race along with a t-shirt, turkey leg voucher and Woodchuck Hard Cider voucher!
*Shirt sizes will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Tastings: August 17 & 18 – Bold North Vikings Invasion

  • Angry Orchard – Time: 12, 2 & 4 PM; Location: Pavilion
  • J Bird Wines Mead – Time: 11-4 PM; Location: Shepherds Green Field

Check out the MN Made Marketplace vendors during Bold North Vikings Invasion ONLY!

Thank you to our Bold North Vikings Invasion Sponsors!

Promotions: August 17 & 18 – Bold North Vikings Invasion

Artisan Appreciation 










FREE Complimentary Ticket

August 17th & 18th and 24th & 25th

The first two weekends of the Festival, our patrons will be able to support their favorite Shoppes and get rewarded! Patrons who spend $250 total at any of the artisan booths will receive one free admission ticket to return any of the remaining 2019 weekends.

Patrons will need to present their receipts at the Info Booth (inside of King’s Gate) to receive a free admission ticket to return to the Festival.

Blood Drive 

FREE Complimentary Ticket

Opening Weekend August 17 & 18

Memorial Blood Centers and MN Renaissance Festival have partnered once again to bring you the Annual Blood Drive. Donate blood and receive FREE ADMISSION to the Festival!

Bloodmobiles will be located near King’s Gate, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Register starting June 18th at SPONSOR CODE: 4149.

We strongly suggest registering beforehand, but walk-ins will be accepted subject to availability.

All presenting donors will receive 1 FREE TICKET for entrance into the Festival. Donors must be present AT the Renaissance Festival blood drives on Aug. 17 & 18. No other blood drives or donor centers are included in this promotion. Bring ID. Eat before donating. No cold or flu symptoms for 72 hours. All prizes hold no cash value and are non-transferable.

Renaissance Scholars

FREE Complimentary Ticket

Congratulations! We are celebrating your Honor Roll achievement by providing you a FREE complimentary ticket to the 2019 Minnesota Renaissance Festival. WE are proud of you and you should be proud too!

  • Watch Live Armored Jousting on Horseback
  • Attend Juggling School
  • See Comedy & Magic on 16 Stages of Exciting Entertainment
  • Experience Live Craft Demonstrations
  • Learn about Music, Dance, Fencing and Fashion of the Renaissance Period

Please bring your report card to the box office to receive your complimentary honor roll ticket to the Festival!

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

Merchandise/Promotional Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application