FREE Family Friendly Activities
Fairy Wing Forest
Venture into the shaded garden that has been transformed and filled with fairies, pixies, nymphs, and other magical creatures that now call the forest their home.
Watch as they dive, flip, and twirl majestically in the water! If you’re lucky, they may share a token of their magic with you.
Dr. Thora Pandora’s Chemistry Experience
Come experience the fun-filled magic of science and physics! Your children will love the smoke bubbles, Newtonian beads, elephant toothpaste, and rainbow creations.
Children’s Costume Contest
Lads and lassies can compete in a Renaissance Costume Contest. Children 12 & under are welcome to participate in this fun daily event for prizes!
Grand March Parade
Watch the Royal Court and other Festival Entertainers joyously greet all Festival Goers in this daily parade at 11:30am!
Children’s Knighting Ceremony
Children can receive the highest badge of honor by being knighted by the King and his Royal Court! Held daily at 3:30pm on the King’s Arbor Stage.
FREE Fairy Wand Making
Follow the trail of pixie dust to the Children’s Realm so your child can make a magical Fairy Wand with fairy friends!
Cooking demos, stories, and music from 9:00am – 12:00pm.
Herpetological Petting Zoo
Slither your way through the reptile petting zoo where you can find turtles, snakes, alligators and more!
FREE Pirate Hat Making
All swashbuckling children are welcome to make pirate hats in our Children’s Realm throughout the day!
Watch live armored jousting every day at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 4:00pm on the Joust Track!
Maypole dancing is a form of folk dance from Germany, England and Sweden. Come relive the traditional ribbon dance celebrating the seasons!
Throne of Swords
Experience the infamous Throne of Swords! Be on the look out for dragons!
Meet the King & Queen
Relive history and meet King Henry and Queen Elizabeth at the Festival!
Experience Palace Gardens
Come meet the beautifully poised young ladies of the princess court! You can even have lunch with them and learn princess etiquette!
Learn how to be a juggling master at the Juggling School!
Albion the Unicorn
Our beloved mascot, Albion is always ready to play. Catch her exploring the realm, entertaining, dancing, prancing, hugging and charming the crowd!
Cock A Doodle Zoo
Meet many new animal friends such as sheep, rabbits, chicken, kangaroos, lemurs and so much more!
Drop a coin and make your dreams come true! We are proud partners with the Angel Foundation to support families with cancer.
Explore the rich Scandinavian history of the Vikings. Learn about their lives through Norse sagas, songs, games, and weapons demos to find your inner Viking. Skol!
Check out our Games and Rides page to see all of the Family Friendly options!
A show for the bold…or at least they think so! Watch the antics of our favorite outlaw, Robin Hood, and his friends, Little John, Maid Marion and more!
Minnesota Traditional Morris is a men’s English folk dance team dancing a style of Morris, originating in the Cotswold Hills of central England— hence the style is known as Cotswold Morris. Morris dances are performed by from 1 to 8 team members dancing to music provided by violin, melodeon, pipe & tabor, even the voices of the dancers themselves. It is exuberant, boisterous, and vital fun!
Founded in the autumn of 1974 MTM was shooting the curl of the 70’s folk awareness wave. The team immediately began developing dance traditions and what easier way than to steal them from the guys who’d been doing them for centuries. Which is what everybody was doing in those days with the help of the dedicated founder of the Winchester Morris Men, Lionel Bacon, who traveled the Cotswold’s in the mid-Twentieth Century and documented as many of the local styles as he could. In part, it’s thanks to Sir Lionel that the Morris style of traditional folkdance is alive and living in the America’s today.
Royal Scottish Dancers
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Twin Cities (Minnesota) Branch is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in learning and participating in the art of Scottish country dancing. You Don’t Have to Be Scottish! We are teens and adults of all ages and ethnicities who enjoy music, dancing, and good company. No prior dance experience is necessary to get started and partners are not required. The group holds regular weekly classes, socials dances, and mini-workshops in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota (USA). Our major annual events are our beginner-friendly Fàilte Ball and our Grand Ball. Members of the group also do performances and demonstrations.
The Twin Cities Branch was established in 1975 as a local branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Society was founded in 1923 and now has over 25,000 members in 170 branches around the world.
Black Isles Belly Dance
Meet our Belly Dance Troupe, performing tribal fusion dance at the Festival for the first time, and watch this new dynamic of music and dance elements on the Gypsy Stage. Incorporating elements from both folkloric and classical dance styles, tribal fusion is a modern form of belly dance.
Cale the Juggler
Comedic fire juggling, fire breathing, and world class precarious stunts. Cale breaks down and rebuilds Newtonian Law in a fit of primed crackerjack fury. A truly unpredictable, all inclusive show suitable for all ages and everything in between!
Folkstone Well Stage
The Danger Committee is an incredible combination of juggling, knife throwing, spine-tingling thrills, and hilarious comedy. They have performed on national television and at theatres, festivals and corporate events across the country.
Sponsored by The Brave New Workshop.
Bakery Stage – 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 5:30pm
Dr. Thora Pandora
Dr. Thora Pandora is our resident renaissance scientist. She specializes in smokey bubbles, foam eruptions, and blowing up watermelons.
Cooking Demo Area by Como Cottage – 12:00pm & 2:00pm
Fandazzi Fire Circus is a live music and fire performance troupe that was founded in 2004 to bring the mystery, magic, and bright presence of a gypsy family to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. They are an ever-evolving Twin Cities based fire circus performing Live Music, Dance, and feats of MORE FIRE!!!!
Gypsy Stage – 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 5:00pm
Feast Masters – Jim & Laszlo
Two recognizable faces around the Renaissance Festival include Jim and Laszlo, the hilarious Feast Masters of the Feast of Fantasy!
Bad Manor – 11:00am, 2:00pm & 4:45pm
Puke & Snot
Puke and Snot are boldly approaching their 40th year at their home festival in Minnesota. Their blend of two-man vaudeville and overblown Shakespearean acting styles has made them a must-see show wherever they show up.
Legend Stage – 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 5:00pm
Robin Hood and The Merry Men
Robin Hood and the Merry Men Show
A show for the bold — or at least they think so! Watch the antics of our favorite outlaw, Robin Hood, and his Merry Men and women, Little John, Maid Marion, Much the Miller, and Will Scarlet. A show for a child of every age! When they are not in Sherwood, watch for the Merry Men throughout the village as they battle it out with the Lord High Sheriff and his villainous cohorts!
Gypsy Stage – 10:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm & 4:00pm
Kazimir the Hungry
Kazimir the Hungry is a practitioner of select sideshow arts, including Sword Swallowing, Fire Eating, and Fire Breathing. Check out his daring feats to satisfy your hunger for danger!
Photo Credit: Cliff Iverson
The most seasoned Shakespearean actors of the renowned Words Players Theatre are bringing their talents to the Realm. See SkyVault theatre on-stage and in the street as your favorite characters in this season long celebration!
The Wacky Chickens
The Wacky Chicken Show uses the age-old metaphor of the chicken and egg as symbols of life, weaving a hysterically funny, ultimately thoughtful, and joyful story of human yearning, failure, and spiritual triumph—while clucking, strutting, and laying eggs. Lloyd Brant and Rosie Cole have performed their Daffy Duck inspired show across the USA.
Witchwood Stage – 12:00pm, 1:00pm & 2:00pm
Tuey the Juggler
Performing stunts based in the classic skills of his craft, Tuey’s show is anything but old fashioned. He goes well beyond the usual display of juggling skills to include a wide array of manipulations, thus, “I’ve never seen that before!” is a common response to Tuey’s show. Audiences also love Tuey’s unassuming, friendly style, and the only thing they do more than applaud during his show… is laugh.
Grove Stage – 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm & 4:15pm
Toil & Tumble
If you want to know the ABCs of tumbling it’s a good thing we’ve got them all in one group! Come meet Apple and Bijou; the dynamic, gravity-defying duo of Toil and Tumble! These wacky acrobats, or wacrobats, are an old hat on a new suit! ‘Ooo’ at bodies balanced with precision, ‘Aah’ at feats of strength and daring, and laugh at everything else! Hold on to your seats, socks, and teeth: TNT will blow you away!
Zilch the Tory Steller
His name is Terry Foy, although you might know him better as Zilch the Storyteller. Er, ah, Torysteller. The stories he tells have a bit of a twist to them. He spalks in toonerisms. Ah, he talks in spoonerisms. Citching one’s swonsonants fack and borth, worning your Turds around. It’s serfectly pimple. You just have to tink thaster than you falk!
Treetop Stage – 10:45am, 12:45pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm