Pets & Pirates

Pets & Pirates – September 16th & 17th

Two dogs in costume

Join us for one of the most popular theme weekend events at the Renaissance Festival! Bring your pooch and learn about pet safety and training, purchase pet clothing, personalized tags, all-natural dog food and parade your dog around for the Pet Costume Contest! More than 20 pet and pirate related vendors will be featured in the Special Events Field and you even have the chance to adopt a pup right on the spot! You must complete the Dog Registration Form & check in at the pet gate.

Pets & Pirates Weekend – Daily Program

Sign Language Saturday – September 16

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival welcomes you to Sign Language Saturday. American Sign Language interpreters will be on the Festival grounds all day interpreting stage acts, front gate operations, Royal Daily Events and much more!


Our Partner

Corgi, Pug & Wiener Dog Races

Joust Track: 2:00pm

Watch the tiny dogs test their legs and speed against other pups in the Joust Track in order win fun prizes from the Festival and Long Dog Apparel! We highly encourage pre-registration for the race to secure a spot & to receive a free adult admission ticket & free gift from Long Dog Apparel! Fill this out to pre-register your dog for the races or you can enter your pup day of!


Minnesota Agility Club

Shepherd’s Green Field: 10:00am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm

Watch these talented pups move through an obstacle course of jumps, weave poles, and tunnels. Agility meets adorable in the Special Events Field!

MAC is a nonprofit organization established in 1989 to promote dog agility as a sport in the greater Minnesota area.

Their goals are to:

  • Promote the sport of dog agility in Minnesota
  • Provide an organization for dog owners, where they might learn more about our sport
  • Hold competitions where members and non-members can test their skills

For more information, check out their website!

Featured Vendors

Let me provide the ultimate care for your loving pet!  
Trained in Animal Behavior and Animal Sciences at Argosy University and the UofM, I have been a certified pet trainer and groomer since 2004.  Whatever your needs are, I can provide the ultimate care for your loving pet from grooming to training and everything in between!  Services provided: in-home grooming, pet training, pet walking, playdates, and in-my-home sitting.

Dog Love Repeat features carefully curated, whimsical, heartfelt and handcrafted goods for dogs and humans who love them.  All of our products are made by hand by local and national artisans who are as passionate about your dogs as you are.  The majority of these products are exclusively made, just for us.

Protecting Paws (PPAR) is based out of Prior Lake, MN. We are a 100% volunteer & foster based animal rescue. This means that we do not have a facility. All of our animals go directly from the shelter to a foster home, where our amazing foster families work with the animal on any training that may be needed prior to adoption.  We specialize in dogs mainly, cats, and horses. Protecting Paws was founded in November, 2012. We have saved approximately 1625 animals from death row since forming.  We mainly pull dogs from the states of MN, TN, OK, KY,GA, AL, TX, SD, and ND. We will always help our local animals in need prior to out of state animals. We also take owner surrenders.

We will be offering micro-chipping for dogs/ puppies for a $20 donation, and a lifetime online registration for an additional $19.99.  Micro-chipping is the best way to ensure your lost/stolen pets find their way home to you!

Pet Costume Contest

Shepherd’s Green Stage: 3:30pm

Think your furry friend has the best costume? Enter them in our Pet Costume Contest for a chance to win pet prizes!

Pirate Activities

Kid’s Costume Contest

Shepherd’s Green Stage: 12:00pm

Come show off your finest pirate and buccaneer costumes! The audience will decide the best dressed and prizes will go to top finishers.

Adult Costume Contest | 18+

Shepherd’s Green Stage: 11:00am

Come show off your finest pirate and buccaneer costumes! Audience will decide the best dressed and prizes will go to top finishers.

Talk Like a Pirate Contest

Shepherd’s Green Stage: 12:45pm

Give us your best ARRGH and pirate jokes. Prizes for the first and second place winners!

Peanut Butter Licking Competition

Shepherd’s Green Stage: 4:30pm 

Bring your Dog!

While the Renaissance Festival loves all animals, only dogs that have proof of their rabies vaccination are allowed into the Festival. All dogs must be leashed and check in at the Pet Gate. Visit our Bring your Dog! page for more information.