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..


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!


5th Annual Wiener Dog Race

Watch the tiny wiener 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!

Check-In and Race Time TBA


Flyball Demos & Training

Watch teams of dogs relay race through a course with hurdles while skillfully catching tennis balls!


Pet Talent Competition

Does your dog have a fun talent it loves showing off? Bring it to the Special Events stage to compete in the Pet Talent Competition with the chance to win fabulous prizes! Time TBA.


Twin Cities Disc Dog Club

The agility and talent of the high flying dogs from the Twin Cities Disc Dog Club are a show not to miss during Pet Fest! Their daily demonstrations are always popular and you can learn how to get involved with your own dog! Visit their website for more information on this fun club!


Pet Costume Contest

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


Pirate Activities

Kid’s Costume Contest

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+

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

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


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.