Pets & Pirates – September 16th & 17th
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!
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
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!
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.