Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Shamrocks & Shenanigans – September 23rd & 24th

Celebrate Irish and Celtic culture with the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Our Irish Village will feature a number of unique vendors, Irish Dancers, and themed competitions.

Shamrocks & Shenanigans – Daily Program

Irish Village

Lose your lucky penny? Need a new Celtic Kilt? Get a new one and peruse the many other interesting Irish items this weekend.



Green Fire: Green Fire is dedicated to the joy and love of Irish dancing. Following a centuries’ old tradition, Green Fire has its roots in the Twin Cities Irish community. Besides modern hard- and soft-shoe step dancing, performances include choreographies, traditional ceilidh, couple, and set dances, as well Sean Nos style dancing and historic dances in period costume.

Rince Nua: Rince Nua enriches the lives of its students through the journey of learning and sharing Irish dance. Dancers begin as young as 3 years old and students are taught by highly-skilled and accomplished Irish dancers who have a passion to help students achieve their personal Irish dance goals. Through structured and fun classes, as well as community performances, and studio events, Rince Nua encourages dancers to continually learn and improve while becoming friends, and sharing their gifts and talents with others.

FREE Guinness Tastings

Join us for a FREE Guinness Tasting on the Pavilion Stage at 12:15pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Sample five flavors of Guinness while you learn about the brand, how it is made, etc.

Seating is limited and will begin 15 minutes prior; everyone must have a valid ID by order of his Majesty King Henry and the State of Minnesota. No Exceptions!

Kilt Competition

Cheer loud for your favorite contestant and enjoy the unique traditional dress.

Time: 2:00pm on the Special Events Stage

Mashed Potato Eating Competition

Calling all mashed potato lovers! Your quest, if you choose to accept it, is to eat a bowl of mashed potatoes faster than the other competitors.

Time: 12:00pm on the Special Events Stage