Shamrocks & Shenanigans

September 26th & 27th, 2020

Transport to Ireland by visiting our Celtic Village, where you can find local Irish vendors & fun for all ages. Watch the Mashed Potato eating contest, join the kilt competition or kick up your heels with traditional Irish music & dancing. This is the largest shenanigans party in Minnesota!

2020 Updates Coming Soon!

Events: September 26 & 27 – Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Irish Music

Enjoy two Irish music shows by SisterTree happening on Shepherd’s Green Stage!

10:30am & 1:30pm

Music by: 

Irish Dancing

Enjoy two Irish dance shows by Green Fire Irish Dancers happening on Shepherd’s Green Stage!

11:30am & 1:00pm

Kilt Competition

A competition loved so much we had to do it twice!  Show off your cool kilt in our Kilt Competition.

12:30pm—Shepherd’s Green Stage

Registration at 12:15pm

Sponsored by: 

Mashed Potato Eating Contest

We’re celebrating the end of the Irish Potato Famine 170 years later!  Come smash mashed potatoes and gravy in your face in our classic Mashed Potato Eating Contest.  And remember, no hands!

2:00pm—Shepherd’s Green Stage

Registration at 1:45pm

Sponsored by: 

Pickle Jousting

Need to blow off some steam while keeping it kosher?  Come battle it out in Pickle Jousting!

11:00am—Shepherd’s Green Field

Registration at 10:45am

Race for the Rattle

Finally…a competition for the youngest in the realm!  Come watch the babes race for the rattle.

12pm—Shepherd’s Green Field

Registration at 11:45am

Sponsored by: 

Speed Dating

If you’ve searched the Realm high and low and still haven’t found “The One,” then Speed Dating is for you!

2:30pm–Shepherd’s Green Field

Registration at 2:15pm

Tastings: September 21 & 22 – Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • Guinness – Time: 12, 2 & 4 PM; Location: Pavilion
  • J Bird Wines Mead – Time: 1-4 PM; Location: Shepherds Green Field
  • Bulleit & Crown Royal Whiskey – Time: 1-4 PM; Location: Shepherds Green Field

Check out the Celtic Village vendors during Shamrocks & Shenanigans ONLY!

Take a walk through our Irish Village in Shepherd’s Green Field and explore a number of Celtic themed vendor booths!

All day, 9am-7pm

Thank you to our Shamrocks Sponsors!


Promotions: September 21 & 22 – Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Knights on Bikes 

September 21st & 22nd

Biker Discount! Show your motorcycle license at the Festival Box Office and save $5 on one regularly priced adult admission!

Renaissance Scholars

FREE Complimentary Ticket

Congratulations! We are celebrating your Honor Roll achievement by providing you a FREE complimentary ticket to the 2019 Minnesota Renaissance Festival. WE are proud of you and you should be proud too!

  • Watch Live Armored Jousting on Horseback
  • Attend Juggling School
  • See Comedy & Magic on 16 Stages of Exciting Entertainment
  • Experience Live Craft Demonstrations
  • Learn about Music, Dance, Fencing and Fashion of the Renaissance Period

Please bring your report card to the box office to receive your complimentary honor roll ticket to the Festival!

Are you interested in being a vendor on this weekend? Download the form below!

Merchandise/Promotional Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application