Once Upon a Time

AUGUST 20 – 21

Once Upon a Time – KS95 Kick Off Weekend  – win tickets all week long on KS95 leading up to opening weekend.


ALL DAY OUaT Vendors SE Field
10:00am Apple Pie Eating Contest SE Stage
12:15pm Kendo Performance SE Stage
1:45pm Kendo Performance SE Stage
4:00pm Fantasy Costume Contest SE Stage



Calling all artists! Share your creativity and help brighten our Festival for the 2022 Season!

Our annual Mural Competition has begun and we’re looking for creative painters to paint a beautiful mural that captures the spirit of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Your murals can include but are not limited to jousting, juggling, mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns, your favorite acts from the Renaissance, witches, wizards, and more! Designs must be original and painted by the person submitting the form.

All murals must be 2′ x 2′ and painted with an outdoor paint or finished with a waterproof cover. They must be painted on a weather-treated material (i.e. treated plywood). The murals will be put on display at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and will be exposed to the elements during the duration of our 2022 season. Please write your name on the back bottom right corner of the mural. Upon delivery provide a copy of your registration form taped to the back. Contest FREE to enter. Each submitted mural competitor will receive one free admission ticket.

Murals will become the property of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival once dropped off. **Please call ahead to schedule your drop off time**

Once completed you may drop your murals/forms off at the Festival Studio Office located at:
ATTN: Mural Competition
12364 Chesnut Blvd.
Shakopee, MN 55379


  • Forms Due By: August 8th, 2022
    • VIA EMAIL: printern@renaissancefest.com
    • VIA FAX: 952.445.3120
  • Murals Due By: August 15th, 2022


  • August 2nd – August 4th, between 9am & 3pm
  • August 9th – August 11th between 9am & 3pm
    • Murals dropped off after 8-15-22, will not be eligible for prize.


  • Can be dropped off at the Festival site
  • Studio Office: 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Opening Weekend at the Info Booth
    • Murals will become property of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival once dropped off.


  • Grand Prize: 2023 Season Pass, T-Shirt, & Festival Mug
  • Second Place: 4 Festival Admissions Tickets & T-Shirt
  • Third Place: Festival T-Shirt & Mug

Patrons will vote for their favorite mural. The top 3 murals will be awarded a prize!

See form for rules and tips. Thank you and we look forward to seeing all of the amazing murals this year!

Doggie Dash: The Rescue Race

Once Upon a Time… there was a dog who was rescued… and they lived happily ever after. This race is for Minnesota’s favorite breed – Rescue Dogs! For adopted, fosters, shelter dogs – all who have found or are looking for their happily ever after are welcome here.

*An “Anything Goes” dog race, open to all breeds, mixes & sizes, will immediately follow the theme race.



No poison apples here! Just an appley ever after for all the hardworking K-12 teachers, school faculty, & staff, who can get FREE admission by order of his majesty King Henry to the Once Upon a Time weekend (August 20-21). Simply present a valid school ID badge at the box office for your discount.


The first two weekends of the Festival, our patrons will be able to support their favorite shoppes’ & get rewarded! Turn in your receipts totaling $250 or more to the information booth located inside of Kings Gate and receive one free admission ticket to return on one of the remaining weekends!


Memorial Blood Centers and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival have partnered once again to bring you the Annual Blood Drive! Donate blood and receive FREE ADMISSION to the Festival! Bloodmobiles will be located near King’s Gate, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register at www.mbc.org/searchdrives SPONSOR CODE: 4149.


Congratulations! The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating your Honor Roll achievement by providing you a FREE complimentary ticket to the 2022 festival. Bring your A or B report card to the box office to receive your discount. Promotion active for current elementary through college students.


Any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive $5 off their gate Admission to the festival with the proper ID. It’s our special way of saying thank you to our country’s biggest heroes. This deal is valid for all current and past military members with government issued ID. To take advantage of this discount, present a valid military ID at the festival box office.

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

Thank you to our Once Upon a Time Sponsors! • Coming Soon